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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Below Trend: The U.S. Productivity Slowdown Since the Great Recession

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

Examines trends in labor productivity as one measure of how well the U.S. economy has recovered from the Great Recession of 2008-2009 and discusses the implications for the economy of slow labor productivity growth.  From the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Snapshot of Older Consumers and Student Loan Debt

Categories: Education-Higher,Elderly,Financial Crisis/Markets,Headlines,Prices/Inflation

Describes the increasing student loan debt that older consumers are carrying and how the increased debt burden is affecting their financial security.  This trend is caused by borrowers carrying student loan repayment later in life and older people helping to finance their children’s and grandchildren’s college education.  From the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau


Responding to Corruption and the Kabul Bank Collapse

Categories: Afghanistan,Crime/Justice,Financial Crisis/Markets,Laws/Regulations

Efforts to resolve the 2010 bank collapse illustrate the problems in combatting corruption in Afghanistan.  This report updates the government’s efforts and provides recommendations for improving the regulatory and judicial climate.  From the United States Institute of Peace


Economic Report of the President 2017

Also includes the Annual Report of the Council of Economic Advisers.  Sections on reforming the financial and health care systems, reducing inequality, investing in higher education, and responding to climate change.  Also includes statistical tables on the U.S. economy.  From the Federal Digital System of the Government Publishing Office


Federal Student Aid Feedback System Preliminary Report

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Education-Higher,Financial Crisis/Markets,Govt Finance

Reports on information received from student aid customers since the passage of the Student Aid Bill of Rights.  The Federal Student Aid Feedback System was designed to be a single source for filing complaints and providing information about the student aid experience from application to final repayment. Summarizes some 4,800 responses, with more than 75% being complaints.  From the U.S. Department of Education


Consumer Credit Trends: Explore Recent Developments in Consumer Credit Markets

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

Web-based tool to help members of the public monitor developments in consumer lending and identify future credit risks.  Beta version of the data tool covers mortgage, credit card, auto loan, and student loan markets.  From the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau


Has the U.S. Government Ever “Defaulted”?

Categories: Business/Economics,Financial Crisis/Markets,Govt Finance,History

Looks at the meaning of the financial term “default,” and at three historic time periods—1812, 1814, and 1979—when the government had major problems in meeting financial obligations. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


The Role of Central Bank Lending in the Conduct of Monetary Policy

Categories: Business/Economics,Financial Crisis/Markets

Discusses two policy objectives of central bank lending: to achieve interest rate control and to provide liquidity insurance.  From the Richmond Federal Reserve Bank


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