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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Social Security Disability Insurance: Participation and Spending

Categories: Disability,Govt Finance,Laws/Regulations,Retirement/Social Security,Statistics,Welfare/Social Services

Spending on Disability Insurance benefits grew more than ten-fold between 1970 and 2015 and nearly tripled as a share of GDP.  Even if spending is projected to be more modest in the coming years, under current law, spending would exceed income after 2018 and the Trust Fund would be exhausted in 2022.  This report lays out policy options for Congress.  From the Congressional Budget Office


OPEC Revenues Fact Sheet 2015

Categories: Energy,Prices/Inflation,Statistics

Estimates that members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries earned about $404 billion in net oil export revenues in 2015, a 46% decline  from the $753 billion earned in 2014.  Also provides country level data for net oil export revenues and per capita net oil export revenues.  From the Energy Information Administration



2015 Survey of Public Pensions: State and Local Data

Categories: Govt Finance,Retirement/Social Security,Statistics

Provides revenues, expenditures, financial assets, and membership information for about 300 state-administered, and 6,000 locally-administered defined benefit public pension systems.  From the Census Bureau


How ERIC Can Help You Write a Research Paper

Categories: Education,Education-Higher


Video tutorial on how to write a research paper in the field of education.  Provides step-by-step instructions on how to narrow the topic, use search filters and the ERIC  Thesaurus to target specific resources, and how to find the most relevant articles.  From the Education Resources Information Center and YouTube.


Overseas Contingency Operations Funding: Background and Status

Categories: Afghanistan,Defense/Military,Govt Finance,Iraq,Laws/Regulations

Examines the controversy and the current funding debate over the Overseas Contingency Operations account, created to provide funding for emergency overseas military actions following the 9/11 attacks.  The account is not subject to the normal budget control acts and has resulted in nearly $2 trillion dollars of spending, mostly for U.S. military activities in Iraq and Afghanistan.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) Formulation Assessment and Support Team (FAST) Final Report

Categories: Science/Technology

Reports on plans for a future space mission to rendezvous with a large, near-Earth asteroid, remove a boulder portion for further study, before transporting the boulder to a stable lunar orbit.

From the National Aeronautics and Space Administration


The First 50 Years of the Producer Price Index: Setting Inflation Expectations for Today

Categories: Prices/Inflation,Statistics

Examines the 125 year history and evolution of the primary measure of price changes in the domestic supply chain. From the Bureau of Labor Statistics


The Economic Consequences of Outdoor Air Pollution

Categories: Business/Economics,Climate Change,Environment,Health/Medical,Nongovernmental organizations

Summarizes the major findings of the lengthy study of air pollution and its economic consequences as ten bullet points.  From the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development


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