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Are America’s Overseas Security Commitments Worth It?
by / on 13/07/2017 at 15:00 / in Think Tanks

Are America’s Overseas Security Commitments Worth It?

A growing debate has called into question the international security commitments of the United States, and whether their economic value outweighs their costs. RAND researchers used new data and advanced economic techniques to measure the returns on those commitments. Their analysis suggests the magnitude of those benefits could be substantial. On a crisp January day in 1949, President Harry Truman […]

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Three Essays on Growth Econometrics
by / on 21/03/2017 at 11:00 / in Think Tanks

Three Essays on Growth Econometrics

There are large discrepancies between different panel datasets of cross-country estimates of gross domestic product (GDP). But which set of numbers is most accurate? In the first essay, I develop a general statistical framework for answering this question. I derive two estimators for assessing the relative accuracy of GDP data, and perform Monte Carlo simulations to compare them against existing […]

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Travailler au XXIème Siècle – L’ubérisation de l’économie ?
by / on 25/01/2017 at 12:00 / in Think Tanks

Travailler au XXIème Siècle – L’ubérisation de l’économie ?

SYNTHÈSE Le texte ci-dessous présente dans les grandes lignes l’ouvrage qui paraît aux Editions Odile Jacob, et qu’il est possible de se procurer en cliquant sur ce lien. La révolution technologique associée aux technologies de l’information et de la communication (TIC) et à l’économie numérique transforme radicalement les modes aussi bien de vie que de production. Cela n’a rien de […]

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Whither Hong Kong?
by / on 29/12/2016 at 14:00 / in Think Tanks

Whither Hong Kong?

This Perspective considers the future trajectory of the Special Administrative Region in light of the 2014 prodemocracy street protests and their aftermath. First, it examines economic and political trends in Hong Kong–China relations; second, it considers the issues triggering these recent protests; third, it considers the effect of the protests; fourth, it explores possible future scenarios; and lastly, it offers […]

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America’s Shifting Labor Market in a Technology-Driven World
by / on 28/11/2016 at 18:00 / in Think Tanks

America’s Shifting Labor Market in a Technology-Driven World

The recent presidential election included calls for a return of good, high-paying industrial jobs to the United States. Such promises were well intentioned, yet failed to account for dramatic global and national shifts that are underway. These shifts are fueled by changes in economic and technological capabilities that have led to ongoing fundamental restructuring of entire sectors of the U.S. […]

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The Made-in-America Global Security and Economic System Still Serves U.S. Interests
by / on 08/11/2016 at 16:00 / in Think Tanks

The Made-in-America Global Security and Economic System Still Serves U.S. Interests

When the new president takes office next January, a world of troubles awaits. Violent extremism, irresponsible adventurism by China, an aggressive and authoritarian Russia, economic uncertainty and racial unrest at home, to name a few issues, will give no peace to the White House’s new occupant, Democrat or Republican. The new president will also inherit a global system of security […]

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‘Star Trek’ at 50: How the TV Series Inspired a Boy to Become a Scientist
by / on 10/10/2016 at 14:00 / in Think Tanks

‘Star Trek’ at 50: How the TV Series Inspired a Boy to Become a Scientist

Like “Star Trek,” I turn 50 this year. But that’s not my only connection to the original television series. “Star Trek” inspired me to become a scientist, convincing me at an early age that science and the advancement of human knowledge could make the world a better place. Like many people my age, I was transfixed by the futurism of […]

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The Future of Cyber Investigations at the FBI Is Unclear
by / on 21/09/2016 at 16:00 / in Think Tanks

The Future of Cyber Investigations at the FBI Is Unclear

Judge Robert J. Bryan of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington might not realize it, but his actions may affect the extent to which the FBI emphasizes the law enforcement or intelligence gathering aspects of its mission. Bryan recently excluded evidence presented by the FBI in the case of U.S. v. Jay Michaud showing that a […]

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The Digital Underworld: What You Need to Know
by / on 09/09/2016 at 13:00 / in Think Tanks

The Digital Underworld: What You Need to Know

Tens of millions of Americans will have their credit-card numbers, hospital records, or digital identities hacked or stolen this year, RAND research suggests—victims of a cybercrime industry that now rivals the illegal drug trade in reach and sophistication. The numbers are more sobering than surprising. For years now, RAND researchers have documented the growing threat posed by a digital underworld […]

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The role of the ‘dark web’ in the trade of illicit drugs
by / on 24/08/2016 at 12:40 / in Think Tanks

The role of the ‘dark web’ in the trade of illicit drugs

The Internet has fundamentally changed ways of doing business, including the operations and activities of illegal markets. There are now around 50 online marketplaces on the ‘dark web’ that trade illegal drugs, novel psychoactive substances (NPS), prescription drugs and other – often illegal – goods and services. These so-called cryptomarkets are accessible with a normal Internet connection, but require special […]

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