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TPP Study Projects Worsening Trade Balances for 16 of 25 U.S. Economic Sectors, Overall U.S. Trade Deficit Increase

“The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) released its report [May 18, 2016] assessing the likely impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement that the President has entered into with Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam. The USITC’s report, Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement: Likely Impact on the U.S. EconomyContinue Reading

Raisins and Resilience: Elaborating Home’s Compensation Analysis with an Eye to Coastal Climate Change Adaptation

Galperin, Josh, Raisins and Resilience: Elaborating Home’s Compensation Analysis with an Eye to Coastal Climate Change Adaptation (February 1, 2016). Stanford Environmental Law Journal, Vol. 35, No. 3, 2016. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2781970 “The State of New Jersey, the Borough of Harvey Cedars, and the United States Army Corps of Engineers were all preparing forContinue Reading

Minimizing the Probability of Lifetime Drawdown Under Constant Consumption

Angoshtari, Bahman and Bayraktar, Erhan and Young, V.R., Minimizing the Probability of Lifetime Drawdown Under Constant Consumption (May 19, 2016). Insurance: Mathematics and Economics, Forthcoming. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2781963 “We assume that an individual invests in a financial market with one riskless and one risky asset, with the latter’s price following geometric BrownianContinue Reading

GAO Reports – Managing for Results, Food Safety, Higher Education, IRS Internal Controls, Electromagnetic Risks, K-12 Education, National Drug Control Policy, Polar Weather Satellites

Managing for Results: OMB Improved Implementation of Cross-Agency Priority Goals, But Could Be More Transparent About Measuring Progress, GAO-16-509: Published: May 20, 2016. Publicly Released: May 20, 2016. Food Safety: FDA Coordinating with Stakeholders on New Rules but Challenges Remain and Greater Tribal Consultation Needed, GAO-16-425: Published: May 19, 2016. Publicly Released: May 19, 2016.Continue Reading

Historical infographic maps returns of major asset classes over time

Chicago Booth CRSP (Center for Research in Security Prices) – “2016 the Big Picture illustrates the investment returns of major asset classes from 1926 onward. The animated chart will open at full screen.” [David vun Kannon]

Mapping Transit for 287 American Cities

Center for Data Innovation – “Urban sustainability nonprofit Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) has created AllTransit, a collection of interactive maps built with public transit data from 805 transit agencies in 287 cities throughout the United States. The maps provide neighborhood level insight into the availability, accessibility, cost, and variety of public transportation options, andContinue Reading

Genetically Engineered Crops: Experiences and Prospects 2016

The National Academies Press – Genetically Engineered Crops: Experiences and Prospects (2016) “Genetically engineered (GE) crops were first introduced commercially in the 1990s. After two decades of production, some groups and individuals remain critical of the technology based on their concerns about possible adverse effects on human health, the environment, and ethical considerations. At the sameContinue Reading

WSJ Data on Women and the Pay Gap

What’s Your Pay Gap? Women earn less than men in 439 of 446 major U.S. occupations, a Wall Street Journal examination of the gender pay gap found.

Top Private Companies by Employee Size

Via The Business Journals – Get vital information about some of the nation’s top private employers, as defined by employee size. First click on a region. Then choose a city from the listed provided.

Shared, Collaborative and On Demand: The New Digital Economy

Pew – Aaron Smith – The sharing economy and on-demand services are weaving their way into the lives of (some) Americans, raising difficult issues around jobs, regulation and the potential emergence of a new digital divide: “A number of new commercial online services have emerged in recent years, each promising to reshape some aspect of theContinue Reading

Paper – An AI Approach to Fed Watching

Via TWO SIGMA INVESTMENTS, LP. “Natural language processing techniques can translate Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting minutes into data. The results appear both intuitive and informative. For example, following the 2007-2009 financial crisis, the Fed increased the amount of time it devoted to discussing financial markets from 10 percent in 2007 to nearly 40Continue Reading

Deloitte – North America Technology Fast 500

“The Technology Fast 500 is the leading technology awards program. Combining technological innovation, entrepreneurship, and rapid growth, Fast 500 companies—large, small, public, and private—hail from cities far and wide across North America and are disrupting the technology industry. If you are looking for fast-growing companies releasing new, emerging technologies, you have come to the rightContinue Reading