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The United States of Student Loans

From Federal Reserve Bank of New York (H/T Gawker)

‘Danger is my business’ – the most dangerous jobs

It’s not being a spy and it’s not being a surfer – in fact the most dangerous jobs in America probably aren’t any of the occupations that you might guess. Here are the top five:

1. Job: Fishing

Risk factors: The producers of “Deadliest Catch” don’t need to create much artificial drama, as fishers and fishing workers have — on average — the most dangerous jobs in the country. Malfunctioning gear, inclement weather and transportation incidents all factor into the highest fatality rate, a distinction it has held since 1992.

Fatality rate: 127.3 per 100,000 workers, 42 total

Median annual salary: $25,590

2. Job: Logging workers

Risk factors: Total logging fatalities in the U.S. increased from 59 to 65 from 2010 to 2011. Dangers are apparent when spending most of your days outside with heavy machinery, frequently bad weather and occasional high altitudes.

Fatality rate: 104 per 100,000 workers, 65 total

Median annual salary: $32,870

3. Job: Aircraft pilots and flight engineers

Risk factors: Though pilots are often financially compensated for the inherent dangers and responsibilities of their jobs, no amount of money can change the fact that it’s a long way down.

Fatality rate: 56.1 per 100,000 workers, 71 total

Median annual salary: $118,070 airline, $92,060 commercial

4. Job: Refuse and recyclable material collectors

Risk factors: Trash and recyclable collectors don’t get enough credit for maintaining order in society. Trash collector strikes are never a pretty thing and neither is the high fatality rate.

Fatality rate: 36.4 per 100,000 workers, 30 total

Median annual salary: $35,230

5. Job: Roofers

Risk factors: It doesn’t take a history in roofing to know that the biggest danger is not sunburns or hammered fingers. Falls are the leading culprit in fatal injuries, while other nonfatal injuries like fractures make general construction work among the most injury-prone jobs.

Fatality rate: 34.1 per 100,000 workers, 60 total

Median annual salary: $34,220

Check out the rest of the top 10 here.

Can The “Six Million Dollar Man” Be Too Far Behind?

The Chronicle of Higher Education reports on university presidents who have passed the million dollar mark in compensation. But wait, there’s more:

Many presidents have a substantial portion of their overall pay tied up in deferred compensation, which they receive only if they stay on the job for a specified number of years. Trustees say they prefer such arrangements because deferred-compensation plans help retain presidents. But the prevalence of such benefits also means that the public can learn relatively little about those presidents’ overall earnings by looking at base salary alone.

The ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ of Losing in Court

Ben Depoorter (UC Hastings Law) has recently posted “The Upside of Losing” on SSRN (forthcoming in Columbia Law Review) — arguing that not all losses in court are necessarily a loss, politically. Here’s the abstract: Continue reading

The 2012-13 law faculty salaries

H/T and for more information on such matters see TaxProf Blog. For additional information on how SALT salary surveys are done go here.

U.S. News Law School Assistant




Summer             Stipend
26 Iowa n/a 184,800 15,000
31 North Carolina 115,826 174,417 15,000
33 Georgia 121,400 180,765 27,500
36 Ohio State 118,320 159,216 12,500
46 Florida 111,240 158,000 26,757
48 UC-Hastings 112,942 187,221 10,000
58 Kentucky 107,134 123,221 12,000
61 Nebraska 101,178 150,720 11,000
61 Tennessee n/a 122,316 17,000
64 Denver 107,620 140,922 9,000
64 New Mexico 87,159 121,909 16,250
68 Arkansas-Fay. 89,100 139,300 17,500
68 Loyola-L.A. 114,268 174,673 15,000
68 Oklahoma 95,000 126,080 10,000
68 San Diego n/a 173,400 15,000
68 UNLV n/a 147,002 17,000
76 LSU 104,000 145,170 18,000
80 Michigan State 115,825 146,832 12,000
86 Kansas 112,560 143,250 12,000
86 Northeastern 109,306 179,362 7,500
86 Rutgers-Newark 133,599 186,000 10,000
91 Rutgers-Camden 121,251 171,508 10,187
91 West Virginia n/a 139,629 10,000
94 Oregon 105,000 135,578 5,832
98 Indiana-Indy n/a 127,047 14,000
98 South Carolina 114,860 140,080 20,250
102 Mississippi 105,000 141,359 9,000
102 St. Louis 96,600 128,000 13,000

Just for fun – What journals do courts cite?

With academics increasingly coming under pressure to demonstrate that scholarship has real world impact, citation to government decisions seems informative. I took a few minutes to assemble some statistics on court citation to various journals. If you are not familiar with this resource, Washington & Lee Law Library offers an online tool to assess journals’ impact – both in academic writing and in court citation (i.e. how often has a journal’s articles been cited by a state or federal court). The tool provides information on a wide variety of legal journals and some from other disciplines. I’ve assembled below cumulative number of times various journals that might be familiar to political scientists are cited by state and federal courts from 2003-20011. As might be expected, most of the journals are law oriented. If you’re interested in this sort of information, then you can conduct your own analysis on their website. It even allows you to download your findings into an excel spreadsheet. I do not portray this analysis as being perfect- just my quick take. So, as the picture above suggests – take it all with a grain of salt. For comparison, Harvard Law Review has 2500+ for the time period. Continue reading

The Congress Air Travel Advantage

Being a member of congress can be pretty cool for a number of reasons. One reason is the air travel advantages they receive – like preferred parking and a free ‘shotgun’ approach to scheduling flights. Joshua Green of Bloomberg Business Week outlines these perks in “The Pampered World of Congressional Air Travel.” Continue reading