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  1. Information Technology : Selected Tutorials

    Reis, Ricardo
    Boston, MA : Springer US, 2004.

    This volume reports on several important and state-of-the-art topics in information technology, including: Quality of Service in Information Networks Risk-Driven Development of Security-Critical Systems Using UMLsec Developing Portable Software Formal Reasoning about Systems, Software and Hardware Using Functionals, Predicates and Relations The Problematic of Distributed Systems Supervision Software Rejuvenation - Modeling and Analysis Test and Design-for-Test of Mixed-Signal Integrated Circuits Web Services Applications of Multi-Agent Systems Discrete Event Simulation Human-Centered Automation. Information Technology: Selected Tutorials comprises papers presented at the IFIP 18th World Computer Congress, which was held in August 2004 in Toulouse, France and sponsored by the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP).This book contains a selection of tutorials on hot topics in information technology, which were presented at the IFIP World Computer Congress. WCC2004 took place at the Centre de Congres Pierre Baudis, in Toulouse, France, from 22 to 27 August 2004. The 11 chapters included in the book were chosen from tutorials proposals submitted to WCC2004. These papers report on several important and state-of-the-art topics on information technology such as: Quality of Service in Information Networks Risk-Driven Development of Security-Critical Systems Using UMLsec Developing Portable Software Formal Reasoning About Systems, Software and Hardware Using Functionals, Predicates and Relations The Problematic of Distributed Systems Supervision Software Rejuvenation - Modeling and Analysis Test and Design-for-Test of Mixed-Signal Integrated Circuits Web Services Applications of Multi-Agent Systems Discrete Event Simulation Human-Centered Automation We hereby would like to thank IFIP and more specifically WCC2004 Tutorials Committee and the authors for their contribution. We also would like to thank the congress organizers who have done a great job. Ricardo Reis Editor QUALITY OF SERVICE IN INFORMATION NETWORKS Augusto Casaca IST/INESC, R. Alves Redol, 1000-029, Lisboa, Portugal. Abstract: This article introduces the problems concerned with the provision of end-- end quality of service in IP networks, which are the basis of information networks, describes the existing solutions for that provision and presents some of the current research items on the subject. Key words: Information networks, IP networks, Integrated Services, Differentiated Services, Multiprotocol Label Switching, UMTS.

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  2. A crash course on crises : macroeconomic concepts for run-ups, collapses, and recoveries

    Brunnermeier, Markus Konrad
    Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2023]

    "With alarming frequency, modern economies go through macro-financial crashes that arise from the financial sector and spread to the broader economy, inflicting deep and prolonged recessions. A Crash Course on Crises brings together the latest cutting-edge economic research to identify the seeds of these crashes, reveal their triggers and consequences, and explain what policymakers can do about them. Each of the book's ten self-contained chapters introduces readers to a key economic force and provides case studies that illustrate how that force was dominant. Markus Brunnermeier and Ricardo Reis show how the run-up phase of a crisis often occurs in ways that are preventable but that may go unnoticed and discuss how debt contracts, banks, and a search for safety can act as triggers and amplifiers that drive the economy to crash. Brunnermeier and Reis then explain how monetary, fiscal, and exchange-rate policies can respond to crises and prevent them from becoming persistent. With case studies ranging from Chile in the 1970s to the COVID-19 pandemic, A Crash Course on Crises synthesizes a vast literature into ten simple, accessible ideas and illuminates these concepts using novel diagrams and a clear analytical framework."--Amazon.com

  3. Buy back PPPs [electronic resource] : An arbitrage opportunity

    Miranda Sarmento, Joaquim
    Paris : OECD Publishing, 2013.

    As Portugal is facing strong fiscal pressure, government spending on public-private partnerships (PPPs) in the road sector has become a main budgetary constraint. In this article, we show how the financial crisis has created a unique arbitrage opportunity that provides a solution to this problem. Since the private sector is in urgent need of liquidity, we suggest that the Portuguese government should use some of the bailout funds, borrowed at lower interest rates, to buy back the roads concessions, discounting future payments at the high interest rates currently charged to Portugal. For the roads already in operation, the purchase of the assets would significantly reduce future public payments and would also release money into banks and the economy. For the roads currently under construction, we propose that the government buys only the equity of these companies. That would also reduce future payments, and allow for the postponement or even cancelation of some of these projects, while granting private companies an exit from projects that they are no longer able to finance. This operation would save around half of PPP payments over the next 20 years.

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