Category: Economic Research

Why is it so expensive to buy or sell a house in America?

In Great Britain, if you want to sell your home, a real estate agent will list the property, find a buyer, help you negotiate a deal and guide you through the transaction, all for a commission of 2-3% of the sale price. In America, realtors provide the same services for roughly double the fee. Are…

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Schools Called “Focal Point” for Obesity Prevention

According to a report by the Institute of Medicine, obesity is so entrenched in the United States that it will take an intense push by schools, employers, doctors and others to reverse an epidemic that accounts for billions of dollars in annual health-care costs. The report recommended requiring at least 60 minutes of physical activity…

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Baby Boomers and the Shrinking Workforce

Among the lowlights of the jobs report for April was the news that the labor force participation rate, the share of adults who are either working or looking for work, declined. For men, this measure was at its lowest level since 1948, when the government first began keeping track. Read the full article: Baby Boomers…

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Retail USA: What’s In Store for 2016?

By integrating research across its proprietary products, Nielsen developed a forward-looking view of the retail environment encompassing trends in channels and formats, media and communication methods, as well as the impact of consumer trends such as an increasingly aging and ethnic population, the changing definition of convenience, and the continuing focus on health and wellness….

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Consumption of Alternative Transportation Fuels Rises in 2010

The Energy Information Administration reported that consumption of alternative transportation fuels increased 6% in 2010, with a total of 457,755 thousand gasoline-equivalent gallons, compared to 431,107 thousand gasoline-equivalent gallons in 2009. Natural gas continues to account for just more than half of all alternative fuels consumed by alternative fueled vehicles in fleets. The consumption of…

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Demographic Profile of Hispanics in Texas, 2010

This profile contains demographic and economic facts about the Hispanic and non-Hispanic populations in the state of Texas. All analyses are based on the sample of the 2010 American Community Survey.           Population and National Origin     U.S. Rank Total Hispanic Population in Texas 9,533,000 2 Hispanics as Percent of…

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Women Set New Goals for Careers and Lives

According to a new survey by the Pew Research Center, young women now top young men in valuing a high-paying career. Two-thirds (66%) of young women ages 18 to 34 rate career high on their list of life priorities, compared with 59% of young men. In 1997, 56% of young women and 58% of young…

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The Recession of 2007-2009

A general slowdown in economic activity, a downturn in the business cycle, a reduction in the amount of goods and services produced and sold—these are all characteristics of a recession. According to the National Bureau of Economic Research, there were 10 recessions between 1948 and 2011. The most recent recession began in December 2007 and…

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How do U.S. expenditures compare with those of other countries?

In Japan, consumers spent more than 17% of every yen on groceries, twice the 8.6% of every dollar that Americans spent. In the United States, households spent over 7 cents of every dollar on health care, compared with just 1.4 pence of every pound in the United Kingdom. This article compares how consumers in the…

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Highest Paying and Fastest Growing Occupations in the U.S.

In its 2012-2013 Occupational Outlook Handbook, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics published data on the highest paying as well as the fastest growing occupations in the U.S. in 2010. To read about the 20 occupations with the highest median annual pay in 2010, please click on the following link: Highest Paying…

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