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Burger, Nicholas

Works: 9 works in 49 publications in 1 language and 7,044 library holdings
Roles: Author
Classifications: VK203, 364.164
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Most widely held works by Nicholas Burger
Countering piracy in the modern era : notes from a RAND workshop to discuss the best approaches for dealing with piracy in the 21st century by Peter Chalk( )

5 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 1,977 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In March 2009, the RAND Corporation convened a small group of experts from the U.S. government, allied partner nations, the maritime industry, and academic organizations to reconsider the underlying factors that drive maritime piracy in the 21st century. This conference proceedings highlights the six major themes that animated much of the discussion: (1) the relevance of the current legal framework for countering piracy, (2) the economic burden imposed by piracy, (3) the opportunities for international collaboration that have been afforded by the joint maritime patrols off the Horn of Africa, (4) the question of using private security contractors to protect shipping transiting dangerous waters, (5) the extent to which industry talks with a "single voice" in terms of addressing maritime security, and (6) means of confronting the unique nature of piracy off the Horn of Africa. Perhaps the most important conclusion that can be drawn from the workshop is that mitigating the complex nature of maritime crime requires the input of all relevant stakeholders - state, national, private, and nongovernmental - and must necessarily embrace measures that go well beyond the simple and expedient reactive deployment of naval assets
The option of an oil tax to fund transportation and infrastructure by Keith Crane( )

10 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 1,884 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This paper raises key issues associated with using an oil tax to fund U.S. transportation infrastructure, identifies the decisions Congress would need to make in designing such a tax, and outlines some of the likely implications of adopting an oil tax. In 2009, federal spending on surface-transportation infrastructure outpaced federal tax revenues on gasoline and diesel fuel. Increasing fuel efficiency results in less money spent buying fuel, so real revenue generated from these taxes has declined. This paper investigates using a percentage tax on crude oil and imported refined petroleum products consumed in the United States to fund U.S. transportation infrastructure. Such a tax could simplify the tax system by replacing several existing taxes used to finance transportation with a single, upstream tax that could be adjusted automatically to fully fund appropriated expenditures on transportation and transfer external costs associated with producing and consuming oil from the general public to oil producers and consumers. It would spread the burden of these external costs across all users of petroleum products, help fund national security expenditures employed to safeguard sources and sea-lanes used to import oil, and might be more politically palatable than raising existing motor-fuel taxes. The paper provides revenue estimates based on different potential oil tax rates at various oil prices, then matches potential revenues to estimates of transportation expenditure needs. It also estimates the aggregate external costs associated with producing and consuming oil
Mitigating corruption in government security forces : the role of institutions, incentives, and personnel management in Mexico by Beth J Asch( )

12 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 1,353 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Corruption in the Mexican police forces is widely acknowledged and longstanding. The Mexican government has undertaken police reforms in recent years that have focused on professionalizing the Mexican police. Key components of these reforms have been changes in compensation and personnel policies as a way of creating a civil service for police personnel. Whether these reforms are the right ones or have helped are open questions. In this report, we draw on the literature on corruption and personnel incentives and analyze household survey data and other information related to police reform in Mexico. The study's objectives were to address questions about the roots of corruption and the tools that could be used to mitigate corruption, with a focus on compensation and personnel management policies. We also provide an initial assessment, based on available information, about the effectiveness of these policies. The report should be of interest to the broad policy and research communities concerned about police corruption in general and in Mexico specifically
Capacity building at the Kurdistan region statistics office through data collection by Shmuel Abramzon( )

5 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 581 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Comprehensive and reliable statistics are crucial for designing economic policies. The Kurdistan Region of Iraq lacks the statistics it needs to improve infrastructure, encourage private-sector development, attract foreign investment, and create sustained economic growth. The Kurdistan Region Statistics Office needs to build capacity to collect the data. RAND worked closely with the office and in consultation with relevant ministries to build capacity by preparing, conducting, and analyzing the first round of a survey of the region's labor force critical to government policymaking. RAND provided overall guidance and both analytical and hands-on training to organization staff. Further, by being involved in the complete life cycle of the survey, from conception through data collection to policy analysis, and by being responsible for the final execution and analysis of the surveys, that staff benefited from learning by doing. Future rounds of the survey will provide up-to-date information on how these and other important indicators are changing over time and in response to policies
Business bribery risk assessment by Karlyn D Stanley( )

5 editions published between 2014 and 2019 in English and held by 530 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Preface -- Figure and Tables -- Summary -- Acknowledgments -- Abbreviations -- 1. Introduction: A. Defining the Business Bribery Risk Addressed in This Report -- B. Businesses Have Inadequate Measures to Assess the Business Risk of Bribery of Foreign Officials -- C. As Global Business Expands, So Do Risks and Costs Related to Non-Compliance -- D. Development of the New Indicators and TRACE Matrix -- E. Guide to the Report -- 2. Development of the Business Bribery Risk Index: A. Measuring Corruption and Governance -- B. A Conceptual Model of Business Bribery Risk -- C. Data Sources and Selection Methodology -- D. Statistical Model Construction -- 3. Results: A. Overall Risk Index Results -- B. Guide to the Country Risk Scores -- 4. Conclusion: Appendix A: Stakeholder Interviews -- Appendix B: Outline of Domains, Subdomains, and Data Sources -- Appendix C: Statistical Model Methodology -- Appendix D: Results -- Appendix E: List of Reviewed Data Sources -- Appendix F: TRACE Matrix Country Rankings -- Bibliography
The socioeconomic effects of the working poor moving to permanent dwellings : the case of the Ashray Affordable Housing Pilot Project in India by Nicholas Burger( )

5 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 528 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Outcome evaluation of U.S. Department of State support for the Global Methane Initiative by Nicholas E Burger( Book )

2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 71 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Methane is a short-lived greenhouse gas that is released during the production and transport of coal, natural gas, and oil; the raising of livestock and other agricultural practices; and the decay of organic waste in municipal solid waste landfills and some wastewater treatment systems. Although it is short-lived, methane has more than 20 times the atmospheric warming effect of carbon dioxide. However, it is a primary component of natural gas, so efforts to reduce methane emissions can take advantage of technologies that capture and reuse the gas as a fuel, potentially bringing about cost-effective reductions in emissions. The Global Methane Initiative (GMI) is a voluntary international partnership that promotes methane recovery and reuse activities in developing and transition economies. Program partners and funders include national governments, private-sector firms, development banks, and nongovernmental organizations. As a founding member of the partnership, the U.S. government contributes funding and other types of support to GMI primarily through the U.S. Department of State (specifically, its Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs and its Office of Global Change) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. To help gauge the effects and value added of its support for the program, the Department of State requested an evaluation of GMI⁰́₉s activities and outcomes relative to its contributions in fiscal years 2006⁰́₃2010. The evaluation employed a mixed-methods approach that combined quantitative and qualitative information to document program resources and activities and to illustrate program outcomes, including information from in-country site visits. The report also presents some recommendations for how data collection could be improved to answer more sophisticated questions in the future about the effectiveness of GMI and the value added by the department⁰́₉s contributions
Designing a system for collecting policy-relevant data for the Kurdistan Region-Iraq by Sandra H Berry( Book )

4 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 64 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Introduction -- Kurdistan Regional Government Institutions and Data Interactions -- Available Data and Statistics -- Policy and Data Priorities of the Kurdistan Regional Government -- Data Requirements to Address Policy Priorities of the Kurdistan Regional Government -- Methodologies for Data Collection and Handling -- Institutional Arrangements to Meet Policy Priorities -- A Recommended Roadmap to Policy-Relevant Data Collection -- Conclusions and Next Steps -- Appendix A: RAND Data Team Meetings -- Appendix B: Kurdistan Regional Government Websites Summary -- Appendix C: Log of Available Documents -- Appendix D: References Used to Inform the Data Spreadsheets for the Priority Policy Areas -- Appendix E: Data-Related Information and Communications Technology and Physical Infrastructure to Meet Policy Needs -- Appendix F: Comments on Proposed Organizational Charts for the Kurdistan Regional Statistics Office
Scenario development for the 2015 Quadrennial Energy Review : assessing stresses, opportunities, and resilience in the transmission, storage, and distribution systems for oil and refined-oil products, electricity, and natural gas by Keith Crane( Book )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 56 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The purpose of this analysis was to help the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis assess how energy transmission, storage, and distribution (TS & D) systems might perform under high-stress scenarios in which major shifts in energy demand, supply, or other uncertain factors have the potential to dramatically change the U.S. energy system by 2030. RAND researchers developed an analytical framework and associated metrics for examining vulnerabilities, opportunities, and risks to U.S. TS & D systems through 2030 under a range of uncertainties. They assessed major stresses on and opportunities in three major TS & D systems: oil and refined-oil products, electric power, and natural gas. Separately, they also considered the resilience that these systems have to short-term shocks and disruptions. This analysis was requested to support the 2015 Quadrennial Energy Review (QER). The QER, which, in its first volume, focuses on energy TS & D systems, is a federal government initiative to systematically examine energy system performance and explore options to improve that performance to address 21st-century objectives"--Publisher's description
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The option of an oil tax to fund transportation and infrastructure
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