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October 8, 2014

New York Fed:  Matthew C. Plosser – “This paper empirically investigates banks’ investment allocations over the recent business cycle. I identify unsolicited deposit shocks resulting from unconventional energy development and estimate bank allocations of these deposits. In the pre-recession period, banks lend 38 percent of incremental deposits; however, during the downturn, banks favor liquid assets and lending […]
“The world is ageing fast. By 2030, there will be more people over 60 than under 10. Already there are more adults over 60 than children under 5. The Global AgeWatch Index has been developed and constructed by HelpAge International from international data sets drawn from the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the World Bank, […]
Where Do Informed Traders Trade: Trading Around News on Dow 30 Options – Wei Dong and Nitish Ranjan Sinha

October 7, 2014

New York Fed Overview – Explore Maps: “Community Credit Profiles provide local information on credit access and use to help inform community development policymakers and practitioners. Indicators are updated twice a year at the national, state, and county levels to enable peer comparisons and program and activity benchmarks. Homeownership is a widely acknowledged marker of economic […]
CDC - “Heroin deaths increased sharply in many states, according to a report of death certificate data from 28 states published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in this week’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Despite these findings, still more than twice as many people died from prescription opioid overdoses as died from heroin […]
EPIC: “The NSA released a privacy report on its surveillance activities under 12333, an Executive Order that provides broad authority for data collection. But the report only addresses a narrow aspect of the EO 12333 collection – protections for U.S. persons in the context of targeted signal intelligence activities. The report fails to address bulk collection or […]
“Dual-use applications for chemical manufacturing equipment have been recognized as a concern for many years, and export-control regulations worldwide are in place as a result. These regulations, in conjunction with the verification and inspection requirements of Article VI of the Chemical Weapons Convention, are designed to support non-proliferation of manufacturing equipment suitable for production of […]
Those delaying retirement tend to fit a certain profile, By Steve Nyce. September 25, 2014. “34% of workers under 40 believe that retirement delays among older workers are restricting their career opportunities. Aside from retirement savings, health and stress have the strongest links to retirement timing. Offering employees greater retirement security can help employers cultivate a less […]
“The more than 1800 oral histories completed over the past quarter century stem from the contributions of many individuals who gladly provided their expertise and numerous insights regarding U.S. diplomatic history and several others who selflessly volunteered their time to help edit the interviews. If you would like to volunteer to be interviewed or help […]
A Framework for Assessing Potential Changes – GAO-15-131: Published: Oct 7, 2014. Publicly Released: Oct 7, 2014. “Developments in the single-family housing finance market from 2000-2013 led to changes in the federal government’s role in the housing finance system and ultimately to a significant increase in that role. For example: Before the 2007-2009 financial crisis, the market […]
Michelle Angier and Beth Axelrod – “During the summer of 2013—about two and a half years after the start of a major effort to increase the number and proportion of senior-leadership roles held by women at eBay Inc. —we conducted a global gender-diversity survey on the attitudes and experiences of our top 1,700 leaders. The survey revealed some […]

October 6, 2014

“Living standards continue to diverge within many economically advanced countries as poorer regions struggle to catch up with richer ones. Half of the 34 OECD countries have seen the income gap between their best-off and worst-off regions widen since the 2008 crisis, according to new OECD research. The OECD Regional Outlook 2014 shows that in 10 OECD countries, […]
While social media provides myriad benefits, the advances in connectivity and wealth may come at the expense of the state and the world’s stability, writes Curtis Hougland, CEO of, a global social marketing agency.  “James Foley. David Haines. Steven Sotloff. The list of people beheaded by followers of the Islamic State of Iraq and […]
Lutz, Chandler, Unconventional Monetary Policy and Uncertainty (October 6, 2014). Available for download at SSRN: “Using a structural factor-augmented vector autoregression (FAVAR) model and a large database of daily time series, we examine the impact of unconventional monetary policy on multiple proxies of economic and financial uncertainty. Our findings indicate that expansionary unconventional monetary policy […]
Oermann, Markus and Lose, Martin and Schmidt, Jan-Hinrik and Johnsen, Katharina, Approaching Social Media Governance (September 19, 2014). HIIG Discussion Paper Series No. 2014-05. Available for download at SSRN: “In this working paper, we address the new forms of governance emerging within the technological and social spaces of Social Media. The overall aim of the […]
CRS – Poverty in the United States: 2013. Thomas Gabe, Specialist in Social Policy. September 25, 2014. “In 2013, 45.3 million people were counted as poor in the United States under the official poverty measure—a number statistically unchanged from the 46.5 million people estimated as poor in 2012. The poverty rate, or percent of the population considered poor […]
MEDICAID: Information on Inmate Eligibility and Federal Costs for Allowable Services, GAO-14-752R: Published: Sep 5, 2014. Publicly Released: Oct 6, 2014: “In 2013, the Medicaid program financed health care services for more than 72 million individuals, and an additional 7 million beneficiaries are expected to enroll in 2014 as a result of states choosing to expand Medicaid eligibility […]
Treasury Could Better Analyze Data to Improve Oversight of Servicers’ Practices, GAO-15-5: Published: Oct 6, 2014. Publicly Released: Oct 6, 2014. “Through June 2014, the U.S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury) had disbursed about one-third of the $38.5 billion in Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) funds allocated to housing programs. However, the number of new borrowers added […]
CRS – Temporary Professional, Managerial, and Skilled Foreign Workers: Legislation in the 113th Congress. Ruth Ellen Wasem, Specialist in Immigration Policy. September 30, 2014 “The admission of professional, managerial, and skilled foreign workers raises a complex set of policy issues as the United States competes internationally for the most talented workers in the world, without adversely effecting U.S. workers […]
CRS – Iran: U.S. Concerns and Policy Responses. Kenneth Katzman,  Specialist in Middle Eastern Affairs. October 1, 2014 “Since the Islamic Revolution in Iran in 1979, a priority of U.S. policy has been to reduce the perceived threat posed by Iran to a broad range of U.S. interests. However, a common enemy has emerged in the form of the […]