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Earl Gregg Swem Library

The Outlook for U.S. Production of Shale Oil

Categories: Energy,Prices/Inflation,Statistics

Models the production of energy from shale resources and examines the outlook for that production by four key regions.  Also examines the sensitivity of production to price changes and the likely oil price ranges for the next five years. Working paper from the Congressional Budget Office


National Inpatient Hospital Costs: The Most Expensive Conditions by Payer, 2013

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

The mean expense per U.S. hospital stay in 2012 was over $18,000.  This report describes the distribution of costs by expected primary payer and illustrates the conditions accounting for the largest percentage of each payer’s hospital costs.  From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality


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


Inflation in the Costs of Building Aircraft Carriers

Categories: Defense/Military,Govt Finance,Laws/Regulations,Prices/Inflation,Statistics

Examines the inflation estimates of the Navy, how they were arrived at, what role economic inflation has played, and how costs attributable to compliance with federal, state, or local laws have affected the figures.  From the Congressional Budget Office


Consumer Expenditures Midyear Update, July 2014 Through June 2015 Average

Reports that average consumer expenditures were up 5.9% compared with the 2013-2014 midyear average.  Average incomes also increased by 6.6%.  Covers average household expenditures by specific categories.  From the Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Private Health Insurance: Federal Oversight, Premiums, and Enrollment for Consumer Operated and Oriented Plans in 2015

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

Examines how the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services monitors the performance and sustainability of CO-OPs created under the Affordable Care Act, how CO-OP premiums changed from 2014 to 2015, how they compared to premiums for other health insurance plans, and how CO-OP enrollment changed from 2014 to 2015. From the Government Accountability Office


Aspects of Student Transfer and Post-Transfer Success at Virginia Public Institutions

Categories: Education-Higher,Prices/Inflation,Statistics,Virginia Issues

This report provides a snapshot of certain aspects of student costs and success in transferring from public two-year institutions to public four-year institutions of higher education in Virginia between 2006-07 and 2009-10. From the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia


CMS Proposes to Test New Medicare Part B Prescription Drug Models to Improve Quality of Care and Deliver Better Value for Medicare Beneficiaries

Categories: Health/Medical,Laws/Regulations,Medicare/Medicaid,Prices/Inflation

Describes proposed rule that would alter reimbursement methods for drugs administered in physician offices. Proposes to try different methods in different regions of country to encourage use of high quality but less costly drugs. Includes links to Federal Register and factsheet with more information. From the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services


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