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How the Fed Can Spur Higher Wages

The best thing that the Fed can do to help bring about more sizable wage gains is to stick to its current strategy of gradually but decisively bringing its monetary policy back to normal, according to Murray and Monti Professor of Economics Peter IrelandEconomics 21

"Bill Shock" Agreement

Assistant Professor of Economics Michael Grubb weighs in on the FCC's new "bill-shock agreement," which requires mobile providers to alert customers about surcharges they may incur, on the consumer site

CellPhone Bills Are Getting...Lower?

According to a cellular phone industry group, the average monthly cell phone bill has dropped 69 percent, adjusted for inflation, since 1989. How is that possible? Assistant Professor of Economics Michael Grubb, who has studied the cell phone market, weighed in on "Marketplace" Radio


Why People Carry Credit Card Balances

A new report from the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston by Assistant Professor of Economics Scott Fulford offers an explanation as to why some people continue to hold both high interest debts and low interest savings at the same time. Dow Jones MarketWatch



New Resources

Amadeus (BC Community) Access extended one more year (6/2014-6/2015)
A database of comparable financial information for public and private companies across Europe. Note BC subscription includes very large companies, about 1 million. Access is also provided via WRDS.

Bankscope (BC Community) Access extended one more year (4/2014-4/2015).
Bankscope contains detailed financial information for the following public and private banks: ••Top 8,000 European banks ••Top 14,000 North American banks ••1,000 Japanese banks ••1,200 Russian banks ••Over 5,000 other major banks ••The leading 35 supranational banking and financial organizations.  Each bank report contains a detailed consolidated and/or unconsolidated balance sheet, an income statement and interim reports with up to 16 years of information. Bankscope also provides ratings, rating reports, country risk ratings and reports, news and detailed ownership information and bank structures. Access is also provided via WRDS.


Database Trials at Boston College
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