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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Dynamics of Economic Well-Being: Poverty, 2009-2011

Categories: Headlines,Income/Poverty,Population/Census,Statistics

Describes patterns of poverty in the U.S. using measures with different time horizons and provides a dynamic view of the duration of poverty spells and the frequency of transitions into and out of poverty.  Also shows poverty across various demographic groups.  From the Census Bureau


European Commission’s Joint Research Center Adopts Open Access Policy for Scientific Articles

Categories: European Union,Govt Information,Science/Technology

Announces that JRC funded research in scientific publications will be available to the public beginning in 2014 under gold access (immediate availability) or green access (embargo period of no more than 6 to 12 months).  From the European Commission



2013 Year-End Report on the Federal Judiciary

Categories: Crime/Justice,Govt Finance,Headlines,Supreme Court/courts


Annual report by Chief Justice John Roberts that the biggest problem facing the federal courts is the budget sequestration.  Calls upon Congress to fund the essential needs of the judiciary.  From the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts


Econometric Estimates of the Effects of NAFTA: A Review of the Literature

Categories: Business/Economics,Canada,Foreign Trade/Investment,Labor/Employment,Mexico,Treaties

Reviews 11 papers from the last decade on the impact of the North American Free Trade Agreement on the economies of Mexico, Canada, and the U.S.  From the International Trade Commission


Assisted Reproductive Technology Surveillance, United States, 2010

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

Reports on the increase in use of advanced technologies to overcome infertility and the increase in the number of fertility clinics.  Provides state-level data on number and outcomes of assisted reproductive technology procedures for 2010.  From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


How Risky are Young Borrowers?

Categories: Business/Economics,Financial Crisis/Markets,Youth

Argues that young borrowers may be among the most risk-averse and credit-worthy as they try to build strong credit histories to obtain mortgages.  From the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond


Spectrum Policy: Provisions in the 2012 Spectrum Act

Categories: Health/Medical,Laws/Regulations,Science/Technology,Telecommunications/Internet,Transportation

Describes the spectrum policy portion of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012, the ways in which broadband capacity could be improved via policy or technology changes, and the need for other policy tools to accommodate emerging technologies such as telemedicine, robotics,  or driverless vehicles.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


In Re Terrorist Attacks on September 11, 2001: Claims Against Saudi Defendants Under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA)

Categories: Crime/Justice,Laws/Regulations,Supreme Court/courts,Terrorism

Summarizes the FSIA and the question of the jurisdiction of U.S. courts to hear cases brought by those injured in the terrorist attacks against Saudi individuals and entities who are alleged to have financed terrorist activities. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


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