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    Hutchins Roundup: Credit constraints, Fed projections, and more

    The Hutchins Roundup

    Studies in this week's Hutchins Roundup find that firms facing credit constraints are more likely to reduce employment and wages, fiscal multipliers are largest during deep recessions, and more.

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    The Uneasy Case for a Financial Transaction Tax

    The Tax Policy Center has taken an in-depth look at the pros and cons of the levy. We’ve found that even a modest tax would raise a lot of money, and that it would be quite progressive. On the other hand, an FTT is no panacea. It could provoke lot of tax avoidance, despite the wishes of its backers, there is little evidence it would prevent the next financial crash.  Read More

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    Greece: A view from the battleground

    Protesters wave Greek and EU flags during a pro-Euro rally in front of the parliament building, in Athens, Greece, June 30, 2015.

    On July 5, Greeks will head to the polls to cast a historic vote on whether to accept the Troika's proposed referendum. In his latest blog, Theodore Pelagidis explains what's at stake and possible outcomes for Greece and Tsipras following this vote.  Read More

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    What we know and what we don’t: Greece’s future in Europe

    Greek Prime Minster Alexis Tsipras (L) is welcomed by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker ahead of a Eurozone emergency summit on Greece in Brussels, Belgium June 22, 2015.  The European Union welcomed new proposals from Tsipiras as a "good basis for progress" at talks on Monday where creditors want 11th-hour concessions to haul Athens back from the brink of bankruptcy.

    Greece and the rest of Europe. My crystal ball blew a fuse and completely failed to predict that Prime Minister Tsipras would call a referendum in Greece for next Sunday, requesting support for rejection of the current European proposals. Judging by the commentary, it caught virtually everyone else by surprise, too. This is both an illustration of the difficulty of predictions in this fraught situation and is a game changer in its own right that makes the immediate future even murkier. Yet the larger fundamentals have not changed, so this is a good time to review what we can reasonably know and what is simply unknowable at this point.  Read More

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    Further reduction of Dutch natural gas production: The end of an era?

    REUTERS/Michael Kooren - A view of a gas production plant is seen in 't Zand in Groningen February 24, 2015.

    On June 23, following months of mounting public pressure, Minister of Economic Affairs Henk Kamp announced that Dutch natural gas production at its massive Slochteren field will be further reduced. In the current constellation, carbon emissions rise, investments in cleaner solutions are lagging, and there's quarreling about the origins of natural gas. Tim Boersma writes that with the current environment in the natural gas sector, it is time for the Dutch to make some tough choices.

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    Hutchins Roundup: Fiscal consolidations, impacts of uninsurance, and more

    The Hutchins Roundup

    Studies in this week's Hutchins Roundup find that uninsured individuals are a drag on hospitals, fiscal consolidations based on higher taxes are more damaging to growth, and more.

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    How to find out what graduates of that cosmetology program actually make

    REUTERS/Guang Niu - A man arranges his products during a hair dressing and cosmetology exhibition in 2003.

    David Wessel looks into the actual earnings of graduates of job-training programs, specifically cosmetology programs.

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    U.S. compliance with open data: With 6 months left on the clock, who is on track on IATI?

    A worker is seen as the first consignment of U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) medical equipment towards the fight against Ebola is offloaded at the Roberts International Airport in Monrovia, August 24, 2014.

    George Ingram reviews what we can expect from Push What You Fund's mid-year stock-taking of efforts made by U.S. agencies to meet their aid transparency commitments by December 2015.  Read More

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    Changing China policy: Are we in search of enemies?

    In the inaugural Brookings China Strategy Paper, Jeff Bader evaluates the recent rhetoric towards China, and argues that the United States and China should work out their differences in a way that promotes continued economic dynamism and lowers tensions in the region.

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    Devising a new cybersecurity strategy following the OPM hack

    The U.S. national flag is pictured at the Office of Personnel Management building in Washington

    In the wake of the Office of Personnel Management intrusion by Chinese hackers, among other exploits, it’s clear that the federal government and the citizens it serves deserve a cybersecurity strategy that works. Richard Bejtlich recommends a new strategy that focuses on finding and removing intruders already in federal networks, not shoring up defenses against adversaries assumed to be waiting to attack.

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