Volume 9, Issue 1

January 2012

Country Clustering Based on Search-Query Pattern Correlation

Country Clustering Based on Search-Query Pattern Correlation

This paper introduces a technique to cluster regions or countries for marketing purposes. It uses information gathered through aggregated website search-query patterns, available from web logs or analytics software. Clustering done using this technique helps grouping countries that similarly respond...

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College Students and Means-Tested Welfare Programs Mitigating the Cost for Sub-Median Income Families

College Students and Means-Tested Welfare Programs Mitigating the Cost for Sub-Median Income Families

Low-income families face significant economic hardship when their children pursue higher education.  For some families, it may be more beneficial to cease claiming those children as tax dependents and allow them to enroll in means-tested welfare programs.  This paper examines welfare benefits relative...

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Weight, Don’t Wait

Weight, Don’t Wait

Obesity is a significant public health issue faced by the South Australian government. The implications for the community, economy and the Government’s health budget demand a dramatic, decisive and urgent response. This paper proposes four policy alternatives: The Status quo includes a number of Government...

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Amish and Their Effect on Per Capita Incomes in Pennsylvania

Amish and Their Effect on Per Capita Incomes in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania, with its sixty-seven counties has the highest concentration of Amish of any state in the nation.  The presence of the Amish theology of work, and their successful business enterprises as well as their frugality has contributed to civil society; moreover, this study reveals that their industry...

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Exploring Consumer Broadband ISP Markets

Exploring Consumer Broadband ISP Markets

Consumer broadband technology is of great interest to policymakers for a variety of reasons, but little is known about what factors truly impact the actual speeds users experience and the prices they pay for use. This paper uses regression analysis to examine the relationship between speed and price...

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Ciudad Juarez: A city caught between Mexico, the United States, and the global economy

Ciudad Juarez: A city caught between Mexico, the United States, and the global economy

Ciudad Juarez is a Mexican city bordering the U.S city of El Paso, Texas. The case study of Ciudad Juarez highlights the consequences resulting from the area’s development of the manufacturing industry, subsequent shortsighted policies and their implications for future generations in the area. At present,...

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