Current Social Science Research Report--Economics #74, July 29, 2008.

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1. Congressional Budget Office Letter: "CBO's Estimate of Cost of the Administration's Proposal to Authorize Federal Financial Assistance for the Government-Sponsored Enterprises for Housing" (Jul. 22, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 8p.).

2. Congressional Research Service Reports:

A. "Fannie Mae's and Freddie Mac's Financial Problems: Frequently Asked Questions," by N. Eric Weiss (RS22916, July 2008, .pdf format, 6p.).

B. "The Future Role of U.S. Trade Policy: An Overview," by Wayne M. Morrison and William H. Cooper (RS22914, July 2008, .pdf format, 6p.).

C. "Emergency Unemployment Compensation," by Julie M. Whittaker (RS22915, July 2008, .pdf format, 5p.).

3. Commodity Futures Trading Commission Report: "Interim Report on Crude Oil" (Interagency Task Force on Commodity Markets, July 2008, .pdf format, 39p.). The report is linked to from a CFTC news release: "Interagency Task Force on Commodity Markets Releases Interim Report on Crude Oil" (Jul. 22, 2008).

4. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Report: "Fisheries of the United States - 2007" (July 2008, .pdf format, 103p.).

5. Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight Report: "Mortgage Markets and the Enterprises in 2007" (July 2008, .pdf format, 100p.).

6. Government Accountability Office Reports:

A. "Bankruptcy Reform: Dollar Costs Associated with the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005" (GAO-08-697, June 2008, .pdf format, 48p.).

B. "Tax Compliance: Businesses Owe Billions in Federal Payroll Taxes" (GAO-08-617, July 2008, .pdf format, 70p.).

7. US Government Economic Releases from the National Bureau of Economic Research: Links to releases for Jul. 23-29, 2008 are available at the site.

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US States:


State Data Center Reports:

A. "Consolidated Federal Funds Report (CFFR) 1983-2006" (July 2008, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format).

B. "Household Median and Mean Income Estimate for Jurisdictions in Maryland 1989- 2007" (July 2008, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format).

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NGOs and Other Countries:

European Community:

Eurostat Periodical: Statistics in Focus: The latest issues (8/71, 8/73 .pdf format) are now available at the SIF website:,1136118&_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. 08/230-08/254).



Statistics Canada/Statistique Canada 2006 Census Topic Based Tabulations, Periodical, Reports, The Daily Article:

A.2006 Census Topic Based Tabulations: A list of newly available tabulations (some free, some fee based, is available at:

B. Perspectives on Labour and Income (July 2008, HTML and .pdf format).

C. "Are Canada's Large Farms Really Different?" by David Sparling and Pamela Laughland (July 2008, .pdf format, 9p.).

D. "Canadian Agriculture at a Glance: 2006 Census of Agriculture" (July 2008, HTML and .pdf format). The latest article is: "Fork in the road: Canadian agriculture and food on the move," by Minh Ngo and Erik Dorff.

E. "Employment Insurance Coverage Survey" (The Daily, Jul. 24, 2008).



Federal Statistics Office STATmagazin Article: "Foreign trade with the People's Republic of China: high-quality technical products in high demand," by Silke Gehle (Jul. 25, 2008).,templateId=renderPrint.psml__nnn=true



Central Statistical Office Periodical: Economy And Society, January-May 2008 (July 2008, .pdf format, 45p.).



Department of Statistics Reports:

A. "Monthly evolution of consumer price indices in 1991-2008 (to December previous year)" (July 2008, .pdf format, 2p.).

B. "Monthly evolution of consumer price indices in 1991-2008 (to previous month)" (July 2008, .pdf format, 2p.).

C. "Monthly evolution of consumer price indices in 1994-2008 (December 1993 = 100)" (July 2008, .pdf format, 2p.).



Statistics Netherlands Web Magazine Articles:

A. "Foreign companies pay better salaries than Dutch companies," by Hub Beunen (Jul. 24, 2008).

B. "Non-residential building sector booming," by Leslie Nootenboom and Maaike Zieleman (Jul. 24, 2008).

C. "Quoted companies pay out 20 billion euro in first six months of 2008" (Jul. 29, 2008).

D. "Private sector invests 1.7 billion euro in vocational education," by Chie-Yong Lai (Jul. 29, 2008).



Statistics Norway Report: "Taxing energy - why and how? The present policies across western countries" (July 2008, .pdf format, 38p.).



Central Statistical Office Periodical, Report:

A. Statistical Bulletin (No. 6, 2008, July 2008, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format [.zip compressed and uncompressed], 225p.). The periodical is in Polish and English.

B. "Energy efficiency in Poland in years 1996-2006" (July 208, .pdf and .zip compressed .pdf format, 53p.). The report is in Polish and English.



Ministry of Manpower Report: "Singapore Yearbook of Manpower Statistics" (June 2008, .pdf format, with tables in Microsoft Excel format).



Statistical Office News Releases:

A. "Exports and imports of goods, detailed data, Slovenia, 2007--final data" (Jul. 25, 2008).

B. "Performance of enterprises by activity and turnover size classes, Slovenia, 1995-2006" (Jul. 24, 2008).



Federal Statistical Office Report: "Labour market indicators for 2008: Comments on findings for the period 2002-2008" (July 2008, .pdf format, 19p.).



Department for Transport Report: "Road Statistics 2007: Traffic, Speeds and Congestion" (July 2008, .pdf format, 73p., with tables in Microsoft Excel format).



Welsh Assembly Government/Llywodraeth Cynulliad Cymru Report: "State of the Environment, 2008" (July 2008, .pdf format, 30p.).

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American Enterprise Institute Periodicals:

A. Development Policy Outlook (No. 2, July 2008). The topic of this issue is: "What Does China's Growth Portend for Latin America?" by Megan Davy (HTML and .pdf format, 6p.).

B. Health Policy Outlook (No. 6, July 2008). The topic of this issue is: "As Arizona Goes, So Goes the Nation: How Medicaid Ruins the States' Fiscal Health," by Michael S. Greve and Philip Wallach (HTML and .pdf format, 8p.).


Brookings Institution Report: "Mountain Megas: America's Newest Metropolitan Places and a Federal Partnership to Help Them Prosper," by Robert E. Lang, Andrea Sarzynski, and Mark Muro (July 2008, .pdf format, 64p., with selected metropolitan profiles (.pdf format).


Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Article: "Global cost estimates of reducing carbon emissions through avoided deforestation," by Georg Kindermann, Michael Obersteiner, Brent Sohngen, Jayant Sathaye, Kenneth Andrasko, Ewald Rametsteiner, Bernhard Schlamadinger, Sven Wunder, and Robert Beach (Vol. 105, No. 30, Jul. 29, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, p. 10302-10307). This article is available free of charge.

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Federal Reserve Banks:

Federal Reserve Bank of New York (New York): FRBNY has added several Staff Papers: the new papers are Nos. 332-337.

Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis (Missouri):

A. ""Endogenous Productivity and Multiple Steady States," by Levon Barseghyan, and Riccardo DiCecio (WP 2008-023A, June 2008, .pdf format, 33p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

B. "The Loan Structure and Housing Tenure Decisions in an Equilibrium Model of Mortgage Choice," by Matthew Chambers, Carlos Garriga, and Don Schlagenhauf (WP 2008-024A, June 2008, .pdf format, 39p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


Urban Institute: "Will Employers Want Aging Boomers?" by Gordon Mermin, Richard W. Johnson, and Eric Toder (Discussion Paper 08-04, July 2008, .pdf format, 71p.). 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 Jul. 13-19, 2008:

New issues are: 14192-14201


International Monetary Fund: IMF has added the following working papers. The papers are Nos. 08/173-08/189.


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

New papers are: 4674-4682.


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

The new working papers are: 3506-3610.


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 2353-2356.


Bank for International Settlements: BIS has recently added new working papers. They are nos. 255-257.


New Economic Papers (NEP)-ALL. The latest list of New Economic Papers (Jul. 20, 2008).

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

Games and Economic Behavior (Vol. 63, No. 2, July 2008).

Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization (Vol. 67, No. 2, August 2008).

Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control (Vol. 32, No. 8, August 2008).

Review of Economics and Statistics (Vol. 90, No. 3, August 2008). Note: 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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Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Junior Faculty Fellowship and Entrepeneurship Research: "The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is pleased to announce the Kauffman Junior Faculty Fellowship in Entrepreneurship Research. This annual program recognizes junior faculty who are beginning to establish a record of scholarship and exhibit the potential to make significant contributions to the body of research in the field of Entrepreneurship. The Kauffman Foundation will award up to five fellowships to junior faculty members from universities across the United States. Each Fellow's university will receive a grant of $50,000 over two years to support the research activities of the Fellow. This program will help launch a cohort of world-class scholars into this young and exciting field, thus laying a foundation for future scientific advancement. The research produced by these fine scholars will be translated into knowledge with application for policy makers, educators, service providers, and entrepreneurs. This Fellowship is open to tenured or tenure track junior faculty members at accredited U.S. universities who received a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree on or after September 1, 2002." Closing date for nominations is Aug. 11, 2008. For more information see:

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Northwestern University Law School Searle Center on Law, Regulation, and Economic Growth: "Property Rights and Innovation," a conference to be held Nov. 13-14, 2008, in Evanston, Illinois. For more information see:

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Chronicle of Higher Education:

Economic positions has been updated through Jul. 29, 2008.

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Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations Hearing Testimony: "Payroll Tax Abuse: Businesses Owe Billions and What Needs To Be Done About It," a hearing held Jul. 29, 2008 (.pdf format).

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Luxembourg Income Study: "LIS Variable Availability Matrix," (July 2008, Excel format).


US Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service:

A. "Regional Agricultural Profiles System." (July 2008). "The Regional Agricultural Profiles System is a data retrieval, aggregation, and presentation tool for the 2002 Census of Agriculture. The system allows users to query selected variables from the Census and view the results in maps, charts, and tables. The system also allows two common regional aggregations: USDA Farm Production Regions and ERS Farm Resource Regions (get details about these regions). Broad variable categories include basic farm characteristics, agricultural land use, crop and livestock production, sales of farm products, and government payments (see the Data Documentation section for a complete list of variables)."

B. "Season-Average Price Forecasts." (July 2008). "Farmers and policymakers are interested in the level of counter-cyclical payments (CCPs) provided by the 2002 Farm Act to producers of selected commodities. CCPs are based on the season-average price received by farmers. This data product provides three Excel (*.xls) spreadsheet models that use futures prices to forecast the U.S. season-average price received and the implied CCP for three major field crops (corn, soybeans, and wheat). Users can view the model forecasts or create their own forecast by inserting different values for futures prices, basis values, or marketing weights. Example computations and data are provided."


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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US Department of Transportation: "Traffic Volume Trends" (1970-Present, HTML, .pdf, or Microsoft Excel format). "Traffic Volume Trends is a monthly report based on hourly traffic count data reported by the States. These data are collected at approximately 4,000 continuous traffic counting locations nationwide and are used to estimate the percent change in traffic for the current month compared with the same month in the previous year. Estimates are re-adjusted annually to match the vehicle miles of travel from the Highway Performance Monitoring System and are continually updated with additional data."


Policy Archive: Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis provides this site. "PolicyArchive is an innovative, new digital archive of global, non-partisan public policy research. It houses summaries and full texts of public policy research from various think tanks, universities, government agencies, and foundations. It allows research users, policy makers, the media, and the public to quickly access the depth and breadth of research in numerous subject matters. Ultimately, PolicyArchive will indefinitely preserve the life of public policy research, substantially increase its impact, and provide society at large with long-term access to the benefits of that important research."

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