Current Social Science Research Report--Economics #113, May 19, 2009.

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1. Bureau of Economic Analysis Periodical: Survey of Current Business (Vol. 89, No. 5, May 2009, .pdf format).

2. Council of Economic Advisor's Periodical: Economic Indicators (April 2009, ASCII text and .pdf format, 38p.).

3. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service Periodical, Report:

A. Amber Waves (June 2009, HTML and .pdf format, 41p.).

B. "Federal Tax Policies and Farm Households," by Ron Durst (Economic Information Bulletin No. EIB-54, May 2009, .pdf format, 20p.).

C. "Russia’s Growing Agricultural Imports: Causes and Outlook," by William Liefert, Olga Liefert, and Mathew Shane (Outlook Report No. WRS-09-04, May 2009, .pdf format, 22p.).

4. US Government Economic Releases from the National Bureau of Economic Research: Links to releases for May 19, 2009 are available at the site.

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US States:

Illinois: Update: "Local area unemployment statistics (LAUS) tables were updated May 11, 2009.

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NGOs and Other Countries:

European Community:

Eurostats Periodicals, News Releases:

A. Statistics In Focus: (No. 41/2009)

B. Data in Focus (No. 15/2009, 16/2009, 17/2009).

Both are available at:

C. "EU27 investment in the rest of the world down by 30% in 2008" (May 14, 2009, .pdf format, 3p.).

C. "EU27 deficit in trade in goods with China of 170 bn euro in 2008" (May 18, 2009, 4p.).


International Monetary Fund Country Reports: The latest Country Reports (.pdf format) span the time period from May 13, 2008-May 19, 2009 (09-144 to 09-154).



Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística (IBGE) Press Release: "Black and brown workers earn 50% of the income of white ones" (May 13, 2009).



National Statistical Institute Reports:

A. "Newly Built Residential Buildings and Dwellings in 2008" (May 2009, .pdf format, 3p.).

B. "Consumer Price Index Series by Months, May 1990-April 2009" (May 2009).

C. "Harmonized Index of Consumer Prices Series by Months, January 1997-April 2009" (May 2009).



Central Statistical Office Report, Periodical:

A. "National accounts Hungary, 2006-2007" (May 2009, .pdf format, 320p.). The report is in Hungarian and English.

B. Statistical Reflections (Vol. 3, No. 12, May 11, 2009, .pdf format, 3p.). The topic of this issue is: "External trade price level and terms of trade, 2007-2008."



Central Bureau of Statistics Report: "Income Survey 2007" (March 2009, .pdf format, 77p., with tables in compressed and uncompressed Microsoft Excel format, and ancillary information in Microsoft Word format). The report is in Hebrew and English.



State Statistical Office News Releases:

A. "Number of livestock, poultry and beehives in 2008" (May 15, 2009, .pdf format, 3p.). The news release is in Macedonian and English.

B. "Livestock production: Total milk production in 2008 is at the same level compared to 2007" (May 15, 2009, .pdf format, 5p.). The news release is in Macedonian and English.



Central Statistical Office News Releases:

A. "Manufacturing Performance: 2006-2008: Industry and Services" (May 18, 2009, .pdf format, 8p.).

B. "Business Demographics: 2000-2008" (May 13, 2009, .pdf format, 11p.).



Statistics Netherlands: SN has updated its Web Magazine, Economic Monitor, and Press Releases from May. 13-19, 2009.



National Statistics Office News Release: "Foreign Trade Statistics of the Philippines: 2008" (May 14, 2009).



Statistics Norway News Releases: Statistics Norway News Releases: SN has updated its news releases from May 13-19, 2009).



Central Statistical Office Periodical: Prices in the National Economy: March 2009 (May 2009, compressed and uncompressed .pdf format, 75p.).



National Institute of Statistics Periodicals:

A. Monthly Statistical Bulletin - No.3/2009 (May 2009, .pdf format, 200p.). The periodical is in Romanian and English.

B. Industry Statistical Bulletin - No.3/2009 (May 2009, .pdf format, 78p.). The periodical is in Romanian and English.



State Statistics Committee Tables:

A. "Science and technical activity: 2008" (May 18, 2009).

B. "Household income and expenditure of Ukraine in 2008" (May 14, 2009).

C. "Household income and expenditure of Ukraine: 2002-2008 (May 14, 2009).

D. "Consolidated budget of Ukraine in 1992-2008 (based on data from the Treasury of Ukraine)" (May 14, 2009).

E. "Indicators for Ukraine’s banking system activity (data are based on information from National Bank of Ukrania) 2000-2008 (May 14, 2009).

F. "Trade: 1990-2008" (May 12, 2009).



1. Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs Reports:

A. "Farm Household Income and Household Composition: Results from the Farm Business Survey: England 2007/08" (May 2009, .pdf format, 16p.).

Click on "Latest Release," at the bottom of the page, for link to full text.

B. "2009 Farm Practices Survey Set Aside: Arable Land Not in Production--Farm Practices Survey 2009--England" (May 2009, .pdf format, 7p.).

2. National Statistics Office Periodicals, Report:

A. Financial Statistics, edited by Natu Somabhai Patel (No. 565, May 2009, .pdf format, 291p.).

B. Monthly Review of External Trade Statistics (March 2009, .pdf format, 66p.).

C. "The impact of the recession on the labour market" (May 2009,.pdf format, 45p.).

3. Department for Transport Report: "Provisional Port Statistics 2008" (May 2009, .pdf format, 12p., with accompanying tables in Microsoft Excel format).

4. Department for Work and Pensions Report: "The living standards of families with children reporting low incomes," by Mike Brewer, Cormac O’Dea, Gillian Paull and Luke Sibieta (Research Report 577, May 2009, .pdf format, 232p.).

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University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business Report: "Changing Consumer Priorities in Tough Times March 2009 Consumer Technology Pulse: Research Results" (April 2009, .pdf format, 6p.). The report is linked to from a RHS news release: "New Survey Finds 73 Percent of Consumers Cutting Back Big ticket items first to go, while services are scaled down" (Apr. 29, 2009).

Link to full text is at the bottom of the news release.


Proceedings of the National Academy ofSciences Article Abstract: "Cognitive skills affect economic preferences, strategic behavior, and job attachment," by Stephen V. Burks, Jeffrey P. Carpenter, Lorenz Goette, and Aldo Rustichini (Vol. 106, No. 19, May 12, 2009, p. 7745-7750).

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Federal Reserve Banks:

Federal Reserve Board Finance and Economic Discussion Series:


2009-14 "Household Welfare, Precautionary Saving, and Social Insurance under Multiple Sources of Risk," by Ivan Vidangos.

2009-15 "Inflation Expectations, Uncertainty, the Phillips Curve, and Monetary Policy," by Michael T. Kiley.

2009-16 "Reset Price Inflation and the Impact of Monetary Policy Shocks," by Mark Bils, Peter J. Klenow, and Benjamin A. Malin


District 2: Federal Reserve Bank of New York (New York):


Staff Report No. 371 "Bank Liquidity, Interbank Markets, and Monetary Policy," by Xavier Freixas, Antoine Martin, and David Skeie.


District 8: Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis (Missouri):


No. 2009-24A "When does Heterogeneity Matter?" by Yi Wen.


US Bureau of Economic Analysis: "Declines in the Volatility of the US Economy; A Detailed Look," by Bruce T. Grimm and Brian K. Sliker (WP2009-04, May 2009, .pdf format, 26p.).


This paper uses GDP-by-state and industry data, and looks at the decline in volatility of the U.S. economy that occurred in about 1984. It finds that this decline primarily results from declines in covariances between industries, or between states, rather than declines in variances of the individual industries or states. Similarly, it finds that changing shares of more- and less-volatile industries account for little of the overall decline in volatility. It suggests that some of the general explanations suggested by some analysts-such as better inventory management or improved labor markets-are best suited for specific industries or industry groups, rather than the overall economy. General explanations that would tend to work in many industries-such as better business planning due to lower price volatility or improved information technology-might account for much of the decline in overall volatility. Nevertheless, many industries experienced increased volatility. The paper also takes a brief look at the earlier, very large decline in volatility that occurred after the era of the great depression and World War II, and suggests that institutional factors have historically been important in determining volatility.


National Bureau of Economic Research: NBER has released the following working papers for the week of May 10-16, 2009:

New papers are: 14951-14971


Harvard Business School:

A. "Farsighted House Allocation," by Bettina-Elisabeth Klaus, Flip Klijn, and Markus Walzl (WP 09-129, May 2009, .pdf format, 10p.).


In this note we study von Neumann-Morgenstern farsightedly stable sets for Shapley and Scarf (1974) housing markets. Kawasaki (2008) shows that the set of competitive allocations coincides with the unique von Neumann-Morgenstern stable set based on a farsighted version of antisymmetric weak dominance (cf., Wako, 1999). We demonstrate that the set of competitive allocations also coincides with the unique von Neumann-Morgenstern stable set based on a farsighted version of strong dominance (cf., Roth and Postlewaite, 1977) if no individual is indifferent between his endowment and the endowment of someone else.

B. "Innovation Communication in Multicultural Networks: Deficits in Inter-cultural Capability and Affect-based Trust as Barriers to New Idea Sharing in Inter-Cultural Relationships," by Roy Y.J. Chua and Michael W. Morris (WP 09-130, May 2009,.pdf format, 20p.).


Innovative solutions to pressing global problems require effective inter-cultural communication. We propose that a barrier to the sharing of ideas pertinent to innovation in inter-cultural relationships is low affect-based trust, which arise from individuals' deficits in inter-cultural capability. Results from a study of sample of executives' professional networks indicate that individuals lower in inter-cultural capability are less likely to share new ideas in inter-cultural ties but not intra-cultural ties. This effect is mediated by tie-level affect-based trust but not cognition-based trust. Theoretical and practical implications of these findings are discussed.


Levy Economics Institute of Bard College [Annandale-on-Hudson, NY]:

A. "New Consensus Macroeconomics: A Critical Appraisal," by Philip Arestis (Working Paper No. 564, May 2009, .pdf format, 25p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

B. "Whither New Consensus Macroeconomics? The Role of Government and Fiscal Policy in Modern Macroeconomics," by Giuseppe Fontana (Working Paper No. 563, May 2009, .pdf format, 24p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Economics Department (.pdf format).


No. 698 "Employment - productivity trade-off and labour composition," by Hervé Boulhol and Laure Turner.


International Monetary Fund: IMF has recently added new working papers. The papers are No. 09/99--09/100, 09/102.


European Community Eurostats: "Labour force survey in the EU, candidate and EFTA countries: Main characteristics of the national surveys" (Eurostat Methodologies and Working Papers 2009, May 2009, .pdf format, 59p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


Luxembourg Income Study: LIS has recently released new working papers. They are numbered:

Click on "send" without entering any search parameters.


No. 513 "Redistribution as an Income Mobility Process: The Identification and Measurement of Redistribution," by Juan Morillas

No. 514 "Canadian Policies for Families with Very Young Children in International Perspective," by Shelley Phipps


World Bank Policy Research Programme: WBPR has recently released several new working papers. See the list at:

New papers are: WPS 4930-4942.


Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) [University of Bonn, Germany]: IZA has recently released several new working papers.

The new working papers are: 4160-4180.


Center for Economic Studies/Ifo Institute for Economic Research (CESifo) [Munich, Bavaria, Germany]: CESifo has recently released several new working papers:

and "Browse Working Paper List" for 2009.

The new papers are numbered 2645-2652.


European Central Bank:


No. 1049-1054


New Zealand Treasury/Kaitohutohu Kaupapa Rawa: "Multi-Product Exporters and Product Turnover Behaviour of New Zealand Exporters," by Muge Adalet (WP 09/01, April 2009, .pdf format, 33p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


New Economic Papers (NEP)-ALL. The latest list of New Economic Papers (May 9, 2009).


AgEcon Search: This week's new working papers from AgEcon Search at the University of Minnesota are available at:

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JOURNAL TABLES OF CONTENTS (check your library for availability):

Economic Development and Cultural Change (Vol. 57, No. 4, July 2009). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library and the EBSCO Host Academic Search Elite Database. Check your library for the availability of these databases and this issue.

Management Science (Vol. 55, No. 5, May 2009).

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Chronicle of Higher Education:

Economics positions has been updated through May 19, 2009.

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US Department of Housing and Urban Development: "Low-Income Housing Tax Credits" (May 2009, HTML and comma delimited format).


US Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service:

A. Agricultural Outlook Statistical Indicators (April 2009, .zip compressed Microsoft Excel and .pdf format, 41p.).

B. "Season-Average Price Forecasts" (May 2009, Microsoft Excel format).


UK Data Archive (Essex University, Colchester, UK): The UK Data Archive has recently added the following datasets to its holdings. Note: There maybe charges or licensing requirements on holdings of the UK Data Archive. For more information see:

For new data or new editions of new data in the last month:

and pick "1 month" for either.

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National Longitudinal Survey:

The latest updates are accession number 6137-6144



Simply change the number after the [0]= in the Internet address to see each new listing.

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