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April 20, 2014

Documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show BP officials discussing how to influence the work of scientists: ”BP officials tried to take control of a $500m fund pledged by the oil company for independent research into the consequences of the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster, it has emerged. Documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show BP officials openly […] The post Guardian – Emails expose BP’s attempts to control research into impact of Gulf oil spill appeared first on beSpacific.
Barry P. Bosworth, The Brookings Institution; Kathleen Burke, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: ”This analysis uses data from the Health and Retirement Study (HRS) to examine the sources of variation in mortality for individuals of varying socio-economic status (SES). The use of the HRS allows a distinction between education and a measure of career earnings as primary determinants of socio-economic […] The post Differential Mortality and Retirement Benefits in The Health And Retirement Study appeared first on beSpacific.
EIA: “About 6.2% of total U.S. electricity supplies in 2013 were generated from nonhydro renewable energy sources such as wind, solar, biomass, and geothermal, up from 5.4% in 2012. But 11 states produced electricity at more than twice the national average from these sources—accounting for between 14% and 32% of their net electric generation—according to […] The post Eleven states generated electricity from nonhydro renewables at double U.S. average appeared first on beSpacific.
“The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision today issued frequently asked questions (FAQs) on Basel III’s liquidity coverage ratio (LCR). To promote consistent global implementation of those requirements, the Committee has agreed to periodically review frequently asked questions and publish answers along with any technical elaboration of the rules text and interpretative guidance that may be necessary. The Committee […] The post Frequently Asked Questions on Basel III’s January 2013 Liquidity Coverage Ratio appeared first on beSpacific.
BLS – “Employment in large metropolitan areas – From February 2013 to February 2014, nonfarm employment rose in 33 of the 38 metropolitan areas with annual average employment levels above 750,000 in 2013, decreased in 4 areas, and was unchanged in Kansas City, Missouri-Kansas. CHART IMAGE CHART DATA In February 2014, the largest over-the-year percentage […] The post Employment in large metropolitan areas – From February 2013 to February 2014 appeared first on beSpacific.
Aaron E. Cobet: “In late 2007, the United States fell into a “Great Recession.” According to the National Bureau of Economic Research the recession officially ended in June 2009, but it took several more years for average household income and expenditures to exceed their 2008 levels in nominal terms. The recession lowered household income and consumer expenditures […] The post BLS – High-income household spending and the economic recovery appeared first on beSpacific.
“The labor-force participation rate for those ages 55 and older rose throughout the 1990s and into the 2000s, when it began to level off but with a small increase following the 2007–2008 economic downturn. For those ages 55–64, the upward trend was driven almost exclusively by the increased labor-force participation of women, whereas the male […] The post Labor-force Participation Rates of the Population Ages 55 and Older, 2013 appeared first on beSpacific.
Ramirez, Steven A., The Virtues of Private Securities Litigation: An Historic and Macroeconomic Perspective (April 18, 2014). Loyola University Chicago Law Journal, Vol. 45, No. 3, 2014. Available at SSRN: “In the wake of the Great Depression, the federal securities laws operated to mandate disclosure of material facts to investors and extend broad private remedies […] The post The Virtues of Private Securities Litigation: An Historic and Macroeconomic Perspective appeared first on beSpacific.
Pew Research Center, Lee Raine: “It is important to remember that no one, no government and no organization “controls the internet.”  ICANN is a crucial cog in the functioning of the internet because computers (and the people who use them) cannot find each other on the internet without Internet Protocol (IP) addresses. ICANN oversees how those addresses […] The post What happens to the internet after the U.S. hands off ICANN to others? appeared first on beSpacific.

April 19, 2014

“Did you know as much as half of your household energy use goes to heating and cooling? Airflow problems can reduce your HVAC system’s efficiency by up to 15% and contribute to carbon pollution. In fact, dirt and neglect are the top causes of heating and cooling system inefficiency and failure. Check out EPA’s A Guide to […] The post Earth Month Tip: Clean the area around the outdoor components of your HVAC system appeared first on beSpacific.
Donald Kohn, Brookings - Institutions for Macroprudential Regulation: The UK and the U.S. - ”The U.S. and the world economy still haven’t fully recovered from the global financial crisis that provoked the worst recession since the Great Depression. Nonetheless, a lot of effort already has gone into reducing the risk that we put the world through something […] The post Institutions for Macroprudential Regulation: The UK and the U.S. appeared first on beSpacific.
“This week marks the one-year anniversary of the launch of the Digital Public Library of America, a groundbreaking all-digital library that brings together millions of items from America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world. In celebration, DPLA is proud to announce the addition of six major new partners and […] The post Digital Public Library of America Celebrates Its First Birthday appeared first on beSpacific.
Via Home Room – the official blog of the Dept. of Education: “Federal student loans can be a great way to help pay for college or career school. While you shouldn’t be afraid to take out federal student loans, you should be smart about it. Before you take out a loan, it’s important to understand that a loan […] The post 5 Things To Consider When Taking Out Student Loans appeared first on beSpacific.
“The Systems Approach for Better Education Results (SABER) is an initiative to produce comparative data and knowledge on education policies and institutions, with the aim of helping countries systematically strengthen their education systems. SABER evaluates the quality of education policies against evidence-based global standards, using new diagnostic tools and detailed policy data collected for the […] The post World Bank – Systems Approach for Better Education Results appeared first on beSpacific.
“EFF and Sunlight Foundation published an open call for help testing a tool and populating an open data format that would make it easier for everyday people to contact members of Congress. We already had a prototype, but we needed volunteers to conduct tests on each and every Congressional website. We expected the project would take about two […] The post First-ever public domain database for submitting emails to members of Congress launched appeared first on beSpacific.

April 18, 2014

Allen, Kyle D. and Griffiths, Mark D. and Hein, Scott E. and Winters, Drew B., Why Is the Effective Fed Funds Rate So Low? (April 16, 2014). Available at SSRN: “Since December 18, 2008 when the Federal Reserve began paying 25 basis points (bps) on depository institution’s reserves, the effective federal funds rate has stayed […] The post Why Is the Effective Fed Funds Rate So Low? appeared first on beSpacific.
Graham, John R. and Leary, Mark T. and Roberts, Michael R., How Does Government Borrowing Affect Corporate Financing and Investment? (April 16, 2014). Available at SSRN: “Using a novel dataset of accounting and market information that spans most publicly traded nonfinancial firms over the last century, we find an economically large and robust negative relation […] The post How Does Government Borrowing Affect Corporate Financing and Investment? appeared first on beSpacific.
 National Women’s Law Center: ”Families depend on women’s wages more than ever, but the typical woman working full time, year round is paid less than the typical full-time, year-round male worker. These disparities exist in every state. However, as indicated in the map below, the size of the disparity varies by state. Additionally, women represent nearly […] The post The Wage Gap, State by State appeared first on beSpacific.
MARITIME INFRASTRUCTURE: Key Issues Related to Commercial Activity in the U.S. Arctic over the Next Decade, GAO-14-299: Published: Mar 19, 2014. Publicly Released: Apr 18, 2014. MEDICARE IMAGING ACCREDITATION: Effect on Access to Advanced Diagnostic Imaging Is Unclear amid Other Policy Changes, GAO-14-378: Published: Apr 18, 2014. Publicly Released: Apr 18, 2014. NUCLEAR WEAPONS: Technology Development Efforts for the Uranium Processing Facility, GAO-14-295: […] The post New GAO Reports: Maritime Infrastructure, Medicare Imaging Accreditation, Nuclear Weapons appeared first on beSpacific.
“In a letter to the White House, a coalition of US organizations urged the Administration to recognize the recent opinion by the Court of Justice, the highest court in Europe, that ended a European data retention mandate. The European law required telephone and internet companies to retain metadata on customers for national security purposes. The European Court of Justice […] The post Coalition Urges White House to Recognize EU Opinion; End NSA Telephone Records Program appeared first on beSpacific.