Current Social Science Research Report--Economics #72, July 15, 2008.

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1. Bureau of Labor Statistics Periodicals:

A. Employment and Earnings (Vol. 55, No. 4, June 2008, .pdf format, 238p.).

B. Occupational Outlook Quarterly (Vol. 52, No. 2, Summer 2008).

This is a temporary address. When the next OOQ is released, this one, along with all others back to 1999, will be available at:

2. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service Reports:

A. "Profile of Hired Farmworkers, A 2008 Update," by William Kandel (Economic Research Report No. ERR-60, July 2008, .pdf format, 59p.).

B. "The Environment for Agricultural and Agribusiness Investment in India," by Maurice Landes (Economic Information Bulletin No. EIB-37, July 2008, .pdf format, 43p.).

C. "Longer Run Earnings and Food Stamp Participation," by Sam Elkin and Lesley Turner (Contractor and Cooperator Report No. (CCR-46), July 2008, .pdf format, 85p.).

3. US Government Economic Releases from the National Bureau of Economic Research: Links to releases for Jul. 9-15, 2008 are available at the site.

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US States:


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

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


State Demographic Center Report: "Minnesota Housing Prices, 2006-2007," by Martha McMurry (July 2008, .pdf format, 19p.).


Department of Job and Family Services Report: "2008 Ohio Economic Analysis: Changing Course" (July 2008, .pdf format, 39p.).

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NGOs and Other Countries:

European Community:

Eurostat Report, Periodicals:

A. "European Price Statistics - An overview: 2008 Edition," edited by Gunter Schäfer (July 2008, .pdf format, 114p.).,46587259&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL&p_product_code=KS-70-07-038

B. Statistics in Focus. The latest issues (8/69, 8/71 .pdf format) are now available at the SIF website:,1136118&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL

C. Data in Focus: The latest issues (28/08 .pdf format) are now available on the DIF website:,62992791&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL


International Monetary Fund Country Reports: The latest Country Reports (.pdf format) span the time period from Jul. 9-Jul. 15, 2008 (No. 08/222-08/229).



Statistics Austria Report, News Release:

A. "Tourism in Austria: 2007" (July 2008, .pdf format, 290p.). The report is in German and English.

B. "Economic Growth 2007 again triggered by exports" (Jul. 11, 2008). The news release links to several topical tables (HTML, .pdf, and Microsoft Excel format).



Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística (IBGE) Press Release: "In June, IBGE estimates harvest of 143.6 million metric tons for 2008" (Jul. 8, 2008). The press release links to "Systematic Survey of Agricultural Production" (.pdf format, 9p., in Portuguese).



National Statistical Institute Tables:

A. "Publishing Activity In 2007" (Jul. 11, 2008).

B. "Harmonized Index Of Consumer Prices Series By Months, January 1997 - June 2008" (2005=100) (Jul. 14, 2008).



Statistics Canada/Statistique Canada Reports:

A. "Capital Intensity in Canada and the United States, 1987 to 2003," by John R. Baldwin, Anthony Fisher, Wulong Gu, Frank C. Lee and Benoît Robidoux (July 2008, .pdf format, 55p.).

B. "Immigrants Working with Co-ethnics: Who Are They and How Do They Fare Economically?" by Feng Hou (July 2008, .pdf format, 39p.).

C. "Public Sector Statistics: Financial Management System 2007/2008" (July 2008, .pdf format, 185p.).



Statistics Denmark Report: "Cash benefits under the Social Assistance Act: 2007" (July 2008).



Statistics Finland News Releases:

A. "Two-way development in family farm incomes in the 2000s" (Jul. 9, 2008).

B. "Tax ratio declined in 2007 despite rapid growth in tax accrual" (Jul. 10, 2008).

C. "Growth in financial assets of households slowed down last year" (Jul. 10, 2008).

D. "Gross domestic product grew by 4.5 per cent in 2007" (Jul. 10, 2008).

E. "Fixed capital stock grew to EUR 460 billion in 2007" (Jul. 10, 2008).



Statistics Iceland Report, News Release:

A. "Catch, value and processing of catch 2007" (July 2008, .pdf format, 51p.). The report is in Icelandic, with an English summary. Tables are in Icelandic and English.

B. "Use of computers and the Internet by households and individuals in Iceland 2008" (Jul. 14, 2008).



Central Statistics Office/An Phriomh-Oifig Staidrimh Report: " 2006 Census of Building and Construction" (July 2008, .pdf format, 11p.).



Statistical Office News Releases:

A. "Balance of oil by months, 2006" (Jul. 15, 2008, .pdf format, 19p.). The news release is in Macedonian and English.

B. "Balance of heat by months, 2006" (Jul. 15, 2008, .pdf format, 6p.). The news release is in Macedonian and English.

C. "Energy balances, 2006" (Jul. 15, 2008 .pdf format, 12p.). The news release is in Macedonian and English.

D. "Balance of coal by months, 2006" (Jul. 15, 2008 .pdf format, 7p.). The news release is in Macedonian and English.

E. "Renewable energy by months, 2006" (Jul. 15, 2008 .pdf format, 8p.). The news release is in Macedonian and English.



Statistics Netherlands Web Magazine Articles:

A. "Cutback in government spending on media" (Jul. 10, 2008).

B. "More entrepreneurs in the Netherlands," by Andries Kuipers and Marcel van Wijk (Jul. 10, 2008).

C. "Surplus of 2.3 billion euro for municipalities" (Jul. 15, 2008).

D. "Tourist spending up sharply," by Rob van der Holst, Eefje Lammers and Albert Pieters (Jul. 15, 2008).



Statistics Norway News Releases:

A. "Church accounts statistics, 2007" (Jul. 9, 2008).

B. "Operating survey for vessels in foreign going trade, 2006" (Jul. 11, 2008).

C. "Gender representation in public limited companies" (Jul. 11, 2008).

D. "Survey of living conditions 2007. Housing conditions" (Jul. 15, 2008).



Ministry of National Economy Periodical: Monthly Statistical Bulletin June 2008 (July 2008, .pdf format). The periodical is in English and Arabic.


Palestinian National Authority News Release: "The Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) and Palestinian Monetary Authority (PMA) announce a press release about the preliminary results of the Palestinian Balance of Payments - 2006 (Jul. 10, 2008, .pdf format, 2p.).



National Institute of Statistics Periodicals:

A. Monthly Statistical Bulletin: No 5. 2008 (July 2008, .pdf format, 199p.). The periodical is in Romanian and English.

B. Industry Statistical Bulletin: No. 5: 2008 (July 2008, .pdf format, 87p.). The periodical is in Romanian and English.

Click on the title page icon under the title(s) of your choice for link to full text.



Department of Statistics Report: "Singapore's Investment Abroad: 2006" (July 2008, .pdf format, 36p.).



Statistical Office News Releases:

A. "Household Budget Survey, Slovenia, 2006," by Bernarda Hribar (Jul. 10, 2008).

B. "Some indicators of development of electronic communication services, Slovenia, 2005, 2006, 2007," by Vida Lipovsek (Jul. 14, 2008).

C. "Annual data on production and sold production of industrial products and services, Slovenia, 2007, provisional data," by Spela Kastelic (Jun. 14, 2008).



Federal Statistical Office Report: "Science and technology (S&T) indicators in Switzerland" (July 2008, .pdf format, 12p.).



1. Her Majesty's Treasury Report: "Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses (PESA) National Statistics release: 2008" (July 2008, .pdf format).

2. National Statistics Office Reports, Periodicals, First Release, Article:

A. "Monthly Review of External Trade Statistics May 2008" (July 2008, .pdf format, 66p.).

B. "PRODCOM (manufactured PRODucts of the European COMmunity) annual 2007: Provisional Results" (July 2008, .zip compressed Microsoft Excel format).

C. Economic & Labor Market Review (Vol. 2, No. 7, July 2008, .pdf format, 74p.).

D. "Civil Service Statistics: September 2007" (July 2008, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format, 24p.).

E. "Travel to Work Areas (TTWAs)" (July 2008, .pdf or Microsoft Excel format).

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Urban Institute/Brookings Institution Tax Policy Institute Report: "The Individual Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT): 12 Facts and Projections," by Leonard E. Burman, Julianna Koch, Greg Leiserson, and Jeff Rohaly (July 2008, .pdf format, 3p.).


Center on Budget and Policy Priorities Reports:

A. "A Balanced Approach to Restoring Fiscal Responsibility," by Henry Aaron, Richard Kogan, Nancy Altman, Jack Lew, Kenneth Apfel, Marilyn Moon, James Blum, Van Doorn Ooms, J. Bradford DeLong, Uwe Reinhardt, Peter Diamond, Charles Schultze, Robert Greenstein, Robert Solow, James Horney, and Paul Van de Water (July 2008, .pdf format, 14p.).

B. "Economic Data Can Be Used to Target State Fiscal Relief Effectively," by Iris J. Lav, Jason Levitis, and Elizabeth McNichol (July 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 12p.).

More information on CBPP:


Economic Policy Institute Briefing Paper: "Prevailing wages and government contracting costs: A review of the research," by Nooshin Mahalia (EPI Briefing Paper No. 215, July 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 18p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

More information about EPI:

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Levy Economic Institute of Bard College [Annandale-on-Hudson, NY]:

A. "Peering Over the Edge of the Short Period? The Keynesian Roots of Stock-flow Consistent Macroeconomic Models," by Claudio H. Dos Santos (Working Paper No. 537, July 2008, .pdf format, 33p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

Levy Institute (Bard College) [Annandale-on-Hudson, NY]:

B. "The Buffett Plan for Reducing the Trade Deficit," by Dimitri B. Papadimitriou, Greg Hannsgen, and Gennaro Zezza (Working Paper No. 538, July 2008, .pdf format, 39p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


College of Business and Economics [Australian National University]: "Competition Policy, Corporate Saving and China's Current Account Surplus," by Rod Tyers (Working Paper No. 496, July 2008, .pdf format, 51p.).


China’s industrial reforms have left many key industries dominated by single or small numbers of firms, most of which remain state owned. Until recently, these firms have not been required to pay dividends to the state and the recent surge in China’s growth has made them very profitable, with their economic profits adding 20% of GDP to corporate saving. This bolsters the overall saving-investment gap and hence China’s controversial current account surplus. In other countries, oligopolistic industries tend to be taxed more heavily and they are commonly subjected to price regulation. This study offers an economy-wide analysis of approaches to oligopoly rents in China. The results suggest that, while policy changes targeting national saving, including increased corporate taxation, expansionary fiscal policy and SOE privatisation all help to control the external imbalance, they tend also to turn demand inward, inducing higher oligopoly rents and slower growth. Competition policy, embodying both price cap regulation and free entry, proves more effective both in controlling the external imbalance and in fostering continued growth.


International Monetary Fund: IMF has added the following working papers. The papers are Nos. 08/166-08/172.


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

New papers are: 4663-4669.


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

The new working papers are: 3585-3590


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 2348-2352.


Bank of Estonia/Eesti Pank: "Estimates Of Employment And Welfare Effects Of Labour Income Taxation In A Flat-Tax Country: The Case Of Estonia," by Karsten Staehr (Working Papers of Eesti Pank No. 3/2008, July 2008, .pdf format, 48p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


Banque De France: "Portfolio and financing adjustments for U.S.Banks: some empirical evidence," by Robert Krainer (Working Paper No. 217, July 2008, .pdf format, 48p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


Bank of Korea: "Changes in Financial Environment and the Stability of Korean Banks," by Jong-Ku Kang (EP Vol.11, No.1, .pdf format, 44p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey: "On Roots of Housing Bubbles," by Erdem Basçi and Ismail Saglam (Working Paper No. 08/03, July 2008, .pdf format, 7p.).


This paper is about instability of equilibrium real rents in a pure exchange economy. Our main result hinges upon a low degree of substitutability between housing services and other commodities together with a low share of owner-occupied houses. We argue that regions or economies with a low share of owner-occupied houses are more prone to housing bubbles that are driven by locally unstable rent dynamics.


New Economic Papers (NEP)-ALL. The latest list of New Economic Papers (Jul. 5, 2008).


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

The new working papers are authored by

Mittelhammer and Judge

Bangsund, DeVoyst, and Leistritz

McIntosh, Bolotova, Patterson, and Muthusamy

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

Canadian Journal of Economics/Revue canadienne d'onomique (Vol. 41, No. 3, August 2008). Note: Full text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for availability of this database and issue.

IMF Staff Papers (Vol. 55, No. 2, July 2008).

Journal of Industrial Economics (Vol. 56, No. 2, June 2008).

Journal of Monetary Economics (Vol. 55, No. 4, June 2008).

Management Science (Vol. 54, No. 7, July 2008).

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Chronicle of Higher Education:

Economic positions has been updated through Jul. 15, 2008.

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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:

For new data or new editions of new data in the last month:

and pick "1 month" for either.

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