Current Social Science Research Report--Economics #55, March 18, 2008.

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1. Bureau of Economic Analysis Periodical: Survey of Current Business (Vol. 88, No. 3, March 2008, .pdf format).

2. Department of Labor Table: "20 Leading Occupations of Employed Women 2007 Annual Averages (employment in thousands)" (March 2008).

3. Department of Transportation: Bureau of Transportation Statistics Report:"2007 Surface Trade with Canada and Mexico Rose 4.9 Percent from 2006," (March 2008 (HTML and .pdf format, 5p.).

4. Energy Information Administration Country Analysis Brief: "Angola," (March 2008. HTML and .pdf format, 10p.).

5. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service Reports:

A. "Sources of Variation in State-Level Food Stamp Participation Rates," by Scott Cody, Allen Schirm, Elizabeth Stuart, Laura Castner, and Alan Zaslavsky (Contractor and Cooperator Report No. (CCR-37), March 2008, .pdf format, 145p.).

B. "Household Food Security and Tradeoffs in the Food Budget of Food Stamp Program Participants: An Engel Function Approach," by Parke E. Wilde, Lisa M. Troy, and Beatrice L. Rogers (Contractor and Cooperator Report No. (CCR-38), March 2008, .pdf format, 42p.).

C. "Price Trends Are Similar for Fruits, Vegetables, and Snack Foods," by Fred Kuchler and Hayden Stewart (Economic Research Report No. (ERR-55), March 2008, .pdf format, 29p.).

6. US Government Economic Releases from the National Bureau of Economic Research: Links to releases for Mar. 12-18, 2008 are available at the site.

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US States:


Labor and Workforce Development Periodical: Alaska Economic Trends (March 2008, .pdf format). The main article of this issue is: "Nonresidents Working in Alaska."


Department of Business, Economic Development, & Tourism Reports:

A. "Workers' Compensation System in Hawaii," by Binsheng Li and Khem Raj Sharma (March 2008, .pdf format, 70p.).

B. "Monthly Economic Indicators: January 2008 (March 2008, .pdf format, 5p., with tables in Microsoft Excel format).


Department of Labor Report: "Idaho Fringe Benefits Survey 2007" (February 2008, .pdf format, 22p.).


Stats Indiana Update:

A, "Labor Force Estimates (Indiana counties, metros, cities)" (January 2008).

B. "CES Indiana & MSAs (Employment by Industry)" (January 2008)

C. "CES & LAUS 50 States (Employment by Industry & Unemployment), Jan 2007 and series changes"

D. "U.S. Employment and Unemployment, Feb. 2008"

See under "Just Released" on the right side of the page.


Department of Labor Report: "January 2008 Labor Report" (March 2008, .pdf format, with tables in Microsoft Excel format).

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NGOs and Other Countries:

European Commission:

Eurostat Reports. Periodical: Statistics in Focus. The latest issues (8/22-8/23, 08/25-08/28 .pdf format) are now available at the SIF website:,1136118&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL


International Monetary Fund Country Reports, Periodical:

A. The latest Country Reports (.pdf format) span the time period from Mar. 13-Mar. 18, 2008 (No. 08/93, 08/98, 08/100-08/104):

B. IMF Research Bulletin (Vol. 9, No. 1, March 2008, .pdf format, 12p.).



Bureau of Statistics Reports:

A. "How Australians Use Their Time, 2006" (February 2008, .zip compressed Microsoft Excel format).

Click on "Details".

B. "Developing An Alternative View of Electricity and Gas Supply Activity in Australia, 2003-04," by Kai Wallenius, Andrew Platt and Julie McKenzie (Research Paper, February 2008, .pdf format, 25p.).

Click on "Details".

C. "Employment in Culture, Australia, 2006" (February 2008, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format, 56p.).



Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística (IBGE) Press Release: "GDP grows by 5.4% and reaches R$ 2.6 trillion in 2007" (Mar. 12, 2008). The press release links to the latest IBGE quarterly report (in Portuguese).



Statistics Canada/Statistique Canada, Various:

A. "Age of Public Infrastructure: A Provincial Perspective," by Mychele Gagnon and Valérie Gaudreault (Analysis in Brief No. 67, February 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 27p.).

B. "The Canadian Immigrant Labour Market in 2006: Analysis by Region or Country of Birth," by Jason Gilmore (Immigrant Labor Force Analysis No. 2, February 2008, .pdf format, 42p.).

C. Perspectives on Labour and Income (February 2008, HTML and .pdf format).

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

E. "Infrastructure Capital: What Is It? Where Is It? How Much of It Is There?" by John R. Baldwin and Jay Dixon (March 2008, .pdf format, 108p.).

F. "National Balance Sheet Accounts, Quarterly Estimates: Fourth Quarter 2007" (March 2007, .pdf format, 70p.).



StatBank Denmark Update: "FIKS1: Purchases and sales (year) by industry and amount" (March 2008).



Statistics Iceland News Releases:

A. "Labour cost index 2007" (No 37/2008, Mar. 12, 2008). There is a link to relevant statistics at the bottom of the news release.

B. "Gross Domestic Product 2007" (No 40/2008, Mar. 13, 2008). The news release links to a SA report: "Gross Domestic Product 2007" (March 2008, .pdf format, 13p.). The report is in Icelandic, with an English summary. Tables are in Icelandic and English.



Statistics Latvia News Releases: Note: if the releases are in Latvian, click on the "EN" tab at the top right side of the page for English releases:

A. "Gross domestic product in 2007 increased by 10.2%" (Mar. 10, 2008).

B. "Non-financial investment in Latvia in 2007" (Mar. 13, 2008).

C. "On changes of labour costs in 2007 and in 4th quarter of 2007" (Mar. 14, 2008).

D. "Main indicators of livestock farming in 2007" (Mar. 17, 2008).



National Statistics Office Report: "Gross Domestic Product: 2007" (March 2008, .pdf format, 20p.).



Statistics Netherlands Web Magazine Articles:

A. "Hefty rise in food industry prices," by Gerard Taal and Henk Verduin (Mar. 11, 2008).

B. "More trade with Vietnam" (Mar. 13, 2008).

C. "Providers of business services increasingly hampered by shortage of manpower," by Paul Ras and Sidney Vergouw (Mar. 13, 2008).

D. "No increase restructured debt arrangements," by Wim Vissers and Rudolf Timmermans (Mar. 13, 2008).


New Zealand:

Statistics New Zealand/Tatauranga Aotearoa "Hot off the Press." "Productivity Statistics: 1978-2007" (March 2008, .pdf format, 30p., with accompanying tables in Microsoft Excel format).



Statistics Norway News Releases:

A. "Sample survey of agriculture and forestry 2007, preliminary figures" (Mar. 12, 2008). The news release links to three topical tables.

B. "Farmers’ income and property, 2006" (Mar. 12, 2008). The news release links to six topical tables.

C. "External trade in ICT goods, 2002-2007 (preliminary figures for 2007)" (Mar. 12, 2008). The news release links to five topical tables.

D. "Wage statistics. Wage totals from End of the Year Certificate Register. Preliminary figures, 2007" (Mar. 14, 2008). The news release links to one topical table.



Central Statistical Office Report: "Foreign trade turnover in total and by countries. January - December 2007, temporary data" (March 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 2p.).



National Institute of Statistics Periodicals:

A. Prices Statistical Bulletin 1/2008 (March 2008, .pdf format, 88p.).

B. Industry Statistical Bulletin 1/2008 (March 2008, .pdf format, 134p.).

For both, click on the title page icon below the title for link to full text.



Statistical Office News Release: "Job vacancies, Slovenia, 2007--provisional data," by Nuska Brnot (Mar. 10, 2008). The news release links to relevant tables in the SI-Stat database.



National Statistical Office Report: "Labor Force Survey: 1988-2007, 2001-2007 (March 2008, Microsoft Excel format).



State Statistics Committee Reports:

A. "Financial results of the ordinary activity before taxation by region for 2007 (preliminary data)" (March 2008).

B. "Rate of growth nominal and real wage (1995-2007)" (March 2008).

C. "Time series of average monthly wages by region (1995-2007)" (March 2008).

D. "Wage arrears rates, by region (1997-2008) (March 2008).

E. "Time series of average monthly wages by types of industry activity (1995-2007)" (March 2008).

F. "Time series of average monthly wages by types of economic activity (1995-2007)" (March 2008).

G. "Socio-economic development of Ukraine for 2007" (March 2008).

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Rand Corporation Report: "Recent Trends in Veteran Unemployment as Measured in the Current Population Survey and the American Community Survey," by Bogdan Savych, Jacob Alex Klerman, and David S. Loughran (TR 485, March 2008, .pdf format, 38p.).


International Monetary Fund Occasional Paper: "Macroeconomic Consequences of Remittances," by Ralph Chami, Adolfo Barajas, Thomas F. Fullenkamp, Michael T. Gapen, and Peter Montiel (Occasional Paper No. 259, March 2008, 92p.). Links to and abstract and full text are available at:


Economist Article: "The credit crisis: Crunch numbers" (Mar. 6, 2008).

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Federal Reserve Banks:

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston [Massachusetts]: "Why Does Unemployment Hurt the Employed? Evidence From the Life Satisfaction Gap Between the Public and Private Sectors," by Simon Luechinger, Stephan Meier, and Alois Stutzer (Public Policy Discussion Paper No. 08-1, March 2008, .pdf format, 37p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas [Texas]: "Why Stop There? Mexican Migration to the U.S. Border Region," by Pia M. Orrenius, Madeline Zavodny and Leslie Lukens (Working Paper 08-03, March 2008, .pdf format, 31p.).


The transformation of the U.S. border economy since the 1980s provides a fascinating backdrop to explore how migration to the U.S-side of the Mexican border has changed vis-ŕ-vis migration to the U.S. interior. Some long-standing patterns of border migrants remained unchanged during this period while others underwent drastic changes. For example, border migrants are consistently more likely to be female, to have migrated within Mexico, and to lack migrant networks as compared with migrants to the U.S. interior. Meanwhile, the occupational profile of border migrants has changed drastically from being predominately agricultural work to being largely made up of service-sector and sales-related work. Border migration is more sensitive to Mexican and U.S. business cycles than migration to the U.S. interior throughout the period and, while the data suggest border migrant wages may have caught up to other migrants’ wages by the early 2000s, multivariate analysis indicates that border migrants who are female and/or undocumented continue to earn far less than such migrants who work in the U.S. interior.

Federal Reserve Bank of New York (New York):

A. "Settlement Delays in the Money Market," by Leonardo Bartolini, Spence Hilton, and James McAndrews (Staff Report No. 319, March 2008, .pdf format, 33p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

B. "Monetary Policy Analysis with Potentially Misspecified Models," by Marco Del Negro and Frank Schorfheide (Staff Report No. 321, March 2008, .pdf format, 56p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

C. "Investment Shocks and Business Cycles," by Alejandro Justiniano, Giorgio E. Primiceri, and Andrea Tambalotti (Staff Report No. 322, March 2008, .pdf format, 45p.). 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 Mar. 2-15, 2008:

The new issues are: 13828-13885.


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

A. "Entrepreneurship in Economic Development," by Wim Naudé (WIDER Research Paper 2008/20, March 2008, .pdf format, 45p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

B. "Foreign Direct Investment from China, India and South Africa in Sub-Saharan Africa: A New or Old Phenomenon?" by John Henley, Stefan Kratzsch, Mithat Külür, and Tamer Tandogan (WIDER Reserach Paper 2008/24, March 2008, .pdf format, 26p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:


Bank of England:

A. "International monetary co-operation in a world of imperfect information," by Kang Yong Tan and Misa Tanaka (Working Paper 344, March 2008, .pdf format, 29p.).


This paper examines the welfare implications of international monetary co-operation using a stylised two-country New Keynesian general equilibrium model of imperfect information. We show that setting a self-oriented monetary policy rule generally leads to welfare gains relative to passive monetary policy even when central banks do not have perfect information about the foreign economy. However, information sharing between central banks in this set-up, by itself, has ambiguous welfare implications. Gains from monetary co-ordination are largest when productivity shocks are negatively correlated across countries.

B. "Efficient frameworks for sovereign borrowing," by Gregor Irwin and Gregory Thwaites (Working Paper 343, March 2008, .pdf format, 32p.).

This paper presents a theoretical model of strategic default to assess how national and international policymakers should seek to influence the cost of default and the distribution of bargaining power in the event of a default. We find that, in the absence of restrictions on the parameter space, deadweight costs of default should be driven to zero. Moreover, if the debtor is risk-averse, there is an optimal division of bargaining power between the debtor and its creditors. Even with restrictions on the parameter space, marginally lower deadweight costs, possibly in some combination with greater creditor bargaining power, can always raise social welfare ex ante. However, once debt has been contracted, the debtor’s trade-off between creditor bargaining power and deadweight costs changes fundamentally. In equilibrium, the deadweight costs of default may therefore tend to be too high, and the allocation of bargaining power inefficiently skewed towards the debtor. The challenge for policymakers is to find credible, time-consistent combinations of policies that can both reduce deadweight costs and shift bargaining power towards creditors.


HM Treasury [UK]:

A. "Resilience in the UK and other OECD economies," by Andrew Gurney (Treasury Economic Working Paper No.2, March 2008, .pdf format, 34p.).


All economies need continually to respond to shocks that arise, for example, from technological progress or from changes in the relative growth rates of demand for individual goods and services. Resilience describes the ability of an economy to maintain levels of employment and keep actual output close to its potential level in the face of such shocks. This paper presents two measures of resilience exhibited by 14 OECD economies over the past 25 years. These show that there has been a general improvement in resilience across the countries in the study, and a marked improvement in the United Kingdom. Regression analysis indicates that this has been associated both with improved macroeconomic policy, proxied by lower long-term interest rates, and by less stringent labour and product market legislation, as measured by the OECD.

B. "Working Tax Credit and labour supply," by Ian Mulheirn and Mario Pisani (Treasury Economic Working Paper No.3, March 2008, .pdf format, 44p.). An electronic copy of the abstract is not available.


Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) [University of Essex, Colchester, UK]:

A. "Heaping and leaping: Survey response behaviour and the dynamics of self-reported consumption expenditure," by Stephen Pudney (WP 2008-09, March 2008, .pdf format, 37p.).


Survey respondents often use simple strategies to answer retrospective questions about their level of consumption expenditure, resulting in the heaping of data at certain round numbers. In the panel context, wave-to-wave ‘leaping’ from one ‘heap’ to another can distort the sample pattern of consumption movements over time. Using BHPS energy expenditure data, we show that respondents use a variety of different response strategies, often switching between those strategies. We estimate a joint model of the dynamics of consumption and response behaviour and find that neglect of response behaviour can lead to serious biases in empirical studies of consumption dynamics.

B. "Effects of Flat Tax Reforms in Western Europe on Equity and Efficiency," by Alari Paulus and Andreas Peichl (ISER Working Paper No. 2008-06, March 2008, .pdf format, 37p.).


The flat income tax has become increasingly popular recently, yet its implementation is limited to Eastern Europe. We analyse the distributional and efficiency effects of flat tax scenarios for Western European countries. Our simulations show that flat tax rates required to attain revenue neutrality with existing basic allowances improve labour supply incentives. However, they result in higher inequality and polarisation. Flat rates necessary to keep the inequality levels unchanged allow for some scope for flat taxes to increase both equity and efficiency. Our analysis suggests that Mediterranean countries are more likely to benefit from flat taxes.

C. "Wage Mobility In Times Of Higher Earnings Disparities: Is It Easier To Climb The Ladder?" by Iga Magda (ISER Working Paper No. 2008-10, March 2008, .pdf format, 25p.).


In this paper I study the earnings mobility in Poland and in the UK. Using both transition matrices and a wage mobility index I first document changes in the overall wage mobility in Poland across time, then compare mobility patterns among Polish and British employees. I focus in particular on low wage workers and analyze their transitions within the earnings distribution and between different labour market states. Finally, I demonstrate that changes in the earnings mobility in Poland do not seem to be linked to changes in the overall wage dispersion.


International Monetary Fund: IMF has recently added new working papers. The papers are Nos. 08/58-08/60.


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

New Papers are: 4552-4565.


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

The new working papers are: 3386-3405.


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 2250-2256.


New Economic Papers (NEP)-ALL. The latest list of New Economic Papers (Mar. 8, 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):

American Economic Review (Vol. 98, No. 1, March 2008). Note: Full text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library and the EBSCO Host Academic Search Elite Database. Check your library for availability of these databases and this issue.

Economic Inquiry (Vol. 46, No. 1, January 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.

Industrial and Labor Relations Review (Vol. 61, No. 2, January 2008).

Journal of Development Economics (Vol. 86, No. 1, April 2008).

Journal of International Economics (Vol. 74, No. 2, March 2008).

Journal of Monetary Economics (Vol. 55, No. 2, March 2008).

Management Science (Vol. 54, No. 3, March 2008).

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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. 18, 2008.

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Australian Bureau of Statistics:

A. "Time Use Survey: User Guide, 2006" (February 2008, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format).

Click on "Details".

B. "Time Use Survey, Confidentialised Unit Record File - Basic CURF on CD-ROM and RADL, 2006" (February 2008).

C. "Time Use Survey, Confidentialised Unit Record File - Expanded CURF on RADL, 2006" (February 2008).


Luxembourg Income Study Newsletter: Luxembourg Income Study Newsletter (Vol. 18, No. 1, Winter 2008, .pdf format, 8p.).


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 5792 -Effects of Taxes and Benefits on Household Income, 2005-2006

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