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Democracies’ Track Record in Addressing Inequality Is Thin, Political Scientists Conclude

Democratic government has historically had little impact on wealth inequality, NYU’s David Stasavage and Stanford’s Kenneth Scheve conclude in a new analysis.

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Flu Vaccines, Medical Curriculum Tailored to Native Americans, Tackling Heart Disease, and More in the Healthcare News Source

The latest research, features and announcements in healthcare in the Healthcare News Source

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Farther From the Forest: ‘Eye-Opening’ Study Shows Rural U.S. Loses Forests Faster Than Cities

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A study published in the journal PLOS ONE says that between 1990 and 2000, the average distance from any point in the United States to the nearest forest increased by 14 percent. The distance can present challenges for wildlife and have broad effects on ecosystems.

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Recalculations of Trade Deficits Will Increase Distortions

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Science Versus the ‘Horatio Alger Myth’

In a new study published today in the journal PLOS ONE, Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists have taken a condensed matter physics concept usually applied to the way substances such as ice freeze, called “frustration,” and applied it to a simple social network model of frustrated components. They show that inequality of wealth can emerge spontaneously and more equality can be gained by pure initiative.

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Companies Located Near an IRS Office More Likely to Face an Audit and Avoid More Taxes

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Researchers examined tax records of public companies from fiscal years 1996 to 2012 and found a positive association between a company's geographic proximity to an IRS territory manager’s office and IRS audit likelihood as well as tax avoidance.

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Study Examines the Risky Business of International Alliances and Acquisitions

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A new study at the University of Illinois at Chicago examines the influence “country risks” have on U.S. firms’ choices to expand abroad.

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When Russians Purchase Counterfeit Alcohol

Although counterfeit alcohol is a new phenomenon in most of the world, it has been a longstanding problem in Russia. In 2002, illegal commercial alcohol products totaled more than half of the alcohol retail turnover in that country. More recently, an economic recession has reactivated illicit markets in Russia. While the demand for lower-priced counterfeit alcohol is often linked to economic disadvantages, this research examined whether the problem is more complicated.

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Competing for Customers at the Cinema

Of 16,000 subjects who received at least one text message offer, 535 purchased a voucher at one of the two theaters that day, which is a promotional response of 3.3%. This was a significant boost in sales, proving that the discounts were effective in in-creasing business.

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UT Austin Partners with Local Nonprofit to Turn Veterans into Tomorrow’s Industry Leaders and Entrepreneurs

The VETTED Foundation, a transition program that identifies and prepares top military talent for industry placement or entrepreneurship. VETTED was created by a current Full-Time Texas MBA student and active duty military officer, Michael Sarraille.

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Variability in Local Costs of Substance Abuse Across California

The average news consumer might be surprised to learn that the economic costs of alcohol abuse far exceed those related to illegal drug use. In California, alcohol abuse cost $129 billion in 2010, $3,450 per California resident. That was almost three times the $44 billion bill for illicit drug use. The largest cost contributors were mortality, impaired driving, and violence. The costs varied greatly from city to city and county to county.

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Op-Ed: Here's How to Reform Health Care

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Our nation’s health care system is a mess. The industry spends $3 trillion annually and constitutes more than 17 percent of the nation’s GDP. For patients and their families, shouldering the burden of rising health care costs often leads to financial hardship and is the No. 1 cause of personal bankruptcy. Escalating health care costs lead many to forgo care, or patch together payments while neglecting other basic needs.

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Birmingham Develops Blueprint for Future Indian Cities

Researchers at the University of Birmingham worked with children, young people and their families living in a new urban development in India to understand the everyday experiences of urban transformation – with the results informing the future development of Indian cities.

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Puzder's Withdrawal Shows Power of Progressive Advocates

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#UCIrvine Offers Experts on All Things Trump

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Why Trump Should Tie Free Trade Agreements to Economic Equality

Citizens who have rejected the idea that free trade is always in their best interest might change their minds if free trade agreements included provisions to address economic inequality, according to a Vanderbilt University researcher.

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Sugar, Salt, and Fat Taxes Could Save Billions in Health Care Costs

Australia could save AUD $3.4 billion (USD $2.3 billion) in healthcare costs over the remaining lifetimes of all Australians alive in 2010 by instituting a combination of taxes on unhealthy foods and subsidies on fruits and vegetables, according to a new study.

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Birmingham’s Early Warning System Flags Global Financial Crises

Researchers at the University of Birmingham have developed a new ‘early warning system’ that could help policymakers around the world take action to avert or lessen the impact of financial crisis.

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School Vouchers Bring More Money to Catholic Schools — but at a Cost, Study Finds

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The University of Notre Dame study found that voucher expansion caused significant declines in church donations and church spending on non-educational religious activities.

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How Much Will We Spend on Valentine’s Day This Year?

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Despite the explosion of red and pink merchandise currently promoted in stores, the National Retail Federation reports U.S. consumer spending will be down 10 percent this year compared to Valentine’s Day 2016.







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