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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Report on the Economic Well-Being of U. S. Households in 2015

Finds American families experiencing mild improvement but many struggling financially.  Covers overall well-being of households, income and savings behavior, economic preparedness, access to banking and credit, housing decisions, auto purchases and lending, education including student loans, and retirement planning.  From the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System


Pay Equity: Legislative and Legal Developments

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Income/Poverty,Labor/Employment,Laws/Regulations,Women

Discusses the scope of the pay equity problem, the two current federal laws that provide a remedy to those who feel they are victims of sex-based wage discrimination, recent legislative proposals on the topic and recent pay equity litigation. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Food Security Among Hispanic Adults in the United States, 2011-2014

Categories: Food/Nutrition,Hispanics,Income/Poverty,Statistics

Estimates the extent and severity of food insecurity across diverse groups of Hispanic households.  Food insecurity was worse among Hispanics identifying as Mexicans, Central/South American, and Puerto Rican than among those identifying as Cuban.  From the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture


Air Pollution Levels Rising in Many of the World’s Poorest Cities

Categories: Environment,Headlines,Income/Poverty,Statistics,United Nations

Describes the results of data gathered for the Global Urban Ambient Air Pollution Database.  Reports that 98% of cities with more than 100,000 inhabitants in low- and middle-income countries do not meet WHO air quality guidelines.  Also covers key air pollution trends from 2008-2013.  From the World Health Organization


The Role of Option Value in College Decisions

Categories: Education-Higher,Income/Poverty,Prices/Inflation

Examines why college enrollment and graduation rates appear to be inconsistent with the large premium earned by college graduates and examines credit constraints as one possible explanation.  From the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond


Retirement Security: Low Defined Contribution Savings May Pose Challenges

Categories: Financial Crisis/Markets,Income/Poverty,Retirement/Social Security

Reviews recent trends in defined contribution plan participation and account savings, how much households could save in such plans, and how key decisions by employers and individuals affect savings. From the Government Accountability Office


Annual Statistical Supplement [Social Security]

Categories: Govt Finance,Headlines,Income/Poverty,Retirement/Social Security,Statistics,Welfare/Social Services

Annual statistical compendium with more than 240 tables on Social Security and the Supplemental Security Income programs.  Also includes data on related social insurance and welfare programs.  From the Social Security Administration


Income of the Population 55 or Older, 2014

Categories: Elderly,Income/Poverty,Statistics,Welfare/Social Services

Biennial report which includes more than 100 statistical tables with data on the major sources and amounts of income for people aged 55+ and their poverty status.  Also covers related social insurance and welfare programs.  See also Income of the Aged Chartbook 2014.  From the Social Security Administration


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