Current Social Science Research Report--Economics #84, October 14, 2008.

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1. Census Bureau Report: "2008 Capital Spending Report: U.S. Capital Spending Patterns, 1999-2006" (October 2008, .pdf format, 20p.). The report is linked to from a Census Bureau news release: "Capital Expenditures Rise 14 Percent to Record High in 2006" (CB08-143, Oct. 7, 2008).

2. Bureau of Labor Statistics Periodical, Report:

A. Monthly Labor Review (Vol. 131, No. 9, September 2008, .pdf format).

Note: this is a temporary address. When the next MLR is released, this one, along with all others back to 1981, will be available at:

B. "How the Business Birth/Death Model Improves Payroll Employment Estimates" (Issues in Labor Statistics, October 2008, .pdf format, 5p.).

3. Congressional Budget Office Report: "Assigning Education Status in CBO's Long-Term Microsimulation Model," by Jonathan A. Schwabish (October 2008, .pdf format, 35p., with charts in .pdf and Microsoft Excel format, 14p.).

4. Energy Information Administration Country Analysis Brief: "South Africa" (October 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 11p.).

5. Social Security Office of Policy Reports:

A. "Earnings and Employment Data for Workers Covered Under Social Security and Medicare, by State and County, 2005" (October 2008, HTML, .pdf, and Microsoft Excel format).

B. "SSI (Supplemental Security Income) Annual Statistical Report, 2007" (October 2008, HTML, .pdf, and Microsoft Excel format).

6. US Government Economic Releases from the National Bureau of Economic Research: Links to releases for Oct. 8-14, 2008 are available at the site.

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US States:


Center for Business and Economic Research at the The University of Alabama and Compass Bank Periodicals:

A. Business Leaders Confidence Index (Quarter 4 2008, October 2008, .pdf format, 4p.).

B. Alabama Business (Fourth Quarter 2008, October 2008, .pdf format, 7p.).


Labor and Workforce Development Periodical: Alaska Economic Trends (October 2008, .pdf format, 19p.). The theme of this issue is: "The Trends 100".


State Data Center Updates: The SDC released the following updates (.pdf and Microsoft Excel format) on Oct. 13, 2008:


Rankings on total, per capita, and type of federal expenditures: 2007

Per capita direct federal expenditures: 2000-2007

Total direct federal expenditures: 2000-2007


Federal expenditures by program: 2000-2007


Rankings on total, per capita, and type of federal expenditures: 2007

Total direct federal expenditures: 2000-2007

See under Oct. 13, 2008 listing.


State Data Center Report: "New Housing Units Authorized For Construction: 2007 Annual Report" (2008, Microsoft Excel format).

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NGOs and Other Countries:

United Nations:

United Nations Yearbook: "The Yearbook of the United Nations is now available for free online." To browse or search the collections of yearbooks (1946-2005, .pdf format) see:


European Central Bank Periodical: Statistics Pocket Book (October 2008, .pdf format, 53p.).


European Community:

Eurostat Periodicals:

A. Statistics in Focus: The latest issues (8/89-8/91) are now available.,49287715&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL&ci=1130657,0

B. Data in Focus: The latest issue (38/08 .pdf format) is now available on the DIF website:,62992791&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL


Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Report: "Economic Survey of Australia 2008" (October 2008). For more information, including ordering information, see:,3343,en_2649_33733_41441891_1_1_1_1,00.html

Related Policy Brief (.pdf format, 12p.).


International Monetary Fund Country Reports The latest Country Reports (.pdf format) span the time period from Oct 8-14, 2008 (No. 08-332--08-333).



Department of Statistics Periodical: Quarterly Bulletin of Statistics (1st Quarter 2008, .pdf format, 7p.).



Central Statistics Office Report: "National Accounts Statsbrief 2007/08 Quarter 4" (October 2008, .pdf format, 39p.).



Statistics Denmark StatBank Denmark Updates:

A. "DETA2007: Retail trade by industry, product group and unit type" (October 2008).

B. "DNDIRA: Yearly stock statistics on direct investments by investment type, balance, item, country and economic activity" (October 2008).

C. "DNDIRB: Danish direct investments abroad, total equity by country and non-resident industry"



Statistics Finland Press Release: "Productivity of local government fell slightly in 2007" (Oct. 10, 2008). The press release links to one topical table.



Federal Statistical Office Indicators, Press Release:

A. "Short-term indicators",templateId=renderPrint.psml

B. "Construction price indices now calculated with new base year 2005" (Oct. 10, 2008). The English release links to a more detailed German release, which includes one topical table.,templateId=renderPrint.psml



Statistics Iceland Report: "Tourism satellite accounts in Iceland 2000-2006" (October 2008, .pdf format 41p.). The report is in Icelandic, with an English summary. Table headings are in Icelandic and English.



Statistics Moldava Tables:

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

B. "Monthly evolution of consumer price indices in 1991-2008 (to previous month)"



Statistics Netherlands: SN has updated its Web Magazine, Economic Monitor, and Press Releases from Oct. 9-14, 2008).



Statistics Norway News Releases: SN has updated its news releases from Oct. 8-14, 2008).



Central Statistical Office Reports:

A. "Poland--macroeconomic indicators II quarter 2008" (October 2008, .pdf format and .zip compressed .pdf format, 103p.). The report is in Polish and English.

B. "Employment, wages and salaries in national economy - 1st half of 2008" (October 2008, pdf format and .zip compressed .pdf format, 66p.).The report is in Polish and English.

C. "Non-financial quarterly accounts by institutional sectors in 2005 - 2007 at current prices" (October 2008, Microsoft Excel format).



National Institute of Statistics Periodicals: Note: for all reports, click on the title page icon under the title for link to full text. All reports are in Romanian and English.

A. Monthly Statistical Bulletin - No.8 (October 2008, .pdf format, 199p.).

B. Prices Statistical Bulletin - No. 8 (October 2008, .pdf format, 71p.).

C. Industry Statistical Bulletin - No. 8 (October 2008, .pdf format, 87p.).



Statistical Office News Releases:

A. "Public waste removal and municipal landfill sites, Slovenia, 2007," by Mojca Zitnik (Oct. 9, 2008).

B. "Waste from production and service activities, Slovenia, 2007," by Aleksander Sever (Oct. 9, 2008).


Statistics South Africa Report: "Manufacturing industry, 2005" (October 2008, .pdf format, 163p.).


Sri Lanka:

Department of Census and Statistics Report: "Sri Lanka Labour Force Survey 2nd Quarter Report 2008" (October 2008, .pdf format, 40p.).



National Statistics Office Report, Periodicals:

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

B. Economic & Labour Market Review (October 2008, .pdf format, 70p.).

C. Financial Statistics, by Natu Somabhai Patel (No. 558 October 2008, .pdf format, 288p.).



Welsh Assembly Government/Llywodraeth Cynulliad Cymru Report: "Local Authority Capital Expenditure, 2007-08" (October 2008, .pdf format, 7p.).

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Population Reference Bureau Articles:

A. "Remittances Grow Along With International Migration," by Eric Zuehlke (October 2008).

B. "Offshoring U.S. Labor Increasing," by Ron Hira (October 2008).

C. "A Demographic Profile of U.S. Workers Around the Clock," by Rogelio Saenz (October 2008).

D. "Most U.S. Workers Still Driving Alone," by Mark Mather (October 2008).


Rand Corporation Report: "Unconventional Fossil-Based Fuels: Economic and Environmental Trade-Offs," by Michael Toman, Aimee E. Curtright, David S. Ortiz, Joel Darmstadter, and Brian Shannon (Rand Technical Report, October 2008, .pdf format, 72p.).


World Economic Forum Report: "The Global Competitiveness Report 2008-2009" (October 2008, .pdf format).

More information about WEF:


World Resources Institute Monograph: World Resources 2008: Roots of Resilience - Growing the Wealth of the Poor (July 2008, .pdf format, 262p.).

More information about WRI:


Organisation for Economic Development and Co-operation Monograph: "The Global Competition for Talent: Mobility of the Highly Skilled" (2008, 165p., ISBN: 978-92-64-04774-7). For more information see:,3343,en_2649_34269_41361685_1_1_1_37417,00.html


European Central Bank Occasional Paper: "Will oil prices decline over the long run?" by Robert Kaufmann, Pavlos Karadeloglou and Filippo di Mauro (No. 98, October 2008, .pdf format, 40p.).

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Federal Reserve Banks:

The latest Federal Reserve Bank Working Papers can be found at:

Federal Reserve Board Finance and Economic Discussion Series:


WP 08-47: "Productivity, Aggregate Demand and Unemployment Fluctuations," by Regis Barnichon

WP 08-48: "The Connection Between House Price Appreciation and Property Tax Revenues," by Byron F. Lutz


District 2:Federal Reserve Bank of New York (New York):


SR 349: "Liquidity and Congestion," by Gara M. Afonso

SR 350: "Housing Busts and Household Mobility," by Fernando Ferreira, Joseph Gyourko, and Joseph Tracy


District 3: Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia (Pennsylvania):


WP 08-24: "Predatory Mortgage Lending," by Philip Bond, David K. Musto, and Bilge Yilmaz

WP 08-25: "Seeing Inside the Black Box: Using Diffusion Index Methodology to Construct Factor Proxies in Large Scale Macroeconomic Time Series Environments," by Armah and Norman R. Swanson


District 6: Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta (Georgia):

NEW: WP 2008-24: "Elimination of Gender-Related Employment Disparities through Statistical Process Control," by Mary E. Graham and Julie L. Hotchkiss


District 8: Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis (Missouri):

NEW: WP 2008-35A: "Macroeconometric Equivalence, Microeconomic Dissonance, and the Design of Monetary Policy," by Andrew T. Levin, J. David López-Salido, Edward Nelson, and Tack Yun


US Census Bureau Center for Economic Studies: CES has recently added a new working paper:

The new paper is: CES-WP-08-36 "Linking Investment Spikes and Productivity Growth: U.S. Food Manufacturing Industry," by Pinar Celikkol Geylani and Spiro Stefanou.


National Bureau of Economic Research: NBER has released the following working papers for the week of Oct. 5-11, 2008.

New papers are: 14391-14401


Syracuse University, Maxwell School, Center for Policy Research: "The Interaction of Metropolitan Area Costs and the Federal Earned Income Tax Credit: One Size Fits All?" by Katie Fitzpatrick and Jeffrey P. Thompson (WP 110, September 2008, .pdf format, 52p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available on the page.


International Monetary Fund: IMF has added the following working papers. The papers are Nos. 08/244-08/246.


Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development: OECD has released working papers for Oct, 14, 2008.,2350,en_2649_201185_1_119684_1_1_1,00.html


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

New papers are: 4750-4751


Luxembourg Income Study: LIS has recently released new working papers. They are numbered: 497-501.

Click on "send" without entering any search parameters.


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

The new working papers are: 3741-3755.


Center for Economic Studies/Ifo Institute for Economic Research (CESifo) [Munich, Bavaria, Germany]: CESifo has recently released a new working paper:

and "Browse Working Paper List" for 2008.

The new paper is numbered 2417-2427.


Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) [University of Essex, Colchester, UK]: "Domestic Supply, Job-Specialisation and Sex-Differences in Pay," by Javier Polavieja (WP 2008-33, October 2008, .pdf format, 33p.).


This paper proposes an explanation of sex-differences in job-allocation and pay. Job allocation calculations are considered to be related to 1) the distribution of housework and 2) the skill-specialization requirements of jobs. Both elements combined generate a particular incentive structure for each sex. Welfare policies and services can, however, lower the risks of skill-depreciation for women as well as increase their intra-household bargaining power, hence reducing the economic pay-offs of "traditional" sphere specialization by sex. The implications of this model for earnings are tested using data from the second round of the European Social Survey. Results seem consistent with the model predictions.


Asian Development Bank: "Remittances and the Brain Drain: Skilled Migrants Do Remit Less!" by Yoko Niimi, Caglar Ozden, and Maurice Schiff (ADB Economics Working Paper Series No. 126, October 2008, .pdf format, 22p.).


It has been argued that the adverse impact of skilled versus unskilled labor migration can be mitigated or even offset by the fact that skilled migrants remit more than unskilled ones. This paper contributes to the much debated and so far unresolved related issue of whether remittances actually increase with migrants’ level of education. The determinants of remittances considered include migration levels and rates; migrants’ education level; and source countries’ income, financial sector development, and expected growth rate. The estimation takes potential endogeneity into account, an issue not considered in the few existing studies on this topic. Our main finding is that remittances decrease for migrants with tertiary education. This provides an additional reason for source countries to prefer unskilled to skilled labor migration. Moreover, as predicted by our model, remittances increase with source countries’ level and rate of migration, financial sector development and population, and decrease in per capita income and expected growth rate.


New Economic Papers (NEP)-ALL. The latest list of New Economic Papers (Oct. 7, 2008).

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

Annals of Statistics (Vol. 36, No. 5, October 2008).

Economic Journal (Vol. 118, No. 533, November 2008).

Economica (Vol. 75, No. 300, November 2008).

Industrial Relations Journal (Vol. 39, No. 6, November 2008).

Journal of Urban Economics (Vol. 64, No. 3, November 2008).

Management Science (Vol. 54, No. 10, October 2008).

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US Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service: "Food Assistance and Nutrition Programs: FANRP-Sponsored Conferences." "FY 2009 Food Assistance and Nutrition Research Conference--Each year, ERS sponsors a roundtable discussion to identify important and emerging research issues related to domestic food assistance and nutrition programs administered by USDA and to present recently completed research. The FY 2009 conference--Emerging Issues and Recent Findings--will be held on Thursday, December 4, 2008, in the Frederick Waugh Auditorium at ERS headquarters in Washington, DC. Attendance is free but registration is required due to limited space. Information on registration and a conference agenda will be available soon." For more information see:


GESIS: German Social Science Infrastructure Services Call for Papers: "European Labour Force Survey (EU-LFS) and European Union Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (EU-SILC): European User Conference," to be held in Mannheim, Germany, Mar. 5-6, 2009, .pdf format, 1p.). For more information see:

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Chronicle of Higher Education:

Economics positions has been updated through Oct. 14, 2008.

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US House Oversight Committee Hearing Preliminary Transcripts: Note :These transcripts have not yet been subject to a review process to determine whether the statements are completely accurate and properly attributed.

A. "Causes and Effects of the AIG Bailout," a hearing held Oct. 7, 2008 (.pdf format, 226p.).

B. "Causes and Effects of the Lehman Brothers Bankruptcy," a hearing held Oct. 6, 2008 (.pdf format, 197p.).

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Education and Social Data Service (ESDS) Thematic Guide: "Introductory guide to using the large-scale government surveys for research on Consumption" (September 2008, .pdf and Microsoft Word format, 48p.).

Scroll to "Introductory guide to using the large-scale government surveys for research on Consumption"


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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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:

Armour, B. S.; Pitts, M. M., and Lee, C. W. Cigarette Smoking and Food Insecurity Among Low-Income Families. American Journal of Health Promotion. 2008; 22(6):386-392.

Filer II, Larry and Fisher, Jonathan D. Do Liquidity Constraints Generate Excess Sensitivity in Consumption? New Evidence from a Sample of Post-Bankruptcy Households. Journal of Macroeconomics. 2007; In Press.

Hughes, Patricia and Luksetich, William. Income Volatility and Wealth: The Effect on Charitable Giving. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly. 2008; 37(2):264-280.

Liu, Haoming and Zeng, Jinli. Genetic Ability and Intergenerational Earnings Mobility. Journal of Population Economics. forthcoming; _(_):21 pgs.

Shin, Donggyun and Shin, Kwanho. Why Are the Wages of Job Stayers Procyclical?. Macroeconomic Dynamics. 2008; 12(1):1-21.

Zabel, Jeffrey. Attrition in Longitudinal Surveys: an Analysis of Earnings Behavior Using the PSID. ; forthcoming.

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