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November 17, 2015

Debt Statistics a la Carte: Alternative Recipes for Measuring Government Indebtedness

Daniel A. Dias and Mark L. J. Wright

According to Eurostat, the Greek government owed Euro 317 billion in debt at the end of 2014. This is equivalent to more than 177% of GDP, 387% of tax revenue and amounts to almost Euro 30,000 per person.

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July 20, 2015

Do financial market frictions affect executive compensation?

Bo Sun

Compensation policy, characterized by CEO pay-for-performance, is one of the most important factors in a company's success, shaping how well executives run the company.

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July 17, 2015

How much has dollar appreciation affected U.S. corporate profits?

Carol Bertaut and Nitish Sinha

U.S. corporate profits fell about 1.4 percent in the fourth quarter of last year and, based on estimates from the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), declined a further 5.2 percent in the first quarter of 2015.

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July 2, 2015

Did the West Coast Port Dispute Contribute to the First-Quarter GDP Slowdown?

Mary Amiti Leaving the Board, Tyler Bodine-Smith, Michele Cavallo, and Logan Lewis

In this post, we examine how the labor dispute at the West Coast ports, which began in the middle of 2014, might have affected GDP growth.

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June 19, 2015

Recent euro-area inflows into U.S. bonds: Reconciling and understanding new data sources

Carol Bertaut and Ruth Judson

Understanding how global investors respond to differences in monetary policy stances, economic prospects, and other developments that affect financial markets is clearly a topic of interest. However, interpreting the data collected on U.S. (and other) cross-border financial flows can be challenging because different data sources have different features and shortcomings.

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