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Benefit-Cost Analysis and the Discount Rate for the Corps of Engineers' Water Resource Projects: Theory and Practice

Benefit-Cost Analysis and the Discount Rate for the Corps of Engineers' Water Resource Projects: Theory and Practice

Date: June 23, 2003
Creator: Powers, Kyna
Description: Construction of large water resource projects, such as those of the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), can be controversial because they involve trade-offs among various river uses, and between current and future generations. Pursuant to federal water project planning guidelines, the Corps weighs these trade-offs using benefit-cost analysis. If its analysis shows that a project’s national economic development (NED) benefits exceed its NED costs, the Corps seeks project authorization from Congress. Congress authorizes the Corps to construct some of these large water projects through (usually) biennial Water Resource Development Acts. Since the Corps rarely recommends a project that does not have a benefit-cost ratio greater than 1.0, this report describes the decisions that influence this ratio, with a focus on the role of the discount rate.
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Current Economic Conditions and Selected Forecasts

Current Economic Conditions and Selected Forecasts

Date: June 19, 2003
Creator: Makinen, Gail & Vorce, Anne
Description: 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.
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Monetary Policy: Current Policy and Conditions

Monetary Policy: Current Policy and Conditions

Date: June 19, 2003
Creator: Makinen, Gail
Description: None
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U.S. International Trade: Data and Forecasts

U.S. International Trade: Data and Forecasts

Date: June 19, 2003
Creator: Nanto, Dick K & Lum, Thomas
Description: None
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Medical Records Privacy: Questions and Answers on the HIPAA Final Rule

Medical Records Privacy: Questions and Answers on the HIPAA Final Rule

Date: June 11, 2003
Creator: Redhead, C. Stephen
Description: None
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Steel: Legislative and Oversight Issues

Steel: Legislative and Oversight Issues

Date: June 10, 2003
Creator: Cooney, Stephen
Description: None
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E-Commerce Statistics: Explanation and Sources

E-Commerce Statistics: Explanation and Sources

Date: June 4, 2003
Creator: Tehan, Rita
Description: Congress will play a vital role in many e-commerce policy issues, including Internet taxation, encryption and electronic authentication (i.e., digital signatures), intellectual property protection (i.e., patent or copyright infringement), computer network security, and privacy safeguards for individuals and organizations, as well as consideration of how European Union (EU) and World Trade Organization (WTO) policies may affect U.S. e-commerce activities. This report addresses the complexities of measuring e-commerce growth, and provides background information on government and private firms’ methods for estimating it.
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Space Launch Vehicles: Government Activities, Commercial Competition, and Satellite Exports

Space Launch Vehicles: Government Activities, Commercial Competition, and Satellite Exports

Date: May 30, 2003
Creator: Smith, Marcia S
Description: None
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U.S. International Trade: Data and Forecasts

U.S. International Trade: Data and Forecasts

Date: May 30, 2003
Creator: Nanto, Dick K & Lum, Thomas
Description: None
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Current Economic Conditions and Selected Forecasts

Current Economic Conditions and Selected Forecasts

Date: May 22, 2003
Creator: Makinen, Gail & Vorce, Anne
Description: 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.
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