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June 30, 2015

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June 30, 2015

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

Innovating Bridge Repair: Avoiding the Rush-Hour Nightmare

June 18, 2015 — Researchers have been testing a solution that would significantly reduce this cost and avoid the kind of construction zone traffic interruptions that make rush-hour commutes a ... read more

Federal Agencies Lose Track of Endangered Species Protection Measures, Research Finds

June 18, 2015 — A researcher has found significant gaps in how public agencies keep track of endangered species agreements. These findings demonstrate key concerns with monitoring and enforcement of endangered ... 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

Lobbying: Businesses Don't Always Get What They Want, but Try to Get What They Need

June 16, 2015 — Although most citizens tend to believe that big business owns Washington, D.C., a team of researchers suggests that business may have a less dominant and more complicated relationship with government ... 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

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

Study Reveals Public's Slipping Confidence in Banks, Government

June 15, 2015 — Though there's been a significant decrease in the number of Americans who are angry at the current economic situation in this country, dropping from 44 percent a year ago to 33 percent at the ... read more

Are Commercial Conflicts of Interests Justifiable in Medical Journals?

June 2, 2015 — A group of former senior editors criticize a 'seriously flawed and inflammatory attack' by The New England Journal of Medicine on what that journal believes have become overly stringent ... read more

Pocket Change: When Does Corporate Gratitude Backfire?

June 2, 2015 — Not too long ago, Microsoft mailed loyal Xbox customers an e-card encoded with twenty-five cents' worth of Microsoft points. The software behemoth might have thought it was showing appreciation. ... read more

Inexperienced Investors Should Take Advantage of 'Auto-Pilot Investing'

June 1, 2015 — Use of target-date is a positive trend that will help inexperienced investors invest safely without risking significant losses based on their lack of knowledge, an expert writes. Target-date funds, ... read more

Medical Home Intervention With Shared Savings Shows Quality, Utilization Improvements

June 1, 2015 — By paying bonuses to participating medical practices based on reaching quality and spending benchmarks, shared savings contracts created direct financial incentives to contain the costs and ... read more

Study Cites Federal Policy as Key to Primary Care Access and Nurse Practitioner Workforce Development

May 28, 2015 — With demand for primary care expected to increase sharply over the next five years– due to passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), population growth and aging – the role of advanced-practice ... read more

Using Debt to Maintain Status Quo Leaves Families on Rocky Road to Recovery

May 27, 2015 — Economically vulnerable families are increasingly willing to take on debt to maintain a basic standard of living -- a situation that can put them into a deep financial hole, according to a new ... read more

May 27, 2015 — More than 5 million children in Europe have been born as a result of assisted reproductive technologies, yet many European countries have regulations that restrict different aspects of these ... read more

Study Connects Credit Default Swaps to Mortgage Delinquencies

May 26, 2015 — The first empirical investigation has been released by investigators connecting credit default swaps to mortgage defaults that helped lead to the 2007-2008 financial ... read more

Key Strategies Can Boosting Donations at Crowdfunding Sites, Experts Say

May 18, 2015 — Computer scientists have shown how crowdfunding websites can use data science to boost cash value of donations. Their research confirms, among other findings, the importance of a timely thank ... read more

Seven in 10 Take Early Pension Payout

May 12, 2015 — As governments and corporations around the world face pension shortfalls, a groundbreaking study in Croatia by a team of US researchers explores the likelihood and circumstances under which people ... read more

Global Health Leaders Call for Global Biomedical Research and Development Fund, Mechanism

May 11, 2015 — World leaders should consider the establishment of a global biomedical research and development fund and a mechanism to address the dearth in innovation for today's most pressing global health ... read more

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