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Monthly Archives: March 2017

Highest Educational Levels Reached by Adults in the U.S. Since 1940

“More than one-third of the adult population in the United States has a bachelor’s degree or higher marking the first time in decades of data. “The percentage rose to 33.4 percent in 2016, a significant milestone since the Current Population Survey began collecting educational attainment in 1940,” said Kurt Bauman, Chief of the Education and… Continue Reading

Developing Clarity: Innovating in Library Systems

Knight Foundation: “The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has a history of supporting libraries. We made our first library grant to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in 1964, and our first grant to an urban public library was to the Akron-Summit County Public Library in 1971. Since then we have made nearly… Continue Reading

Independence of Federal Financial Regulators: Structure, Funding, and Other Issues

CRS, February 28, 2017:  “Conventional wisdom regarding regulators is that the structure and design of the organization matters for policy outcomes. Financial regulators conduct rulemaking and enforcement to implement law and supervise financial institutions. These agencies have been given certain characteristics that enhance their day-to-day independence from the President and Congress, which may make policymaking more… Continue Reading

The Least Healthy County in Every State

24/7 Wall St.: “By many health measures, the United States, a nation of over 320 million, is an anomaly. Despite health spending approaching $10,000 per person — which amounts to twice and even three times the spending in other affluent nations — the United States ranks 28th in life expectancy among wealthy countries, according to… Continue Reading

The 2017 Long-Term Budget Outlook

The 2017 Long-Term Budget Outlook – “CBO’s projections show a substantial imbalance looming in the federal budget over the next 30 years, with spending outpacing revenues by steadily increasing amounts. As a result, if current laws generally remained unchanged, federal debt would reach an unprecedented share of GDP, intensifying pressures on the federal budget, dampening… Continue Reading

Wharton – The Vote to Deregulate Online Privacy

“Controversy continues to ramp up in Donald Trump’s presidency, with the latest debate spurred by a congressional vote that reverses landmark online privacy protections put in place during the last days of the Obama administration. While some experts say the problems with online privacy don’t loom as large as health care or immigration, the conflict… Continue Reading

Paper – Self-Defence Against Non-State Actors

Peters, Anne and Marxsen, Christian and Christakis, Theodore and Corten, Olivier and Couzigou, Irene and Frowein, Jochen A. and Lo Giacco, Letizia and Grover, Leena and Hartwig, Matthias and van den Herik, Larissa and Kawagishi, Shin and Keinan, Guy and Oellers-Frahm, Karin and Oesterdahl, Inger and Sassenrath, Carl-Philipp and Sjöstedt, Britta and Starski, Paulina and… Continue Reading

WMATA: FUND IT, FIX IT, MAKE IT FAIR

Amalgamated Transit Union 689 – report – March 2017 “…While we never should have reached this embarrassing and dangerous situation, here we are. Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 689, representing more than 10,000 WMATA employees, is pleased to present this proposal to immediately save, stabilize, and ultimately improve WMATA. Our plan contains specific ideas —… Continue Reading

The Realities of Research Data Management

“The Realities of Research Data Management is a four-part series that explores how research universities are addressing the challenge of managing research data throughout the research lifecycle. Research data management (RDM) has emerged as an area of keen interest in higher education, leading to considerable investment in services, resources and infrastructure to support researchers’ data… Continue Reading

Autism Acceptance Month

“April is Autism Acceptance Month. During Autism Acceptance Month, we focus on sharing positive, respectful, and accurate information about autism and autistic people. Autism Acceptance Month promotes acceptance and celebration of autistic people as family members, friends, classmates, co-workers, and community members making valuable contributions to our world. Autism is a natural variation of the human… Continue Reading

Creating a National Precinct Map

Decision Desk HQ: “In January 2011, I sent an email to the Washington State Democratic Party asking about precinct results from the 2008 presidential caucus race. State party chairman Jaxon Ravens replied simply with the question, “Why would you want them?” As he reminded me, the precinct results had no bearing on delegate allocation or… Continue Reading

Paper – Robots and Jobs: Evidence from US Labor Markets

Robots and Jobs: Evidence from US Labor Markets, Daron Acemoglu, Pascual Restrepo NBER Working Paper No. 23285, Issued in March 2017. “As robots and other computer-assisted technologies take over tasks previously performed by labor, there is increasing concern about the future of jobs and wages. We analyze the effect of the increase in industrial robot… Continue Reading