LibGuide for ECON 450 Senior Seminar in Economics (Dr. Kathy Reid)
Subjects: Economics
Tags: economics

Ripped from the headlines

Ripped from the headlines...

  • Soon, Helmet Data at a Keystroke - New York Times, Jan 8, 2011
  • U.S. Teenage Pregnancies, Births and Abortions: National and State Trends and Trends by Race and Ethnicity- Guttmacher Institute, January 2010. [found via Docuticker] Following Decade-Long Decline, U.S. Teen Pregnancy Rate Increases as Both Births and Abortions Rise. For the first time in more than a decade, the nation’s teen pregnancy rate rose 3% in 2006, reflecting increases in teen birth and abortion rates of 4% and 1%, respectively. These new data from the Guttmacher Institute are especially noteworthy because they provide the first documentation of what experts have suspected for several years, based on trends in teens’ contraceptive use—that the overall teen pregnancy rate would increase in the mid-2000s following steep declines in the 1990s and a subsequent plateau in the early 2000s. The significant drop in teen pregnancy rates in the 1990s was overwhelmingly the result of more and better use of contraceptives among sexually active teens. However, this decline started to stall out in the early 2000s, at the same time that sex education programs aimed exclusively at promoting abstinence—and prohibited by law from discussing the benefits of contraception—became increasingly widespread and teens’ use of contraceptives declined.
  • Snapshot of Philanthropy's Response to the Gulf Coast Hurricanes- "Foundations, corporations, and other institutional donors committed over $490 million to relief and recovery efforts in the first few months following hurricanes Katrina and Rita, according to Snapshot of Philanthropy's Response to the Gulf Coast Hurricanes, a new report from the Foundation Center. This support represented 17 percent of an estimated $3 billion in private hurricane response giving [found via Docuticker]
  • Charitable Contributions for Haiti’s Earthquake Victims - Molly F. Sherlock, Analyst in Economics for CRS (Congressional Research Service), January 22, 2010
  • National Gaming Association ( See specifically "A Call to Action on Social Cost Research" and "Challenges that Confront Researchers on Estimating the Social Costs of Gambling".