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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Insurance Regulation: Issues, Background, and Legislation in the 111th Congress

Categories: Business/Economics,Laws/Regulations

Examines the nature of insurance regulation, largely focused on state authority in the past, the current financial crisis, the effort of insurance companies to come under federal regulatory regimes similar to those of banks and securities firms, and recent legislative proposals to enact insurance regulatory reform. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by

Voters Hold the Key: Lock-in, Mobility and the Portability of Property Tax Exemptions

Categories: Elections/Campaigns,Taxes

Looks at the growth of schemes to cap property tax assessments since California voters approved Proposition 13 in 1978 and whether reasons for voter support of such measures are grounded in the desire to curb local government expenditures or to reduce tax share at the expense of other property owners. Working Paper 2009-19 of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.

The Financial Crisis of 2008 in Fixed Income Markets

Categories: Business/Economics,Financial Crisis/Markets

Explores how a relatively small amount of heterogeneous securities created turmoil in financial markets in much of the world in 2007 and 2008. Working Paper 2009-20 of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.

The Green Car of the Future

Categories: Australia,Energy,Environment,Transportation

Provides an overview of the types of alternative technologies under investigation to engineer the more energy efficient and environment friendly vehicles of the future. From the Parliamentary Library of Australia.

Disaster Recovery

Categories: Homeland Security,Weather/Disasters

Subtitled: Experiences from Past Disasters Offer Insights for Effective Collaboration after Catastrophic Events. Reviews 5 disasters (the Loma Prieta earthquake in California, 1989; Hurricane Andrew, Florida, 1992; the Northridge earthquake, California, 1994; the Kobe earthquake, Japan, 1995; and the Grand Forks Red River Flood, North Dakota, 1997) to identify recovery lessons. From the Government Accountability Office.