Category: Economic Research

Two Americans Win Nobel Economics Prize

Two American economists won the Nobel Prize in economics for their research into how to match different actors in given markets, such as job seekers with employers and patients with donated kidneys. Alvin Roth of Harvard University and Lloyd Shapley of the University of California Los Angeles won “for the theory of stable allocations and…

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U.S. Population of Mixed-Race Americans Grew by 32% from 2000 to 2010

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the population of mixed-race Americans grew 32% from 2000 to 2010. The population of single-race Americans, by contrast, grew 9.2%. As a share of the total population, mixed-race Americans are still a tiny minority, just 2.9%, or about nine million people. The states with the highest share of residents…

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Labor Force Characteristics by Race and Ethnicity, 2011

This report describes the labor force characteristics and earnings patterns among the major racial and ethnic groups—Whites, Blacks, Asians, and Hispanics—and provides more detailed data through a set of supporting tables. These data are obtained from the Current Population Survey (CPS), a monthly survey of 60,000 households that is a rich source of information on…

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Gas Tax Trends Drive Highway Funding Shift

Toll roads have become an important part of officials’ strategy to keep pace with growing local economies and populations. Many economists regard tolls as an efficient revenue source for road construction. However, greater reliance on toll roads has led to shifting priorities in infrastructure planning away from broader goals. Read the full report: Gas Tax…

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Record U.S. Poverty Rate Holds As Inequality Grows

For half a decade, the percentage of Americans living below the poverty line has increased each year, from 12.3% in 2006 to 15.1% in 2010. The U.S. Census Bureau has released its analysis of U.S. poverty in 2011, and the official poverty rate essentially held at 15.0%, meaning that 46.2 million people live below the…

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More U.S. Children Living in Poverty, But Fewer Lack Health Coverage

The number of children living in poverty grew by 4.5 million from 2008 to 2010, but the rate of uninsured children fell to 8.5% during the same period, according to a new report. The state-by-state analysis found that, while the percentage of children covered by private insurance dropped, increases in public coverage more than offset…

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A Look Behind the U.S. Decline in Global Competitiveness

Switzerland tops the overall rankings in The Global Competitiveness Report 2011-2012. Singapore overtakes Sweden for second position. Northern and Western European countries dominate the top 10 with Sweden (3rd), Finland (4th), Germany (6th), the Netherlands (7th), Denmark (8th) and the United Kingdom (10th). Japan remains the second-ranked Asian economy at 9th place, despite falling three…

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San Antonio Creative Industry 2011 Report

The SABÉR Research Institute has released a new report highlighting the impact of the creative industry in San Antonio. According to the report, the creative industry generated $4.6 billion in economic activity and was comprised of 29,852 workers who earned wages totaling $1.1 billion in 2011. This is the third report of its kind to…

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An Overview of U.S. Occupational Employment and Wages in 2011

A substantial share of U.S. employment in May 2011 was concentrated in a relatively small number of occupations. Just 10 occupations made up more than 20% of total employment, and the 20 largest occupations made up nearly one-third of employment—more than 41 million jobs. Most of these large occupations had below-average wages, as did most…

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Small Business Lending in the U.S.

This report provides information on depository lending institutions and their lending patterns to small businesses for data years 2006-2011. The study covers small business lenders, including depository institutions such as savings banks, cooperative banks, savings and loan associations, and commercial banks. Geographically, the report coverage includes information for all the U.S. territories and states. This…

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