Current Social Science Research Report--Economics #56, March 25, 2008.

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1. Department of Treasury Compendium: Internal Revenue Service Data Book 2007" (March 2008,.pdf format, 74p.).

2. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service Report: "Convergence in Global Food Demand and Delivery," by Anita Regmi, Hiroyuki Takeshima, and Laurian Unnevehr (Economic Research Report No. (ERR-56), March 2008, .pdf format, 39p.).

3. US Government Economic Releases from the National Bureau of Economic Research: Links to releases for 18-25, 2007 are available at the site.

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US States:


Stats Indiana Update: "Local Unemployment (all counties & places with population 25,000 plus), Jan 2008" (March 2008).

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

North Dakota:

State Data Center Periodical: Economic Brief (Vol. 17, No. 3, March 2008, .pdf format, 3p.). The topic of this month's issue is: "North Dakota Participants in the Federal Food Stamp Program: Fiscal Years 2002 to 2007."

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NGOs and Other Countries:

European Commission:

Eurostat Periodical: Statistics in Focus. The latest issues (8/26, 8/30 .pdf format) are now available at the SIF website:,1136118&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL


International Monetary Fund Country Report: The latest Country Reports (.pdf format) span the time period from Mar. 19-Mar. 25, 2008 (No. 08/105-08/110):



National Statistical Office Report: "Labour Force: Labour status of population aged 15 - 64 by place of residence and sex for 2007" (March 2008).



Statbank Denmark Updates:

A. "ERH1: Workplaces by region and size" (March 2008).

B. "ERH13: Workplaces by region and industry" (March 2008).

C. "PENDAB11: Employed by municipality of residence (new), municipality of workplace (new) and sex" (March 2008).

D. "ERH16: Workplaces by region, industry and size." (March 2008).

E. "PENDAB22: Employed persons by region (new), industry (9-groups), commuting and sex" (March 2008).



Bureau of Statistics Press Release: "Annual Paid Employment 2004" (Mar. 19, 2008).



Statistics Iceland News Release: "General government finances 2007, preliminary accounts" (Mar. 17, 2008). The news release links to several topical tables.



Central Statistical Office/An Phriomh-Oifig Staidrimh Reports: "Quarterly National Accounts, Quarter 4 2007 and year 2007 (preliminary)" (March 2008, .pdf format, 11p.).



Statistics Bureau Reports:

A. ""Population Estimates" (March 2008, HTML and Microsoft Excel format).

B. "Japan Monthly Statistics (March 2008, Microsoft Excel format).



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

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

B. "Indicators of transport in 2007" (Mar. 18, 2008).



Statistics Department News Release: "In 2007 unemployment rate in Lithuania was the lowest in the Baltic states -- 4.3 per cent" (Mar. 20, 2008).



State Statistical Office Report: "Economic accounts for agriculture: 2006" (March 2008, .pdf format, 6p.). The report is in Macedonian and English.



Statistics Moldava Report: "Monthly Evolution Of Consumer Price Indices In 1991-2008" (March 2008, .pdf format, 2p.).



Statistics Netherlands Web Magazine Articles:

A. "Substantial reduction in corporate tax burden," by Frank Bonger (Mar. 18, 2008).

B. "Work-disabled hardly benefit from thriving economy," by Hendrika Lautenbach (Mar. 18, 2008).

C. "One in five Internet users has mobile access," by Ger Linden and Marjolein Korvorst (Mar. 18, 2008).

D. "Nearly half of Dutch flower bulbs exported to US" (Mar. 20, 2008).

E. "Half of low-income households struggle to make both ends meet," by Bart Huynen (Mar. 20, 2008).

F. "Sustained growth for air transport in 2007," by Wick Schaafstra (Mar. 20, 2008).



Statistics Norway News Releases: "Wage statistics. Wage totals from End of the Year Certificate Register. Preliminary figures, 2007: Average paid wages up by 6.9 per cent" (Mar. 14, 2008). The news release links to one topical table.



Central Statistical Office Reports:

A. "Incomes and living conditions of the population in Poland" (March 2008, .pdf and .zip compressed .pdf format, 103p.). The report is in Polish and English

B. "Financial results of non-financial enterprises in 2007" (March 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 1p.).



National Institute of Statistics Periodical: International Trade Statistical Bulletin (No. 12, 2007, March 2008, .pdf format, 120p.).

Click on the image of the title page below the title for link to full text.



Scottish Executive Report: "Scottish Agricultural Census Summary Sheets by Geographic Area: June 2007" (March 2008, .pdf format, 33p.).



Statistics Sweden Press Release: "Municipalities' and county councils' preliminary results for 2007: Surplus again for municipalities and county councils in 2007" (Mar. 17, 2008).



State Statistics Committee Reports:

A. "Gross harvest of main agricultural crops in 2007" (March 2008).

B. "Crops--Growing: 1990-2007 (March 2008):

C. "Main indicators on forestry activity in 2007" (March 2008).



HM Revenue & Customs Report: "Tax receipts and taxpayers" (March 2008, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format).

National Statistics Office Periodical, First Release:

A. Financial Statistics, edited by Natu Somabhai Patel (No. 551, Mar. 2008, .pdf format, 287p.).

B. "Gross domestic expenditure on research and development 2006" (March 2008, .pdf format, 13p.).

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Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City (Missouri) Article: "What is driving food price inflation?" by Jason Henderson (Main Street Economist,March 2008,.pdf format, 5p.).

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Federal Reserve Banks:

Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta [Georgia]:

A. "Remittances, Exchange Rate Regimes, and the Dutch Disease: A Panel Data Analysis," by Emmanuel K.K. Lartey, Federico S. Mandelman, and Pablo A. Acosta (Working Paper 2008-12, March 2008, .pdf format, 17p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

B. "Productivity, Energy Prices, and the Great Moderation: A New Link," by Rajeev Dhawan, Karsten Jeske, and Pedro Silos (Working Paper 2008-11, March 2008, .pdf format, 14p.).Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston [Massachusetts]: "Is Obesity Contagious? Social Networks Vs. Environmental Factors In The Obesity Epidemic," by Ethan Cohen-Cole and Jason M. Fletcher (QAU Working Paper No. QAU08-2, March 2008, .pdf format, 16p.).

Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland [Ohio]: "Positive and Normative Effects of a Minimum Wage," by Guillame Rocheteau and Murat Tasci (Working Paper 08-01, February 2008, .pdf format, 38p.).


University of Wisconsin Social Systems Research Institute: "Measuring Underground (Unobserved, Non-Observed, Unrecorded) Economies in Transition Countries: Can We Trust GDP?" by Edgar L. Feige and Ivica Urban (WP 2008-01, 2008, .pdf format, 34p.).


This paper compiles alternative estimates of underground economies in twenty five transition countries during the transition decade and finds a disturbing lack of convergence between them, calling into question the reliability of GDP figures (which in varying degrees now include non-transparent imputations for the "non-observed economy") as well as the macro model estimates of the unrecorded economy. A corollary of this finding is that substantive results from many studies examining the consequences of the radical transition from planned to market economies must be viewed with considerable skepticism. Underground (unobserved, non-observed, unrecorded) economic activities play a major role in transition economies. Evaluations of the success and failure of the transition experience should be based on estimates of total economic activity (TEA) namely, recorded plus unrecorded economic activity. We examine the conceptual and empirical relationships between new National Income and Product Accounts (NIPA) methods for obtaining "exhaustive" measures of total economic activity and the two most popular macro-model approaches (electric consumption and currency ratio models) for estimating the size and growth of the unrecorded sector. Our updated empirical results detailing the size and trajectory of unrecorded activities obtained from different estimation methods reveal a disturbing lack of convergence. Until these important differences are resolved, investigations of the relationship between economic reforms and economic outcomes during the transition decade must be viewed with considerable caution. Given the shortcomings of conventional macro model estimates of the underground economy and the lack of transparency and consistency of NOE estimates, it is high time that the profession acknowledges how little we really know about underground economies and their causes and consequences.


John F. Kennedy School of Government [Harvard University]:

A. "The Euro May over the Next 15 Years Surpass the Dollar as Leading International Currency," by Menzie Chinn and Jeffrey Frankel (RWP08-016, March 2008, .pdf format, 22p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

B. "Arbitrage in Housing Markets," by Edward L. Glaeser and Joseph Gyourko (RWP08-017, March 2008, .pdf format, 26p.). 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. 16-22, 2008:

The new issues are: 13886-13905.


Institute for Fiscal Studies [London, UK]: "Labour supply and taxes," by Costas Meghir and David Phillips (IFS Working Papers, W08/04, March 2008, .pdf format, 55p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


International Monetary Fund: IMF has recently added new working papers. The papers are Nos. 08/61-08/72.


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

New Papers are: 4566-4577.


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

The new working papers are: 3406-3415.


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 2257-2265.


New Economic Papers (NEP)-ALL. The latest list of New Economic Papers (Mar. 15, 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):

Economic Modelling (Vol. 25, No. 3, May 2008).

Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control (Vol. 32, No. 3, March 2008).

Journal of Financial Economics (Vol. 87, No. 3, March 2008).

Journal of Mathematical Economics (Vol. 44, No. 5-6, April 2008).

Journal of Public Economics (Vol. 92, No. 5-6, June 2008).

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Chronicle of Higher Education:

Economic positions has been updated through Mar. 24, 2008.

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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:

Hamermesh, Daniel S. and Slemrod, Joel B. The Economics of Workaholism: We Should Not Have Worked on This Paper. Contributions to Economic Analysis & Policy. 2008; 8(1):1.

Headey, Bruce and Muffels, Ruud. Do Generous Welfare States Generate Efficiency Gains Which Counterbalance Short Run Losses? Testing Downside Risk Theory with Economic Panel Data for the U.S., Germany and The Netherlands. Social Indicators Research. 2008; 86(2):337-355.

Kambourov, Gueorgui and Manovskii, Iourii. Rising Occupational and Industry Mobility in the United States: 1968-97. International Economic Review. 2008; 48(1):41.

Richard, Patrick. Estimating the Effects of Children and Adolescents with Emotional and Behavioral Problems on Their Parents' Labor Market Outcomes. Maryland: The Johns Hopkins University; 2008, 186 pgs.

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