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PwC – Cities of Opportunity

“The living city – London, Singapore, Toronto and Paris top the 2016 benchmark (our 7th edition) of the broad urban qualities that make 30 global business, finance and culture capitals successful. Beneath the headline results of who finishes first, however, findings show the heart of the city revolves around balanced social and economic strengths. And… Continue Reading

SIGAR – Corruption in Conflict: Lessons from the U.S. Experience in Afghanistan

Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction – SIGAR – Corruption in Conflict: Lessons from the U.S. Experience in Afghanistan September 2016: “is the first in a series of lessons learned reports planned to be issued by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR). The report examines how the U.S. government—primarily the Departments of Defense,… Continue Reading

Social Security: Improvements to Claims Process Could Help People Make Better Informed Decisions about Retirement Benefits

Social Security: Improvements to Claims Process Could Help People Make Better Informed Decisions about Retirement Benefits, GAO-16-786: Published: Sep 14, 2016. Publicly Released: Sep 14, 2016. “GAO’s review of nine surveys and academic studies, and interviews with retirement experts, suggest that many individuals do not fully understand key details of Social Security rules that can… Continue Reading

Health Costs 2016 Employer Survey: Premiums Rise Modestly, but Deductibles Climb More Quickly

“Annual family premiums for employer-sponsored health insurance rose an average of 3 percent to $18,142 this year, a modest increase at a time when workers’ wages (2.5%) and inflation (1.1%) also grew modestly, according to the benchmark Kaiser Family Foundation/Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET) 2016 Employer Health Benefits Survey released today. Workers on average contribute… Continue Reading

Examining an elephant: globalisation and the lower middle class of the rich world

Via the Resolution Foundation – Examining an elephant: globalisation and the lower middle class of the rich world, by Adam Corlett, Published on 13 September 2016. “The UK’s vote to leave the EU, the US presidential election and proposed free trade deals have all prompted renewed debate about the winners and losers of globalisation. The… Continue Reading

Social Security Administration Cuts Hurt Every State

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities – “As the baby boom generation ages into its peak years for retirement and disability, the demands on the Social Security Administration (SSA) are reaching all-time highs.  Yet Congress has cut SSA’s core operating budget by 10 percent since 2010, after adjusting for inflation. These cuts hurt SSA’s service… Continue Reading

Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the US 2015

“The U.S. Census Bureau announced today that real median household income increased by 5.2 percent between 2014 and 2015 while the official poverty rate decreased 1.2 percentage points. At the same time, the percentage of people without health insurance coverage decreased. Median household income in the United States in 2015 was $56,516, an increase in… Continue Reading

Review of CBO’s August 2016 Budget Projections

“On August 23, CBO released its most recent budget and economic projections. Because the Congress was out of session at that time, we thought we’d review those budget projections today. (Earlier, our colleagues reviewed the economic projections.) In fiscal year 2016, the federal budget deficit will increase in relation to economic output for the first… Continue Reading

Blog Series: The Higher Education Market and Student Debt

New York Fed – Liberty Street Economics Blog (first of four blog postings): “The past decade and a half has seen dramatic changes in the higher education landscape, characterized by significant growth in enrollment. This growth has been concentrated mostly in for-profit schools, where enrollment skyrocketed in the first decade of the period, nearly quadrupling… Continue Reading

Treasury IG – Processes Are Not Sufficient to Assist Victims of Employment-Related Identity Theft

Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration – Processes Are Not Sufficient to Assist Victims of Employment-Related Identity Theft. August 10, 2016. Reference Number: 2016-40-065. “Taxpayers identified as victims of employment-related identity theft are not notified. During the period February 2011 to December 2015, the IRS identified almost 1.1 million taxpayers who were victims of employment-related… Continue Reading

FT 2016 masters in management rankings

Via the Financial Times, September 11, 2016: “The University of St Gallen’s domination of the Financial Times’ ranking of masters in management courses continues for another year. The Swiss school came top of the list of 90 best masters programmes worldwide in 2016, winning its sixth consecutive crown. France’s HEC Paris and Essec Business School… Continue Reading