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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Drug Industry: Profits, Research and Development Spending, and Merger and Acquisition Deals

Categories: Advertising/Marketing,Antitrust/Monopoly,Business/Economics,Health/Medical,Prices/Inflation

Retail prescription drug expenditures have been growing as a percentage of total health care spending.  This report traces changes in the financial performance and structure of the drug industry, the effects on R&D spending and new drug approvals, and how potential consolidation might affect drug prices and new drug development.  From the Government Accountability Office



Beyond Nutrition and Organic Labels: 30 Years of Experience With Intervening in Food Labels

Categories: Advertising/Marketing,Food/Nutrition,Laws/Regulations,Statistics

Uses case studies of five food labels to show the economic effects and tradeoffs of a federal role in setting product standards, verifying claims, and enforcing truthfulness.  From the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture


S.J. Res. 34: A Joint Resolution Providing for Congressional Disapproval … of the Rule Submitted by the Federal Communications Commission Relating to “Protecting the Privacy of Customers of Broadband and Other Telecommunications Services.”

Categories: Advertising/Marketing,Laws/Regulations,Privacy,Telecommunications/Internet

One of a series of measures passed by Congress to overturn regulations established during the last year of the Obama administration, this one does away with requiring Internet service providers to get the consent of subscribers before selling their confidential information such as sites visited to other entities.  From


Cross-Device Tracking: An FTC Staff Report

Categories: Advertising/Marketing,Homeland Security,Privacy,Science/Technology,Telecommunications/Internet

Describes the results of a 2015 workshop including discussions about how cross-device tracking in the online advertising industry works, the benefits and challenges, and industry efforts to deal with privacy and security issues.  From the Federal Trade Commission


National Do Not Call Registry Data Book FY2016

Categories: Advertising/Marketing,Consumer Info/Protection,Statistics,Telecommunications/Internet

As of September 30, 2016 the Do Not Call Registry had grown to 226 million active registrations.  The data book contains statistical data regarding the registrations, subscriptions of telemarketers and sellers accessing phone numbers on the registry, and the complains submitted by consumers about violations of the rules.  From the Federal Trade Commission


Referendum Campaign Literature

Categories: Advertising/Marketing,Elections/Campaigns,Great Britain

In the wake of complaints about the distribution of misleading information during the Brexit referendum, this paper looks at the regulation of campaign literature in the United Kingdom and other countries.  House of Commons Library Briefing Paper Number 7678


Ad Data

Categories: Advertising/Marketing,Elections/Campaigns

Contains filings on ad buys by political organizations submitted to the Federal Communications Commission by broadcasting organizations around the country. Allows the public to track each station’s contracts and filings as they pertain to candidates, super PACS, and related groups running political and issue ads.  From the FCC and


After the Post-9/11 GI Bill: A Profile of Military Service Members and Veterans Enrolled in Undergraduate and Graduate Education

Categories: Advertising/Marketing,Consumer Info/Protection,Education-Higher,Laws/Regulations

Agency warning about the practices of predatory publishers taking advantage of the changing publishing landscape to charge researchers high fees while providing little in the way of traditional services.  From the Federal Trade Commission


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