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Stockholm Syndrome: Does Scandinavia hold the answers to our problems?

April 28, 2017 ·  · Topic: Economic Mobility  · Relevance: bad

Last week, LBC’s Ian Collins compared the Nordic model to communism. Collins claimed that Jeremy Corbyn’s free school meals policy is ‘Maoist’, and that the same policy in Sweden is taking a big leaf out of China’s very own Little Red Book .

But it does seem that the Scandinavians have it better in nearly every way. Norway and Denmark top the OECD happiness charts ; people feel safest in Scandinavian countries; these nations enjoy low gender and income inequality. Guess which is the only country to top Denmark for the ‘best sense of community’. It is New Zealand, too […]

Texas can lead the way in self-driving cars, creating a safer, better future

April 27, 2017 ·  · Topic: Economic Mobility  · Relevance: bad

How we get from point A to point B is changing, and our cars are getting smarter every day.

New technology is providing greater protection for everyone on the road.

Advanced braking systems can detect a potential collision and help a car stop before it happens, and features like adaptive cruise control can adjust a vehicle’s speed to maintain safe driving distance between vehicles.These existing advancements enhance safety for increasingly distracted drivers. But, importantly, they also are stepping stones to something much larger.The next major evolution in personal mobility, self-driving vehicles , has the potential to drastically reduce human error as […]

Charlotte Task Force on Poverty: There’s No Silver Bullet

April 27, 2017 ·  · Topic: Economic Mobility  · Relevance: not sure

Rattled by its last place spot in an assessment of economic mobility in the 50 largest U.S. metros, Charlotte city leaders are aiming to reverse systemic barriers of racial and economic segregation in coming years. A new report , released Monday, offers nearly 100 recommendations on how to help the city’s poor.

The 92-page document follows two years of study, but few of the suggestions come as a surprise, reports The Charlotte Observer: more affordable housing, increased access to affordable birth control, more day care, better-paying jobs and more job training opportunities.

“There’s nothing earth-shattering,” Mecklenburg County Commissioner Pat Cotham said […]

Reimagine Retail

April 27, 2017 ·  · Topic: Economic Mobility  · Relevance: bad

The retail sector employs more than 15 million people, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the National Retail Federation estimates that retail and related employment, in sectors such as transportation and logistics, accounts for 42 million jobs. Workforce development organizations, retail businesses, and other partners have potential to collaborate to improve the quality of jobs for workers in entry-level positions, create pathways for advancement in retail and related sectors, and increase employee engagement, productivity, and retention. To expand opportunities for working people, leaders in these fields will need to build capacity, experiment with new and innovative […]

CAU Leads Region, Nation in “Economic Mobility”

April 27, 2017 ·  · Topic: Economic Mobility  · Relevance: not sure


Contact: Donna L. Brock
404-880-8337 A new study, "Mobility Report Cards: The Role of Colleges in Intergenerational Mobility," co-authored by National Bureau of Economic Research member and Brown University Associate Professor of Economics and World Affairs John Friedman, Ph.D., says that Clark Atlanta University has the highest economic mobility rate among Atlanta-area colleges. According to the study, CAU shares this distinction with neighboring Spelman College.WABE-901FM/NPR Reporter Martha Dalton explained today that the study examined students who came from families in the bottom 20 percent of income distribution (earning less than $25,000 annually). Researchers combined that […]

Women’s Economic Risk Exposure and Savings

April 27, 2017 ·  · Topic: Economic Mobility  · Relevance: not sure

Women’s Economic Risk Exposure and Savings

A daughter, center, visits with her mother, right, at an assisted living facility as her own daughter, left, looks on in Santa Rosa, California, July 2015. Introduction and summary

People need to save large amounts of money to pay for common life events such as retirement, their kids’ college educations, and unforeseen emergencies. Yet many households have little or no savings, while others have accumulated enough to have secure economic futures. Wealth is also unequally distributed by gender, such that women—both single and married—tend to have less wealth than single or married men.

One often-cited explanation for women’s lower savings […]

China should be wary of following India’s unfair education system: Chinese media

April 27, 2017 ·  · Topic: Economic Mobility  · Relevance: not sure


India’s education system should serve as a warning to China, Global Times said. BEIJING: Unfair education system in India has not only severely hindered the nation’s economic development but also caused social rift, which should serve as a warning to China , an article in a state-run Chinese newspaper said today.

"The gap between the rich and the poor reflected in India’s education is not just related to money, but also the gap in economic and social rights, and traditional social classes," the article in the state-run Global Times said.

The daily from the publication group affiliated to the ruling Communist […]

Proposed amendment could change usage for BP oil spill settlement money

April 26, 2017 ·  · Topic: BP Settlement  · Relevance: bad

JACKSON COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) – Some say a bill that’s making its way through the Florida legislature could help ease the burden of eight coastal counties that was caused by the 2010 BP oil spill. The money from the Triumph Gulf Coast Settlement totals $1.5 billion.

District 2 Senator George Gainer (R) said he plans to file an amendment to the bill, one that would allow the money to be spent on economic enhancement and tourism incentives to bring growth back to the area.

In a press release Wednesday, Gainer wrote that, "As far back as I can remember, we have […]

Globalization, Inequality & International Economic Law

April 26, 2017 ·  · Topic: Economic Mobility  · Relevance: bad



Boston College Law school, Boston College, 885 Centre Street, Newton Centre, MA 02459, USA; frank.garcia@bc.eduAbstract: International law in general, and international economic law in particular, to the extent that either has focused on the issue of inequality, has done so in terms of inequality between states. Largely overlooked has been the topic of inequality within states and how international law has influenced that reality. From the perspective of international economic law, the inequality issue is closely entwined with the topics of colonialism and post-colonialism, the proper meaning of development, and globalization. While international economic law has undoubtedly contributed to […]

How asinine, job-killing regulations are holding Detroit back

April 26, 2017 ·  · Topic: Economic Mobility  · Relevance: bad

While Congress stalls, conservatives are scoring big wins… Washington Examiner The title of a new Mackinac Center report by Jarrett Skorup, " This Isn’t Working: How Michigan’s Licensing Laws Hurt Workers and Consumers ," shows the various problems posed by today’s level of occupational licensing. While the report focuses on Michigan, it provides a roadmap for other states to follow as they work to restore sanity to their occupational licensing laws.

However, even if states successfully reform their licensing laws, cities like Detroit will stand in the way. Detroit licenses about 60 occupations, imposing extra fees and requirements on top […]