State of Montana: Governor Bullock, Lt. Governor Cooney Launch Database To Connect Rural Communities With Funding Resources

State of Montana: Governor Bullock, Lt. Governor Cooney Launch Database To Connect Rural Communities With Funding Resources . “Governor Steve Bullock and Lt. Governor Mike Cooney today launched a comprehensive database that will host state and federal grant and loan opportunities that rural Montana communities can leverage to fund community and economic development projects across the state.”

Devdiscourse: World Bank’s EGPS to create global platform for artisanal, small-scale mining data

Devdiscourse: World Bank’s EGPS to create global platform for artisanal, small-scale mining data. “Artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) is a vital livelihood for over 40 million people in developing countries, particularly for those living in remote, rural areas, according to the recent 2019 State of the ASM Sector report. Although it is the most important rural non-farm activity in the developing world, the sector remains under-researched.”

VOX: Measuring the welfare effects of AI and automation

VOX: Measuring the welfare effects of AI and automation . “Artificial intelligence promises economic growth as well as creating fear for those whose jobs it may replace. This column takes a wider approach to examining how AI and other technologies will affect citizens’ welfare beyond just their income. It argues that the new technologies are intrinsically neither good nor bad, it is how they are deployed and how the transition is crafted that conditions the welfare dynamics of societies.”

The European Sting: An economist explains how to value the internet

The European Sting: An economist explains how to value the internet. “It is one the most commonly used measures of economic activity: gross domestic product (GDP), defined as the total market value of all final goods and services produced within a country in a given period. But GDP misses out on huge chunks of value in the digital economy. When digital goods, whether Google Maps or Wikipedia, are available free of charge, they make no impact on GDP despite the value to their users.”

NREL: New I-JEDI Online Tool Examines Jobs and Economic Impacts of Clean Energy Around the World

NREL: New I-JEDI Online Tool Examines Jobs and Economic Impacts of Clean Energy Around the World. “The USAID-NREL Partnership has launched the new International Jobs and Economic Development Impacts (I-JEDI) website, which houses the I-JEDI tool. I-JEDI can estimate the potential economic impacts of wind, solar, biomass, and geothermal energy projects. Countries represented in the I-JEDI tool include Colombia, Mexico, the Philippines, South Africa, and Zambia.”

Architecture & Design: Can social media coverage predict urban health?

Architecture & Design: Can social media coverage predict urban health?. “A new research study has tied the prosperity and wellbeing of urban neighbourhoods to the presence of a vibrant arts, music and science culture, rather than merely economic capital. Dr. Daniele Quercia, department head Nokia Bell Labs, Cambridge, UK who conducted the study along with colleagues Dr. Desislava Hristova from the University of Cambridge, and Dr. Luca M. Aiello, also from Nokia Bell Labs, based these findings on millions of social media images taken by people attending cultural events in London and New York City over 10 years.”

Michigan State University: MSU To Host World’s Largest Research Hub On China-Africa Engagement

Michigan State University: MSU To Host World’s Largest Research Hub On China-Africa Engagement. “Michigan State University will host the world’s largest independent, interdisciplinary research network dedicated to China-Africa engagement. After being housed at the Social Science Research Council for the last four years, the China-Africa Knowledge Project Resource Hub will be maintained and further developed by MATRIX, the Center for Digital Humanities and Social Sciences at MSU, which is devoted to the application of new technologies for teaching, research and outreach.”

BEA Launching New Tool To Provide Access to US, Europe Economic Statistics

The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) is launching a new tool to provide quick access to economic statistics for the US and Europe. “The tool is being built on the statistical programming language called ‘R’ that taps into BEA’s and Eurostat’s huge databases and provides analysts, researchers, economists, data-savvy entrepreneurs and others quick access to economic statistics – requiring only a few lines of code to do so. GDP, disposable income and employment by industry and by geographic region are among the key economic statistics that will be available as part of the new data tool.”

University of Kentucky Digitizes Materials Related to Kentucky Coalfields

The University of Kentucky has digitized a large collection of information about economic development in Kentucky coalfields. “The newly digitized materials at UK focus on 189 years of economic development in the Eastern Kentucky coalfield from 1788 to 1976…. These collections include the Benham Coal Company records, Wheelwright collection, Sherrill Martin papers, Louisville and Nashville Railroad Company and Lexington and Eastern Railway Company records and the Kentucky Union Land Company records.”

Tax Treaties Between Developed and Developing Countries

Actionaid has released a database of tax treaties between developed nations and developing countries. “A tax treaty is an agreement between two countries, deciding which country can tax a foreign-owned company, among other things. Even though some treaties are decades old – signed by a different government many elections ago – they are still as powerful as they were when they were first agreed….Some higher income countries are particularly restricting the power of lower income countries to tax global companies. The UK and Italy are tied as the countries that have entered into the highest number of very restrictive tax treaties with lower income African and Asian countries.” I rarely point to such an “issue-driven” release, and I am making an exception for two reasons: a) the issue of how multinational corporations meet their tax obligations is a pervasive one, as we’ve seen with Google and the EU/UK, and b) […]

Oyo State Developing Enterprise Database

Oyo State (Nigeria) is developing a database of small- and medium- sized enterprises, to assist with economic development. “The Executive Secretary, Bureau of Investment Promotion and Public, Private Partnership, Yinka Fatoki made this known at a meeting between the inter-governmental technical committees facilitating the generation of database for SMEs in the state and the Heads of Local Government Administrations of six local councils that have been short-listed out for the pilot exercise of the database generation.”