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Articles from Vol. 2015, No. 4, Winter

Chinese Economy
The NBER's Working Group on the Chinese Economy met in Cambridge on October 9-10. Working Group Director Hanming Fang of the University of Pennsylvania and Research Associate Shang-Jin Wei of Columbia University organized the conference. These papers...
Economics of Education
* Scott E. Carrell, University of California, Davis, and NBER; Mark Hoekstra, Texas A&M University and NBER; and Elira Kuka, Southern Methodist University, "The Long-Run Effects of Disruptive Peers" * Robert Garlick, Duke University, and Joshua...
Education, Skills, and Technical Change: Implications for Future U.S. GDP Growth
The NBER hosted a Conference on Research in Income and Wealth (CRIW) meeting, "Education, Skills, and Technical Change: Implications for Future U.S. GDP Growth," in Bethesda, MD, on October 16-17. Research Associates Charles Hulten of University of...
Energy and Environmental Technology
Developing new and improved clean-energy technologies is an important part of any strategy to combat global climate change. For example, generation of electricity and heat is the largest source of carbon emissions, accounting for 42 percent of carbon...
Firms and the Distribution of Income: The Roles of Productivity and Luck
An NBER conference, "How do Firms Affect the Distribution of Income? The Roles of Productivity and Luck," took place in Palo Alto on November 13-14. Labor Studies Program Director David Card of University of California, Berkeley, and Research Associates...
Fiscal Policy in Emerging Markets: Procyclicality and Graduation
Five key questions have guided my research on fiscal policy in emerging markets: (1) 1. How is fiscal policy conducted in emerging markets compared to industrial countries? 2. Why has fiscal policy often been procyclical in emerging markets?...
Measuring the Economy of the 21st Century
The first meeting of the Conference on Research in Income and Wealth (CRIW) occurred in late January of 1936 in the midst of the Great Depression. The general objective of the conferees at this meeting and those that followed was to help fill the void...
Menu Choices in Defined Contribution Pension Plans
Significant changes in the structure of retirement saving programs have occurred in recent decades in the United States and across the world. Defined Contribution (DC) pension plans, such as 401(k) and 403(b) plans, have become an important source...
Public Economics
The NBER's Program on Public Economics met in Palo Alto on November 5-6. Research Associates Raj Chetty and Mark Duggan of Stanford University organized the meeting. These papers were discussed: * Florian Scheuer, Stanford University and NBER, and...
Recessions and Retirement: How Stock Market and Labor Market Fluctuations Affect Older Workers
The sharp drop in equity values at the beginning of the recent financial crisis led to widespread concern about the effect of the crisis on retirement security. With defined contribution pension plans largely having replaced defined benefit plans for...
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