Current Social Science Research Report--Economics #54, March 11, 2008.

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CSSRR-Economics is compiled and edited by Jack Solock and Charlie Fiss.


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1. Census Bureau Report: "2006 Information and Communication Technology Survey" (March 2008, Microsoft Excel format). The report is linked to from a Census Bureau news release: "Business Spending on Technology Infrastructure 250 Billion Dollars in 2006 (CB08-44, Mar. 6, 2008).

2. Bureau of Labor Statistics Periodical: Monthly Labor Review (Vol. 131, No. 2, February 2008, .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:

3. Treasury Department Periodical: Treasury Bulletin (March 2008,.pdf and Microsoft Word format, 149p.).

Note: this is a temporary address. When the next TB is released, this one, along with all others back to 1996, will be available at:

4. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission News Release: "Job Bias Charges Rise 9% In 2007, EEOC Reports," (March 5, 2008).

The news release links to an EEOC table: "Charge Statistics: FY 1997 Through FY 2007":

5. Energy Information Administration Country Analysis Brief: "South China Sea," (March 2008. In HTML and .pdf format, 6p.).

6. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service Report: "Food Assistance and Nutrition Research Program, Final Report: Fiscal 2007 Activities," (Administrative Publication No. (AP-025), March 2008, .pdf format, 61p.).

7. Department of Energy News Release (via Oak Ridge National Laboratory): "Imports from Latin America may help U.S. meet energy goals," (Mar. 4, 2008).

8. US Government Economic Releases from the National Bureau of Economic Research: Links to releases for Mar. 5-11, 2008 are available at the site.

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US States:


Northern Illinois Business and Industry Data Center: "Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS). County data has been updated for annual data 1990-2007:

Illinois Labor Market Information:


Office of Workforce Development Reports: "Annual Averages for Ohio & Metropolitan Areas" has been updated for the state for "Nonagricultural Wage & Salary Employment," "Average Weekly Earnings (Ohio Only)," "Average Weekly Hours (Ohio Only)," and "Average Hourly Earnings (Ohio Only)." (.pdf format).

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NGOs and Other Countries:

European Commission:

Eurostat Reports. Periodical:

A. Statistics in Focus. The latest issues (8/20-8/21, 08/24 .pdf format) are now available at the SIF website:,1136118&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL

B. Euro-Indicators Newsletter (February 2008, .pdf format, 22p.).,46587259&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL&p_product_code=LN-022008


International Monetary Fund Country Reports: The latest Country Reports (.pdf format) span the time period from Mar. 5-Mar. 11, 2008 (No. 08/87-08/92, 08/94-08/97, 08/99):



Instituto Brasiliero de Geografie e Estatica (IBGE) News Release: "Harvest estimate for 2008 is 139.6 million metric tons" (Mar. 6, 2008).



Statistics Finland News Releases:

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

B. "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 News Release: "14.6% less insolvencies of businesses in 2007" (Mar. 7, 2008). The release links to a more detailed German language news release, with a topical statistical table.,templateId=renderPrint.psml



Statistics Iceland Reports:

A. "Wage index 2007" (March 2008, .pdf format, 14p.). The report is in Icelandic. Table heads are in Icelandic and English.

B. "Producer price index 2007: (March 2008, .pdf format, 17p.). The report is in Icelandic. Table heads are in Icelandic and English.



Statistics Latvia News Releases: Note: if the release you see is in Latvian, please click on the "EN" tab at the top right side of the page for an English version.

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).

C. "Job vacancies in 2007" (Mar. 7, 2008).



State Statistical Office News Release: " Data on gross domestic product by regions in the Republic of Macedonia, 2004 and 2005" (Mar 5, 2008, .pdf format, 6p.). The news release is in Macedonian and English.



Statistics Netherlands Web Magazine Articles:

A. "Turnover growth construction sector 10 percent in 2007" (Feb. 26, 2008).

B. "Inflation rate gap between the Netherlands and eurozone widens," by Marleen Geerdinck (Feb. 26, 2008).

C. "Dutch railways used intensively," by Pascal Ramaekers and Hans Visser (Mar. 4, 2008).

D. "Highest incomes again found in municipalities in North Holland," by Hans Kasperski and Peter Meuwissen (Mar. 6, 2008).

E. "Mothers continue to work part-time when their children grow older," by Martine Mol (Mar. 6, 2008).



Statistics Norway Report, News Releases:

A. "Fishery Statistics 2005" (February 2008, .pdf format, 62p., with 27 topical tables).

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

C. "Manufacturing statistics. Structural data, 2006: Manufacturing upturn in 2006" (Feb. 27, 2008). The news release links to three topical tables.

D. "National accounts, Institutional sector accounts, 2006 and 2007: National income exceeds NOK 2000 billion" (Mar. 4, 2008).

E. "Building statistics, final figures 2007: 10 million square metres started in 2007" (Mar. 4, 2008). The news release links to eight topical tables.

F. "Public non-financial enterprises, structural business statistics, 2007" (Mar. 5, 2008). the news release links to seven topical tables.

G. "Income statistics for households. Different households, 2006: Many households with high income" (Mar. 7, 2008). The news release links to seven topical tables.

H. Income statistics for households. Distribution of income, 2006: More equal income distribution: (Mar. 7, 2008). The news release links to six topical tables.

I. "Red deer hunting, preliminary figures 2007: Another record year for red deer hunting" (Mar. 7, 2008). The news release links to two topical tables.

J. "Moose hunting. Preliminary figures, 2007/08: Increase in felled moose" (Mar. 7, 2008). The news release links to two topical tables.


Palestinian National Authority:

Central Bureau of Statistics News Release: "The Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) announces the preliminary results of the Palestinian Foreign Trade in Goods - 2006" (Feb. 25, 2008, .pdf format, 4p.).



Central Statistical Office Compendium, Periodical, Report:

A. Statistical yearbook of agriculture and rural areas, 2007 (February 2008, .pdf format and .zip compressed .pdf format, 485p.). The compendium is in Polish and English.

B. Statistical Bulletin (No. 1, 2008, February 2008, .pdf format, .zip compressed. .pdf, and Microsoft Excel format, 221p.). The compendium is in Polish and English.

C. "Foreign trade turnover in total and by countries1 January - December 2007" (February 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 2p.).



Scottish Government Report: "Final Results from December 2007 Agricultural Census" (March 2008).



Statistical Office News Releases:

A. "Producer price indices and prices of agricultural products, Slovenia 2007" (Feb. 25, 2008).

B. "Agricultural input price indices, Slovenia, 2007" (Feb. 25, 2008).


South Africa:

Statistics South Africa Reports:

A. "Income and expenditure of households 2005/2006: Statistical release" (March 2008, .pdf format, 196p.).

B. "Income and expenditure of households 2005/2006: Analysis of results" (March 2008, .pdf format, 36p.).



Statistics Sweden News Releases:

A. "Labour Force Survey (LFS) 2007: Triple record in the labour market for 2007" (Mar. 3, 2008).

B. "The distribution of income 2006: Increased incomes and increased income differences" (Mar. 6, 2008).



Federal Statistical Office Reports:

A. "Key findings of the Swiss Labour Force Survey: SLFS 2007 in brief" 2008, .pdf format, 16p.).

B. "Harmonized Index of Consumer Prices (HICP) Overview of methods and weightings 2008" (March 2008, .pdf format, 20p.).



State Statistics Committee Reports: "Foreign citizens who visited Ukraine in 2007 year, by countries" (February 2008).



HM TREASURY REPORT: "Social Bridges II - The importance of human capital for growth and social inclusion," (March 2008, .pdf format, 34p.).

National Statistics Office Report, Periodical, Article:

A. "Comparison of Statistics on Jobs: September 2007: Comparing statistics on jobs from the Labour Force Survey with corresponding estimates from the Workforce Jobs series for September 2007," by Andrew Machin (February 2008, .pdf format, 6p.).

B. Economic & Labour Market Review (March 2008, data tables, Microsoft Excel format).

C. "Quarterly Public Sector Finances: 1946-2007" (February 2008, Microsoft Excel and web based extraction format).



Central Statistical Office Periodical: The Monthly (Vol. 59, February 2008, .pdf format, 21p.).

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Urban Institute Reports:

A. "How Households Expect to Cope in a Financial Emergency," by Lynette A. Rawlings and Kerstin Gentsch (Opportunity and Ownership Facts, March 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 1p.).

B. "Filling the Credit Gap: The Role of the Small Business Administration," by Shelli B. Rossman and Brett Theodos (February 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 1p.).


Center for Economic and Policy Research. Issue Brief: "The Economic Impact of a U.S. Slowdown on the Americas," by Mark Weisbrot, John Schmitt And Luis Sandoval (March 2008,. pdf format, 8p.).

More information about CEPR:


International Poverty Centre. One Pager Series: "The Urgent Need for Financial Reform to Mobilise Savings in Sub-Saharan Africa," by Sedat Aybar and Costas Lapavitsas, (No. 50. March 2008,.pdf format, 1p.).


American Enterprise Institute Periodical. Asian Outlook Series. (March 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 7p.). The primary article in this issue is "Time for Trilateralism?" by Michael Auslin and Christopher Griffin.


Foreign Policy Article: "Prime Numbers: The Plastic Revolution," by By Ronald J. Mann (March/April 2008).

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Federal Reserve Banks:

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston [Massachusetts]: "Credit Card Redlining," by Ethan Cohen-Cole (Quantitative Analysis Unite WP 08-1, February 2008, .pdf format, 38p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago [Illinois]: "Displacement, Asymmetric Information and Heterogeneous Human Capital," by Luojia Hu and Christopher Taber (WP-2008-02, February 2008, .pdf format, 28p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

Federal Reserve Bank of New York [New York]: "Understanding the Securitization of Subprime Mortgage Credit," by Adam B. Ashcraft and Til Schuermann (Staff Report Number 318, March 2008,.pdf format, 76p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


Levy Economics Institute of Bard College: "Can Robbery and Other Theft Help Explain the Textbook Currency-demand Puzzle? Two Dreadful Models of Money Demand with an Endogenous Probability of Crime," by Greg Hannsgen (No. 529. March 2008.,pdf format, 28p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


National Bureau of Economic Research: NBER has released the following working papers for the week of Feb. 10-16, 2008:

The new issues are: 13828-13847


International Monetary Fund: IMF has recently a new working paper. The papers is Nos. 08/55-08/57.


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

New Papers are: 4536-4551.


World Institute for Development Economics Research [United Nations University]:

A. "Enhancing Effective Utilization of Aid in Fragile States," by Sanjeev Gupta (WIDER Research Paper No. 2008/07, February 2008, .pdf format, 15p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

B. "Foreign Direct Investment, Domestic Investment, and Economic Growth in China: A Time Series Analysis," by Sumei Tang, E. A. Selvanathan, and S. Selvanathan (WIDER Research Paper No. 2008/19, February 2008, .pdf format, 15p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

C. "Comparing Regional Development in China and India," by Yanrui Wu (WIDER Research Paper No. 2008/13, February 2008, .pdf format, 12p.). 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: 3381-3385.


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 2237-2249.


New Economic Papers (NEP)-ALL. The latest list of New Economic Papers (Mar. 1, 2008).


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

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American Statistical Association: ASA has updated its employment page with listings through Mar. 11, 2008.


Chronicle of Higher Education:

Economic positions has been updated through Mar. 11, 2008.

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Luxembourg Income Study: "Revision Notes - Germany 2000," (March 2008).


US Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service: "Agricultural Outlook: Statistical Indicators: February 2008 (March 2008, .pdf, Microsoft Excel and .zip compressed Microsoft Excel format, 41p.).


Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research: ICPSR at he University of Michigan released several new datasets from Mar. 3-11, 2008, which may be of interest to Economics researchers. Note: Some ICPSR studies are available only to ICPSR member institutions. To find out whether your organization is a member, and whether or not it supports ICPSR Direct downloading, see:

All new and updated data in the last 90 days can be found at:

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