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Transforming Prisons, Restoring Lives

[January 26, 2016] “the Charles Colson Task Force on Federal Corrections issued a set of bold recommendations to reform the federal justice system, enhance public safety, and save the government billions of dollars. In a new report, Transforming Prisons, Restoring Lives, the Congressionally mandated blue-ribbon panel released the findings of its year-long investigation into theContinue Reading

Linking ‘toxic outliers’ to environmental justice communities

Environ. Res. Lett. 11 (2016) 015004 doi:10.1088/1748-9326/11/1/015004. Linking ‘ toxic outliers ’ to environmental justice communities, Mary B Collins, Ian Munoz and Joseph JaJa “Several key studies have found that a small minority of producers, polluting at levels far exceeding group averages, generate the majority of overall exposure to industrial toxics. Frequently, such patterns goContinue Reading

Federal Reserve Highlights Progress in Efforts to Improve U.S. Payment System

“In a report that comes one year after the publication of its Strategies for Improving the U.S. Payment System, the Federal Reserve on Tuesday detailed the progress made and outlined anticipated steps for moving forward with its initiative to enhance payment system speed, efficiency, and security. To date, the January 2015 initiative has resulted inContinue Reading

Capital markets and job creation in the 21st century

“The early 21st century has witnessed a sea change in the nature of employment and in the shape of the corporation in the United States. Employment has shifted from the career, to the job, to the task. In this paper, Jerry Davis argues that the death of the career and the rise of the gigContinue Reading

2015 Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement Parallel Survey

“The Census Bureau today released the 2015 Parallel Survey Research File and a detailed health insurance table based on this file. The Parallel Survey uses the Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement health insurance questions prior to 2013. See below for tables: http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/hlthins/data/cps-asec-parallel.html http://www.census.gov/housing/extract_files/toc/data/

Working Paper – Bank standalone credit ratings

Bank for International Settlements (BIS) – Bank standalone credit ratings by Michael R King, Steven Ongena and Nikola Tarashev, Working Papers No 542, February 2016. “We study a unique experiment to examine the importance of rating agencies’ private information for bank shareholders. On July 20, 2011, Fitch Ratings refined their bank standalone ratings, which measureContinue Reading

CBO Launches New Budget and Economic Data Page

“We are excited to announce the launch of a new Budget and Economic Data page on our website. The new page, which can be accessed from our home page, features links to Excel spreadsheets containing budget and economic projections regularly released in CBO’s Budget and Economic Outlook and Updates and in the associated supplemental material.Continue Reading

Women’s History Month: March 2016

Census – “The roots of National Women’s History Month go back to March 8, 1857, when women from New York City factories staged a protest over working conditions. International Women’s Day was first observed in 1909, but it wasn’t until 1981 that Congress established National Women’s History Week to be commemorated the second week ofContinue Reading

2014 Manufacturing and International Trade Report

“This report from the U.S. Census Bureau provides a comprehensive comparison between detailed manufacturing product class data and associated import and export data. The data are published on a North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) basis from the 2014 Annual Survey of Manufactures, presented with official U.S. export and import merchandise trade statistics.”

U.S. Uncleared Swap Margin, Capital and Segregation Rules

Presentation by Davis Polk & Wardwell LLC – snipped – Introduction – U.S. prudential regulators (the OCC , Federal Reserve, FDIC, FCA and FHFA) and the CFTC have finalized uncleared swap margin , capital and segregation requirements (the “PR rules,” and “ CFTC rules,” respectively, and the “final rules,” collectively [note – The CFTC hasContinue Reading

Global Housing Watch Report – January 2016 Update

IMF – “The January 2016 issue of the Global Housing Watch Quarterly Update includes: An update of the five core charts: the Global House Price Index, real house price growth , real credit growth, house price-to-income ratio , and house price-to-rent ratio across countries (pages 1 to 6); A summary of a recent conference thatContinue Reading

OECD – Measuring and Assessing Well-Being in Israel

“Israel’s economy has strong fundamentals, but the country needs to address productivity, inequality and poverty if it wants to improve well-being and reduce socio-economic divides, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Israel. The release coincided with the fifth anniversary of Israel’s accession to the OECD. The Survey was presented by OECD Secretary-General, AngelContinue Reading