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March 17, 2015

Diagnostic Concordance Among Pathologists Interpreting Breast Biopsy Specimens. Joann G. Elmore, MD, MPH; Gary M. Longton, MS; Patricia A. Carney, PhD; Berta M. Geller, EdD; Tracy Onega, PhD; Anna N. A. Tosteson, ScD; Heidi D. Nelson, MD, MPH; Margaret S. Pepe, PhD; Kimberly H. Allison, MD; Stuart J. Schnitt, MD; Frances P. O’Malley, MB; Donald L. Weaver, MD. JAMA. 2015;313(11):1122-1132. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.1405. [full text is available free] “Approximately 1.6 million women in the United States have breast biopsies each year. […]
NYT – A Police Gadget Tracks Phones? Shhh! It’s Secret – “A powerful new surveillance tool being adopted by police departments across the country comes with an unusual requirement: To buy it, law enforcement officials must sign a nondisclosure agreement preventing them from saying almost anything about the technology… The technology goes by various names, […]
30 species in pieces, “an interactive exhibition turned study into 30 of the world’s most interesting but unfortunately endangered species — their survivals laying literally, in pieces.”
Head ML, Holman L, Lanfear R, Kahn AT, Jennions MD (2015) The Extent and Consequences of P-Hacking in Science. PLoS Biol 13(3): e1002106.. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.100210 “A focus on novel, confirmatory, and statistically significant results leads to substantial bias in the scientific literature. One type of bias, known as “p-hacking,” occurs when researchers collect or select data […]

March 16, 2015

“The Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament has today published its Report ‘Privacy and Security: A modern and transparent legal framework‘. This Report includes, for the first time in a single document, a comprehensive review of the full range of intrusive capabilities available to the UK intelligence Agencies. It contains an unprecedented amount of information […]
Amorello, Luca and Huber, Sacha, Recovery Planning: A New Valuable Corporate Governance Framework for Credit Institutions (March 9, 2015). Law and Economics Yearly Review, Vol. 3, Part 2, 2014 (pp. 296-317). Available for download at SSRN: “Since the outset of the 2008 financial crisis, policymakers realized the need to implement a new regime for […]
Financial crisis, US unconventional monetary policy and international spillovers by Qianying Chen, Andrew Filardo, Dong He and Feng Zhu. Bank for International Settlements Working Paper No 494. March 2015. “We study the impact of US quantitative easing (QE) on both the emerging and advanced economies, estimating a global vector error correction model (GVECM). We focus […]
Has performance pay contributed to the rise of inequality in the United States? – Maury B. Gittleman “The tremendous amount of attention paid to Thomas Piketty’s book Capital in the Twenty-First Century, as well as the French economist’s more academic writings, have helped raise awareness of rising economic inequality in the United States. Maury Gittleman […]
Lee Rainie and Mary Madden: “It has been nearly two years since the first disclosures of government surveillance programs by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden and Americans are still coming to terms with how they feel about the programs and how to live in light of them. The documents leaked by Snowden revealed […]
CRS – Access to Broadband Networks: The Net Neutrality Debate. Angele A. Gilroy, Specialist in Telecommunications Policy. March 9, 2015. “As congressional policymakers continue to debate telecommunications reform, a major discussion point revolves around what approach should be taken to ensure unfettered access to the Internet. The move to place restrictions on the owners of […]
CRS – U.S. Circuit and District Court Nominations During President Obama’s First Six Years (2009-2014): Comparative Analysis with Recent Presidents, March 9, 2015. “The selection and confirmation process for U.S. circuit and district court judges is of continuing interest to Congress. Recent Senate debates over judicial nominations have focused on issues such as the relative […]
The Debt Limit Since 2011, D. Andrew Austin, Analyst in Economic Policy. March 9, 2015. “The Constitution grants Congress the power to borrow money on the credit of the United States—one part of its power of the purse—and thus mandates that Congress exercise control over federal debt. Control of debt policy has at times provided […]
“In honor of Women’s History Month, the U.S. Census Bureau released today a new table showing median earnings by detailed occupation from the 2013 American Community Survey. The table includes ratios indicating the percentage of women in an occupation, as well as the male-to-female earnings ratio in the occupation for full-time, year round workers in […]
Criminal History Records: Additional Actions Could Enhance the Completeness of Records Used For Employment-Related Background Checks, GAO-15-162: Published: Feb 12, 2015. Publicly Released: Mar 16, 2015. Geospatial Data: Progress Needed on Identifying Expenditures, Building and Utilizing a Data Infrastructure, and Reducing Duplicative Efforts, GAO-15-193: Published: Feb 12, 2015. Publicly Released: Mar 16, 2015. Homeland Security […]

March 15, 2015

“In this new study, economist Robert Shapiro, chairman of Sonecon, LLC, and a faculty member of Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, analyzes new Census Bureau data to track the household incomes of Americans by age cohort, following their income paths as they age. Using this approach, Shapiro shows that income progress was broad and robust […]
CDC press release: “Two out of 3 people diagnosed with cancer survive five years or more, according to a CDC study published in today’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The report found that the most common cancer sites continue to be cancers of the prostate (128 cases per 100,000 men), female breast (122 cases per […]
“Available from April 1995 forward, this monthly publication is prepared by the Council of Economic Advisers for the Joint Economic Committee. It provides economic information on gross domestic product, income, employment, production, business activity, prices, money, credit, security markets, Federal finance, and international statistics. Economic Indicators back to 1948 are made available through FRASER, the […]
Brennan, Michael J. and Huh, Sahn-Wook and Subrahmanyam, Avanidhar, High-Frequency Measures of Information Risk (March 12, 2015). Available for download at SSRN: “We estimate each day for each stock the conditional probabilities of informed trading on good and bad news in the spirit of Easley et al. (1996), and provide new evidence that these […]
“Today, the Institute for Energy Research released a new study titled Assessing Emerging Policy Threats to the U.S. Power Grid as a continuation of the Story of Electricity initiative. The report finds that the greatest threats to our power grid are not physical or cyber attacks, but rather existing and upcoming Federal and State policies including subsidies, mandates, […]
“With the U.S. Senate Special Commi ttee on Aging holding a hearing [March 12] on “Bridging the Gap: How Prepared are Americans for Retirement ?” the nonpartisan Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) is re-posting recent findings that the aggregate national retirement savings deficit is about $4.13 trillion for all U.S. households where the head of […]