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Earl Gregg Swem Library

The Global Financial Crisis: Analysis and Policy Implications

Categories: Asia,Business/Economics,European Union,Financial Crisis/Markets,Headlines

Describes the four phases of the global financial crisis, its effects on various parts of the world, international policy issues that are being debated, and the possible role for the U.S. Congress to pursue. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists.

Social Security and Marginal Returns to Work Near Retirement

Categories: Labor/Employment,Retirement/Social Security,Taxes

Finds that marginal returns on Social Security taxes paid near retirement are generally low. Also tests the effects on marginal returns of a variety of potential Social Security policy changes designed to improve the incentives to continue working. From the Social Security Administration.

The New Balance: Limited Armed Stabilization and the Future of U.S. Landpower

Categories: Defense/Military

Argues that the use of armed forces to stabilize states and regions in turmoil will become the primary mission for U.S. ground-based military forces for the foreseeable future. From the Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College..

The Role of the Ministerial Advisor in Security Sector Reform: Navigating Instituitional Terrains

Categories: Conflict Resolution,Democracy/Peace,Foreign Affairs

Reports on the comments of a panel of speakers discussing common challenges faced by foreign advisors to countries in turmoil, the frequently conflicting advice given, and how pooling of intellectual resources and other adjustments could improve the advising role. From the United States Institute of Peace.

Alcohol Treatment: Need, Utilization and Barriers

Categories: Alcohol/Drug Abuse,Statistics

Reports that 19.3 million persons in the U.S. needed treatment for an alcohol problem in the past year. Also reports on how many received treatment and the type of facility in which they received help. From the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

The Protection of Children in England: A Progress Report

Categories: Children,Crime/Justice,Great Britain

Reports on the progress being made in England to safeguard children from harm. Identifies barriers preventing improvements and recommends changes in government policy and actions to safeguard children. From the Stationery Office and the Department for Children, Schools and Families.

Seat Belt Use in 2008: Use Rates in the States and Territories

Categories: Statistics,Transportation

Reports that seat-belt use in the U.S. in 2008 ranged from a high of 97% in Michigan to a low of 55% in American Samoa. Virginia’s usage rate was 80.6% in 2008. The report also shows state usage trends from 2001. From the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Early Estimate of Motor Vehicle Traffic Fatalities in 2008

Categories: Births/Deaths,Statistics,Traffic Accidents,Transportation

Estimates that deaths in motor vehicle traffic accidents in 2008 dropped 9% from 2007. An estimated 37,313 fatalities occurred in 2008 compared to 41,059 in 2007. From the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.