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Is Uncle Sam baking the books on energy efficiency?

Forbes • June 30, 2015 • William Pentland

"...In a paper titled “Do Energy Efficiency Investments Deliver?,” Meredith Fowlie, Michael Greenstone and Catherine Wolfram compared the predicted and actual energy savings from more than 30,000 energy efficiency projects participating in the federal Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP), the largest residential energy efficiency program in the United States..."

The future for emerging markets

Project Syndicate • June 30, 2015 • Laura Tyson

Over the past year, the global economic environment changed markedly and in unexpected ways. Energy and commodity prices plunged. Growth in China (which accounts for about 40% of global growth) fell to its lowest rate since 1996, even as its stock market soared to unsustainable heights. The United States and the European Union ratcheted up economic sanctions on Russia in response to its military excursions in Ukraine, highlighting the geopolitical risks associated with cross-border investments. 

Lifetime Income Series: Ten Economic Facts About Financial Well-Being in Retirement The Hamilton Project 2015-06-29

Financial Sense • June 29, 2015

"This week Jim and John address The Hamilton Project, a report on retirement issued by the Brookings Institution. Most households in the United States find retirement planning a daunting challenge..."

How should the US reform its retirement savings system?

World Economic Forum • June 29, 2015 • Nick Bunker

A new paper from the Hamilton Project by John N. Friedman, an economist at Brown University, proposes important steps in reforming the current private retirement-savings system, but are they comprehensive enough given the depth of the problems?

Kalamazoo promise ‘significantly’ increases college graduation rates, study finds

M Live • June 25, 2015 • Julie Mack

"...The paper, "Effects of the Kalamazoo Promise Scholarship on College Enrollment, Persistence and Completion," was released today by the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research. It was co-authored by Tim Bartik, Brad Hershbein and Marta Lachowska..."

This Problem is unexpectedly crushing many retirement dreams

Money • June 25, 2015 • Dan Kadlec

"The home equity percentage of net worth is greatest among homeowners with the least wealth, reaching 50% for those with median net worth of $42,460, according to a report from The Hamilton Project, a think tank closely affiliated with the Brookings Institution."

The limits of reforming the U.S. private-sector retirement system

Washington Center for Equitable Growth • June 25, 2015 • Nick Bunker

"...Clearly, we need policy reforms that encourage greater retirement savings. A new paper from the Hamilton Project by John N. Friedman, an economist at Brown University, proposes important steps in reforming the current private retirement-savings system, but are they comprehensive enough given the depth of the problems?"

One government subsidy it’s not crazy to turn down

The Wall Street Journal • June 24, 2015 • Greg Ip

"...Michael Greenstone of the University of Chicago, a former chief economist in the Obama administration’s Council of Economic Advisers, and Meredith Fowlie and Catherine Wolfram of the University of California at Berkeley used a randomized control trial to determine if the WAP savings predicted by engineering models were borne out in reality..."

More students are going to space school—and it may be a better idea than you think

Science.Mic • June 24, 2015 • Ellie Kaufman

"...Overall, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics students do well when it comes to career earnings, consistently dominating lists ranking valuable college majors. Aerospace engineering sits close to the top as the second most lucrative college major over the course of a lifetime, according to a list compiled by the Hamilton Project. The only thing outranking it is chemical engineering, a major that has its own prospects for future space careers..."

Will tax breaks incentivize retirement savings? Think tank suggest rethinking them

Benefits Pro • June 24, 2015 • Nick Thornton

"...The studies were released at a symposium hosted by The Hamilton Project, the arm of the Washington D.C.-based think tank that researches retirement policy. One of those papers, “Ten Economic Facts About Financial Well-Being in Retirement,” notes that tax breaks to promote savings account for the second largest federal tax expenditure, behind only tax breaks for employer-provided health insurance..."
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