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Earl Gregg Swem Library

FREDcast Forecasting Game

Categories: Business/Economics,Financial Crisis/Markets,Labor/Employment,Prices/Inflation,Statistics

Economic forecasting game involving CPI inflation, GDP growth, unemployment, and payroll jobs.  From the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis


CBO’s Economic Forecasting Record: 2017 Update

Categories: Business/Economics,Govt Finance,Statistics

Reviews the accuracy of economic forecasting by the agency and compares its record with that of the Office of Management and Budget and private forecasters.  Also reviews the source of forecasting errors.  From the Congressional Budget Office


Startup Firms Created Over 2 Million Jobs in 2015

Categories: Business/Economics,Labor/Employment,Statistics

Agency press release with statistics on the number of new business ventures and the number of jobs created by them.  Also compares job creation rates in 2015 with recent years.  Includes links to more detailed info in Business Dynamics Statistics data sets.  From the Census Bureau


Gross Domestic Product by Metropolitan Area, 2016

Categories: Business/Economics,Statistics,Urban Issues

Real GDP increased in 267 of 382 metropolitan areas during 2016.    The range was from +8% in two Oregon and Louisiana metro areas to -13% in Odessa, Texas.  Displays metro areas alphabetically with GDP in millions of dollars annually from 2011 to 2016 and 2016 rank.  From the Bureau of Economic Analysis


An Analysis of Corporate Inversions

Categories: Business/Economics,Govt Finance,Taxes

Analyzes the reasons for and effects of corporate inversions—the switching of countries in which multinational corporations choose to be taxed.  Also examines how such inversions and similar strategies will affect future U.S. corporate tax revenues.  From the Congressional Budget Office


Presidential Executive Order on Imposing Sanctions with Respect to the Situation in Venezuela

Categories: Business/Economics,Civil/Human Rights,Foreign Trade/Investment,Latin America,Venezuela

Text of the order which increases economic sanctions against Venezuela for abuses of human rights and the establishment of an illegitimate constituent assembly. From the White House


Business R&D Performed in the United States Reached $356 Billion in 2015

Categories: Business/Economics,Science/Technology,Statistics

Reports on research and development spending by private business in the U.S. which increased in 2015 by 4.4% over 2014.  Provides details by type of research, by sector or industry and by source of funds.  From the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics of the National Science Foundation


Presidential Memorandum for the United States Trade Representative

Categories: Business/Economics,China,Copyright/Patents,Foreign Trade/Investment

Presidential directive to his top trade official to investigate whether China is engaging in unfair trade practices by requiring the transfer of American intellectual property to enterprises in China as conditions of business agreements.  From the White House


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