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Crushing on Cash

Cash is the new international development darling — lauded by researchers and practitioners as the new standard for foreign aid. Delivering cash to individuals rather than aid in-kind (such as cows, building materials, training), has gained increasing prominence in the past 15 years. It shows promise as a means to increase the efficiency and effectiveness […]

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Mortgage Consumer Protection in Action

Since the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (Dodd-Frank Act) authorized the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to regulate lending practices in the credit market, the CFPB has addressed the mortgage market with several amendments to existing mortgage regulations under the Truth in Lending Act (TILA) and the Homeowner Equity Protection Act (HOEPA). The TILA and […]

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Part 3: TTIP Negotiations on Foreign Investment Rules

In this third post, we consider the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) rules about foreign direct investment (FDI). In 2013 the governments of all European Union member states presented guidelines to the European Commission to include provisions for investment protection in the TTIP negotiations. These rules have been heatedly debated in the EU’s […]

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The Link between Farm Policy and Farmland Values

One of the principal objectives of farm policy is to provide a financial safety net for America’s farmers. Since the depression era of the early 1930s, the Federal government has provided an ever-changing suite of policy tools designed to bolster farm incomes, limit financial volatility, and ensure the livelihood of America’s farm sector. The programs […]

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The Potentially Negative Consequences Associated with the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is a core component of the social safety net for low-income children in the United States. The proposals implemented through the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 have the potential to reduce the effectiveness of the NSLP in improving the well-being of low-income children. The NSLP operates in over […]

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Managing Environmental Uncertainty Created by Global Warming

Scientists agree: the Earth is warming. Efforts are under way to cut greenhouse gas emissions and hence reduce the warming that occurs in the next hundred years. However, some warming is likely to occur even with major policy changes and greenhouse gas reductions. Overall, this means that average temperatures will increase, oceans will rise, damaging […]

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A Brief History of Farm Conservation Policy

Across the divide from the challenging realities of regulating nonpoint source pollution and agriculture reside the natural resource conservation policies for farmers contained in the omnibus legislation commonly known as the farm bill. The suite of conservation programs tend to avoid the sharp-edged debate surrounding environmental regulation, as well as the harsh criticism aimed at […]

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Exploring Environmental Regulation of Agriculture

Recently the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grabbed attention when it attempted to clarify the Clean Water Act by defining the term “waters of the United States.” Many in agriculture have raised concerns about the definition and how it would impact farming and property owners, adding a new chapter to the long-running debate regarding environmental […]

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