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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Higher Education: State Funding Trends and Policies on Affordability

Categories: Education-Higher,Federal State Relations,Govt Finance,Prices/Inflation


Examines changes in state financial support and tuition at public colleges over the past decade, how the federal government works with states to improve college affordability, and additional approaches that might be used.  From the Government Accountability Office


Student Loan Debt and Economic Outcomes

Categories: Business/Economics,Education-Higher,Housing/Homelessness,Prices/Inflation,Youth


Examines the impact of student loan liabilities on homeownership status and wealth accumulation.  From the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston


Addressing the Global Health Crisis: Universal Health Protection Policies

Categories: Health/Medical,Prices/Inflation,United Nations—ed_protect/—soc_sec/documents/publication/wcms_325647.pdf

Examines the extent of the global health crisis where many people lack the financial resources to pay for health care.  Annexes present data on total health expenditures, health coverage, and and skilled health workers for 171 countries.  From the International Labour Organization


Comparing the Costs of the Veterans’ Health Care System with Private-Sector Costs

Categories: Govt Finance,Health Insurance,Health/Medical,Prices/Inflation,Veterans

Describes the features of the health care system run by the Veterans’ Health Administration, examines the available evidence about relative costs of the VHA and private-sector health care, and considers some factors that could influence the cost-effectiveness of alternative ways of expanding health care for veterans.  From the Congressional Budget Office


Effect of Increased Levels of Liquefied Natural Gas Exports on U.S. Energy Markets

Categories: Energy,Foreign Trade/Investment,Prices/Inflation

Updates a 2012 study on whether permitting increased exports of natural gas will affect energy prices in U.S. markets.  From the Energy Information Administration


Current Cigarette Smoking Among Adults, United States, 2005-2013

Categories: Births/Deaths,Health/Medical,Prices/Inflation,Smoking/Tobacco,Statistics

Examines the cost in deaths and health care expenditures from tobacco smoking and the progress made in convincing adults to stop smoking cigarettes, the most commonly used tobacco product in the U.S.  From the  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Health Plan Choice and Premiums in the 2015 Health Insurance Marketplace

Categories: Health Insurance,Health/Medical,Prices/Inflation,Statistics

Argues that competition and added choices have made the Affordable Care plans more attractive for 2015.   More than 85% of those who applied for plans in 2014 received a federal subsidy.  From the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation of the Department of Health and Human Services


Utilization of Intensive Care Services, 2011

Categories: Health/Medical,Prices/Inflation,Statistics

Reports that nearly 27% of hospital stays involved intensive care unit charges accounting for 47% of total hospital charges.  Also covers the conditions for which ICU treatment was used and types of hospitals where they were most prevalent.  From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality


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