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    Too Interconnected to Fail

    Aug 22, 2020

    The 2007–08 financial crisis made regulators and lawmakers acutely aware that some financial institutions had become too big to fail. The next big economic crisis may arise outside the financial sector, in highly networked companies that are too interconnected to fail.

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    What to Watch to Understand the Sino-Iranian Relationship

    Aug 13, 2020

    Beijing and Tehran are in the process of finalizing an ambitious partnership covering a range of security and economic issues. The United States should not overreact to shifting geopolitical dynamics in the Middle East, and should instead keep an eye out to assess the evolution of the relationship and take stock of what is delivered instead of what is merely promised.

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    Commentary

    A Tale of Two Americas

    Jul 9, 2020

    Economic pain in the United States is obvious and palpable everywhere except in the stock market. This spotlights inequality that has been increasing for decades. Undoing disparities will require firm policy commitment over many years.

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    Coronavirus and the Looming Crisis in Rental Housing

    Apr 30, 2020

    Housing security is vital to individual and collective well-being. It's also a key component in the nation's economic performance. The looming coronavirus eviction crisis suggests the need to address the systemic problem of housing affordability and security now.

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    Commentary

    The Second Wave of COVID Consequences

    Apr 24, 2020

    Economists closely watch measures of consumer confidence because they are highly predictive economic indicators. New consumer data reveals likely long-term and prolonged economic fallout.

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    In Case You Missed It: Data Thieves

    Mar 22, 2018

    In 2017, there were more than one thousand data breaches exposing over a billion records of sensitive data. What's happening to stolen data and how is it being monetized? Lillian Ablon addresses these concerns.

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    In Case You Missed It: Equifax and the Data-Breach Era

    Nov 13, 2017

    There has been a recent string of large-scale data breaches that have compromised the private information of millions of customers. Lillian Ablon and Sina Beaghley briefed Congressional staff on how the government and breached companies can better protect victims.

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    Should TRIA Continue Or Be Allowed to Expire?

    Sep 15, 2014

    Since the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA) was reauthorized in 2007, terrorism insurance has remained widely available and the price has fallen. With TRIA set to expire in December, however, it is unclear whether improvements in the market since TRIA was first passed in 2002 can be sustained without it.

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    Expiration of TRIA Could Prove Costly for Workers' Compensation Markets, Businesses, and States

    May 9, 2014

    Policy debates over extending the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act have focused mainly on property insurance, yet certain institutional features of workers' compensation markets could cause the act's expiration to have very different consequences.

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    New Study: Extending TRIA Could Lower Federal Costs

    Apr 16, 2014

    The Terrorism Risk Insurance Act will expire at the end of this year and Congress is considering the appropriate government role in terrorism insurance markets. In a terrorist attack with losses up to $50 billion, the federal government would spend more helping to cover losses than if it had continued to support a national terrorism risk insurance program.

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    Expiration of Terrorism Risk Insurance Act Could Impact National Security

    Mar 12, 2014

    The current terrorism risk insurance act will expire in 2014 and Congress again is considering the appropriate government role in terrorism insurance markets. If the act expires and the take-up rate for terrorism insurance falls, then the U.S. would be less resilient to future terrorist attacks.

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