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Majority Says Any Budget Deal Must Include Planned Parenthood Funding

Pew – “With the prospect of a government shutdown apparently decreasing, the public by a wide margin says that any congressional budget agreement must maintain funding for Planned Parenthood. The latest national poll by the Pew Research Center, conducted Sept. 22-27 among 1,502 adults, finds that 60% say that any budget deal must maintain funding forContinue Reading

2012 Economic Census: Mining Geographic Area Series

“The 2012 Economic Census mining release continues with three geographic area series reports, which provide statistics for the state or offshore areas. Industry statistics are published at the two- through six-digit North American Industry Classification System levels and detailed statistics are shown at the two-digit NAICS level. Industry statistics by type of operation for state or offshore areas areContinue Reading

Infographic: Job Creation in the United States

“A collection of three graphs utilizing data from Business Dynamics Statistics, which provides annual statistics on establishments, firm startups and job creation and job loss. This infographic describes important trends observed in the Business Dynamics Statistics data released last week, which includes statistics through 2013. The graphs address startups’ contribution to the total number of jobs overContinue Reading

Measuring wage inequality within and across U.S. metropolitan areas, 2003–13

BLS Monthly Labor Review – September 2015 – “This article shows that location, size, and occupational composition play important roles in determining the level of wage inequality within and across U.S. metropolitan areas. Larger areas, especially in the Northeast and on the West Coast, typically have greater wage inequality, while smaller areas, many of whichContinue Reading

Does Governance Have a Role in Pricing? Cross-Country Evidence from Bitcoin Markets

Viglione, Robert, Does Governance Have a Role in Pricing? Cross-Country Evidence from Bitcoin Markets (September 25, 2015). Available for download at SSRN: “I investigate the effects of social technologies related to governance on cross-country differences in Bitcoin prices. Investors pay a persistent premium over global prices in countries with less economic freedom, particularly whenContinue Reading

Berkman Center Launches New Internet Data Dashboard

“The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University is pleased to announce the launch of the Internet Monitor dashboard, a freely accessible tool that aims to improve information for policymakers, researchers, advocates, and user communities working to shape the future of the Internet by helping them understand trends in Internet health and activity throughContinue Reading

MGI Gender Parity and the Economy Dashboards

McKinsey Global Institute Power of Parity – “How gender-equal is your country? MGI examines gender equality across 15 indicators. These countries are home to 93% of the world’s women and represent 97% of global GDP. Roll over countries to see how they score on gender equality for the selected indicator.”

McKinsey – Urban mobility at a tipping point

“As more of the world’s cities become congested and polluted, new business models and technologies are emerging to solve the mobility challenge…By 2030, 60 percent of the world’s population will live in cities, up from about 50 percent today. Over the same period, more than two billion people are likely to enter the middle class,Continue Reading

Legal Issues with Federal Labeling of Genetically Engineered Food: In Brief

Legal Issues with Federal Labeling of Genetically Engineered Food: In Brief. Emily M. Lanza, Legislative Attorney. September 22, 2015. “Genetically engineered (GE) foods, sometimes referred to as genetically modified foods (GMO foods), are foods that are derived from scientific methods used to introduce new traits or characteristics to an organism. The labeling of GE foodsContinue Reading

Unlocking Federal Talent

“ is a comprehensive data visualization dashboard created by the US Office of Personnel Management to help Government leaders make data driven decisions and design initiatives to increase employee engagement and satisfaction. Employee engagement is the employee’s sense of purpose that is evident in their display of dedication, persistence, and effort in their work orContinue Reading

GAO Reports – Adaptive Sports, DOD Financial Management, Medicare, Food Assistance, Biosurveillance, Public Transit

Adaptive Sports Grant Program: VA Has Taken Steps toward Better Grantee Selection and Oversight, but Additional Actions Needed, GAO-15-791: Published: Sep 28, 2015. Publicly Released: Sep 28, 2015. DOD Financial Management: Continued Actions Needed to Address Congressional Committee Panel Recommendations, GAO-15-463: Published: Sep 28, 2015. Publicly Released: Sep 28, 2015. Drug Compounding for Animals: FDAContinue Reading

Social Norms and Legal Design

Social Norms and Legal Design – Bruno Deffains and Claude Fluety. This version, September 2015. “We compare fault-based and strict liability offences in law enforcement when behavior is influenced by informal prosocial norms of conduct. Fault tends to be more effective than strict liability in harnessing social or self-image concerns. When enforcement relies on finesContinue Reading