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International Comparisons of Hourly Compensation Costs in Manufacturing, 2009

Reports that hourly compensation costs in manufacturing industries in the U.S. in 2009 were lower than in 12 European countries and Australia, but higher than in 20 other major manufacturing countries.  Average hourly compensation costs in manufacturing in the U.S. rose about 4% to $33.53.  From the Bureau of Labor Statistics

International Labor Comparisons: Country at a Glance

Offers statistical comparisons of about 36 countries showing worker pay, productivity, unemployment, gross domestic product, and prices (for most countries).  From the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The Impact of the European Debt Crisis on U.S. Import Prices

Categories: European Union,Financial Crisis/Markets,Foreign Trade/Investment,Greece,Prices/Inflation,Spain,Statistics

Although the value of the Euro has fallen by 18% compared to the dollar due to deficit problems in countries like Greece and Spain, prices of products imported into the U.S. from Europe have not fallen in a comparable fashion.   This paper looks at exchange rates and other factors which may be affecting prices.  From the Bureau of Labor Statistics

The European Union’s Response to the 2007-2009 Financial Crisis

Categories: European Union,Financial Crisis/Markets,Germany,Great Britain,Spain

This report examines various responses by EU countries to the financial crisis, the regulatory changes attempted at the country and EU levels, and the problems encountered.  Focuses on Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, and the United Kingdom.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

Congressional International Anti-Piracy Caucus 2010 Country Watch List

Categories: Canada,China,Copyright/Patents,Mexico,Russia,Spain

Calls attention to the inadequacy of copyright and intellectual property protection measures in five countries: Canada,  China, Mexico, Russia and Spain.  From the Anti-Piracy Caucus of Congress.

High Speed Rail in the United States

Categories: China,France,Germany,Japan,Spain,Transportation

Discusses the opportunities, potential benefits, and challenges to implementing high speed rail in the U.S., the components of a high speed rail system, high speed rail in Japan, France, Germany, Spain, and China, the background of intercity passenger rail in the U.S., and recent congressional initiatives to promote high speed rail. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists.

High Speed Passenger Rail

Categories: France,Govt Finance,Japan,Spain,Transportation

Reviews factors affecting the economic viability of high speed passenger rail, challenges in developing and financing high speed rail systems, and the federal role in developing U.S. high speed rail. Also reviews high speed rail development in France, Spain, and Japan. From the Government Accountability Office

Instances of Use of United States Armed Forces Abroad, 1798-2007

Categories: Defense/Military,Great Britain,History,Mexico,Spain

A list covering hundreds of instances in which the U.S. has sent troops abroad, including the 11 instances in which the U.S. has formally declared war, encompassing five wars: the 1812 War with Great Britain, the war with Mexico in 1846, the war with Spain in 1898, and the 1st and 2nd World Wars. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists.

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