Government Information

Earl Gregg Swem Library

Household Food Security in the United States in 2010

Categories: Food/Nutrition,Statistics

Reports that 85.5% of American homes were food secure throughout 2010.  From the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture


Potential Causes and Implications of the Rise in Long-Term Unemployment

Categories: Labor/Employment

Asserts that growth in long-term unemployment may reflect lower skills among the unemployed or the availability of longer term unemployment benefits.  From the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond


Current Price Topics: Measuring U.S. Inflation Using European Methods

Categories: Prices/Inflation,Statistics

Describes the differences between the Harmonized Index of Consumer Prices, used as a measure of inflation in European Union countries, and the U.S. Consumer Price Index, and compares U.S. inflation rates as measured by CPI and HICP from 2002 to 2010.  From the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Adult Smoking in the U.S.

Categories: Smoking/Tobacco,Statistics

Reports that smoking among all adults declined 20.9% in 2005 to 19.3% in 2010 and the percentage of heavy smokers (those who smoke 30+ cigarettes per day) dropped from 13% in 2005 to 8% in 2010.  Also provides smoking percentages by state.  From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


U.S. Exports of Advanced Technology Products Declined Less Than Other U.S. Exports in 2009

Categories: Foreign Trade/Investment,Science/Technology,Statistics

Presents recent trends in U.S. advanced technology exports, examines the changes in these exports during the recent recession, and offers a comparison between the 2008-09 recession and the 2001 recession.  From the National Science Foundation


Improving Adult Literacy Instruction: Options for Practice and Research

Categories: Education,Literacy/Reading

Identifies factors that affect literacy development in adolescents and adults and examines their implications for improving literacy instruction.  From the National Research Council


Prisoners’ Voting Rights

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Crime/Justice,Great Britain

Discusses the status of voting rights for prisoners in the United Kingdom, compares it to prisoners’ rights in other countries,  and covers recent legislative developments.   From the Library of the House of Commons


VAT on Labour Intensive Services

Categories: European Union,Great Britain,Taxes

Discusses the development of European value added taxes law and the country exceptions for labour-intensive services.   From the Library of the House of Commons