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Earl Gregg Swem Library

GM Ignition Switch Recall: Why Did It Take So Long?

http://energycommerce.house.gov/hearing/%E2%80%9C-gm-ignition-switch-recall-why-did-it-take-so-long%E2%80%9D

Contains list of documents in 64 binders obtained by congressional oversight committee about
General Motors safety defect which was hidden from the public for years.  From the House Energy and Commerce Committee

 

SOI Tax Stats, Corporation Source Book: U.S. Total and Sectors Listing

Categories: Business/Economics,Statistics,Taxes

http://www.irs.gov/uac/SOI-Tax-Stats-Corporation-Source-Book:-U.S.-Total-and-Sectors-Listing

Statistical tables on corporate income taxes for 2011.  Covers balance sheets, income statements, taxes, and other selected items.  From the Internal Revenue Service

 

Payment Choice and the Future of Currency: Insights from Two Billion Retail Transactions

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

http://www.richmondfed.org/publications/research/working_papers/2014/pdf/wp14-09.pdf

Examines transaction data from a large discount chain to study consumer payment choices and forecast how the mix of consumer payment types will evolve and the future demand for currency.  Working Paper 14-09 from the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond

 

Petroleum Refining: Industry’s Outlook Depends on Market Changes and Key Environmental Regulations

Categories: Business/Economics,Energy,Foreign Trade/Investment,Laws/Regulations

http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/661710.pdf

Examines recent legal and regulatory changes that have affected the petroleum refining industry and the future of the industry, including domestic consumption levels and demand from foreign markets.  From the Government Accountability Office

 

2013 Annual Report of the Government of the United States of America for the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights Initiative

Categories: Business/Economics,Civil/Human Rights,Foreign Affairs,Geology/Mining,Treaties

http://www.state.gov/j/drl/rls/vprpt/2013/224673.htm

Describes U.S. activities over the past year to implement the principles created to minimize human rights risks associated with extractive minerals activities by a group of countries, businesses, and nongovernmental organizations.  The voluntary principles are considered a benchmark for responsible business practice in the most challenging environments.  From the State Department

 

Growing Risk in the Insurance Sector

Categories: Business/Economics,Financial Crisis/Markets

http://www.minneapolisfed.org/pubs/eppapers/14-2/epp_14-2.pdf

Warns of important risks in the insurance industry that are similar to weaknesses in the banking sector before the recession of 2008-2009.  From the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

 

Multifactor Productivity Trends: 2012

Categories: Business/Economics,Labor/Employment,Statistics

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/prod3.pdf

Reports that private nonfarm business sector multifactor productivity increased at a 1.5% annual rate in 2012.  Provides historical statistics back to the late 1980s.  From the Bureau of Labor Statistics

 

The Volcker Rule: A Legal Analysis

Categories: Business/Economics,Financial Crisis/Markets,Laws/Regulations

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R43440.pdf

Provides an introduction to the Volcker Rule, the regulatory regime which banking institutions and their affiliates must follow.  The rule prohibits financial institutions and their affiliates from engaging in proprietary trading.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

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