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Analyze the potential problems that might result from this study’s findings, in terms of the results of these population surveys.

Household surveys — most notably the U.S. Census as well as the American Community Survey and the Current Population Survey — are important sources of information in the United States. They provide policymakers with data to help them make decisions essential to nearly every government program, including those involving housing, law enforcement, and public education. At the most basic level, the U.S. Constitution requires that a count is taken of every American resident once per decade — data that is used to draw federal, state and local legislative districts as well as school district boundaries. They often go far beyond that, however.
Large and nationally-representative surveys are a relatively fast and inexpensive way to collect this sort of data. However, in recent years, decreasing response rates and data errors — for instance, some respondents give inaccurate information about their personal finances — have challenged the usefulness of some surveys and resulted in lower quality data. A 2015 study published in the Journal of Economic Perspectives, “Household Surveys in Crisis,” examines these problems. Bruce D. Meyer of the University of Chicago, Wallace K. C. Mok of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and James X. Sullivan of the University of Notre Dame, worked together to better understand these problems and why they occur.
The study’s findings include:
U.S. households are increasingly less likely to answer surveys. The non-response rate of the National Health Interview Survey, for example, rose from 8 percent in 1997 to 24 percent in 2013.
More people are leaving some survey questions unanswered, especially questions about income. For most of the years since 2000, more than 20 percent of the people who have taken the federal government’s Current Population Survey or the Survey of Income and Program Participation did not answer whether they receive financial assistance through assistance programs known as Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).
Survey respondents are under-reporting the amount of financial assistance they receive through government programs. The authors’ state: “In recent years, more than half of welfare dollars and nearly half of food stamp dollars have been missed in several major surveys”
Some of the biggest reasons why people are less likely to answer surveys are disinterest, a lack of time and privacy concerns. Poor health and language problems also have prevented individuals from participating.
The increase in gated communities and the decline in land-line phones have made door-to-door and phone surveys more difficult.
Given the issues of problematic sampling and surveying discussed in this section of the text, complete the following:
Analyze the potential problems that might result from this study’s findings, in terms of the results of these population surveys.
Define what kinds of problems these are, given the terminology of this section.
Suggest potential solutions for how these challenges might be overcome.

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What were the violations of the AICPA Code of Professional Conduct?

What was the reason for the fraudulent activity at Arthur Anderson?
Use your text and at least three other sources to answer the following:
In your response to this post, analyze the specific fraudulent activity Arthur Anderson. Some guiding questions:
What was the reason for the fraudulent activity at Arthur Anderson?
What were the significant earnings flows that Arthur Anderson derived from their ENRON relationship?
What were the violations of the AICPA Code of Professional Conduct?
What were the violations of the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy Rules of Professional Conduct?
How did SOX address each of these questions
The above are the primary questions to address in your response. However, here are some others to consider if you need additional food for thought:
What do you already know about the events that took place?
Over what timeframe did they occur?
Who was driving the action?
What was the result?
What happened and what should have happened? What are the ethical implications?
What outstanding questions do you have about what took place?
Ask your own original question

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Was Hitchcock a popular Surrealist, or merely someone who popularised Surrealist techniques and concepts?

Was Hitchcock a popular Surrealist, or merely someone who popularised Surrealist techniques and concepts?

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Can you do it as two Excel files, each with the a b and c sheets inside?

Complete assignment 1 parts a, b, and c and assignment 2 parts a, b, and c at the end of chapter 5 on page 129-130 . Each part a, b, and c should be on different worksheets. When you are working on part c be sure to save part a as a separate worksheet so that part a is not replaced by c. No need to print, just upload the file. **Can you do it as two Excel files, each with the a b and c sheets inside? thank you

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Do the characteristics listed hold true for all the people you have thought about?

Communication Styles Table 8.1 in Chapter 8 of the Sue and Sue text (linked in Resources) presents various communication style differences across American Indians, Asian Americans, Hispanics, Whites, and African Americans. Such a listing is often hazardous to present since it can reinforce stereotypes, rather than serve as a starting point for discovering how individuals might vary among themselves. Study the table carefully and then reflect on your own experiences with members of each of the groups listed. You may not have much experience with certain groups and that may be instructive to you about which groups you need to have more contact with over time. As you think about members of the groups with whom you have had contact, consider the following questions within your post: Do the characteristics listed hold true for all the people you have thought about? Do some of these people not fit the characteristics? If so, what factors do you think contribute to them being different from what the table lists? How might you balance the central tendency of the group discussed, with the simultaneous inherent variability of those same groups? How might you determine whether a particular individual has a more variable or central tendency?

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If you were making a decision to invest in one of the two companies, which company would you choose?

Obtain the most recent annual report for the two companies that your group has chosen. The reports should contain at least three (3) years of income statement data and two (2) years of balance sheet data.
Analyze at least 3 (three) items on the income statement for each company that would be important to an investor and or user of the financial information, and discuss whether each company’s performance related to these items appeared to be improving, deteriorating, or remaining stable over the two years. Justify your answer.
Analyze at least 3 (three) items on the balance sheet for each company that would be important to an investor and or user of the financial information, and discuss whether each company’s performance related to these items appeared to be improving, deteriorating, or remaining stable over the two years. Justify your answer.
Analyze each company’s investing and financing activities for the most recent year as identified in the statement of cash flows, specifically identifying the two largest investing activities and the two largest financing activities. Discuss whether you agree or disagree with the investing and financing strategies that each company appears to be employing.
Identify 2 (two) items not included in (or derived from) the financial statements that you think would be important to someone considering whether to invest in each company. Discuss your reasons for believing that these two items about the company would be important in making an investment decision. (Hint: you might want to consider items discussed in other business classes.)
Compare the results you obtained above for both companies. Based on the analysis done by your group on the financial statements, if you were making a decision to invest in one of the two companies, which company would you choose? Why? (Note: your answer in this section must include some financial issues, but your answer need not be limited to a discussion of financial issues.)

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What are specific situations when it would be appropriate to use each and is it ever a good idea to use more than one of these?

Respond to the following using current literature:
Topic 1: Some audit firms develop very specific quantitative guidelines, either through quantitative measures or in tables, relating planning materiality to the size of sales or assets for a client. Other audit firms leave the materiality judgments up to the individual partner or manager in charge of the audit. What are the major advantages and disadvantages of each approach? Which approach do you favor? Explain.
Topic 2: Define the following terms: (a) simple random sampling, (b) systematic sampling, (c) systematic random sampling, (d) haphazard sampling, and (e) block sampling. What are specific situations when it would be appropriate to use each and is it ever a good idea to use more than one of these?

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Is the same person using a different social security number?

Please refer to the file ACL Instructions and Requirements to begin. The tutorial is covered at the end of the textbook in the ACL appendix:
You will use the Microsoft Word document linked above to submit your results to me. There are additional ACL instructions in this which will help you in completing the assignment. I have highlighted the areas you will need to complete which are the results under each of the requirements also linked above. These include the following:
ACL Case 1 Guidelines without results.doc
Some areas you will be considering include:
Is anyone over the maximum grant allowed?
Is any student using the same social security number?
Is the same person using a different social security number?
Is any student receiving a grant that should not be receiving a grant?
The following files are also available through the publisher’s website (also attached above) for the tutorial (Husky Files) and the ACL Case 1-Fraud (Pella):
ACL commands demo.docx
Husky Confirmations 2009.xls
Husky Credit Limit 2009.xls
Husky Shipping File 2009.xls
Husky Unpaid Invoices 2009.xls
Husky_Inventory 2009.xls
Pella.xls

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Compare the per share estimate to the actual stock price and form an opinion about the relative value.

Model Estimation. Use a spreadsheet and estimate the ROPI model. Here are some tips.
• Pay close attention to the rounding conventions. Use the spreadsheet rounding functions. Note: setting the format of a cell to “no decimals” is not the same as rounding the number; with the former, the decimals are still there, but they are not displayed.
• Make sure that NNO is subtracted from total enterprise value. In some cases, NNO is a negative number; this occurs when nonoperating assets such as cash and marketable securities exceed nonoperating liabilities. By subtracting this negative NNO, the value of equity will be greater than the enterprise value of the firm.
• The stock prices obtained are point estimates derived from a specific set of assumptions. To understand the impact of each assumption, compute alternative stock prices by varying the assumptions. The point is to de termine a range of stock prices that derive from a reasonable set of assumptions. One approach is to increase and decrease each of the model assumptions by a reasonable amount such as +/− 10%. Use Excel functions to perform this sensitivity analysis. Identify which assumptions are most important or impactful.
• Determine the company’s actual stock price. Compare the per share estimate to the actual stock price and form an opinion about the relative value. Is the stock over or undervalued according to the model?

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Does the management report to a higher authority?

Review the “Special Purpose Districts in Washington State” article to gain perspective on how each state can create these districts in different ways.
Research a local special-purpose government or special district near your hometown. Post a link to their website in your Discussion. Explain the reason why it is a special-purpose government or special district. Answer questions like: How was it formed? What is their purpose? Does the management report to a higher authority?
Have you personally used their services and what was your experience?