Tools & Resources

Measuring the True Cost of TARP

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By Covering Business   March 15, 2012

The latest estimates suggest the program’s net cost will be higher than previously expected.


Disapproval of Government Spending Hits Record High

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A recent poll suggests the nation believes the government wastes half of every dollar it spends.


How McDonald’s Conquered France

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By Covering Business   March 14, 2012

Knowledge@Wharton breaks down how the world’s largest fast-food chain won over the French.


Where Kodak Went Wrong

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Knowledge@Wharton deconstructs the company’s rapid decline into bankruptcy.


Who Won the Arab Spring?

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Knowledge@Wharton makes the case that Iraq and Morocco are poised to reap the economic benefits.


Quantifying the Value Added by Hiring a Female CEO

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Researchers explore how the presence of a woman in upper management affects performance.


How Federal Earmarks Backfire

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A study in the Journal of Political Economy reveals how big earmarks can harm local economies.


Why Recessions Extend Lifespans

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In an article for Bloomberg, Peter Osrzag compiles research to show why downturns promote longer lives.


How to Pick Stocks to Hedge Against Inflation

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Although the broad market is a poor inflation hedge, individual equities can do a better job.


Merger Prospects Hampered by Older CEOs

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A National Bureau of Economic Research study finds executive age weighs on buyout bids.


New Oversight of Venture Capital May Be Wasteful

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An article in the Journal of Private Equity argues new regulations may be squandering resources.


Why the Best Analysts Are Not Necessarily the Most Accurate

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A study in the Journal of Finance suggests a new way to measure the value of analysts’ estimates.


A Smarter Model for Paying CEOs

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A Harvard finance professor argues executive pay should be set by more than company performance.


Long-Term Unemployment Leads to Poverty

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The government tracks the fate of people who exhaust their unemployment insurance.


Are Federal Employees Overpaid?

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The Congressional Budget Office compares government salaries to those of the private sector.


Stretching the Social Safety Net

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The government projects how cutbacks to Medicare and Social Security would affect costs and benefits.


How to Lower the Unemployment Rate

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The Congressional Budget Office tries to determine the most cost-effective strategies.


Data Points: Labor

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By Covering Business   February 20, 2012

Links to critical resources for covering the labor market.


Resources: Taxes

By Covering Business   December 11, 2011

Tax Statistics Compiled by the Internal Revenue Service Individual Income Tax Collected (1990-2009) (Excel) Tax collected, tax collected via electronic filing, capital gains and IRA distributions, gambling income and various deductions. Individual Income Tax Returns by Income Percentile (1986-2008) (Excel) Number of returns, adjusted gross income and income tax paid by the top 0.1%, 1%, […]


Resources: Government Spending

By Covering Business   December 10, 2011

Historical Data on Annual Receipts, Outlays and Deficits/Surpluses (PDF) In dollars – pgs. 21-23 (Excel) As a percentage of GDP – pgs. 24-25 (Excel) In 2011 dollars – pgs. 26-27 (Excel) Receipts by source (individual vs. corporate income tax) – pgs. 30-35 (Excel) Breakdown of federal spending (1940-2010) – pgs. 47-76 (Excel) Includes annual outlays for […]