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November 04, 2014

Social Security’s annual inflation adjustment is one of the program’s most valuable features. But it’s time to adjust the adjustment.

Retirees will get a 1.7 percent bump in their Social Security benefit next year, according to the Social Security Administration, which announced the annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) on Wednesday. Recipients of disability benefits and Supplemental

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November 01, 2014

It’s not the first time this has happened.

On Friday, the American Institute for Economic Research released its 2014-15 College Destination Index. I wouldn’t be writing about it if it didn’t contain good news, or had some measure of interest.

This year’s list places Missoula and the University of Montana in the top 10 among best College Towns, just behind Columbus, Missouri –

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October 30, 2014

The Buffalo Niagara region remains an attractive destination for college students.

The region ranked fifth in the country among midsize metropolitan areas for providing a strong “informal learning environment” in the community, outside the classroom, according to a recent study.

The American Institute for Economic Research, a nonprofit research group in Massachusetts, examined

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October 29, 2014

Evidently, only men are supposed to ask for raises. Women who do will only annoy their bosses and instead should simply have faith in the system and hope for good karma. This is what Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella recently stated. Although he later apologized for his “inarticulate” response, the fact remains that his initial answer serves to mask the tremendous gender wage gap that still exists

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October 29, 2014

Champaign-Urbana ranked seventh overall in the American Institute of Economic Research’s list of Top 20 College Towns, which is part of the institute’s ranking of Top 75 College Cities and Towns in America.

Luke Delorme, research fellow at AIER, said the institute looked at 271 metropolitan institutional areas that had at least 10,000 students. The areas were then ranked across twelve

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October 28, 2014

Champaign-Urbana has recently cracked the top ten spots at #7 for America's Top Twenty College Towns, according to a ranking from the American Institute for Economic Research. The criteria included student life, culture, economic health, and opportunity.

"The University is a small, captivating city within itself...[and] has a number of cultural venues."

Read the full ranking

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October 26, 2014

In a blog post noting Coleman's appointment, Horowitz called Coleman his "personal guardian angel." But Coleman's wingspan will need to expand as Silicon Valley grapples with the pressing issue of employee diversity. In recent months, furor over the topic has grown as firms such as Yahoo, Google and Apple divulge staffing numbers with glaring minority under-representation.

USA TODAY's

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October 24, 2014

The American Institute for Economic Research (AIER) has released a new analysis that

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October 23, 2014

Social Security’s annual inflation adjustment is one of the program’s most valuable features. But it’s time to adjust the adjustment.

“From an ideal math perspective, what you want is a calculation based on an index that matches retirees’ cost of living,” says Polina Vlasenko, a senior research fellow at the American Institute for Economic Research. “The CPI-W is constructed to measure

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October 23, 2014

Social Security's annual inflation adjustment is one of the program's most valuable features. But it's time to adjust the adjustment.

Retirees will get a 1.7 percent bump in their Social Security benefit next year, according to the Social Security Administration, which announced the annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) on Wednesday. Recipients of disability benefits and Supplemental

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October 22, 2014

Tens of millions of elderly and disabled Americans will see a small bump in their government payments next year, another reflection of a sluggish economic recovery that has kept inflation low.

The benefit increase is determined by the change in prices for urban wage earners and clerical workers, known as the CPI-W. That measure might not represent beneficiaries’ costs because most

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October 22, 2014

The Labor Department said on Wednesday its Consumer Price Index edged up 0.1 percent last month as a rise in food and shelter costs offset a decline in energy prices.

"The ongoing inflation weakness will give the Fed leeway to take a restrained approach to tightening monetary conditions," said Robert Hughes, senior research fellow at the American Institute for Economic Research in

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October 22, 2014

Will You Be Ready for the Next Recession?
In the years leading up to December 2007 there was a growing chorus declaring the end of business cycles. Clearly, business cycles have not gone away, and new research shows that the nature of recessions has changed in troubling ways.

We can't predict when the next one will come, but those who fall in its wake will face a tough road to

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October 18, 2014
For the third straight year, millions of Social Security recipients, disabled veterans and federal retirees can expect historically small increases in their benefits come January.
 
The Senior Citizens League projects the COLA will be 1.7 percent, which is in line with other estimates. Economist Polina Vlasenko, a research fellow at the American Institute for Economic
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October 17, 2014

What would you rather have – a superpower that earns you karma credit or more cash in the bank?
I’d rather have my credit in hard currency and at my disposal, thank you very much.

This is in reaction to what Microsoft’s chief executive said a few days ago. What it boils down to is that we are a long way off from equal pay for equal work. No, this is not about gender. It’s about

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October 16, 2014

Syracuse, home to the nation's No. 1 party school (Syracuse University) and one of the 20 best college traditions (Le Moyne's Dolphy Day), is being recognized again as a top place for higher learning.

The American Institute for Economic Research has named the Salt City as one of the 20 best small cities for college students.

October 16, 2014

It’s great to be a Florida Gator – and to live in Gainesville.

Gainesville ranked No. 5 in the top 20 best small cities for college students, according to the ranking released Monday by The American Institute for Economic Research. Factors like student life, culture, economic health and opportunity were assessed from various small college cities nationwide.

UF spokesman Steve

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October 16, 2014

Apple, Microsoft and Yahoo also released their diversity data. “The numbers confirmed long-standing suspicions about the culture of tech,” writes Katie Benner for Bloomberg View. “White men made up the biggest piece of the worker pie at Apple, Google, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, LinkedIn and eBay.”

Asian Americans are also well-represented among the tech ranks, making up 34% of Google's

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October 16, 2014

But wait, you may say. Who can trust the government's numbers? Well, everyone who invests, that's who. But if you want a private source, consider the MIT Billion Prices Project, which tracks, well, a billion online prices. It tracks the CPI fairly closely.

Beyond that, you get into things like the Everyday Price Index, produced by the American Institute for Economic Research. The index

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October 15, 2014

Since Google released data on its company diversity statistics, there's been a fairly steady stream of company after company having their cathartic moment in the sun, acknowledging there's a problem when it comes to tech and diversity and promising they're going to help solve it.

 A report by the American Institute of Economic

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