High Speed Rail Versus Austerity

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Philadelphia would benefit from the population increase and all the amenities that private enterprise would build to support it. The rapid transport will allow for a more efficient allocation of business activity across space, helping firms to control costs.

Let's Be Realistic About Measuring Impact

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With a mission to fight poverty in New York City, the foundation puts each of its 200-plus grants through a cost-benefit analysis every year. Robin Hood uses these figures with caution, employing them as placeholders for estimating benefits until better research comes along.

Business Resilience Comes from Working with Nature

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But there are more subtle benefits: forests also clean our water and coastal wetlands and reefs provide natural defense from storms and floods. So a city or company looking to safeguard its water supply, for example, could invest in protecting or restoring lands instead of building a new water treatment plant (which is exactly what the New York City did when it bought land in the Catskill Mountains in 1997 — this initiative avoided up to $8 billion in costs for a new filtration facility?and

Teaching Teenagers to Develop Their Emotional Intelligence

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Their rate of psychopathology is five times that of 75 years ago, according to one meta-analysis. A 2013 survey of more than 123,000 students at 153 colleges showed that more than half experience overwhelming anxiety, and about a third feel intense depression during the school year.

If Data Is Money, Why Don’t Businesses Keep It Secure?

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Like money, it can flow easily across borders and it commands an intrinsic value — the insight generated from personal data helps deliver benefits to individuals, businesses, and governments alike. Understand how regulation alters the data cost-benefit analysis.