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China's Economic Conditions
China’s economy continues to be a concern to U.S. policymakers. On the one hand, China’s economic growth presents huge opportunities for U.S. exporters. On the other hand, the surge in Chinese exports to the United States has put competitive pressures on many U.S. industries. Many U.S. policymakers have argued that greater efforts should be made to pressure China to fully implement its WTO commitments and to change various economic policies deemed harmful to U.S. economic interests, such as its currency peg and its use of subsidies to support its SOEs. In addition, recent bids by Chinese state-owned firms to purchase various U.S. firms have raised concerns among Members over the impact such acquisitions could have on U.S. national and economic security. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metacrs9850/
Current Economic Conditions and Selected Forecasts
This report begins with a comprehensive presentation of current economic conditions focusing on income growth, unemployment, and inflation. The posture of monetary and fiscal policy is surveyed as are the forecasts of economic activity. It concludes with data on the factors important for economic growth. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metacrs9329/
Current Economic Conditions and Selected Forecasts
This report contains information regarding the Current Economic Conditions, Recent Macroeconomic Developments, Posture of Monetary and Fiscal Policy, Summary of Current Developments, Sources of GDP Growth, Economic Forecasts 2001, and Promotion of Economic Growth. The report also presents statistics regarding the Growth Rate of Real GDP v. Final Sales, Civilian Unemployment Rate, Rate of Change in the Consumer Price Index, Rate of Change in the GDP Deflators, Rate of Change in Labor Costs, U.S. Foreign Trade Deficit, Alternative Measures of Fiscal Policy, The Growth Rates of the Monetary Aggregates, etc. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metacrs9314/
The Pattern of Interest Rates in 2006: Could It Signal an Impending Recession?
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The Pattern of Interest Rates in 2006: Could It Signal an Impending Recession?
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Tracking Current Federal Legislation and Regulations: A Guide to Basic Sources
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The Commodity Futures Modernization Act (P.L. 106-554)
The last act of the 106th Congress was to pass an omnibus bill that included the Commodity Futures Modernization Act (H.R. 5660; P.L. 106-554), the most significant amendments to the regulation of derivatives trading in 25 years. Derivative financial instruments are those that gain or lose value as some underlying rate, price, or other economic variable changes. The 106th Congress approved an overhaul of derivatives regulation which codified the unregulated status of certain derivatives, permitted the exemption of other currently-regulated contracts from oversight by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), and permitted the trading of a new kind of contract: a futures contract/security hybrid based on the stocks of individual corporation. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metacrs10195/
The Economic Effects of Raising National Saving
Raising the share of income we save is a frequent aim of public policy. That may be particularly apparent in debates about the size of the federal budget deficit, but concerns about the low household saving rate have also prompted policymakers to consider ways to encourage individuals to save more. How much individuals save will directly affect their future economic well-being, but from a macroeconomic perspective, the source of saving — be it households, business, or government — makes no difference. This report presents standard economic analysis of the macroeconomic effects of raising saving. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metacrs7912/
The “Jobless Recovery” From the 2001 Recession: A Comparison to Earlier Recoveries and Possible Explanations
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Structure and Functions of the Federal Reserve System
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U.S. International Trade: Data and Forecasts
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U.S. International Trade: Data and Forecasts
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U.S. International Trade: Data and Forecasts
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U.S. International Trade: Data and Forecasts
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U.S. International Trade: Data and Forecasts
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Overtime Pay: The Department of Labor Initiative and Congressional Response (2003-2004)
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U.S. International Trade: Data and Forecasts
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Inflation and the Real Minimum Wage: Fact Sheet
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U.S. International Trade: Data and Forecasts
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U.S. International Trade: Data and Forecasts
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The U.S. Trade Deficit in 1999: Recent Trends and Policy Options
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U.S. International Trade: Data and Forecasts
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U.S. International Trade: Data and Forecasts
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U.S. International Trade: Data and Forecasts
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U.S. International Trade: Data and Forecasts
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U.S. International Trade: Data and Forecasts
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U.S. International Trade: Data and Forecasts
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U.S. International Trade: Data and Forecasts
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U.S. International Trade: Data and Forecasts
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U.S. International Trade: Data and Forecasts
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U.S. International Trade: Data and Forecasts
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U.S. International Trade: Data and Forecasts
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U.S. International Trade: Data and Forecasts
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Regulation of the Telemarketing Industry: State and National Do-Not-Call Registries
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Regulation of the Telemarketing Industry: State and National Do-Not-Call Registries
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Low Power FM Radio Service: Regulatory and Congressional Issues
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Tax Cuts and Economic Stimulus: How Effective Are the Alternatives?
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Tax Cuts and Economic Stimulus: How Effective Are the Alternatives?
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Regulation of the Telemarketing Industry: State and National Do-Not-Call Registries
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U.S. Living Standards Compared to Those of Six Other Industrialized Nations
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The U.S. Trade Deficit: Causes, Consequences, and Cures
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Uncertainty in Budget Projections
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Renewal Communities and New Markets Initiatives: Legislation in the 106th Congress
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Rising Oil Prices: What Dangers Do They Pose for the Economy?
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Current Economic Conditions and Selected Forecasts
This report begins with a comprehensive presentation of current economic conditions focusing on income growth, unemployment, and inflation. The posture of monetary and fiscal policy is surveyed as are the forecasts of economic activity. It concludes with data on the factors important for economic growth. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metacrs623/
Cost-Benefit Analysis: Issues in Its Use in Regulation
This report sketches issues underlying broader use of cost-benefit analysis. It focuses on cost-benefit as one of several related frameworks for assessing regulatory actions or policies. Cost-benefit is the broadest of these frameworks, which also include impact assessment, risk assessment, and cost-effectiveness. Which analytical framework is appropriate depends on the regulatory context. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metacrs188/
South Korea's Economy and Trade
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Derivatives Regulation in the 111th Congress
This report summarizes derivatives legislation that was considered but not enacted by the 111th Congress, and it provides background on the derivatives market. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc103061/
Monetary Policy and the Federal Reserve: Current Policy and Conditions
This report discusses economic effects of the Federal Reserve's monetary policy, monetary policy vs. fiscal policy, the current stance of monetary policy given the financial crisis, and Congressional oversight and disclosure on the issue. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc98039/
Extending Unemployment Compensation Benefits During Recessions
This report describes the history of temporary federal extensions to unemployment benefits from 1980 to the present. It has five sections which discuss: [1] background information on unemployment compensation (UC) benefits, [2] a definition of a recession and the process of declaring a recession, [3] a summary of the legislative history of federal extensions of unemployment benefits, [4] figures examining the statistics of recessions, and [5] previous methods for financing temporary recession programs. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc122321/