How Do They Know?

How Do They Know? New America Foundation. Lorelei Kelly. March 26, 2013.

Here in the United States and around the world, elected leaders seem paralyzed by information overload. Despite a wealth of information at our fingertips, high- quality, unbiased facts have become increasingly hidden in our noisy, saturated world. Worse, much of the public discourse has become routinely gridlocked, as proponents on each side of a debate regularly come to the table armed with their own “facts.” Faced with this deluge of information, the role of congressional staffers is increasingly one of fact-checking rather than fact-finding. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

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Unemployment from a Child’s Perspective

Unemployment from a Child’s Perspective. Urban Institute. Julia Isaacs. March 25, 2013.

The brief examines unemployment from a child’s perspective, reporting that 6.2 million children lived in families with unemployed parents in 2012. Many of these children live with parents who have been out of work six month or longer. Unemployment insurance covers only 36 percent of children with unemployed parents; unemployed parents are more likely to receive SNAP benefits than UI benefits. The brief provides estimates of children affected by unemployment by state and metropolitan area, considers the effects of parental job loss on child development, and reviews policies affecting the safety net for children of the unemployed. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

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Global Currency Battles: A Waiting Disaster or a Win for All?

Global Currency Battles: A Waiting Disaster or a Win for All? Knowledge @ Wharton. March 13, 2013.

To many, Japan’s recent moves to devalue the yen looked like the spark that could ignite a global currency war, a series of competitive devaluations that, last century, helped plunge the world into the Great Depression. Until now, central bankers have been resisting the urge to politicize exchange rates. However, while currency skirmishes can be dangerous and require monitoring, they are also necessary for establishing equilibrium in markets and will help in the global economic recovery, some experts say, according to the report. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

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A Smaller Slice of the Pie: Why Technology Is No Longer Creating Jobs

A Smaller Slice of the Pie: Why Technology Is No Longer Creating Jobs. Knowledge @ Wharton. March 13, 2013.

Can technology set off a new boom in job creation? It’s an important question given that policy makers in Washington often look to the technology sector to pick up the slack in the employment market. But four economists who took part in a recent panel discussion on Wharton’s San Francisco campus were generally bearish in their outlook, some even suggesting that technology increases unemployment and adds to other problems in the U.S. economy. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

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Re-energising Europe – The Case for Post-2020 Renewable Energy Targets and Support

Re-energising Europe – The Case for Post-2020 Renewable Energy Targets and Support. World Wildlife Federation. Web posted March 12, 2013.

Given the current economic turbulence in the EU, policy makers are understandably focused on the need to ensure that European businesses remain globally competitive. Since 1990 the EU has become increasingly exposed to the structurally rising cost of energy, and the related drag on competitiveness, due to a growing dependence on energy imports. However, the adoption of the “20-20-20” targets and measures on energy efficiency, renewable energy, and greenhouse gas cuts, the paper argues, are expected to first stabilise, and then reduce fossil fuel imports to the EU. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

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The Integration Needs of Mobile EU Citizens: Impediments and Opportunities

The Integration Needs of Mobile EU Citizens: Impediments and Opportunities. Migration Policy Institute. Elizabeth Collett. March 2013.

The right to free movement granted to all European Union citizens represents a unique experiment in the contemporary history of global migration systems. To date, however, the integration of mobile EU citizens as a specific target group has not been widely discussed, either at EU or national levels, and EU-level integration policies focus on the integration of legally residing third-country nationals. The report investigates the broad range of integration needs that exist in Europe and the role different actors can play in meeting them. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

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Infrastructure Investments and Latino and African American Job Creation

Infrastructure Investments and Latino and African American Job Creation. Economic Policy Institute. Algernon Austin. March 14, 2013.

The jobs crisis caused by the Great Recession is not over. And our infrastructure is in poor shape. The good news is that meeting all the country’s infrastructure needs would put millions of Americans to work, including hundreds of thousands of Latinos and African Americans. We can simultaneously address our jobs crisis and infrastructure needs by making infrastructure investments now. The issue brief examines the jobs impact that infrastructure investments would have for Latinos and African Americans. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

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