Government Information

Earl Gregg Swem Library

Report on the Troubled Asset Relief Program: April 2014

Categories: Financial Crisis/Markets,Govt Finance,Housing/Homelessness,Manufacturing,Transportation

Estimates that the TARP program will cost the government $27 billion with most of the cost going to assistance to American International Group, the automotive industry, and grant programs aimed at avoiding home mortgage foreclosures.  From the Congressional Budget Office


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

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

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


Debt Use by U.S. Farm Businesses, 1992-2011

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Financial Crisis/Markets,Statistics

Presents statistics on debt use patterns by types of U.S. farms and explores key trends in the use of debt over a 20 year period.  From the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture


Growing Risk in the Insurance Sector

Categories: Business/Economics,Financial Crisis/Markets

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


The Volcker Rule: A Legal Analysis

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

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


Fair Debt Collection Practices Act: CFPB Annual Report 2014

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Financial Crisis/Markets,Statistics

Provides background on the debt collection market, reports on the number and types of consumer complaints about debt collection received by the agency in 2013, and reviews the bureau’s oversight role and initiatives.  From the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau


OECD Forecasts During and After the Financial Crisis: A Post Mortem

Categories: Business/Economics,Financial Crisis/Markets

Assesses the forecasts of the OECD for GDP growth and inflation during and after the financial crisis of 2008-2009.  The forecasts overestimated GDP growth and underestimated the weak pace of the recovery. From the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development


A Cohort Component Analysis of the 2007-2009 Recession

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

Uses a projection model to create a counterfactual scenario of where the economy would have been without the recession and compares the results of this model with actual employment changes to see the impact of the recession on total, occupational, and industry employment.  From the Bureau of Labor Statistics


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