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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Understanding Business Dynamics: An Integrated Data System for America’s Future

Categories: Business/Economics,Statistics

Criticizes the federal government’s data systems for failing to capture the dynamic nature of the economy, especially with regard to new businesses, and calls upon statistical agencies to collect more data on new, small businesses. From the National Research Council.

Human Rights Report, Iraq

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Iraq

Tenth in a series of reports on the human rights situation in Iraq. This report covers the first quarter of 2007 and criticizes the Iraq government, U.S. forces, and insurgent groups for various human rights violations. Does not contain the usual totals on civilian casualties because the Iraq government did not provide them. From the U.N. Assistance Mission for Iraq.

Income and Wealth: How Did Households Owning Small Businesses Fare From 1988 to 2004?

Categories: Business/Economics,Income/Poverty

Extends an earlier study through 2004 and finds that families owning businesses are significantly more likely to be high income earners than families not owning businesses. However income and wealth for business-owning families is more sensitive to fluctuations in the economy. From the Small Business Administration.

Nutrition Standards for Foods in Schools: Leading the Way Toward Healthier Youth

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Education,Food/Nutrition

Proposes nutrition standards for federally-reimbursable school lunch programs and argues that opportunities for other, competitive foods should be restricted to fruits, vegetables, whole grains, non-fat or low-fat milk and dairy products. From the Institute of Medicine of the National Research Council.

Presidential Advisers’ Testimony Before Congressional Committees: An Overview

Categories: Govt Processes/Organization,Presidency

Examines constitutional frictions between the need of Congress to investigate presidential policymaking and the legitimate restrictions that can be imposed by executive branch officials. Also examines the growth in the number of presidential advisers since the creation of the Executive Office of the President in 1939 and the tools and procedures that can be used to obtain executive branch testimony. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists.

Social Indicators

Latest version of a research paper which offers British social statistics on such topics as crime, defense, education, elections, health and the population. Also includes a special section on smoking in public places and a subject page for waste and recycling. House of Commons Library Research Paper 07/38

Trade-Offs in Allocating Allowances for CO2 Emissions

Categories: Business/Economics,Climate Change,Environment

Examines how policymakers’ decisions about allocating allowances or limits on the total emissions of cardon dioxide would affect the total cost of the policy to the U.S. economy as well as among households. From the Congressional Budget Office.

Prospects for a Successful Peace Process in Nepal: Internal and International Perspectives

Categories: Asia,Communism

Describes the peace agreement reached between the government and the communist forces in November 2006 and the prospects for the peace process. From the U.S. Institute of Peace

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