Current Social Science Research Report--Economics #105, March 24, 2009.

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Index to this issue:

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CENTRAL GOVERNMENT AND NGO STATISTICAL PUBLICATIONS

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US STATES

NGO AND OTHER COUNTRIES

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OTHER REPORTS, ARTICLES, ETC.

WORKING PAPERS

TABLES OF CONTENTS

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

LEGISLATION INFORMATION UPDATES

DATA

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CENTRAL GOVERNMENT STATISTICAL AND NGO PUBLICATIONS

US:

1. National Science Foundation Report: "Academic Research and Development Expenditures: Fiscal Year 2007" (NSF 09-303, March 2009, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format, 726p.). Note that tables are available separately in .pdf and Excel (compressed and uncompressed) format through the links to "data tables" on the page.

http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/nsf09303/?govDel=USNSF_178

2. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service Report: "Economic Linkages Between the WIC Program and the Farm Sector," by Kenneth Hanson and Victor Oliveira (Economic Brief No. EB12, March 2009, .pdf format, 6p.).

http://www.ers.usda.gov/Publications/EB12/

3. Bureau of Labor Statistics Newsletter: NLS News (No. 09-135, March 2009, .pdf format, 6p.).

http://www.bls.gov/nls/nls135.pdf

4. US Government Economic Releases from the National Bureau of Economic Research: Links to releases for Mar. 18-24, 2009 are available at the site.

http://www.nber.org/releases/

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US States:

North Dakota:

State Data Center Periodical: Economic Brief (Vol. 18, No. 3, March 2009, .pdf format, 3p.). The topic of this month's issue is "Social Security - Beneficiaries, Annual Payments, and Average Monthly Benefits in North Dakota: 2007."

http://www.ndsu.nodak.edu/sdc/publications/ebriefs/EB18_3Press.pdf

Ohio:

Department of Jobs and Family Services Report: "Annual Averages with Monthly Data for Ohio & Metropolitan Areas" (March 2009, .pdf format). Tables for "Nonagricultural Wage & Salary Employment (Ohio and Metro Areas)," "Average Weekly Earnings" (Ohio only)", "Average Weekly Hours (Ohio only)", and "Average Hourly Earnings (Ohio only)" have been updated through 2008.

http://lmi.state.oh.us/CES/LMR.htm

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NGOs and Other Countries:

United Nations:

Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific Report: "Emerging Trade Issues for Policymakers in Developing Countries in Asia and the Pacific," (Studies in Trade and Investment No. 64, February 2009, .pdf format, 255p.).

http://www.unescap.org/publications/detail.asp?id=1313

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European Community:

Eurostats Periodicals:

A. Statistics In Focus (No. 21/2009-23/2009).

http://epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/portal/page?_pageid=2173,49287715&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL&ci=1130657,0

B. Data in Focus: The latest issues (7/09 .pdf format) are now available on the DIF website:

http://epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/portal/page?_pageid=0,62992791&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL

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International Monetary Fund Country Reports: The latest Country Reports (.pdf format) span the time period from Mar. 18, 2008-Mar. 24, 2009 (No. 09-98 to 09-100).

http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/cat/scr1_sp.cfm?s_year=2009&e_year=2009&brtype=default

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Botswana:

Central Statistics Office Report: "Transport statistics report 2007" (2009, .pdf format, 66p.).

http://www.cso.gov.bw/images/stories/Transport/2007%20transport_statsreport.pdf

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Germany:

Federal Statistical Office News Release: "Municipalities in 2008 in total with positive trend in the revenue" (Mar. 23, 2009). A more detailed version, with a topical table, is available in German.

http://www.destatis.de/jetspeed/portal/cms/Sites/destatis/Internet/EN/press/pr/2009/03/PE09__112__71137,templateId=renderPrint.psml

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Hong Kong:

Census and Statistics Department Press Releases:

A. "Chain volume measures of Gross Domestic Product by economic activity for the fourth quarter and the whole year of 2008" (Mar. 20, 2009). The press release links to a topical table.

http://www.censtatd.gov.hk/press_release/press_releases_on_statistics/index.jsp?sID=2307&sSUBID=13360&displayMode=D

B. "Hong Kong's Balance of Payments statistics for the fourth quarter of 2008 and the whole year of 2008" (Mar. 20, 2009). The press release links to topical tables.

http://www.censtatd.gov.hk/press_release/press_releases_on_statistics/index.jsp?sID=2308&sSUBID=13388&displayMode=D

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Iceland:

Statistics Iceland Report: "Wage index 2008" (March 2009, .pdf format, 14p.). The report is in Icelandic, with an English summary. Tables are in Icelandic and English.

http://www.statice.is/Pages/452?itemid=e71ce6fa-5b73-42b0-9476-cd83806e8b85

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Latvia:

Statistics Latvia News Release: Note: if the release is in Latvian, click on the "EN" tab at the top right side of the page for and English version.

A. "Main indicators of livestock farming in 2008" (Mar. 17, 2009).

http://www.csb.gov.lv/csp/events/?mode=arh&period=03.2009&cc_cat=473&id=9130

B. "Indicators of transport in 2008" (Mar. 18, 2009).

http://www.csb.gov.lv/csp/events/?mode=arh&period=03.2009&cc_cat=475&id=9131

C. "On Labour Force Survey results in 2008: (Mar. 23, 2009).

http://www.csb.gov.lv/csp/events/?mode=arh&period=03.2009&cc_cat=471&id=9134

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Malaysia:

Department of Statistics Report: "Information And Communications Technology Services Statistics, 2006 - Summary Findings" (March 2009, .pdf format, 5p.),

http://www.statistics.gov.my/eng/images/stories/files/LatestReleases/ICTSS/ringkasan_penemuan_eng.pdf

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Marshall Islands:

Economic Policy, Planning, and Statistics Office Tables: "Marshall Islands Economic Statistics Table 2007" (2008, Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.spc.int/prism/country/mh/stats/Publications/Ecostatstable/RMI_2007%20EconStat_tabsdistribution_.xls

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Mauritius:

Central Statistics Office Reports: "Agricultural and Fish Production: 2008" (March 2009, HTML, .pdf, and Microsoft Word format, 6p., with an accompanying table in Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.gov.mu/portal/goc/cso/ei751/toc.htm

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Netherlands:

Statistics Netherlands: SN has updated its Web Magazine, Economic Monitor, and Press Releases from Mar. 18-24, 2009).

http://www.cbs.nl/en-GB/menu/_unique/_nieuws/default.htm

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Norway:

Statistics Norway News Releases: Statistics Norway News Releases: SN has updated its news releases from Mar, 18-24, 2009).

http://www.ssb.no/english/previous14days/

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Oman:

Ministry of National Economy Report: "Foreign Investment Statistics Bulletin" (2009, .pdf format, 67p.). The report is in Arabic and English.

http://www.moneoman.gov.om/publication_detail.asp?pid=423

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Romania:

National Institute of Statistics Periodicals: Note: for all of the following periodicals, click on the title page icon under the title for link to full .pdf formatted text.

A. Monthly Statistical Bulletin - No.1/2009 (March 2009).

B. International Trade Statistical Bulletin - No.12/2008 (March 2009).

C. Prices Statistical Bulletin - No.1/2009 (March 2009).

D. Industry Statistical Bulletin - No.1/2009 (March 2009).

http://www.insse.ro/cms/rw/pages/index.en.do

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Singapore:

Statistics Singapore Report: "Economic Surveys Series 2007: Food and Beverage Services" (March 2009, .pdf format, 51p.).

http://www.singstat.gov.sg/pubn/business/essfnb2007.pdf

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Ukraine:

State Statistics Committee Tables:

A. "Agreements conducted at exchange markets" (Mar. 20, 2009).

http://www.ukrstat.gov.ua/operativ/operativ2008/sze/suu/suu_e/dbu08_e.htm

B. "Production of main agricultural crops in 2008" (Mar. 20, 2009).

http://www.ukrstat.gov.ua/operativ/operativ2008/sg/vz/vz_e/2008_e.html

C. "Crops - growing" (Mar. 20, 2009).

http://www.ukrstat.gov.ua/operativ/operativ2006/sg/sg_rik/sg_e/rosl_e.html

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UK:

National Statistics Office Periodicals:

A. Financial Statistics (No. 562, March 2009, .pdf format, 287p.).

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/statbase/Product.asp?vlnk=376

B. Economic & Labour Market Review (Vol. 3, No. 3, March 2009, .pdf format, 68p.).

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/StatBase/Product.asp?vlnk=14692

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Vietnam:

General Statistics Office Report: "Exports and imports of goods by main countries and territories in 2008" (March 2009, Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.gso.gov.vn/default_en.aspx?tabid=462&idmid=2&ItemID=8321

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OTHER REPORTS, ARTICLES, ETC.

Economist Special Section The Mar. 14, 2009 Economist contains a special section on entrepeneurship.

http://www.economist.com/printedition/index.cfm?d=20090314

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Proceedings Of The National Academy Of Science Article Abstract: "Globalization and human cooperation," by Nancy R. Buchan, Gianluca Grimalda, Rick Wilson, Marilynn Brewer, Enrique Fatas, and Margaret Foddy (Vol. 106, No. 11, March 17, 2009, p. 4138-4142).

http://www.pnas.org/content/106/11/4138.abstract?etoc

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WORKING PAPERS:

Federal Reserve Banks:

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

http://www.philadelphiafed.org/research-and-data/publications/working-papers/

NEW: 09-07 "Housing Over Time and Over the Life Cycle: A Structural Estimation," by Wenli Li, Haiyong Liu, and Rui Yao.

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

http://www.frbatlanta.org/publica/pubs_pubrouter.cfm?pub_type=WORKING%20PAPERS

NEW: 2009-5 to 2009-12.

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District 7: Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago (Illinois):

http://www.chicagofed.org/economic_research_and_data/publication_display.cfm?Publication=6&year=2006%20AND%202009

WP-2009-01 "Why Has Home Ownership Fallen Among the Young?" by Jonas D. M. Fisher and Martin Gervais.

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

http://research.stlouisfed.org/wp/

NEW: 2009-008A to 2009-011A.

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National Bureau of Economic Research: NBER has released the following working papers for the week of March 15-21, 2009:

http://www.nber.org/new.html#latest

New papers are: 14791-14808.

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Harvard Business School:

A. "Corporate Misgovernance at the World Bank," by Ashwin Kaja and Eric Werker (No. 09-108, March 2009, .pdf format, 51p.).

Abstract:

We test for evidence of corporate misgovernance at the World Bank. Most major decisions at the World Bank are made by its Board of Executive Directors. However, in any given year the majority of the Bank's member countries do not get a chance to serve on this powerful body. In this paper, we empirically investigate whether board membership leads to higher funding from the World Bank's two main development financing institutions, the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and the International Development Association (IDA). We find that developing countries serving on the Board of Executive Directors can expect an approximate doubling of funding from the IBRD. In absolute terms, countries serving on the board are rewarded with an average $60 million "bonus" in IBRD loans. This is more likely driven by soft forces like boardroom culture rather than by the power of the vote itself. We find no significant effect in IDA funding.

http://www.hbs.edu/research/pdf/09-108.pdf

B. "Does Public Ownership of Equity Improve Earnings Quality?" by Dan Givoly, Carla Hayn, and Sharon P. Katz (No. 09-105, March 2009, .pdf format, 51p.).

Abstract:

We compare the quality of accounting numbers produced by two types of public firms - those with publicly-traded equity and those with privately-held equity that are nonetheless considered public by virtue of having publicly-traded debt. We develop and test two hypotheses. The "demand" hypothesis holds that earnings of public equity firms are of higher quality than earnings of private equity firms due to stronger demand by shareholders and creditors for quality reporting. In contrast, the "opportunistic behavior" hypothesis posits that public equity firms, because their managers have a greater incentive to manage earnings, have lower earnings quality than their private equity peers. The results indicate that, consistent with the "opportunistic behavior" hypothesis, private equity firms have higher quality accruals and a lower propensity to manage income than public equity firms. We further find that public equity firms report more conservatively, in line with their greater litigation risk and agency costs.

http://www.hbs.edu/research/pdf/09-105.pdf

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Syracuse University Maxwell School Center for Policy Research: "Hedonic Markets and Explicit Demands: Bid-Function Envelopes for Public Services, Neighborhood Amenities, and Commuting Costs," by John Yinger (WP 114, March 2009, .pdf format, 68p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www-cpr.maxwell.syr.edu/cprwps/wps114abs.htm

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Levy Economics Institute of Bard College [Annandale-on-Hudson, NY]: "Background Considerations to a Regulation of the U.S. Financial System: Third Time a Charm? Or Strike Three?" by Jan Kregel (Working Paper No. 557, March 2009, .pdf format, 20p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://www.levy.org/vdoc.aspx?docid=1125

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International Monetary Fund: IMF has recently added several new working papers. The paper is No. 09/45 to 09/52, 09/54, 09/56 to 09/62, 09/64-09/65

http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/cat/wp1_sp.cfm?s_year=2007&e_year=2009&brtype=default

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Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Economics Department (.pdf format).

http://www.oecd.org/dataoecd/49/29/40284939.pdf

NEW:

No. 687: "Government consumption volatility and the size of nations," by Davide Furceri and Marcos Poplawski Ribeiro

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Centre d'Etudes de Populations, de Pauvret et de Politiques Socio-Economiques / International Network for Studies in Technology, Environment, Alternatives, Development--Integrated Research Infrastructure in the Socio-economic Sciences (CEPS/INSTEAD--IRISS) [Differdange, Luxembourg]: "Cross-border metropolitan integration in Europe (Luxembourg, Basel and Geneva)," by Christophe Sohn, Bernard Reitel, and Olivier Walther (WP 2009-2, February 2009, .pdf format, 21p.).

Abstract:

This article questions the integration processes in three small cross-border metropolitan areas: Luxembourg, Basel and Geneva. By referring to an original analysis framework, it evaluates the nature and intensity of the functional and institutional integration and highlights the elements that structure the cooperation between the actors. The analysis shows that there is not necessarily a reciprocal link between the size of the functional area and the extent of the cooperation. Whilst no metropolitan-sized project is on the agenda in Luxembourg, the example of Basel and Geneva shows that the presence of a national border offers an opportunity to invent original forms of governance, increase the autonomy of the local authorities by different types of cooperation which transcend the institutional and territorial divides, and enable the international character of the metropolitan centre to be valued for what it is. In a context of global competition, these features represent an undeniable benefit.

http://www.ceps.lu/pdf/11/art1410.pdf

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

http://www.lisproject.org/php/wp/wp.php

NEW: No. 510 "Delay in Marriage and Income Inequality in Japan: The Impact of the Increased Number of Unmarried Adults Living with Their Parents on the Household Economy," by Sawako Shirahase.

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World Bank Development Programme: WDP has recently released several new working papers. See the list at:

http://econ.worldbank.org/resource.php?type=5

New papers are: WPS 4868-4875.

and click on "More" for the rest.

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

http://www.cesifo.de/wp

and "Browse Working Paper List" for 2009.

The new papers are numbered 2582-2593.

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Asian Development Bank: ADB has recently released the following working papers:

http://www.adb.org/economics/erd-working-papers.asp

NEW: No. 151 "Equilibrium Real Exchange Rate, Misalignment, and Export Performance in Developing Asia," by J. Jongwanich.

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European Central Bank:

http://www.ecb.eu/pub/scientific/wps/date/html/wpsall.en.html

NEW: 1030-1036.

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Reserve Bank of Australia:

http://www.rba.gov.au/PublicationsAndResearch/RDP/

NEW:

RDP2009-01: "Currency Misalignments and Optimal Monetary Policy: A Re-examination," by Charles Engel

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Oesterreichische Nationalbank/National Bank of Austria:

http://www.oenb.at/en/presse_pub/research/020_workingpapers/working_papers_2009.jsp#tcm:16-38536

NEW:

No. 153: "The Impact of Reference Norms on Inflation Persistence When Wages are Staggered," by Markus Knell and Alfred Stiglbauer

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National Bank of Belgium:

http://www.nbb.be/pub/06_00_00_00_00/06_03_00_00_00/06_03_05_00_00.htm?l=en

NEW:

No. 161: "Trade, wages and productivity," by Kristian Behrens, Giordano Mion, Yasusada Murata, and Jens Südekum

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Banco Central De Chile/Central Bank of Chile:

http://www.bcentral.cl/eng/studies/working-papers/index.htm

NEW:

No. 513 "From Crisis to IMF-Supported Program: Does Democracy Impede the Speed Required by Financial Markets?" by Ashoka Mody and Diego Saravia.

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Bank of England:

http://www.bankofengland.co.uk/publications/workingpapers/wpabst09.htm

NEW:

No. 363: "Dynamics of the term structure of UK interest rates," by Francesco Bianchi, Haroon Mumtaz and Paolo Surico

No. 364: "What lies beneath: what can disaggregated data tell us about the behaviour of prices?" by Haroon Mumtaz, Pawel Zabczyk and Colin Ellis

No. 365: "Foreign exchange rate risk in a small open economy," by Bianca De Paoli and Jens Søndergaard

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Bank of Finland/Finlands Bank:

http://www.bof.fi/en/julkaisut/tutkimukset/keskustelualoitteet/index.htm?year=2009

NEW:

No. 2009/9: "Euler consumption equation with non-separable preferences over consumption and leisure and collateral constraints," by Juha Kilponen

No. 2009/10: "Credit crunch? An empirical test of cyclical credit policy," by Risto Herrala

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Bank of France:

http://www.banque-france.fr/gb/publications/ner/ner_09.htm

NEW:

No. 233: "Monetary rules and the spillover of regional fiscal policies in a federation," by Russell Cooper, Hubert Kempf and Dan Peled

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Deutsche Bundesbank:

http://www.bundesbank.de/vfz/vfz_diskussionspapiere_2009.en.php

NEW "Economic Studies":

08/2009 "Time-dependent pricing and New Keynesian Phillips curve," by Fang Yao.

07/2009 "MIDAS versus mixed-frequency VAR: nowcasting GDP in the euro area," by Vladimir Kuzin, Massimiliano Marcellino, and Christian Schumacher.

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Bank of Greece:

http://www.bankofgreece.gr/en/publications/papers.asp

NEW:

No. 94: "Monetary Time Series of Southeastern Europe from the 1870s to 1914," by Members of the SEEMHN data collection task force

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Central Bank and Financial Services Authority of Ireland:

http://www.centralbank.ie/frame_main.asp?pg=pub_tech.asp&nv=pub_nav.asp

NEW:

3/RT/09 "Regional Tax Differences and Multinational Profits in Europe," by Allen Murphy.

2/RT/09 "Adjusting for Quality of Labour and Labour Services in Productivity Measurement," by Mary Keeney.

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Bank of Spain:

http://www.bde.es/informes/be/docs/docs.htm

No. 0904: "Assimilation of immigrants in Spain: A longitudinal analysis," by Mario Izquierdo, Aitor Lacuesta and Raquel Vegas

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New Economic Papers (NEP)-ALL. The latest list of New Economic Papers (Mar. 14, 2009).

http://ideas.repec.org/n/nep-all

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

http://ageconsearch.umn.edu/browse-date

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

American Economic Review (Vol. 99, No. 1, March 2009). Note: Full text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library and the EBSCO Host Academic Search Elite Database. Check your library for availability of these databases and this issue.

http://www.aeaweb.org/issue.php?journal=AER&volume=99&issue=1

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

American Statistical Association: ASA has updated its employment page with listings through Mar. 24, 2009.

http://jobs.amstat.org/search/results

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Chronicle of Higher Education:

Economics positions has been updated through Mar. 24, 2009.

http://chronicle.com/jobs/100/200/2000/

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LEGISLATION INFORMATION UPDATES:

US House Committee on Oversight, Subcommittee on Domestic Policy Hearing Testimony: "TARP Oversight: Assessing Treasury’s Efforts to Prevent Waste and Abuse of Taxpayer Funds," a hearing held Mar. 11, 2009 (.pdf format).

http://domesticpolicy.oversight.house.gov/story.asp?ID=2336

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DATA:

Luxembourg Income Study: LIS announced the release of a new version of the LISSY (version 8.0) system. For more information about the new release see:

http://www.lisproject.org/whatsnew.htm

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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:

http://www.data-archive.ac.uk/

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

http://www.data-archive.ac.uk/findingData/newdata.asp

and pick "1 month" for either.

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