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Problems Paying Medical Bills Among Persons Under Age 65: Early Release of Estimates From the National Health Interview Survey, 2011-June 2014

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

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhis/earlyrelease/probs_paying_medical_bills_jan_2011_jun_2014.pdf

Provides updated estimates for the percentage of persons under age 65 who were in families having problems paying medical bills in the past 12 months.  Finds that the percentage decreased from 21% in 2011 to 17.8% in the first 6 months of 2014.  From the National Center for Health Statistics

 

Targeting Investments to Cost Effectively Restore and Protect Wetland Ecosystems: Some Economic Insights

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Environment,Natural Resources,Prices/Inflation,Statistics

http://www.ers.usda.gov/media/1784721/err183.pdf

Discusses eight benefits in restoring wetlands and also presents county-level estimates of the costs of restoring and preserving wetlands in the U.S.  From the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture

 

Big Data and Differential Pricing

Categories: Advertising/Marketing,Business/Economics,Consumer Info/Protection,Prices/Inflation,Statistics

http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/whitehouse_files/docs/Big_Data_Report_Nonembargo_v2.pdf

Examines how corporate use of big data may lead to different prices for different groups of consumers and raise questions of discrimination.  Includes an overview of the economics of differential pricing, how sellers use data to create personalized marketing campaigns and pricing strategies and how such strategies relate to the existing framework of antidiscrimination and consumer protection laws.  From the Council of Economic Advisers

 

Do the Benefits of College Still Outweigh the Costs?

Categories: Education-Higher,Prices/Inflation

http://www.newyorkfed.org/research/current_issues/ci20-3.pdf

Concludes that the benefits of both a bachelor’s degree and an associate’s degree outweigh the costs with both degrees earning a return of about 15% over the past decade.  From the New York Federal Reserve Bank

 

Annual Coal Report 2013

Categories: Energy,Prices/Inflation,Statistics

http://www.eia.gov/coal/annual/pdf/acr.pdf

Provides information about coal production, number of mines, productive capacity, reserves, employment, prices and more.  Coal production fell below one billion short tons for the first time since 1993.  From the Energy Information Administration

 

Strategies Used by Adults to Reduce Their Prescription Drug Costs: United States, 2013

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

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db184.pdf

Tallies the way that adults tried to reduce the cost of drugs by reducing the dosage or frequency of application, asking for less expensive options, or purchasing medications abroad.  From the National Center for Health Statistics

 

Private Health Insurance: Geographic Variation in Spending for Certain High-Cost Procedures Driven by Inpatient Prices

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

http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/667781.pdf

Looks at geographic differences in costs for certain medical procedures that are paid for by private health insurance rather than Medicare, and how the mix of service types, volume, intensity, and price contribute to variations in spending.  From the Government Accountability Office

 

Trends in Graduate Student Financing: Selected Years, 1995-96 to 2011-12

Categories: Education-Higher,Prices/Inflation,Statistics

http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2015/2015026.pdf

These tables provide detailed estimates on the sources of funds that graduate students used to finance their advanced education over a 16 year period.  The data includes demographic characteristics, academic characteristics, programs of study, costs of programs, cumulative indebtedness of students, and types and amounts of financial aid received.  From the National Center for Education Statistics

 

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