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Report – The Distribution of Users’ Computer Skills: Worse Than You Think

Jakob Nielsen on November 13, 2016. “Summary: Across 33 rich countries, only 5% of the population has high computer-related abilities, and only a third of people can complete medium-complexity tasks. One of usability’s most hard-earned lessons is that you are not the user. This is why it’s a disaster to guess at the users’ needs. Since designers are so different from the majority of the target audience, it’s not just irrelevant what you like or what you think is easy to use — it’s often misleading to rely on such personal preferences. For sure, anybody who works on a design project will have a more accurate and detailed mental model of the user interface than an outsider. If you target a broad consumer audience, you will also have a higher IQ than your average user, higher literacy levels, and, most likely, you’ll be younger and experience less age-driven degradation of your abilities than many of your users. There is one more difference between you and the average user that’s even more damaging to your ability to predict what will be a good user interface: skills in using computers, the Internet, and technology in general. Anybody who’s on a web-design team or other user experience project is a veritable supergeek compared with the average population. This not just true for the developers. Even the less-technical team members are only “less-technical” in comparison with the engineers. They still have much stronger technical skills than most normal people…”

Global Migration 2005-2010 Visualization

Public Tableau Viz – Global Migration 2005-2010 via The global flow of people – “published in Science (free access) Explore new estimates of migration flows between and within regions for five-year periods, 1990 to 2010. Click on a region to discover flows country-by-country by Nikola Sander, Guy J. Abel & Ramon Bauer About the Data –… Continue Reading

The Latest Plum Book

OPM Plum Book: Every four years, just after the Presidential election, the “United States Government Policy and Supporting Positions” is published. It is commonly known as the Plum Book [this is a link to the 2012 version] and is alternately published between the House and Senate. – The Plum Book has a listing of over 7,000… Continue Reading

WaPo documents an increasingly diverse United States

The increasingly diverse United States of America – “The racial and ethnic diversity of communities varies greatly across the country, but rapid change is coming to many of the least-diverse areas. These are just some of the ways….To quantify how America is changing, we used the diversity index, which measures the chance that two people chosen… Continue Reading

2014 Statistics of U.S. Businesses

“This release includes single-year estimates of the number of firms, number of establishments, employment and annual payroll. Statistics are presented by Metropolitan Statistical Area, county and Legal Form of Organization. Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/susb.html. Continue Reading

Tax Policy Center – An Analysis of Donald Trump’s Revised Tax Plan

“This paper analyzes presidential candidate Donald Trump’s revised tax proposal, which would significantly reduce marginal tax rates, increase standard deduction amounts, repeal personal exemptions, cap itemized deductions, and allow businesses to elect to expense new investment and not deduct interest expense. His proposal would cut taxes at all income levels, although the largest benefits, in… Continue Reading

Job Outlook: Hiring for U.S. Jobs Expected to Be Flat

National Association of Colleges and Employers: “Hiring for U.S. openings for Class of 2017 graduates is expected to be relatively flat, according to results of NACE’s Job Outlook 2017 survey. Employers indicated plans to hire 5.8 percent more new graduates during 2016-17 than they did in 2015-16 for their U.S. operations. This current projection is… Continue Reading

The Manufacturing Footprint and the Importance of U.S. Manufacturing Jobs

Economic Policy Institute Report: “Executive summary – While U.S. manufacturing has been hit hard by nearly two decades of policy failures that have damaged its international competitiveness, it remains a vital part of the U.S. economy. The manufacturing sector employed 12 million workers in 2013, or about 8.8 percent of total U.S. employment. Manufacturing employs… Continue Reading

24/7 Wall St – Ranking Gender Inequality in All 50 States

“For many Americans, the election of Donald Trump represents a step back for the feminist movement. Whether or not the president-elect’s policies will result in meaningful progress for women’s rights, there remain severe inequalities the nation has yet to overcome. These issues include a gender pay gap, a lack of flexibility in the workplace during… Continue Reading

Paper – The Impact of Paid Leave on Female Employment Outcomes

Sarin, Natasha R, The Impact of Paid Leave on Female Employment Outcomes (November 29, 2016). Available for download at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2877015 “This paper provides evidence on the impact of paid leave legislation on female employment outcomes. Using a difference-in-differences and difference-in-difference-in-differences strategy, I study the impact of two state-level programs in California and New Jersey.… Continue Reading

FRB Beige Book – November 30, 2016

“Reports from the twelve Federal Reserve Districts indicate that the economy continued to expand across most regions from early October through mid-November. Activity in the Boston, Minneapolis, and San Francisco Districts grew at a moderate pace, while Atlanta, Chicago, St. Louis, and Dallas cited modest growth. Philadelphia, Cleveland, and Kansas City cited a slight pace… Continue Reading

GAO reports on student loan debt forgiveness topping $100 Billion

Federal Student Loans: Education Needs to Improve Its Income-Driven Repayment Plan Budget Estimates, GAO-17-22: Published: Nov 15, 2016. Publicly Released: Nov 30, 2016. “For the fiscal year 2017 budget, the U.S. Department of Education (Education) estimates that all federally issued Direct Loans in Income-Driven Repayment (IDR) plans will have government costs of $74 billion, higher… Continue Reading