Current Social Science Research Report--Economics #70, July 1, 2008.

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1. Bureau of Labor Statistics Press Release, Report, Periodical:

A. "American Time Use Survey - 2007 Results," (June 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 25p.).

B. "Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2006," (Bulletin 2703, June 2008, .pdf format, 888p.).

C. Compensation and Working Conditions Online. The latest articles were added June 27, 2008.

2. US Government Economic Releases from the National Bureau of Economic Research: Links to releases for Jun. 25-Jul. 1, 2008 are available at the site.

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US States:


Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism Periodical: Monthly Economic Indicators (May 2008, .pdf format, 5p., with county data in Microsoft Excel format).


State Data Center Updates: The SDC issued the following updates (all .pdf and Microsoft Excel format) on Jun. 27, 2008).


Summary of employees, payroll amounts and averages, and establishments: 2000-2006

Establishments by employment-size class: 2000-2006

Number of establishments with employees: 2000-2006

Number of establishments by industry: 2000-2006

Number of employees by industry: 2000-2006


Employees, payroll amounts and payroll averages, and establishments: 1988-2006

Employees, payroll, and establishments by industry: 2000-2006


Employees, payroll amounts and payroll averages, and establishments: 2000-2006

See under Jun. 27, 2008 listing.

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NGOs and Other Countries:

International Monetary Fund Country Reports: The latest Country Reports (.pdf format) span the time period from Jun. 25-Jul. 1, 2008 (No. 08/195-08/201).


Eurostat Periodicals:

A. Statistics in Focus. The latest issues (8/61-8/62, 8/64 .pdf format) are now available at the SIF website:,1136118&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL

B. Data in Focus: The latest issues (26/08 .pdf format) are now available on the DIF website:,62992791&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL


Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Report: "Economic survey of Portugal 2008" (June 2008). For more information, including ordering information, see:,3343,en_2649_201185_40857491_1_1_1_1,00.html

Related Issue Brief (June 2008, .pdf format, 12p.).



Bureau of Statistics Report: "Natural Resource Management on Australian Farms, 2006-07" (June 2008, .pdf format, 37p., with data cubes in Microsoft Excel and .zip compressed Microsoft Excel format).

Click on the "Details" tab at the top of the page for link to full text.



Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística (IBGE) Press Release: "Only 0.5% of the companies in the country concentrate 60% of all industrial production" (Jun. 25, 2008). The release links to a survey report (Pesquisa Industrial - Empresa 2006, .pdf and .zip compressed tables, in Portuguese).



Statistics Canada/Statistique Canada Periodical, Reports:

A. Perspectives on Labour and Income (Vol. 9, No. 6, June 2008, 24p.).

B. "Canadian Economic Accounts Quarterly Review: 1st Quarter 2008" (June 2008, .pdf format, 67p.).

Click on "Full content in PDF" on the lower left side of the page.

C. "Preliminary Estimates of Principal Field Crops Areas, Canada" (June 2008, .pdf format, 20p.).

D. "Canadian Industry's Expenditures to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions," by Jeff Fritzsche (Environment Accounts and Statistics Technical Paper Series, June 2008, .pdf format, 19p.).

E. "Consumer Prices: The Year 2007 in Review," by Alan Chaffe (Analysis in Brief, June 2008, .pdf format, 13p.).



Statistics Denmark Focus Report: "Trade in patents and other IP-rights" (June 2008).



Central Statistical Office Report: "Economy and Society: January-April 2008 (June 2008, .pdf format, 45p.).



Statistics Iceland Report: "Financial accounts of enterprises 2005-2006" (June 2008, .pdf format, 34p.). The report is in Icelandic, with an English summary. Table headings are in Icelandic and English.



Central Statistics Office/An Phriomh-Oifig Staidrimh Reports:

A. "Community Innovation Survey 2004-2006--First Findings" (Statistical Release, June 2008, .pdf format, 8p.).

B. "Report on Response Burden placed on Irish Business by CSO inquiries, 2007" (June 2008, .pdf format, 32p.).

C. "National Income and Expenditure: Annual Results for 2007" (June 2008, .pdf format, 14p.).



Statistics Department Report: "Production of Commodities: 2007" (June 2008, 138p.). The report is in Lithuanian and English. Commodity names in the tables are in Lithuanian only.



Statistics Netherlands Web Magazine Articles:

A. "Food prices still rising strongly," by Herbert van Willenswaard (Jun. 26, 2008).

B. "Hefty increase in sales of biofuels," by Reinoud Segers (Jun. 26, 2008).



Statistics Norway News Releases: Relevant economic news releases from Statistics Norway for Jun. 25-Jul. 1, 2008 are available at:


Palestinian National Authority:

Central Bureau of Statistics Press Release: "The Household Expenditure and Consumption Survey (PECS) -2007: Press Conference on the Main Findings (January 15, 2007 - January 14, 2008)" (Jun. 26, 2008, .pdf format, 33p.).



Central Statistical Office Reports, Periodical:

A. "Prices in the National Economy in 2007" (June 2008, .pdf and .zip compressed .pdf format, 300p.). The report is in Polish and English.

B. "Demand for labour in 2007" (June 2008, .pdf and Microsoft Excel and .zip compressed .pdf and Microsoft Excel format, 52p.).

C. Quarterly Of International Statistics (No. 2, 2008, June 2008, .pdf and .zip compressed .pdf format, 112p.).



Scottish Government Statistics Report: "Annual Population Survey in Scotland 2007: A Compendium of Labour Market Statistics" (June 2008, .pdf format, 61p., with tables in Microsoft Excel format).


Sierra Leone:

Statistics Sierra Leone Census 2004 Analytical Report: "Employment and Labour Force" (November 2006, .pdf format, 89p.).



Ministry of Manpower Report, Compendium:

A. "Report on Wages in Singapore 2007" (June 2008, .pdf format, 73p. with tables in Microsoft Excel format).

B. Singapore Yearbook of Manpower Statistics 2008 (June 2008, .pdf format, 144p., with tables in Microsoft Excel format).



Statistical Office News Releases:

A. "Milk and milk products, Slovenia, 2007," by Ales Stele (Jun. 30, 2008).

B. "Price index of dwellings, Slovenia, 2007," by Branko Pavlin (Jun. 30, 2008).

C. "Earnings (by Structure of earnings survey), Slovenia, 2006 - PROVISIONAL DATA," by Miran Zavbi (Jun. 30, 2008).


South Africa:

Statistics South Africa Reports:

A. "Financial Census of Municipalities, June 2007" (June 2008, .pdf format, 30p.).

B. "Financial statistics of national government, 2006/2007" (June 2008, .pdf format, 34p.).



National Statistical Institute Report: "Industrial Products Survey: 2007" (June 2008, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format).



1. Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs Report: "Income tax statistics and distributions" (June 2008, .pdf format).

2. Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology Report: "International migration of scientists and engineers," (No. 309, June 2008, .pdf format, 4p.).

3. Department for Work and Pensions Report: "The Abstract of Statistics for Benefits, National Insurance Contributions, and Indices of Prices and Earnings" (2008, .pdf format, 91p.).

4. National Statistics Office First Release: "Increase in income inequality The effects of taxes and benefits on household income 2006/07" (June 2008, .pdf format, 4p.).



Welsh Assembly Government/Llywodraeth Cynulliad Cymru Report: "Farming Facts and Figures, 2008" (June 2008, .pdf format, 6p.).

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American Enterprise Institute Periodical Article: "The Fed's Dilemma," by John H. Makin (Economic Outlook, July 2008, .pdf and HTML format, 6p.).


Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis (Missouri) Periodical: International Economic Trends: Annual Edition (June 2008, .pdf format, 70p.).

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Federal Reserve Banks:

Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta [Georgia]: "Exchange Rates and Fundamentals: A Generalization," by James M. Nason and John H. Rogers (Working Paper 2008-16, June 2008, .pdf format, 40p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston [Massachusetts]:

A. "The Value of Risk: Measuring the Service Output of U.S. Commercial Banks," by Susanto Basu, Robert Inklaar, and J. Christina Wang (Working Paper 08-4, May 2008, .pdf format, 36p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

B. Federal Reserve Bank of Boston [Massachusetts]: "Public-Private Partnerships, Cooperative Agreements, and the Production of Public Services in Small and Rural Municipalities," by Robert D. Mohr, Steven Deller, and John Halstead (New England Public Policy Center Working Paper No. 08-4, June 2008, .pdf format, 39p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis [Minnesota]: "Accounting for Private Information," by Laurence Ales and Pricila Maziero (Working Paper 663, June 2008, .pdf and PostScript format, 63p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis [Missouri]:

A. "A Macroeconomic Analysis of Obesity," by Pere Gomis-Porqueras, and Adrian Peralta-Alva (Working Paper 2008-017A, June 2008,. pdf format, 31p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

B. "Institutions and Government Growth: A Comparison of the 1890s and the 1930s," by Thomas A. Garrett, and Russell M. Rhine (Working Paper 2008-020A, June 2008, .pdf format, 22p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

C. "Institutional Causes of Macroeconomic Volatility," by Levon Barseghyan, and Riccardo DiCecio (Working Paper 2008-021A, June 2008, .pdf format, 38p.). 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 Jun. 22-Jun. 28, 2008:

New papers are: 14120-14153


John F. Kennedy School of Government [Harvard University]: "Investable Tax Credits: The Case of the Low Income Housing Tax Credit," by Mihir Desai, Dhammika Dharmapala and Monica Singhal (Working Paper No. RWP08-035, June 2008, .pdf format, 43p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


International Monetary Fund: IMF has added the following working papers. The papers are Nos. 08/153-08/156, 08/158.


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

New papers are: 4655-4658.


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

The new working papers are: 3560-3574.


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 2337-2341.


Luxembourg Wealth Study: "How Inheritances Relate to Wealth Distribution? Theoretical Reasoning and Empirical Evidence on the Basis of LWS Data," by Pirmin Fessler, Peter Mooslechner, Martin Schürz (Working Paper No. 6, June 2008, .pdf format, 28p.).


The aim of this paper is to study the analytical scope for cross-country comparisons of inheritances based on Luxembourg Wealth Study (LWS) data. In the first part of the paper, we review in a selective way the existing literature on inheritances and bequests. In the second part, we focus on cross country data issues and survey designs. In the third part, we show stylized results on inheritances in different countries, based on LWS data. These data reveal a rather similar picture: beneficiaries tend to have better education, higher income and own more wealth. In the last part of the paper, conclusions for data improvements in the future will be drawn.


Asian Development Bank: "Accounting for Inequality in India: Evidence from Household Expenditures," by J. Salcedo Cain, Rana Hasan, Rhoda Magsombol, and Ajay Tandon (ERD Working Paper No. 117, June 2008, .pdf format, 28p.).


The paper utilizes consumption expenditure data from India’s National Sample Survey to shed light on the evolution of inequality between 1983 and 2004. Various measures of inequality show that inequality levels were relatively stable between 1983 and 1993, but increased between 1993 and 2004. However, the increases in inequality have not precluded reductions in poverty. They are also more of urban phenomena and can be accounted for by increased labor market returns to college education, especially among professional, technical, and managerial occupations. These findings are consistent with the importance of services, especially modern services, in driving economic growth in India. They also suggest that for the benefits of growth to be spread wider, greater dynamism in Indian agriculture and manufacturing will be essential.


European Central Bank. ECB has added the following working papers and an occasional paper. The working papers are Nos. 904-915.

Occasional Paper No. 89.


Banco Central De Chile/Central Bank of Chile: "Deposit Insurance, Moral Hazard and the Risk of Runs," by Nancy Silva (Working Paper No. 474, June 2008, .pdf format, 42p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


Danmarks National Bank: "Fiscal shocks and real rigidities," by Francesco Furlanetto and Martin Seneca (WP 55/2008, June 2008, .pdf format, 40p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:!opendocument


Bank of Finland/Finlands Bank: "Estimating open economy Phillips curves for the euro area with directly measured expectations," by Maritta Paloviita (16/2008, June 2008, .pdf format, 37p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


State Bank of Pakistan: "Monetary Targeting in Pakistan: A Skeptical Note," by Muhammad Omer and Omar Farooq Saqib (Working Paper No. 25, June 2008, .pdf format, 21p.).


The objective of this study is to evaluate monetary targeting strategy in Pakistan by testing the Quantity Theory of Money and the income velocity of money stated by Monetarists and the endogenous money hypothesis postulated by the Post Keynesians. Our tests on the Pakistani data covering about thirty years reveal that the quantity theory is an inadequate explanation of inflation, income velocity of money is unstable, and money is endogenous. These results suggest rethinking on monetary targeting strategy in Pakistan.


Banco De Espana: "Does immigration affect the Phillips curve? Some evidence for Spain," by Samuel Bentolila, Juan J. Dolado and Juan F. Jimeno (Working Paper 0814, June 2008, .pdf format, 51p.).


The Phillips curve has flattened in Spain over 1995-2006: unemployment has fallen by 15 percentage points, with roughly constant inflation. This change has been more pronounced than elsewhere. We argue that this stems from the immigration boom in Spain over this period. We show that the New Keynesian Phillips curve is shifted by immigration if natives' and immigrants' labor supply or bargaining power differ. Estimation of the curve for Spain indicates that the fall in unemployment since 1995 would have led to an annual increase in inflation of 2.5 percentage points if it had not been largely offset by immigration.


New Economic Papers (NEP)-ALL. The latest list of New Economic Papers (Jun 21, 2008).

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JOURNAL TABLES OF CONTENTS (check your library for availability):

Journal of Econometrics (Vol. 144, No. 2, June 2008).

Journal of Economic Literature (Vol. 46, No. 2, June 2008). Note: Full text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for availability of this database and issue.

Journal of Human Resources (Vol. 43, No. 2, Spring 2008). Note: Full text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for availability of this database and issue.

Journal of Labor Economics (Vol. 26, No. 3, July 2008).

Journal of Political Economy (Vol. 116, No. 3, June 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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Chronicle of Higher Education:

Economic positions has been updated through Jul. 1, 2008.


American Economics Association: Job Openings for Economists (June 2008).

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US House Committee on Science and Technology Hearing Testimony: "American Decline or Renewal? (Part 2): The Past and Future of Skilled Work," a hearing held June 24, 2008.

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US Census Bureau: "County Business Patterns: 2006," (June 2008, zipped comma-delimited format).


Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis (Missouri): ArchivaL Federal Reserve Economic Data (ALFRED) has announced "Vintage data added for 5 series on the New Residential Construction release." (June 2008).



Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research: ICPSR at he University of Michigan released several new datasets as of June 30, 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:

New and updated data:

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


Statistics Canada/Statistique Canada:

A. "Canada Food Stats" (June 2008, self decompressing extractor format).

B. "Extraction System of Agricultural Statistics (ESAS)" (June 2008 update, Web based extraction system, licence agreement must be accepted before access to data is provided.


Luxembourg Income Study: LIS has recently released new data for the United Kingdom (Wave IV, 2004).

Data access:

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