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Report: Solar energy benefits vastly outweigh costs

Environment New York – “Households and businesses with solar panels deliver greater benefits than they receive through programs like net metering, a report said today, countering increasing complaints from utilities that solar homeowners don’t pay their fair share. “While some utilities claim they’re subsidizing solar panel owners, our report shows the opposite is probably true,” said Heather Leibowitz,Continue Reading

Paper – Major Defects of the Market Economy

Kakarot-Handtke, Egmont, Major Defects of the Market Economy (June 28, 2015). Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2624350 “When we characterize an argument that has no sound theoretical foundation as political, then what has been produced by economists so far is political economics. However, since the Classics and Marx all major economic schools have defended theContinue Reading

Paper – China’s Growing Energy Demand: Implications for the US

Working Paper Series – Congressional Budget Office Washington, DC. China’s Growing Energy Demand: Implications for the United States. Andrew Stocking Formerly an employee of the Congressional Budget Office; Terry Dinan, Congressional Budget Office. June 2015. Working Paper 2015-05. “Growing rapidly in recent decades, China’s demand for energy has nearly doubled since 2005—making China the world’sContinue Reading

OCC’s Quarterly Report on Bank Trading and Derivatives Activities

OCC’s Quarterly Report on Bank Trading and Derivatives Activities: First Quarter 2015 (PDF) –  From the Executive Summary Insured U.S. commercial banks and savings associations reported trading revenue of $7.7 billion in the first quarter, $3.2 billion higher (71.6%) than the fourth quarter, and $1.5 billion higher ( 23.9%) than the first quarter of 2014.Continue Reading

What Do Rating Agencies Think about “Too-Big-to-Fail” Since Dodd-Frank?

Liberty Street Economics – New York Fed – First in a two-part series, Gara Afonso and João Santos: “Did the Dodd-Frank Act end ‘‘too-big-to-fail’’ (TBTF)? In this series of two posts, we look at this question through the lens of rating agencies and financial markets. Today we begin by discussing rating agencies’ views on thisContinue Reading

85th BIS Annual Report

85th Annual Report, Bank for International Settlements 2014/15 28 June 2015 “In its main economic review of the year, the BIS calls for a shift to a longer-term focus in policymaking, with the aim of restoring sustainable and balanced growth.”  PDF (125 pages)

Independent report for G7 on climate change risks

“A New Climate for Peace: Taking Action on Climate and Fragility Risks”, an independent report commissioned by members of the G7, identifies seven compound climate-fragility risks that pose serious threats to the stability of states and societies in the decades ahead. Based on a thorough assessment of existing policies on climate change adaptation, development cooperationContinue Reading

America’s Knowledge Economy: A State-by-State Review

Council of State Governments – America’s Knowledge Economy: A State-by-State Review: “The United States’ long-term economic growth will be determined by its ability to encourage the research and development that fosters innovation. In this presentation, The Council of State Governments and Elsevier, a world-leading provider of information solutions, discuss their newly released report, America’s KnowledgeContinue Reading

Urban Tree Canopy Cover and Environmental Justice

Schwarz K, Fragkias M, Boone CG, Zhou W, McHale M, Grove JM, et al. (2015) Trees Grow on Money: Urban Tree Canopy Cover and Environmental Justice. PLoS ONE 10(4): e0122051. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0122051 “This study examines the distributional equity of urban tree canopy (UTC) cover for Baltimore, MD, Los Angeles, CA, New York, NY, Philadelphia, PA, Raleigh,Continue Reading

EIU – Long-term macroeconomic forecasts

Long-term macroeconomic forecasts. Key trends to 2050. A special report from The Economist Intelligence Unit. June 2015. “China is expected to overtake the United States in 2026 in nominal GDP in US dollar terms and maintain its position as the largest economy to 2050. India is expected to move up the rankings to third place,Continue Reading

The Board’s Responsibility for Crisis Governance

Trautman, Lawrence J., The Board’s Responsibility for Crisis Governance (June 26, 2015). Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2623219 “A clear strategy and implementation plan for reasonably foreseeable industry disasters — before they take place, helps to prevent mistakes made under conditions of severe stress. Low probability but survival-threatening disasters such as the BP Gulf ofContinue Reading

Value-added rankings measure economic impact of college

Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program – Beyond College Rankings – A Value Added Approach to Assessing Two and Four Year Schools: “The choice of college is among the most important investment decisions individuals and families make, yet people know little about how institutions of higher learning compare along important dimensions of quality. This is especially trueContinue Reading