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Daily Archives: December 7, 2015

Brookings – Broadband adoption rates and gaps in U.S. metropolitan areas

Broadband adoption rates and gaps in U.S. metropolitan areas by Adie Tomer and Joseph Kane, December 7, 2015.

“For many Americans, daily life orbits around a high-speed Internet connection. Workers and students go online to communicate and learn. Families stay in touch through live video feeds. Job seekers often need an electronic resume and an email address for applications. Smartphones put maps, social networks, and video streams in people’s pockets. The American economy has gone digital. Yet, the rapid transition to online content and services comes at a price. Buying cheaper goods directly from wholesalers, immediately accessing government services, and finding employment opportunities are increasingly only available to those who have an online connection. As a result, individuals without a private Internet subscription or digital skills are at a disadvantage when it comes to accessing economic opportunity. Individuals with digital skills but no private broadband subscription –likely due to the United States’ relatively expensive broadband service—must spend extra time getting to public connection points, such as libraries. And since everyone cannot regularly access the Internet, government agencies must operate both digital and analog systems, and private businesses miss out on an expanded customer base…”

Delivery Rates on Kickstarter

Mollick, Ethan R., Delivery Rates on Kickstarter (December 4, 2015). Available for download at SSRN: “Using a large survey with 47,188 backers of Kickstarter projects, I examined the factors that led to projects failing to deliver their promised rewards. Among funded projects, a failure to deliver seems relatively rare, accounting for around 9% of… Continue Reading

NLM Releases New Health Literacy Tool Shed Website

“The U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), in collaboration with Boston University School of Medicine is pleased to announce the launch of the Health Literacy Tool Shed: The Health Literacy Tool Shed is a free, user-friendly, unique, curated online database of more than 100 empirically validated health literacy instruments. The Tool Shed serves as… Continue Reading

Mainstreaming Climate Action within Financial Institutions

The World Bank: “An unprecedented number of the world’s leading financial institutions from across the globe have joined the World Bank Group and other multilateral development banks in signing onto new principles to integrate climate change into their financing and operations. All together 26 financial institutions from developing and developed countries with combined balance sheets… Continue Reading

Energy use by federal agencies continues to decline

EIA – “According to the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP), energy consumption by the U.S. federal government fell to 0.94 quadrillion British thermal units (Btu) in fiscal year (FY) 2014, the lowest level since data collection began in FY 1975. Declines in jet fuel consumption by the U.S. Department of Defense accounted for most of… Continue Reading

FTC Challenges Proposed Merger of Staples, Inc. and Office Depot, Inc.

News release: “The Federal Trade Commission today filed an administrative complaint charging that Staples, Inc.’s proposed $6.3 billion acquisition of Office Depot, Inc. would violate the antitrust laws by significantly reducing competition nationwide in the market for “consumable” office supplies sold to large business customers for their own use. Framingham, Mass.-based Staples – the world’s… Continue Reading

How CBO Estimates Effects of Affordable Care Act on Labor Market

How CBO Estimates the Effects of the Affordable Care Act on the Labor Market: Working Paper 2015-09. By Edward Harris (CBO) and Shannon Mok (CBO). December 7, 2015. “The Affordable Care Act (ACA) will make the labor supply, measured as the total compensation paid to workers, 0.86 percent smaller in 2025 than it would have… Continue Reading

Board Identified Areas of Improvement for Supervisory Stress Testing Model Validation Activities

The Board Identified Areas of Improvement for Its Supervisory Stress Testing Model Validation Activities, and Opportunities Exist for Further Enhancement. Board Report: 2015-SR-B-018 October 29, 2015 “The Office of Inspector General conducted this evaluation to assess the extent to which the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System’s (Board) model risk management practices in… Continue Reading

The Global Carbon Atlas

“The Global Carbon Atlas is a platform to explore and visualize the most up-to-date data on carbon fluxes resulting from human activities and natural processes. Human impacts on the carbon cycle are the most important cause of climate change. The graphics and data sources are made available in the belief that their wide dissemination will… Continue Reading