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U.S. Immigration Population Hit Record High in 2013, Will the Swell Impact American Workers Hard?

HNGN • October 25, 2014 • Taylor Tyler

But the Brookings Institute and the Hamilton Project claim otherwise, writing in August 2013, "Recent economic research suggests that on average, immigrants raise wages and expand employment opportunities for Americans" by expanding "capacity of American businesses and farms, increasing the responsibility and pay of American foremen and supervisors, and providing expanded opportunities for higher skilled Americans, particularly women, to pursue higher-paying careers."

People in the West Should Pay More for Water

Property Prof Blog • October 24, 2014 • Steve Clowney

Brad Plumer links to an incredible chart from The Hamilton Project’s “Nine Economic Facts about Water in the United States:"What’s interesting is that many cities in dry areas – Denver, El Paso, Phoenix, Las Vegas – have some of the lowest water bills around, whereas a wet city like Seattle has much higher bills."...

How Important Is Water to the U.S. Economy?

NCPA • October 24, 2014

America is highly reliant on water, from supporting agriculture to thermoelectric power to regular household use. In fact, American household water use is quite high compared to other nations -- domestic water use in the United States is 98 gallons per person per day, while it is just 37 gallons per day in the U.K. and 32 gallons per day in Germany. Brookings Institute researchers Melissa S. Kearney, Benjamin H. Harris, Brad Hershbein, Elisa Jácome and Gregory Nantz have compiled a report that looks at the importance of water within the U.S. economy. According to the study:

Where The Laws of Supply and Demand Evaporate

The Dish • October 23, 2014

As the West suffers from an ongoing drought, Brad Plumer flags a sobering chart from The Hamilton Project’s “Nine Economic Facts about Water in the United States“...

Research Report Defines Impact of Sourcewater’s B2B Exchange for Water Unconventional Energy Production Industry

Yahoo Finance • October 23, 2014

Specific to the importance of creating new business models and markets to overcome the water crisis, The Hamilton Project this week convened a session at Stanford University keynoted by California Governor Jerry Brown, Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg and former Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin, involving dozens of top-ranking public and private sector executives. In papers issued concurrently, the group states that "the United States needs to restructure its approach to water management and create institutions that would make water allocation more flexible and resilient...

India Study: Public opinion trumps environmental regulations in causing change • October 23, 2014 • Daniel Kelly

The researchers looked at India’s data on air and water pollution at a city level. By looking at news trends and levels of civic engagement, they charted public actions on specific environmental issues. “We find that when it comes to enforcing its strong environmental regulations, India has a mixed track record,” said Michael Greenstone, economist at the University of Chicago and study co-author, to

Drought-Stricken States Like California Are Getting Away With Absurdly Cheap Water Prices

New Republic • October 23, 2014 • Rebecca Leber

Water scarcity is a real challenge in California right now, but many still view the resource as cheap and plentiful despite the state's drought. In a pair of reports, The Hamilton Project at Brookings Institution suggests that states and local governments can change that perception by raising the price of water.

The West Needs a Water Market to Fight Drought

The Wall Street Journal • October 23, 2014 • Robert Glennon and Gary Libecap

Traditional solutions—diverting more water from rivers, building new reservoirs or drilling additional groundwater wells—are no longer ways to substantially increase the water supply. In a new report for The Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institution, we, along with co-author Peter W. Culp, propose that states use market tools to promote water trading. That is, farmers or other users who reduce their consumption should be allowed to lease or sell the conserved water.

In his own words…Governor Brown talks water at Stanford conference

Maven's Notebook • October 22, 2014

“Yesterday, the Hamilton Project and the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment held a conference at Stanford titled, New Directions for U.S. Water Policy which brought together officials and experts from California and across the west to discuss water markets, technological innovations, climate change and other water policy issues. Governor Jerry Brown was the keynote speaker. In his speech, he talked about the history and the challenges facing California water, and outlined his administration’s plan for the next four years…”

Gov. Jerry Brown addresses drought conference at Stanford on Monday

The Stanford Daily • October 22, 2014 • Katherine Carr

“Gov. Jerry Brown was the featured speaker at a drought conference at Stanford on Monday, co-sponsored by The Hamilton Project and Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment. Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg made welcoming remarks, followed by an introduction of the event by former U.S. Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin…”

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