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The High Cost of a Littered Beach – NOAA

“A recent NOAA-funded Marine Debris Program economics study found that Southern California residents are losing millions of dollars each year by avoiding nearby littered beaches and traveling to beaches that are farther away and cleaner. The study is the first of its kind to look at how marine debris influences decisions to go to the beach and whatContinue Reading

Moody’s – Largest Public Pensions Face $2 Trillion Gap

Brian Chappatta – Bloomberg: “The 25 largest U.S. public pensions face about $2 trillion in unfunded liabilities, showing that investment returns can’t keep up with ballooning obligations, according to Moody’s Investors ServiceThe 25 biggest systems by assets averaged a 7.45 percent return from 2004 to 2013, close to the expected 7.65 percent rate, Moody’s saidContinue Reading

How Much (More) Should CEOs Make? A Universal Desire for More Equal Pay

Kiatpongsan, Sorapop, and Michael I. Norton. How Much (More) Should CEOs Make? A Universal Desire for More Equal Pay. Perspectives on Psychological Science (forthcoming). “Do people from different countries and different backgrounds have similar preferences for how much more the rich should earn than the poor? Using survey data from 40 countries (N = 55,238), we compare respondents’ estimates ofContinue Reading

Progress Toward Restoring the Everglades: The Fifth Biennial Review

“The Everglades ecosystem is vast, stretching more than 200 miles from Orlando to Florida Bay, and Everglades National Park is but a part located at the southern end. During the 19th and 20th centuries, the historical Everglades has been reduced to half of its original size, and what remains is not the pristine ecosystem manyContinue Reading

The Effect of Firm Bankruptcy on Retiree Benefits, with Applications to the Automotive and Coal Industries

CRS – The Effect of Firm Bankruptcy on Retiree Benefits, with Applications to the Automotive and Coal Industries. Carol Rapaport, Analyst in Health Care Financing, September 22, 2014. “Benefits for retired employees are of particular interest to policy makers because of the growing number of retirees and forecasts indicating that some future retirees may not have the necessary financialContinue Reading

The National Fish, Wildlife and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy

“The purpose of the National Fish, Wildlife and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy is to inspire and enable natural resource administrators,  elected officials, and other decision makers to take action to adapt to a changing climate. Adaptation actions are vital to sustaining the nation’s ecosystems and natural resources—as well as the human uses and values that the natural worldContinue Reading

Updated reverse mortgage guide: Two things you should know

CFPB: “More and more homeowners are considering tapping their home equity as they approach retirement age. Getting a reverse mortgage is one way that some older homeowners can do that. Reverse mortgages are a special type of home equity loan sold to homeowners aged 62 years and older, which are repaid when the borrowers sellContinue Reading

College Enrollment Declines for Second Year in a Row

“College enrollment declined by close to half a million (463,000) between 2012 and 2013, marking the second year in a row that a drop of this magnitude has occurred. The cumulative two-year drop of 930,000 was larger than any college enrollment drop before the recent recession, according to U.S. Census Bureau statistics from the CurrentContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – IGs, International Labor Grants, Special Education

INSPECTORS GENERAL: DHS OIG’s Structure, Policies, and Procedures Are Consistent with Standards, but Areas for Improvement Exist, GAO-14-726: Published: Sep 24, 2014. Publicly Released: Sep 24, 2014. INTERNATIONAL LABOR GRANTS: DOL’s Use of Financial and Performance Monitoring Tools Needs to Be Strengthened, GAO-14-832: Published: Sep 24, 2014. Publicly Released: Sep 24, 2014. SPECIAL EDUCATION: Improved Performance Measures Could Enhance OversightContinue Reading

Measuring Labor Market Slack

CBO - Presentation by Wendy Edelberg at the Peterson Institute for International Economics conference on Labor Market Slack: Assessing and Addressing in Real Time “In CBO’s view, the current slack in the labor market consists of multiple elements, including: The labor force participation rate is well below what CBO estimates would be achieved if the demand forContinue Reading

Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa -The First 9 Months of the Epidemic and Forward Projections

Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa — The First 9 Months of the Epidemic and Forward Projections - WHO Ebola Response Team - September 23, 2014. DOI: 10.1056/NEJMoa1411100 “As of September 14, 2014, a total of 4507 confirmed and probable cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD), as well as 2296 deaths from the virus, had been reported fromContinue Reading

UNESCO Database on the Right to Education

UNESCO Database: “The library contains about 1,000 documents including: Member States’ constitutions, laws, decrees as well as educational programmes and plans. You can search the library by selecting a country region, type of document and/or language.”