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Earl Gregg Swem Library

How Responsive are Quits to Benefits?

Categories: Labor/Employment,Statistics

Explores whether the presence of fringe benefits reduces worker turnover. Finds that the quit rate is much more responsive to fringe benefits than to wages. Bureau of Labor Statistics Working Paper 426.

The Timing of Maternal Work and Work with Children

Categories: Children,Labor/Employment,Statistics,Women

Examines how employment affects the time mothers can spend with children, especially pre-school children, and how mothers try to adjust their schedules to find time to spend with children. Bureau of Labor Statistics Working Paper 425.

Pension Sponsorship and Participation: Summary of Recent Trends

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

Discusses life expectancy and labor force participation, the difference between defined benefit and defined contribution retirement plans, and recent trends in retirement plan sponsorship and participation rates. Reports that participation by private sector workers in employer sponsored retirement plans dropped from 50.3% in 2000 to 43.6% in 2008. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by

Coastal and Waterfront Smartgrowth

Categories: Business/Economics,Environment,Natural Resources,Urban Issues

Features advice and information for waterfront communities on how to manage growth and development while balancing environmental, economic, and quality of life issues. From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Transitions and Tipping Points in Complex Environmental Systems

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Science/Technology

Argues that humans are stressing natural and social systems beyond their capacities and that organizations like the National Science Foundation must sponsor research designed to mitigate these complex environmental challenges. From the NSF Advisory Committee for Environmental Research and Education.

North Korea: Economic Leverage and Policy Analysis

Categories: Arms Control,Korea,Nuclear Arms

Analyzes the increasingly aggressive behavior of North Korea, explores causes for this behavior, and options for diplomatic responses, including the framework of the Six-Party Talks and possible economic leverage. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists.

Conventional Arms Transfers to Developing Nations, 2001-2008

Categories: Defense/Military,Foreign Assistance,Foreign Trade/Investment,Guns,Russia

Latest annual report to Congress on conventional arms transfers to developing nations by the U.S. and foreign countries. The U.S. and Russia continued to lead all other nations in arms sales with Russia making $35 billion and the U.S. $56 billion in the 2005-2008 period. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists.

International Space Station Science Research Accomplishments During the Assembly Years

Categories: Science/Technology

Subtitled: An Analysis of Results from 2000-2008. Describes the International Space Station as an international science laboratory and catalogs the research activity, especially in the areas of technology development, and physical/biological sciences in microgravity. From the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.