Current Social Science Research Report--Economics #53, March 4, 2008.

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1. Bureau of Labor Statistics Periodicals, News Releases:

A. Compensation and Working Conditions Online. The latest article was added Feb. 25, 2008).

B. Occupational Outlook Quarterly (Vol. 51, No. 4, Fall/Winter 2007/2008, .pdf format).

C. "International Comparison of Manufacturing Productivity and Unit Labor Costs Trends: 2006, Revised," (Feb 28, 2008).

D. "Regional and State Unemployment: 2007," (Feb. 29, 2008, ASCII text, HTML, and .pdf format).

2. Department of Treasury. News Release: "Preliminary Report on Foreign Holdings Of U.S. Securities At End-June 2007," (HP-853, February 29, 2008). The news release links to report.

3. National Science Foundation Press Release: "Tax Rebates Versus Tax Bonuses" (08-034, Feb. 28, 2008).

4. Government Accountability Office Report: "Foreign Investment: Laws and Policies Regulating Foreign Investment in 10 Countries" (GAO-08-320, February 2008, .pdf format, 104p.).

5. US Government Economic Releases from the National Bureau of Economic Research: Links to releases for Feb. 26-Mar. 4, 2008 are available at the site.

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US States:


Department of Business, Economic Development, & Tourism Periodical: Quarterly Statistical & Economic Report (1st Quarter 2008, February 2008, 150p., with tables in Microsoft Excel and .zip compressed Microsoft Excel format).


Stats Indiana: The following tables have been updated:

A. "Building Permits with State and Local Estimates: 2006" (January 2008).



B. "Total State R&D Expenditures, 2005: States Profile:

See under "Economy"

C. "Commuting Patterns for Indiana Counties (IT-40 tax data), 2006"

Stats Indiana:


University of Utah Bureau of Economic and Business Research Periodical: Utah Economic and Business Review (Vol. 67, No. 4, 2007, .pdf format, 7p.). The lead article in this issue is: "Utah's Oil and Gas Exploration and Production Industry: Economic Impact on the Uinta Basin and Carbon and Emery Counties," by Alan Isaacson).

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NGOs and Other Countries:

United Nations:

Development Programme International Poverty Centre, One Page: "Latin America’s Progress on Gender Equality: Poor Women Workers Are Still Left Behind," (Number 49, February 2008,.pdf format, 1p.).

European Commission:

Eurostats Periodicals:

A. Statistics in Focus. The latest issues (08/17-08/18, .pdf format) are now available at the SIF website:,1136118&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL

B. Data in Focus. The latest issue is 5/2008, "Tourism in Europe: First results for 2007," by Chryssanthi Dimitrakopoulou (February 2008, .pdf format, 2p.).,46587259&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL&p_product_code=KS-QA-08-005


Organisation for Economic Development and Co-operation Report: "Economic survey of Iceland 2008" (February 2008). For more information, including ordering information, see:,3343,en_2649_201185_40157540_1_1_1_1,00.html


International Monetary Fund Country Reports: The latest Country Reports (.pdf format) span the time period from Feb. 27-Mar. 3, 2008 (No. 08/80-08/86):



Ministry of Statistics Report: "2008 Trade Balance of the Republic of Belarus" (February 2008, Microsoft Excel format).



Statistics Canada/Statistique Canada Research Paper, Report:

A. "How Do Families and Unattached Individuals Respond to Layoffs? Evidence from Canada," by René Morissette and Yuri Ostrovsky (Research Paper 304, February 2008, .pdf format, 37p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at the site.

B. "Spending Patterns in Canada, 2006," (February 2008, .pdf format, 100p.).

Conference Board of Canada Report: "The 2008 Federal Budget: The End of Surplus?"



National Bureau of Statistics Communiques:

A. "Statistical Communiqué of the People's Republic of China on the 2007" (Feb. 28, 2008).

B. "Communiqué on Major Data of the Second National Agricultural Census of China (No.1)" (Feb. 21, 2008).

C. "Communiqué on Major Data of the Second National Agricultural Census of China (No.2)" (Feb. 27, 2008).



Statistics Finland News Releases:

A. "Mass media market 2001 - 2006" (Feb. 27, 2008). The news release links to several topical tables.

B. "Government R&D funding totals EUR 1.8 million in 2008" (Feb. 27, 2008).

C. "Tax ratio declined in 2007" (Feb. 29, 2008).

D. "Strong growth in general government surplus, debt is decreasing" (Feb. 29, 2008). The news release links to three topical tables.

E. "Gross domestic product grew by 4.4 per cent last year" (Feb. 29, 2008). The news release links to four topical tables.



Federal Statistics Office Press Release: "Number of air passengers travelling abroad growing by 4.0 million in 2007" (Mar. 3, 2008). The press release links to a more detailed German press release which contains a topical table.,templateId=renderPrint.psml



Ministry of Economy and Finance Press Release: "Insurance Enterprises Activity Reference Year 2006 (Mar. 3, 2008, .pdf format, 6p.).



Statistical Office First Release, Report:

A. "Investment, quarter IV 2007, year 2007" (Feb. 29, 2008, .pdf format, 2p.).

B. "Statistical Report 12/2007" (February 2008, .pdf format, 45p.).



Statistics Iceland Report: "The fishing fleet at the end of 2007" (February 2008, .pdf format, 13p.). The report is in Icelandic, table heads are in Icelandic and English.



Ministry of Statistics and Program Implementation Report: Note: MSPI requires free registration before providing reports: "Unorganised Manufacturing Sector in India: Input, Output and Value Added" (Report, NO. 526, National Sample Survey, 62nd Round, July 2005-June 2006, February 2008, .pdf format, 410p.).

and scroll to Report No. 526, which is near the bottom of the page.



Statistics Indonesia News Release: "Economic Growth of Indonesia: 2007" (Feb. 15, 2008, .pdf format, 4p.).



Central Statistics Office/An Phriomh-Oifig Staidrimh Reports:

A. "Family Business in Ireland - Services Sectors 2005" (February 2008, .pdf format, 71p.). The report is linked to from a news release of the same name (Feb. 26, 2008).

click on "" for direct link to full text.

B. "County Incomes and Regional GDP 2005" February 2008, .pdf format, 26p.).

C. "Agricultural Price Indices: December and Year 2007" (February 2008, .pdf format, 8p.).



Central Bureau of Statistics Report: "Survey of Trade, Services, Transport and Communications, 2004" (February 2008, .pdf format, 73p., with ancillary material in Microsoft Word format, and data in compressed and .zip compressed Microsoft Excel format).



Statistics Latvia News Releases: Note: if the news release is in Latvian, click on the "EN" at the top right side of the page.

A. "On changes of wages in 2007 and in the 4th quarter of 2007" (Feb. 29, 2008).

B. "Construction in Latvia in 2007 (Feb. 29, 2008).



Statistics Department Report: "Consumer Survey Results: 2007" (February 2008, .pdf format, 43p.). The report is in Lithuanian and English.

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Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis (Missouri) Periodicals:

A. Review (Vol. 90, No. 2, March/April 2008, .pdf format, 132p.).

B. National Economic Trends (March 2008, .pdf format, 27p.).


American Enterprise Institute Brief:

"Japan's Lost Decade: Lessons for the United States in 2008," by John H. Makin (Economic Outlook, No. 3, March 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 5p.).


Center for Economic and Policy Issue Brief: "The Decline in African-American Representation in Unions and Manufacturing, 1979-2007," by John Schmitt And Ben Zipperer (February 2008,.pdf format, 22p.).

More information about CEPR:


Nation Article: "The Incredible Shrinking Paycheck," by Nancy Cleeland (Feb. 20, 2008).

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Federal Reserve Banks:

Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta [Georgia]: "Technology Shocks, Employment, and Labor Market Frictions," by Federico S. Mandelman and Francesco Zanetti (Working Paper 2008-10, February 2008, .pdf format, 30p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston (Massachusetts): "The Dynamic between Municipal Revenue Sources and the State-Local Relationship in New England," by Richard F. Dye (WP No. 08-1, February 2008,.pdf format, 40p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

Federal Reserve Bank of New York (New York):

"Forecasting Economic and Financial Variables with Global VARs," by M. Hashem Pesaran, Til Schuermann, and L. Vanessa Smith(Staff Report Number 317, February 2008,.pdf format, 63p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


John F. Kennedy School of Government [Harvard University]:"Giving Green to Get Green: Incentives and Consumer Adoption of Hybrid Vehicle Technology," by By Kelly Sims Gallagher and Erich Muehlegger (RWP08-009, February 2008). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


United Nations World Institute for Development Economics Research (WIDER):

A. "Southern Engines of Global Growth Very Long Cycles or Short Spurts?" by Meghnad Desai (No. 2008/02, February 2008,.pdf format, 8p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

B. "The World Distribution of Household Wealth," by James B. Davies, Susanna Sandström, Anthony Shorrocks, and Edward N. Wolff (No. 2008/03, February 2008,.pdf format, 24p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


International Monetary Fund: IMF has recently a new working paper. The papers is Nos. 08/47-08/54.


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

New Papers are: 4536-4546.


European Central Bank: The Central Bank has recently released several new working papers:

The new papers are 862-876.


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


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

The new working papers are: 3366-3380.


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 2232-2236.


New Economic Papers (NEP)-ALL. The latest list of New Economic Papers (Feb. 23, 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 (Volume 98, Issue 3, Pages 229-362, March 2008).

Industrial Relations Journal (Vol. 39, No. 2, March 2008).

International Journal of Game Theory (Volume 36, Numbers 3-4, March, 2008).

Journal of Political Economy (Vol. 116, No. 1, February 2008). Full electronic text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for the availability of this database and this issue.

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American Economics Association Job Openings for Economists: March 2008:


Chronicle of Higher Education Economic positions (Feb. 26-Mar. 4, 2008).

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US House Financial Services Committee Hearing Publication: "Recent Events in the Credit and Mortgage Markets and Possible Implications for U.S. Consumers and the Global Economy (House Serial Publication 110-58, September 2007, .pdf format, 135p.).


US House Small Business Committee Hearing Publication: "Immigration Policies and Their Impact on Small Business" (House Serial Publication 110-21, May 2007, .pdf format, 112p.).


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


US Congress Joint Economic Committee Hearing Publication: "Is Market Concentration in the U.S. Petroleum Industry Harming Consumers?" a hearing held May 23, 2007 (Senate Hearing 110-202, ASCII text and .pdf format, 132p.).

Search on 110th Congress Senate Hearings. Search "110-202" (WITH the quotes).

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US Department of Housing and Urban Development: "Government-Sponsored Enterprises (GSEs)" (March 2008, self decompressing [.exe] ASCII text format, with documentation in .pdf format). "Data sets on single-family and multifamily mortgage purchases in 2006 by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac - Government-Sponsored Enterprises (GSEs) - are now available from HUD USER. GSE mortgage data provide a wealth of information on the flow of mortgage credit and capital in America's communities to mortgage lenders, planners, researchers, and housing advocates.

The single-family data set includes detailed information on income, race, and gender of the borrower, as well as the census tract location, loan-to-value (LTV) ratio, seasoning (loan performance over specified period of time), purchase/refinancing, and affordability. The data also include property and unit-class information on all multifamily mortgages acquired by the GSEs. Multifamily property-level data include information on the size of the property, categorized by unpaid principal balance, and type of organization from which the GSE purchased the mortgage. The multifamily unit-class file includes information on the number, type, and affordability of the units. Both the single-family and multifamily data include indicators of whether the purchases are from underserved census tracts, as defined in terms of their median income and percentage minority population." Data have been updated through 2006.

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Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis (Missouri): Federal Reserve Archival System for Economic Research (FRASER) Update: FRASER has begun archiving historical Federal Reserve Bulletins. At present there are Bulletins for 1936-37 and 1951-70.

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