Research

America’s New Murder Capitals

The FBI has just issued its 2018 Crime in the United States report. It has posted the report annually for eight decades. The report covers both violent and property crimes, ...
Read Full Story »

Opioid Crisis Has Cost US Economy $631 Billion

In the four-year period between 2015 and 2018, opioid abuse cost the U.S. economy at least $631 billion. The human cost between 1999 and 2017 totaled nearly 400,000 lives lost. ...
Read Full Story »

Older Americans May Face Ugly Housing Choices

By 2028, the number of U.S. households headed by someone age 80 or over will total 12 million, up from 8.1 million in 2018. By 2038, that number is projected ...
Read Full Story »

Apple Takes Crown as World’s Most Valuable Brand

The Apple brand is worth $234 billion, according to one of the most closely followed brand studies in the world. The figure is up 9% from the same study in ...
Read Full Story »

Why Americans Are Still Afraid to Buy Self-Driving Cars

American consumers are really lukewarm to buying all-electric vehicles (EVs) and even cooler to the idea of self-driving vehicles. A new quarterly survey from J.D. Power and SurveyMonkey released Wednesday ...
Read Full Story »

Green Economy Generated $1.3 Trillion, 7% of US GDP

Trying to figure out just how important the green economy is to the entire U.S. economy has been as much an art as a science. The U.S. Department of Labor ...
Read Full Story »

Student Debt Nears $1.5 Trillion, 5 Times 2003 Level

As of the end of the second quarter of this year, U.S. student loan debt outstanding amounted to $1.48 trillion, a total more than five times the amount borrowed in ...
Read Full Story »

Number of People Worried About Mass Shootings Rises

As the visibility and number of mass shootings in the United States rises, so has the worry that people or their families will be victims. The figure has risen particularly ...
Read Full Story »

Where Being a Police Officer Is Rewarding, and Where It’s Not

Being a police officer in New York City's borough of Manhattan likely is considerably different from serving in Manhattan, Kansas. Pay levels, cost of living and job safety all figure ...
Read Full Story »

An Amazing Number of People Can’t Remember What Gifts They Got Last Year

U.S. consumers are expected to loosen their wallets a bit this year and spend around 4% more on holiday gift giving than they did last year. From a retailer's perspective, ...
Read Full Story »

More Economists Now Expect Recession, Trade Uncertainties to Blame

U.S. economic growth in the fourth quarter is expected to be 2.2%, down from 2.5% in the fourth quarter of last year. Worse, in the fourth quarter of 2020, growth, ...
Read Full Story »

Will Holiday Retail Sales Really Be That Good?

The National Retail Federation (NRF) on Thursday released its sales estimate for the 2019 holiday season. The retail industry association expects a year-over-year increase of 3.8% to 4.2% in holiday ...
Read Full Story »

Only 85 Shopping Days Until Christmas

According to some measures, the holiday retail sales period lasts from October 1 to December 31. It is a time that makes or breaks a number of retailers and could ...
Read Full Story »

Is Vaping as Dangerous as Mustard Gas?

As of Wednesday, 17 deaths in the United States have been linked to a lung disease associated with the use of e-cigarettes. As of last week, the U.S. Centers for ...
Read Full Story »

Renewable Energy to Supply Half of Global Electricity by 2050

In 2018, more than a quarter (28%) of global electricity was generated from renewable energy sources like solar, wind and hydro, with the latter being responsible for 96% of renewable ...
Read Full Story »