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Daily Archives: December 21, 2015

OECD – The Future of Productivity

OECD December 11, 2015: “This book addresses the rising productivity gap between the global frontier and other firms, and identifies a number of structural impediments constraining business start-ups, knowledge diffusion and resource allocation (such as barriers to up-scaling and relatively high rates of skill mismatch). Analysis based on micro and industry-level data highlights the importance of reallocation-friendly policies, including well-functioning product, labour and risk capital markets, efficient judicial systems, bankruptcy laws that do not excessively penalise failure, housing policies that do not unduly restrict labour mobility, and improvements in public funding and organisation of basic research which do not excessively favour applied vs basic research and incumbents vs young firms.”

UN Refugee Agency – Statistics & Operational Data

“UNHCR contributes to coordination and informed decision-making in refugee operations by providing accurate, relevant and timely data and statistics. This key resource is used by all partners to respond to the needs of refugee populations. This section provides data, reports, maps and other information essential for field operations. It also carries statistical reports on the… Continue Reading

Pew – Home Broadband 2015

The share of Americans with broadband at home has plateaued, and more rely only on their smartphones for online access: “Three notable changes relating to digital access and digital divides are occurring in the realm of personal connectivity, according to new findings from Pew Research Center surveys. First, home broadband adoption seems to have plateaued.… Continue Reading

FAS posts 3 new CRS documents on Sale and Use of Firearms

Arms Sales: Congressional Review Process, Paul K. Kerr, Analyst in Nonproliferation, December 17, 2015: “This report reviews the process and procedures that currently apply to congressional consideration of foreign arms sales proposed by the President. This includes consideration of proposals to sell major defense equipment, defense articles and services, or the re-transfer to third party… Continue Reading

What Is “Building Partner Capacity?” Issues for Congress

What Is “Building Partner Capacity?” Issues for Congress. Kathleen J. McInnis, Coordinator, Analyst in International Security; Nathan J. Lucas, Section Research Manager. December 18, 2015. “Since 2001, successive U.S. administrations have increasingly prioritized efforts to build foreign security forces—particularly in weak and failing states—arguing that doing so advances U.S. national security objectives. In turn, the… Continue Reading

State of the Commons Report Highlights Milestone of Over 1 Billion Creative Commons Works Shared Online

Ryan Merkley, December 8, 2015 –  Annual State of the Commons Report highlights global cultural and policy impact of free and open content – “Creative Commons, the global nonprofit that makes it easier for creators to share their work under simple copyright terms, announced a major milestone in the release of its 2015 State of… Continue Reading

Social Security Policy Options, 2015

CBO – Social Security Policy Options 2015 – “Social Security, which marked its 80th anniversary in 2015, is the largest single program in the federal government’s budget. The program has two parts: Old-Age and Survivors Insurance (OASI), which pays benefits to retired workers, to their dependents and survivors, and to some survivors of deceased workers;… Continue Reading

Census Bureau – 2014 Annual Survey of Public Employment and Payroll Data

“The U.S. Census Bureau today released statistics from the 2014 Annual Survey of Public Employment & Payroll, which provides a comprehensive look at the number of state and local government civilian employees and their gross payrolls. The survey is the only data source that specifies employment by government function for state and local governments; some… Continue Reading