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June 30, 2015

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June 30, 2015

Should Drinking Water Be Centralized or Decentralized?

June 30, 2015 — A Canadian civil engineering graduate evaluates claims that more centralized US-style regulation of drinking water would improve outcomes for Canadians. The paper finds limited support for these ... read more

Pension Funds Are Losing Billions Annually Due to End of Month Trading

June 30, 2015 — Pension funds around the world could be losing out on billions of euros and dollars of the stock market gains they would have made because they are obliged to sell part of their portfolios before the ... read more

When Times Are Tough, Parents Favor Daughters Over Sons

June 29, 2015 — In tough economic times, parents financially favor daughters over sons, according to researchers. The study found participants preferred to enroll a daughter rather than a son in beneficial programs, ... read more

Head Start Program Played Anti-Segregation Role in the Deep South

June 26, 2015 — A federal preschool program did more than improve educational opportunities for poor children in Mississippi during the 1960s. The program also gave a political and economic boost to the state's ... read more

How Companies Can Reduce Sovereign Risk

June 25, 2015 — In a new study of five-year spreads on credit default swap contracts for more than 2,000 U.S. and international firms, a finance researcher found that strong property rights and transparency are key ... read more

The True Cost of Fuelling Conflict

June 23, 2015 — Between 2000 and 2011, the annual fuel expenditures of the Department of Defense (DOD) were between one and nine billion dollars higher than initially forecast, researchers report. while this ... read more

Commodity Market Volatility More Perception Than Reality

June 23, 2015 — When grain and other commodity prices experienced explosive episodes between 2004 and 2013, the finger pointed toward index traders as the cause. Researchers identified and date-stamped both upward ... read more

Unauthorized Immigrants Prolong the Life of Medicare Trust Fund, Study Suggests

June 23, 2015 — Unauthorized immigrants pay billions more into Medicare's Hospital Insurance Trust Fund each year than they withdraw in health benefits. In 2011 alone, unauthorized immigrants paid in $3.5 ... read more

Russia's Renewable Energy Policy: Profitable for Investors

June 23, 2015 — In 2013, Russia implemented an incentive system for renewable energy sources that is based on the wholesale electricity capacity mechanism. It is intended to increase the share of renewable energy in ... read more

Corporate Social Responsibility Doesn't Pay After All

June 22, 2015 — When companies strive to do their bit for the environment and social causes as well as make a profit, this is referred to as corporate social responsibility (CSR). For around forty years, researchers ... read more

Brands, Patents Can Protect Firms from Bankruptcy

June 19, 2015 — If a firm faces troubled times during a stable market, strong advertising can carry it through. But when the market is turbulent, a firm's R&D is more likely to help save it from bankruptcy. ... read more

Should We Welcome Multinational Companies' Connection to Projects to Improve Child Health?

June 18, 2015 — Partnerships with multinational companies in child health programs can work to help save lives, write the co-founders of charity ColaLife. But an academic argues that connections between ... read more

Prescription Drug Benefit Doesn't Save Money for Medicare

June 16, 2015 — For years, the Medicare pre­scrip­tion drug ben­efit Part D has been cred­ited with pos­i­tively impacting national trends in health out­comes and med­ical ser­vices. But a recent study ... read more

For Those Over 50, Finding a Job Can Get Old

June 16, 2015 — In examining the US government's 2014 Displaced Worker Survey, the researchers discovered that someone 50 years or older is likely to be unemployed 5.8 weeks longer than someone between the ages ... read more

World Spends More Than $200 Billion to Make Countries Healthier

June 16, 2015 — The world invested more than $200 billion to improve health in lower-income countries over the past 15 years, a study concludes. Global health financing increased significantly after 2000, when the ... read more

Better Way to Evaluate Conservation Policies Found by Researchers

June 16, 2015 — Protected forested areas in Brazil, Costa Rica, Indonesia and Thailand have prevented the release of more than 1,000 million additional tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, an economic service ... read more

Development Assistance for Health Has Increased Since 1990 for Low-Income Countries

June 16, 2015 — Funding for health in developing countries has increased substantially since 1990, with a focus on HIV/AIDS, maternal health, and newborn and child health, and limited funding for noncommunicable ... read more

Increasing Regulation of Care Services Is Making the Sector Less Attractive for Workers

June 16, 2015 — Over 1.5 million people currently work in the care sector in the UK and as the population ages, the demands for care and employees will increase. However, the health and social care sector has ... read more

View of 'Nature as Capital' Uses Economic Value to Help Achieve a Sustainable Future

June 15, 2015 — A series of reports outlines how governments, organizations and corporations are successfully moving away from short-term exploitation of the natural world and embracing a long-term vision of ... read more

Can Phone Data Detect Real-Time Unemployment?

June 15, 2015 — Mobile phone data can provide rapid insight into employment levels, precisely because people's communications patterns change when they are not working, a study ... read more

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