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April 22, 2014

Di Stefano, Giada and Gino, Francesca and Pisano, Gary P. and Staats, Bradley R., Learning by Thinking: How Reflection Aids Performance (March 25, 2014). Harvard Business School NOM Unit Working Paper No. 14-093; Harvard Business School Technology & Operations Mgt. Unit Working Paper No. 14-093. Available at SSRN:  or “Research on learning has primarily focused […] The post Learning by Thinking: How Reflection Aids Performance appeared first on beSpacific.
Dēmos - Fast Food Failure. How CEO-to-Worker Pay Disparity Undermines the Industry and the Overall Economy, by Catherine Ruetschlin. “In 2012, the CEO-to worker compensation ratio in fast food topped 1,200-to-1; recently released proxy disclosures reveal that the ratio remained above 1,000-to-1 in 2013.” The post How CEO-to-Worker Pay Disparity Undermines the Industry and the Overall Economy appeared first on beSpacific.
Excerpt from the Verizon 2014 Data Breach Investigations Report: ‘“We have more incidents, more sources, and more variation than ever before—and trying to approach tens of thousands of incidents using the same techniques simply won’t cut it. Not only would the dominant incident characteristics drown out the subtleties of the less frequent varieties, but we cannot […] The post Verizon 2014 Data Breach Investigations Report appeared first on beSpacific.
“The CFPB received more than 2,300 private student loan complaints and more than 1,300 debt collection complaints related to student loans between October 1, 2013, and March 31, 2014.  This mid-year update discusses specific co-signer issues reported by borrowers. Approximately 90% of private student loans were co-signed in 2011. Many private student lenders advertise an option to release a […] The post CFPB – Mid-year update on student loan complaints appeared first on beSpacific.
News release: “All of us at the Luxembourg Income Study Database (LIS) are delighted that the New York Times (NYT) chose to launch their exciting new venture — The Upshot — with an extensive report, Losing the Lead, based on the LIS data. The Upshot, led by Pulitzer Prize winning economics journalist David Leonhardt, premiered today. The NYT report includes additional information about the data and a note […] The post NYT – Data Reveals American Middle Class Is No Longer the World’s Richest appeared first on beSpacific.
“…AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka unveiled the 2014 Executive PayWatch today. According to its data, U.S. CEOs – the highest paid in the world – pocketed, on average, $11.7 million in 2013 compared to the average worker who earned $35,293. That means CEOs were paid 331 times that of the average worker. Many of the CEOs highlighted […] The post AFL-CIO 2014 Executive PayWatch appeared first on beSpacific.
“In October 2013, 65.9 percent of 2013 high school graduates were enrolled in colleges or universities, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Recent high school graduates not enrolled in college in October 2013 were over twice as likely as enrolled graduates to be working or looking for work–74.2 percent compared with 34.1 percent. Information on school enrollment and […] The post College Enrollment and Work Activity of 2013 High School Graduates appeared first on beSpacific.
Key findings - Data from the National Health Interview Survey, 2012. NCHS Data Brief, Number 146, April 2014 Use of nonvitamin, nonmineral dietary supplements (17.9%) was greater than any other complementary health approach used by U.S. adults in 2012. The use of practitioner-based chiropractic or osteopathic manipulation was nearly twice as high in the West North Central region […] The post Regional Variation in Use of Complementary Health Approaches by U.S. Adults appeared first on beSpacific.
“A downloadable file containing estimates of the resident U.S. population by single year of age and sex will be released on the Population Estimates webpage.” The post Estimates of U.S. Population by Age and Sex: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2013 appeared first on beSpacific.
NATIONAL DEFENSE: Department of Defense’s Waiver of Competitive Prototyping Requirement for the Air Force’s B-2 Defensive Management System Modernization Program, GAO-14-522R: Published: Apr 22, 2014. Publicly Released: Apr 22, 2014. VA CONSTRUCTION: VA’s Actions to Address Cost Increases at Denver and Other Major Medical-Facility Projects, GAO-14-548T: Published: Apr 22, 2014. Publicly Released: Apr 22, 2014. The post New GAO Reports – National Defense, VA Construction appeared first on beSpacific.

April 21, 2014

CRS – Returning to Full Employment: What Do the Indicators Tell Us? Marc Labonte, Specialist in Macroeconomic Policy. April 15, 2014. “Until recently, the economy and labor market were experiencing an unusually slow recovery from the longest and deepest recession since the Great Depression compared to other expansions since World War II. The rapid decline in the unemployment rate […] The post Returning to Full Employment: What Do the Indicators Tell Us? appeared first on beSpacific.
“The Gulf Long-term Follow-up Study (GuLF STUDY)  is the largest study ever conducted on the potential health effects associated with an oil spill, with nearly 33,000 participants. The GuLF STUDY is focused on prospectively determining both physical and mental health effects related to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill and is collecting information that can […] The post The GuLF STUDY appeared first on beSpacific.
Interpreting Deviations from Okun’s Law. Mary C. Daly, John Fernald, Òscar Jordà, and Fernanda Nechio “Arthur Okun (1962) described the consistent relationship between changes in output and changes in unemployment that has become a standard tool for monetary policymakers and forecasters. The statistical relationship he uncovered has come to be known as Okun’s law. A simple […] The post Interpreting Deviations from Okun’s Law appeared first on beSpacific.
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES: Solicitations of Support for Enroll America, GAO-14-305R: Published: Mar 21, 2014. Publicly Released: Apr 21, 2014. INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE: Absorbing Budget Cuts Has Resulted in Significant Staffing Declines and Uneven Performance, GAO-14-534R: Published: Apr 21, 2014. Publicly Released: Apr 21, 2014. PRIVATE PENSIONS: Pension Tax Incentives Update, GAO-14-334R: Published: Mar 20, 2014. Publicly Released: Apr 21, […] The post New GAO Reports – HHS and Enroll America, IRS Budget Cuts, Private Pensions appeared first on beSpacific.

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.