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The Distribution of Major Tax Expenditures in the Individual Income Tax System

Categories: Govt Finance,Taxes

This report examines how ten of the largest tax expenditures in the individual income tax system in 2013 are distributed among households with different amounts of income grouped as to whether they are exclusions from income, itemized deductions, preferential rates on dividends and capital gains, or tax credits.  From the Congressional Budget Office


Arab Households in the United States: 2006-2010

Categories: Arab,Housing/Homelessness,Population/Census,Statistics

Provides a portrait of the characteristics of households in the U.S. containing people of Arab ancestry.  From the Census Bureau


UN Compensation: United Nations Should Clarify the Process and Assumptions Underlying Secretariat Professional Salaries

Categories: Govt Personnel,Income/Poverty,United Nations

Examines how the UN sets salaries for professional staff, how it compares salaries with those of U.S. civil servants, and how benefits/allowances provided for UN staff compare with those provided to U.S. civil service employees.  From the Government Accountability Office


Productivity and Costs by Industry: Selected Service-Providing and Mining Industries, 2011

Categories: Business/Economics,Geology/Mining,Labor/Employment,Statistics

Labor productivity rose in 63% of the 52 service-providing and mining industries studied in 2011.  From the Bureau of Labor Statistics



Adjusting National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey Sample Weights for Women of Childbearing Age

Categories: Births/Deaths,Health/Medical,Statistics,Women

This report evaluates adjustment methods for calculating estimates of risk factors for women of childbearing age.  Tries to adjust for the fact that age-related factors may be overly influenced by the youngest and oldest women in a range.  From the National Center for Health Statistics


Who Could Afford to Buy a Home in 2009? Affordability of Buying a Home in the United States

Categories: Housing/Homelessness,Prices/Inflation,Statistics

The seventh in a series of reports since 1991 that attempts to measure changes in homeownership affordability for families and unrelated individuals.  Also covers how affordability varies depending on demographic, marital status and other factors.  From the Census Bureau.


The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative: Lessons Learned and Issues for Policymakers

Categories: Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Federal State Relations

Describes what the RGGI is, which states are involved, and the long-term importance of this first mandatory cap-and-trade program for greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Restrictions on Itemized Tax Deductions: Policy Options and Analysis

Categories: Charity/Nonprofits,Govt Finance,Taxes

Analyzes various proposals to restrict itemized tax deductions either through outright repeal or targeted restrictions based on specific goals.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


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