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Research Handbook on the Economics of Insurance Law: Introduction

Schwarcz, Daniel and Siegelman, Peter, Research Handbook on the Economics of Insurance Law: Introduction (August 21, 2015). Forthcoming in Research Handbook in the Economics of Insurance Law (Edw. Elgar: 2015). Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2649078 “This introduction summarizes the overall scope of the Handbook and provides brief synopses of the 14 contributions.”

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

The Weight of the World Can Christiana Figueres persuade humanity to save itself? By Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker: “…The Framework Convention on Climate Change is overseen by an organization known as the Secretariat, which is led by a Costa Rican named Christiana Figueres…of all the jobs in the world, Figueres’s may possess the veryContinue Reading

2013 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 basis from the 2012 Economic Census Subject Series and the 2013 Annual Survey of Manufactures, presented with official U.S. export andContinue Reading

GAO Reports – Federal Low-Income Programs, VA Health Care, Weapon System Acquisitions, Regionally Aligned Forces

Federal Low-Income Programs: Multiple Programs Target Diverse Populations and Needs, GAO-15-516: Published: Jul 30, 2015. Publicly Released: Aug 31, 2015. VA Health Care: Actions Needed to Assess Decrease in Root Cause Analyses of Adverse Events, GAO-15-643: Published: Jul 29, 2015. Publicly Released: Aug 28, 2015 Weapon System Acquisitions: Opportunities Exist to Improve the Department ofContinue Reading

New on LLRX – Underfunded Omaha libraries. National digital library endowment, anyone?

Via LLRX.com – In Warren Buffett’s own backyard: Underfunded Omaha libraries. National digital library endowment, anyone? – David Rothman calls out an increasingly pervasive dichotomy of action by some of America’s wealthiest corporate philanthropists in regard to supporting libraries, literacy and equal access to comprehensive public library collections. As Rothman documents, Omaha Public Libraries’ spendingContinue Reading

Bitcoin and the Uniform Commercial Code

Schroeder, Jeanne L., Bitcoin and the Uniform Commercial Code (August 22, 2015). Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2649441 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2649441 “Much of the discussion of bitcoin in the popular press has concentrated on its status as a currency. Putting aside a vocal minority of radical libertarians and anarchists, however, many bitcoin enthusiasts are concentrating onContinue Reading

Addressing Agency Costs Through Private Litigation in the U.S.

Cox, James D. and Thomas, Randall S., Addressing Agency Costs Through Private Litigation in the U.S: Tensions, Disappointments, and Substitutes (August 26, 2015). Vanderbilt Law and Economics Research Paper No. 15-20. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2651863 “Many scholars argue that over the past seventy years, shareholder representative litigation has acted as an important policingContinue Reading

Census Data Used For Comprehensive Visualization of Segregation in American Cities

Wired – “This is the most comprehensive map of race in America ever created [by Dustin Cable at University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service]. White people are shown with blue dots; African-Americans with green; Asians with red; and Latinos with orange, with all other race categories from the Census represented by brown.Continue Reading

World Bank Opens Online Archives Holdings

Elisa Liberatori Prati – World Bank – “In April 2015, as part of its commitment to transparency and openness, the World Bank Group launched its Archives Holdings website. This is a state-of-the-art platform, which maximizes the public’s online access to a vast amount of original primary source material in the custody of the Archives. CreatedContinue Reading

Housing Tax and Transfer Programs Decrease Inequality

Gregory Acs and Paul Johnson, Urban Institute. August 18, 2015: “We examine the relationships between housing subsidies, the mortgage interest and real estate tax deductions, and income inequality and find that housing subsidies to low-income families reduce income inequality while the mortgage interest and real estate tax deductions increase it. On net, the distribution ofContinue Reading

World Map of Registered Little Free Libraries

Little Free Libraries are proliferating around the world – Take a Book – Leave a Book. Here in America these libraries can found in gardens, on homeowners front lawns, in coffee shops, on outdoor trails – they are sponsored by individuals and groups whose goal is to promote literacy, to provide free reading material toContinue Reading

Barclays UK Prosperity Map – new research that uses factors including average annual pay, business survival rates, the percentage of households

“A Prosperity Index score has been calculated by Opinium for each UK city and region, helping to explain the data on millionaire numbers calculated by Wealth-X. The index uses third party figures on the factors listed below: Factors used in regional Prosperity Index score: Median household wealth GDP per capita Unemployment rate Average weekly householdContinue Reading