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Insights from Accenture Strategy 2015 U.S. College Graduate Employment Study

“The Accenture Strategy 2015 U.S. College Graduate Employment Study finds that new college graduates are well prepared as they enter the workforce. They’re responding to the growing need for STEM degrees. They’re thinking about potential jobs before choosing a major field of study. They’re pursuing internships and ongoing training opportunities. And colleges are doing theirContinue Reading

Mortgage Borrowing Among Most Creditworthy Abates

Liberty Street Economics – New York Fed – Andrew Haughwout, Donghoon Lee, Joelle Scally, and Wilbert van der Klaauw: “Today’s release of the New York Fed’s Quarterly Report on Household Debt and Credit for the first quarter of 2015 reports a flattening in household debt balances. The slow growth in debt balances has left manyContinue Reading

Wealthiest ZIP Codes in America

Experian – “We all know who the icons of new wealth are – the Bill Gateses of America, if you will – but do you know where, in each state, the rich and powerful seclude themselves? We’ve gathered the data and organized it into what we think you’ll find to be a fascinating little graphic.Continue Reading

Rewriting the Rules of the American Economy

The Roosevelt Institute – Mike Konczal – “I’m very excited to announce the release of Rewriting the Rules of the American Economy, Roosevelt Institute’s new inequality agenda report by Joe Stiglitz. I’m thrilled to be one of the co-authors, as I think this report really tells a compelling story about inequality and the challenges theContinue Reading

Joint Cmte Report on Risks and Vulnerabilities in EU Financial System

European Banking Authority Report issued May 5, 2015 – completed March 2015 – Joint Committee Report on the Risks and Vulnerabilities in the EU Financial System “Since the August 2014 Joint Committee Report on Risk and Vulnerabilities the risks facing the EU financial system did not substantially change in character, but intensified further. The sameContinue Reading

State of the World’s Mothers 2015

“In commemoration of Mother’s Day, Save the Children is publishing its 16th annual State of the World’s Mothers report with a special focus on our rapidly urbanizing world and the poorest mothers and children who must struggle to survive despite overall urban progress. Every day, 17,000 children die before reaching their fifth birthday. Increasingly, theseContinue Reading

From Institutions to Financial Development and Growth: What are the Links?

Fernàndez, Andrés and Tamayo, César E., From Institutions to Financial Development and Growth: What are the Links? (March 2015). IDB Working Paper No. IDB-WP-565. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2603124 “This paper presents an integrated overview of the literature linking institutions, financial development and economic growth. From the large body of research on institutional development,Continue Reading

Defense Acquisitions: How and Where DOD Spends Its Contracting Dollar

CRS Report – Defense Acquisitions: How and Where DOD Spends Its Contracting Dollars. Moshe Schwartz, Specialist in Defense Acquisition; Wendy Ginsberg, Analyst in American National Government, John F. Sargent Jr.Specialist in Science and Technology Policy. April 30, 2015. “The Department of Defense (DOD) has long relied on contractors to provide the U.S. military with aContinue Reading

March 2015 Trade Gap is $51.4 Billion

News release: “The U.S. monthly international trade deficit increased in March 2015 according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis and the U.S. Census Bureau. The deficit increased from $35.9 billion in February (revised) to $51.4 billion in March, as imports increased more than exports. The previously published February deficit was $35.4 billion. The goodsContinue Reading

The Dark Side of Disclosure: Evidence of Government Expropriation from Worldwide Firms

Liu, Tingting and Ullah, Barkat and Wei, Zuobao and Xu, Lixin Colin, The Dark Side of Disclosure: Evidence of Government Expropriation from Worldwide Firms (May 4, 2015). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 7254. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2602586 “This paper studies the effects of voluntary accounting information disclosure through auditing on firmContinue Reading

A New Federal Guide to Infrastructure Planning and Design

“Today, the White House is convening the nation’s leading thinkers on infrastructure planning and design to highlight how projects like new roads and transit lines can be designed to foster economic opportunity and increase resilience to the impacts of climate change. To help communities seeking to expand their pipelines of well-designed projects, the Administration isContinue Reading

IRS IG – Billions of Dollars in Potentially Erroneous Education Credits Continue to Be Claimed for Ineligible Students and Institutions

Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration – Billions of Dollars in Potentially Erroneous Education Credits Continue to Be Claimed for Ineligible Students and Institutions, March 27, 2015. Reference Number: 2015-40-027. “The IRS still does not have effective processes to identify erroneous claims for education credits. Although the IRS has taken steps to address some ofContinue Reading