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The Importance of Data Occupations in the U.S. Economy

 Economics & Statistics Administration, Department of Commerce. By William Hawk, Regina Powers, Economists, and Robert Rubinovitz Deputy Chief Economist Economics and Statistics Administration Office of the Chief Economist. ESA Issue Brief #01 -15. March 12, 2015.

“The growing importance of data in the economy is hard to dispute. But what does this mean for workers and jobs? A lot, as it turns out: higher paying (over $40/hour), faster growing jobs. In this report we identify occupations where data analysis and processing are central to the work performed and measure the size of employment and earnings in these occupations , as well as in the industries that have the highest concentration of these data occupations. Key findings of the report include:

• Employment where data is central to the job was about 10.3 million in 2013 (of which 1.6 million were government workers) , or about 7.8 percent of all employment. However, including occupations where working with data is at least an important part of the job dramatically increases that number: to 74.3 million jobs, or over half of the workforce.
• Hourly wages for private-sector workers in data occupations, which are concentrated in the broad categories of business and computer/mathematical occupations, averaged $40.30 in 2013, about 68 percent higher for all occupations.
• For these top data occupations, two-thirds or more of the workers have at least a college degree; in comparison about one-third of workers across all occupations have a bachelor’sdegree or higher.
• Private sector industries with the highest concentration of data occupations added 1.8 million jobs over the last decade, representing about 31 percent of total private job growth which was four times faster than in private industries overall.
• Data intensive industries are located in many states, but the highest concentrations are in Washington, D.C.; Virginia; Massachusetts; Maryland; and Connecticut.”

CEO Cognition in Strategy Research

Chanda, Sasanka Sekhar, CEO Cognition in Strategy Research (March 27, 2015). Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2586215 “Cognitive considerations arising from the functions of the Chief Executive Officer appear to have been ignored in strategy research. Taking a cue from Freeman’s stakeholder theory, I discuss the constituencies addressed by the CEO in performing his/her jobContinue Reading

RAND – A Database of U.S. Security Treaties and Agreements

RAND – “Treaties and agreements are powerful foreign policy tools that the United States uses to build and solidify relationships with partners and to influence the behavior of other states. As a result, the overall U.S. portfolio of treaties and agreements can offer insight into the distribution and depth of U.S. commitments internationally, including itsContinue Reading

The Productivity of Working Hours

The Productivity of Working Hours, John Pencavel, April 2014. Stanford University and Institute for the Study of Labor, Bonn – Germany. “Observations on munition workers, most of them women, are organized to examine the relationship between their output and their working hours. The relationship is nonlinear: below an hours threshold, output is proportional to hours;Continue Reading

2015 Brown Center Report on American Education: How Well Are American Students Learning?

Brookings – Editor’s Note: The introduction to the 2015 Brown Center Report on American Education appears below. Use the Table of Contents to navigate through the report online, or download a PDF of the full report. TABLE OF CONTENTS Part I: Girls, Boys, and Reading Part II: Measuring Effects of the Common Core Part III: StudentContinue Reading

For young readers – print and digital coexist

Young readers prefer printed books – By Cory Doctorow “A new book called Words Onscreen: The Fate of Reading in a Digital World cites surveys that say that young readers increasingly prefer to read books from paper, not screens. More than that, though, they find ebooks and printed books complementary. Printed books are good for protractedContinue Reading

Bioethics Commission Releases Gray Matters, Vol. 2

“Today, the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission) released the second volume of its two-part response to President Obama’s request related to the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative. Gray Matters: Topics at the Intersection of Neuroscience, Ethics, and Society, seeks to clarify the scientific landscape, identify common ground,Continue Reading

Free Practice Technology Ebook for Law Students

David Whelan – What it is: a free e-book of roughly 20,000 words providing an overview of practice technology in a generic law practice; licensed under a Creative Commons Share-alike license so that faculty can repurpose it however they like; an e-book for law students looking for something longer than blog posts or even longContinue Reading

New OECD report examines global outlook of social progress for children

Via GOOD and Quartz: ” That bullying is both a terrible and all too common feature of childhood is beyond question. But a recent report put out by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) seeks not only to address the social and developmental realities of children around the world, but indexes exactly where in the world kids reported experiencing the mostContinue Reading

Pew – The Internet’s Influence in Emerging, Developing Nations

Internet Usage More Common Among the Young, Well-Educated and English Speakers: “As more people around the world gain access to all the tools of the digital age, the internet will play a greater role in everyday life. And so far, people in emerging and developing nations say that the increasing use of the internet hasContinue Reading

Pew Report – Public Libraries and Hispanics

“When it comes to public libraries, immigrant Hispanics pose both a challenge and an opportunity to the library community. On the one hand, this group, which makes up half of the adult U.S. Hispanic population, is less likely than other Americans to have ever visited a U.S. public library and is much less likely toContinue Reading

How Millennials today compare with their grandparents 50 years ago

Pew FactTank – The past five decades – spanning from the time when the Silent generation (today, mostly in their 70s and 80s) was entering adulthood to the adulthood of today’s Millennials – have seen large shifts in U.S. society and culture. It has been a period during which Americans, especially Millennials, have become moreContinue Reading