Current Social Science Research Report--Economics #52, February 26, 2008.

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1. Census Bureau Report: "Maternity Leave and Employment Patterns of First-Time Mothers: 1961-2003," by Tallese D. Johnson (P70-113, February 2008, .pdf format, 19p.).

2. Small Business Association Reports:

A. "The Tax Debts of Small Business Owners in Bankruptcy," by Rafael Efrat (February 2008, .pdf format, 37p.).

Summary: (February 2008, .pdf format, 2p.).

B. "Rural and Urban Establishment Births and Deaths Using the U.S. Census Bureau’s Business Information Tracking Series," by Lawrence A. Plummer and Brian Headd" (February 2008, .pdf format, 52p.).

Summary: (February 2008, .pdf format, 2p.).

3. Congressional Budget Office Report: "The Deductibility of State and Local Taxes." (February 2008,.pdf format, 40p.)

4. General Accountability Office Report: "Hedge Funds: Regulators and Market Participants Are Taking Steps to Strengthen Market Discipline, but Continued Attention Is Needed" (GAO-08-200, January 2008, .pdf format, 50p.).

5. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service Reports:

A. "USDA Agricultural Projections to 2017," by Paul Westcott (OCE-2008-1, February 2008, .pdf format, 104p.).

Projection tables to 2017 (February 2008, Lotus .wk1 and .zip compressed .wk1 format).

B. "Equilibrium Displacement Mathematical Programming Models: Methodology and a Model of the U.S. Agricultural Sector," by David H. Harrington and Robert Dubman (Technical Bulletin TB-1918, February 2008, .pdf format, 53p.).

6. US Government Economic Releases from the National Bureau of Economic Research: Links to releases for Feb. 19-25, 2007 are available at the site.

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US States:


State Data Center Updates: SDC released the following data (all .pdf and Microsoft Excel format) on Feb. 22, 2008: US and States: "Employer firm births: 1985-2005"; "Employer firm terminations: 1985-2005"; Business bankruptcies: 2000-2005."

See under Feb. 22, 2008 listing.

New York:

State Data Center Report: "Nonagricultural Employment (jobs by place of work) for New York State -- January 1958 to December 2007 on a monthly basis and annual averages" (February 2008, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format, 2p.).



Background information:

North Dakota:

State Data Center Periodical: Economic Brief (Vol. 17, No. 2, February 2008, .pdf format, 3p.). The topic of this month's issue is: "Bankruptcy Cases Filed by State: Fiscal Years 2000 to 2007."

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NGOs and Other Countries:

United Nations:

Environment Programme Report: "In Dead Water: Merging of climate change with pollution, over-harvest, and infestations in the world's fishing grounds." (February 2008,.pdf format, 62p.)


European Community:

Eurostats Periodicals:

A. "Data for short-term economic analysis (Volume 1/2008, February 2008.,pdf format, 241p.). Links to a summary and full text are available at:,46587259&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL&p_product_code=KS-BJ-08-001

B. Statistics in Focus. The latest issues (08/12, 08/14-08/16, .pdf format) are now available at the SIF website:,1136118&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL


International Monetary Fund Country Reports: The latest Country Reports (.pdf format) span the time period from Feb. 20-Feb. 25, 2008 (No. 08/69-08/79):


Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Policy Brief: "Economic survey of Denmark, 2008," (February 2008, .pdf format, 12p.).


Bosnia & Herzegovina:

Federal Office of Statistics Periodical: Monthly Review (February 2008, .pdf format, 96p.). The periodical is in Croatian and English.



Instituto Brasiliero de Geographie e Estatistica (IBGE) News Release: "Industrial employment increased 2.2% and payroll 5.4% in 2007" (Feb. 13, 2008). The news release links "Conjuncture Indicator" to a report and tables on the topic (report in .pdf format, tables in HTML format, all in Portuguese).



Statistics Denmark Statbank Updates:

A. "BET01: Denmark's foreign liabilities and assets (DKK billion)"

B. "Regional Accounts 2006:



Statistics Latvia News Release: "Latvia’s foreign trade. Main commodities and partners in 2007" (Feb. 21, 2008).

If the news release is in Latvian, click on the "EN" tab at the top right side of the page for an English translation.



National Statistics Office News Release: "Coordinated Portfolio Investment Survey: 2006" (Feb. 19, 2008, .pdf format, 4p.).



Statistics Moldava Report: "Monthly evolution of consumer price indices in 1994-2008 (December 1993 = 100)" (February 2008, .pdf format, 1p.).


New Zealand:

Statistics New Zealand/Tatauranga Aotearoa "Hot Off the Press": "Linked Employer-Employee Data: December 2006 (February 2008, .pdf format, 21p., with tables in Microsoft Excel format). The report highlights focuses on labor market dynamics of age and sex.



Statistics Norway News Releases:

A. "Economic trends for Norway and abroad: Boom period coming to an end" (Feb. 21, 2008).

B. "Local government. Revenue and expenditure, by type. Preliminary figures 2007: NOK 6 billion deficit in local government" (Feb. 22, 2008).


Palestinian National Authority:

Central Bureau of Statistics Report: "Population, Housing and Establishment Census-2007" (February 2008, .pdf format, 19p.).



National Institute of Statistics Periodicals:

A. "International Trade Statistical Bulletin- No.11" (November 2007, .pdf format, 119p.).

B. "Industry Statistical Bulletin - No.12" (December 2007, .pdf format, 145p.).

Both reports are in Romanian and English. Both are available at:

Click on the title page icons below the titles for links to full text.



Scottish Executive Report: "OECD Rural Policy Reviews: Scotland, UK: Assessment and Recommendations" (February 2008, .pdf format, 21p.).


Sri Lanka:

Department of Census and Statistics Report: "Household Income and Expenditure Survey 2006/07: Summary Findings" (February 2008, .pdf format, 4p.).



Statistics Sweden News Release: "Tax and taxable income 2006: Deductions for travel expenses least common in Stockholm" (Feb. 21, 2008).



Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting, and Statistics Report: "Taiwan's Economic Performance in The Fourth Quarter of 2007 and Outlook for 2008" (Feb. 21, 2008, press release, .pdf format, 1p., tables, Microsoft Excel format).



State Statistics Committee Reports:

A. "Exports-Imports of Services of 2007, by region of Ukraine" (Feb. 20, 2008).

B. "Price sale indices for agricultural production sold by agricultural enterprises (except small)" (Feb. 20, 2008).

C. "Geographical Structure of Foreign Trade in Services in 2007: (Feb. 21, 2008).

D. "Communication subscribers, 2007" (Feb. 22, 2008).

E. "Transit transportation of cargo" (Feb. 22, 2008).

F. "Foreign direct investment" (Feb. 25, 2008).

G. "Fishery: 1995-2007" (Feb. 25, 2008).



Her Majesty's Revenue & Customs Report: "Survey of property transactions in England and Wales: 2004-2006" (February 2008, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format).

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Congressional Research Service Report: "How Large is China’s Economy? Does it Matter?" by Wayne M. Morrison and Michael F. Martin (RS22808, February 2008.,pdf format, 6p.)


Federal Reserve Board of St. Louis [Missouri] Periodical: Monetary Trends (March 2008, .pdf format, 20p.).


American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Survey Report: "1Q 2008 Economic Outlook Survey." (February 2008,.pdf format, 4p., with detailed summary, .pdf format, 50p. ).

More information on AICPA:


Brookings Institution Research, Commentary:

A. Research Report: "Getting Ahead or Losing Ground: Economic Mobility in America: Economic Mobility," by Ron Haskins, Julia B. Isaacs and Isabel V. Sawhill (February 2008,.pdf format, 112p.)

B. Commentary: "India's Growing Economy: Song of the Crossroads," by Arvind Panagariya (February 2008)


American Enterprise Institute Periodical. Financial Services Outlook Series. (February 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 8p.). The primary article in this issue is "Healthy Hedge Funds, Sick Banks," by Peter J. Wallison

More information on AEI:


Center for American Progress Report: "House of Cards - Consumers Turn to Credit Cards Amid the Mortgage Crisis, Delaying Inevitable Defaults," by Tim Westrich and Christian E. Weller (February 2008,.pdf format, 15p.)

More information on CAP:


Advertising Age Articles:

A: News: "Media Work Force Sinks to 15-Year Low," by Bradley Johnson (February 18, 2008. In HTML)

B: Charts: "U.S. Ad Market and Media Jobs Since Last Year." (.pdf format, 1p.)


Newsweek article: "The 3 Trillion Dollar Cop-Out: Most Americans don't seem bothered by more government spending and endless budget deficits. We're focused on our own entitlements," by Robert J. Samuelson (Feb. 18, 2008).

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Federal Reserve Banks:

Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta [Georgia]:

A. "Working with Children? The Probability of Mothers Exiting the Workforce at Time of Birth," by Julie L. Hotchkiss, M. Melinda Pitts, and Mary Beth Walker (Working Paper 2008-8, February 2008, .pdf format, 42p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

B. "The Labor Market Experience and Impact of Undocumented Workers," by Julie L. Hotchkiss and Myriam Quispe-Agnoli (Working Paper 2008-7, February 2008, .pdf format, 40p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis [Minnesota]: "On the Mechanics of Firm Growth," by Erzo G.J. Luttmer (Working Paper No. 657, February 2008, .pdf and PostScript format, 45p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Staff Report: "Macroeconomic Interdependence and the International Role of the Dollar," by Linda Goldberg and Cédric Tille(Staff Report Number 316, February 2008.,pdf format, 63p.) Links to fulltext report and technical appendix are available at:


Levy Institute (Bard College) [Annandale-on-Hudson, NY] Working Paper: "Financial Flows and International Imbalances: The Role of Catching Up by Late-industrializing Developing Countries," by Jan Kregel (Working Paper No. 528, February 2008, .pdf format, 33p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


Statistics Norway: "Shifts in organizational form under a dual income tax system," by Thor O. Thoresen and Annette Alstadsæter (Discussion Paper 529, February 2008, .pdf format, 37p.).

Link to full text is at the bottom of the page.


Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) [University of Essex, Colchester, UK]: "Does Housework Lower Wages and Why? Evidence for Britain," by Mark L. Bryan and Almudena Sevilla Sanz (WP 2008-3, February 2008, .pdf format, 32p.).


Women working full-time in the UK earn on average about 18% per hour less than men (EOC, 2005). Traditional labour economics has focussed on gender differences in human capital to explain the gender wage gap. Although differences in male and female human capital are recognized to derive from different household responsibilities over the life cycle, there is also a lesser-studied and more direct effect of household activities on wages. In a broad economic sense, household activities require effort, which decreases labour market productivity and thus wages. This paper first documents the relationship between housework and wages in Britain and applies a variety of econometric techniques to pin down the effect of housework on wages. It further explores what dimensions of housework are at the root of the relationship between housework and wages. After controlling for unobserved heterogeneity, we find a negative effect of housework on wages for married female workers, but not for single workers or married male workers. We argue that the factors behind the relationship between housework and wages are the type and timing of housework activities as much as the actual time devoted to housework.


Institute for Fiscal Studies [London, UK]: "Skill-based technology adoption: firm-level evidence from Brazil and India," by Rupert Harrison (IFS Working Papers, W08/03, February 2008, .pdf format, 71p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:


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): "Gender differences in the effect of monetary policy on employment: The case of nine OECD countries," by Yelena Takhtamanova and Eva Sierminska (IRISS Working Paper No. 2008-04, February 2008, .pdf format, p.).


In many countries, the focus of monetary policy is increasingly shifting to low and stable inflation as it provides many benefits to the economy. However, there is evidence that costs of inflation reduction are inequitably distributed by gender in developing countries. This paper addresses employment costs of inflation reduction in developed countries. Using quarterly data for 1980-2006, we examine gender and country differences in the effects of interest rate on employment in nine OECD countries. We look at total employment, as well as employment disaggregated by three sectors: agriculture, industry and services. We find that the link between monetary policy instruments (short-term interest rates) and employment in the industrial countries under investigation is neither strong nor varies by gender.


International Monetary Fund: IMF has recently a new working paper. The papers is Nos. 08/42-08/46.


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

New Papers are: 4523-4535.


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

The new working papers are: 3351-3365


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 2008.

The new papers are numbered 2226-2231


New Economic Papers (NEP)-ALL. The latest list of New Economic Papers (Feb. 16, 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):

Brookings Papers on Economic Activity (2007, 2).

Econometrica (Vol. 76, No. 2, March 2008). Note: Full text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for availability of this database and this issue.

Economic Journal (Vol. 118, No. 527, March 2008).

Games and Economic Behavior (Vol. 62, No. 2, March 2008).

Journal of Monetary Economics (Vol. 55, No. 1, January 2008).

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Luxembourg Income Studies: "International Master in Social Policy Analysis by Luxembourg, Leuven and Associate Institutes (IMPALLA) Academic year 2008-2009." For more information see:

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Chronicle of Higher Education:

Economic positions (Feb. 19-25, 2008).

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US Senate Committee on Finance Hearing Testimony: "Economic and Fiscal Conditions of the States," a hearing held Feb. 26, 2008.

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US Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service:

A. "Commodity Costs and Returns: U.S. and Regional Cost and Return Data" (February 2008, Microsoft Excel format).

B. "Feed Grains Database" (updated February 2008, HTML, .pdf, and Microsoft Excel format).

C. "Wheat Data" (updated February 2008, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format).

D. "Farm Income" (updated February 2008, HTML, Microsoft Excel and Lotus .Wk4 format).


United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific: "Short-term Indicators for Asia and the Pacific online database, Quarter 4, December 2007" (February 2008, extracted data available in ASCII text, XML, and comma separated value [.csv] format, with charts available in multiple formats).

Click on "View Full Text" for link to online data extraction system.


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 5787 Work-Life Balance Study, 2007: Employers' Survey

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