Current Social Science Research Report--Economics #46, January 15, 2008.

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1. Bureau of Labor Statistics Periodical, Announcement:

A. Monthly Labor Review (Vol. 130, No. 12, December 2007, .pdf format).

Note: this is a temporary address. When the next MLR is released, this one, along with all others back to 1981, will be available at:

B. "Notice of Series Changes with the Forthcoming Update to 2007 North American Industry Classification and Annual Benchmark Release on February 1, 2008" (Jan. 4, 2008).

2. Department of Agriculture Reports:

A. "Farm-Based Recreation: A Statistical Profile," by Dennis M. Brown and Richard J. Reeder (Economic Research Report No. ERR-53, December 2007, .pdf format, 22p.).

B. "Characteristics and Production Costs of U.S. Hog Farms, 2004," by William D. McBride and Nigel Key (Economic Information Bulletin No.EIB-32, December 2008, .pdf format, 36p.).

3. US Government Economic Releases from the National Bureau of Economic Research: Links to releases for Jan. 8-15, 2008 are available at the site.

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US States:


Labor and Workforce Development Periodical: Alaska Economic Trends (January 2008, .pdf format, 19p.). The topic of this month's issue is "Employment Forecast for 2008."


State Data Center Updates: On Jan. 11, 2008, the SDC added the following data (.pdf and Microsoft Excel format): County data: Median household income: 2000-2005; Estimated number and percent of people in poverty by age: 2000-2005; State data: Median household income: 1989, 1993, 1995-2005.

See Jan. 11, 2008 listing.


State Data Center Report:

"State Quarterly Personal Income Through the 3Rd Quarter of 2007: Maryland's Personal Income Growth Lags U.S. in First Three Quarter of 2007" (January 2008, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format).

North Dakota:

State Data Center Periodical: Population Bulletin (Vol. 24, No. 1, January 2008, .pdf format, 3p.). The topic of this month's issue is: "Federal Government Expenditures to North Dakota: Fiscal Year 2005."


Economic Analysis Division Report: "Economic Summary: 3rd Quarter of 2007" (January 2008, .pdf format, 3p.).

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NGOs and Other Countries:

United Nations:

1. Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific Reports, Periodical:

A. "Future Trade Research Areas That Matter To Developing Country Policymakers: A Regional Perspective on the Doha Development Agenda and Beyond" (Studies in Trade and Investment No. 61, 2007, .pdf format, 206p.).

B. "Trade Statistics in Policymaking - A handbook of Commonly Used Trade Indices and Indicators" (December 2007, .pdf format, 108p.).

C. "Trade Facilitation Beyond the Multilateral Trade Negotiations: Regional Practices, Customs Valuation and Other Emerging Issues. A study by the Asia-Pacific Research and Training Network on Trade" (December 2007, .pdf format, 319p.).

D. Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Review (Vol. 3, No. 2, December 2007, .pdf format, 158p.). Note: Click on the links under "Contents" for full text.

2. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Compendium: State of Food and Agriculture 2007: Paying farmers for environmental services (2007, .pdf format, 222p.).

3. United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific Report: "Key Economic Developments and Prospects in the Asia-Pacific Region 2008," (January 2008, .pdf format, 26p.).


European Commission:

EurostatPeriodical: Statistics in Focus. The latest issue (07/129, 07/132-07/133 .pdf format) are now available at the SIF website:,1136118&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL


International Monetary Fund: The latest Country Reports span the time period from Jan. 8-15, 2007 (No. 08/6-08/15):


World Bank Report: "Global economic prospects : technology diffusion in the developing world 2008," (January 2008, ASCII text and .pdf format, 201p.).



Central Statistical Office Report: "Preliminary production data of main crops, 2007" (January 2008, .pdf format, 10p.).



Statistics Lithuania News Release: "Prices for total industrial production sold went up by 19.4 per cent over 2007" (Jan. 9, 2008).



Federal Bureau of Statistics Report: "Household Integrated Economic Survey (HIES) 2005-06" (January 2008, .pdf format, 20p., with 25 accompanying tables in .pdf format).



National Statistics Office News Release: "Highest Income Earners Continue to Contribute More Than One-Third to the Income of All Families: Final Results from the 2006 Family Income and Expenditure Survey" (Jan. 11, 2008).



National Institute of Statistics Periodical: Prices Statistical Bulletin - No. 11 (January 2008, .pdf format, 68p.). The periodical is in Romanian and English.

Click on Image under title for link to full text.



1. Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs Report: "Cereals and Oilseeds Production Estimates: 2007 Harvest United Kingdom-Final Results" (January 2008, .pdf format, 7p.).

2. National Statistics Office News Release, Article:

A. "Financial services: top growth sector 1996-2006" (Jan. 14, 2008, .pdf format, 2p.).

B. "Patterns of pay 1997 to 2007: Results of the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings 1997 to 2007," by Hywel Daniels (January 2008, .pdf format, 19p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at the site.



Portal of the State Authority News Release: "Number of mobile users in Uzbekistan exceeds 6 million" (Jan. 11, 2008).

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Federal Reserve Board of St. Louis (Missouri) Periodical: National Economic Trends (January 2008, .pdf format, 27p.).


European Centre for Social Policy and Research Policy Brief: "Tax Credit Policy in the UK and its Lessons for Austria," by Asghar Zaidi (January 2008, .pdf format, 12p.).

More information about ECSPR:

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Federal Reserve Banks:

Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas [Texas]: "The Poor, the Rich and the Enforcer: Institutional Choice and Growth," by Erwan Quintin, Thorsten Koeppl and Cyril Monnet (WP 08-01, December 2007, .pdf format, 38p.).


We study economies where improving the quality of institutions-modeled as in proving contract enforcement-requires resources, but enables trade that raises output by reducing the dispersion of marginal products of capital. We find that in this type of environment it is optimal to combine institutional building with endowment redistribution, and that more ex-ante dispersion in marginal products increases the incentives to invest in enforcement. In addition, we show that institutional investments lead over time to a progressive reduction in inequality. Finally, the framework we describe enables us to formalize the hypothesis formulated by Engerman and Sokoloff (2002) that the initial concentration of human and physical capital can explain the divergence of different countries’ institutional history.

Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis [Missouri]: "Convergence in the United States: A Tale of Migration and Urbanization," by Riccardo DiCecio, and Charles S. Gascon (Working Paper 2008-002A, January 2008, .pdf format, 19p.). Links to an abstract and full text can be found at:


National Bureau of Economic Research: NBER has released the following working papers for the week of Jan. 6-12, 2008 :

New papers are: 13683-13732


International Monetary Fund: IMF has recently added several new working papers for the beginning of 2008 . The papers are Nos. 1-2, 4-7.


World Bank Development Programme: WDP has recently released new working papers. See the list at:

New papers are: 4474-4478.


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

The new working papers are: 3272-3285


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 2007.

The new papers are numbered 2180-2183


Centre d'Etudes de Populations, de Pauvreté et de Politiques Socio-Economiques / International Network for Studies in Technology, Environment, Alternatives, Development--Integrated Research Infrastructure in the Socio-economic Sciences (CEPS/INSTEAD--IRISS): "Institutions, technological change and the wage differentials between skilled and unskilled workers: theory and evidence from Europe," by Lorenzo Corsini (IRISS Working Papers No. 2008-02, January 2008, .pdf format, 23p.).


We study the evolution of the wage differentials between graduate (skilled) and non graduate (unskilled) workers in several European countries in the period that range from the beginning of the nineties to the beginning of this century. The starting point is that all european countries show an increasing relative supply of skilled workers but different behaviours of the wage differentials. The standard explanation for non decreasing differentials in the face of rising relative supply is that technological progress is skill biased. This in turn would imply that technological progress differs in its magnitude and effects across Europe. Our finding shows that what is relevant in the determination of the differentials it is the pace and intensity at which technological progress takes place. We turn then to institutions and we build a model of imperfect competition and wage bargaining which relate the differentials to the technological progress but also to several labour market institutions. The empirical analysis on this aspect reveal that employment rates of different groups as well as the union density and the generosity of unemployment benefits are indeed important and help in explaining the evolution of the wage differentials between skilled and unskilled workers.


Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) [University of Essex, Colchester, UK]: "Measuring People’s Trust," by John Ermischa, Diego Gambettab, Heather Lauriea, Thomas Siedlera and S.C. Noah Uhriga (ISER Working Paper 2007-32, January 2008, .pdf format, 37p.).


New Economic Papers (NEP)-ALL. The latest list of New Economic Papers (Jan. 5, 2008).


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):

Economics Letters (Vol. 98, No. 2, February 2008).

Games and Economic Behavior (Vol. 62, No. 1, January 2008).

Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control (Vol. 32, No. 2, February 2008).

Journal of Public Economics (Vol. 92, No. 1-2, February 2008).

Management Science (Vol. 54, No. 1, January 2008).

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US Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service Report:

A. "Agricultural Outlook: Statistical Indicators," (January 2008, .pdf and .zip compressed Microsoft Excel format files).

B. "State Fact Sheets: Updated," (January 11, 2008, HTML and MicrosoftExcel format). Note: The updated state fact sheets contain new data on poverty for 2005.


Luxembourg Income Study:

A. On Jan. 9, 2008, LIS released "new Wave 6 data for United States 2004 and Finland 2004."

B. "Revisions to Finland 2000 (Wave 5.2 dataset) have been made." (Jan. 11, 2008).


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:

SN 5779 -Labour Force Survey Two-Quarter Longitudinal Dataset, April - September, 2007

SN 5780 -Labour Force Survey Five-Quarter Longitudinal Dataset, July 2006 - September 2007

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Pacific Northwest Regional Economic Analysis Project: "From this web page you may access web-based programs to create graphic trends analysis of local economic indicators and generate shift-share analysis results to diagnose local employment growth. View and download customized tabulations of economic data for the Regions and Counties of the states across the Pacific Northwest compiled by the Regional Economic Measurement Division (REMD) of the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA). The data are annual, spanning 37 years -- from 1969 to 2005."

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Panel Study Of Income Dynamics Bibliography Update: The University of Michigan Institute for Social Research PSID has recently added the following item to its bibliography. The entire bibliography can be searched or browsed in various ways at:

Anonymous - The Futurist. Richer and Richer, Poor and Poorer. The Futurist. 2007; 41(6):12

Conley, Dalton and Glauber, Rebecca. Race, Ethnicity and Inequality in the U.S. Labor Market: Critical Issues in the New Millennium: Family Background, Race, and Labor Market Inequality. The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. 2007; 609(1):134-152.

Di, Zhu Xiao. Do Homeowners Achieve More Household Wealth in the Long Run?. Journal of Housing Economics. 2007; 16(3-4):274-200.

Iceland, John. Working and Poor: How Economic and Policy Changes Are Affecting Low-Wage Workers. The Journal of Marriage and Family. 2007; 69(5):1367-1368.

Shin, Donggyun and Shin, Kwanho. Why Are the Wages of Job Stayers Procyclical?. Macroeconomic Dynamics. 2008; 112(_):1-21.

Sim, Nicholas C. S. Are Married Women's Jobs Career or Secondary Source of Household Income? Evidence From A Simultaneous Probit Approach. Applied Economics Letters. 2007; 14(14):1029.

Wilhelm, Mark O. The Quality and Comparability of Survey Data on Charitable Giving. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly. 2007; 36(1):65-84

Wilson, George. Quick Read Synopsis: Race, Ethnicity and Inequality in the U.S. Labor Market: Critical Issues in the New Millennium: Family Background, Race, and Labor Market Inequality. Conley, Dalton and Glauber, Rebecca. The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. 2007; 609(233):240-241.

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