Current Social Science Research Report--Economics #116, June 9, 2009.

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Index to this issue:

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CENTRAL GOVERNMENT AND NGO STATISTICAL PUBLICATIONS

US

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. Bureau of Labor Statistics Periodical: BLS Spotlight on Statistics (June 2009, .pdf, HTML, MP3, and ASCII text format, 12p.). Note: This month issue is titled "Worker Safety and Health."

http://www.bls.gov/spotlight/2009/safety_and_health/home.htm

2. Department of Treasury Periodical: Treasury Bulletin (June 2009, .pdf and Microsoft Word format, 112p.).

http://www.fms.treas.gov/bulletin/index.html

3. US Government Economic Releases from the National Bureau of Economic Research: Links to releases for Jun. 7-9, 2009 are available at the site.

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

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NGOs and Other Countries:

United Nations:

1. Economic Commission for Africa Report: "Overview of the economic and social conditions in Africa 2008," (June 2009, .pdf format, 20p.).

http://www.uneca.org/cfm/2009/docs/social.pdf

2. International Organization for Migration Report: "Migration, Climate Change and the Environment," (June 2009, .pdf format, 9p.).

http://www.iom.int/jahia/webdav/shared/shared/mainsite/policy_and_research/policy_documents/policy_brief.pdf

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European Community:

Eurostats Periodical: Statistics In Focus: (No. 40/2009).

http://epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/portal/page/portal/publications/collections/sif_dif

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International Monetary Fund Country Reports: The latest Country Reports (.pdf format) span the time period from Jun. 3, 2008-Jun. 9, 2009 (09-174, 09-177 to 09-181).

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

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Brazil:

Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística (IBGE) Press Release: "Tourism Economics: a macroeconomic perspective 2003-2006: In 2006, tourism activities represented 3.6% of the Brazilian economy" (Jun. 3, 2009). The press release leads to a detailed topical report, in Portuguese.

http://www.ibge.gov.br/english/presidencia/noticias/noticia_visualiza.php?id_noticia=1379&id_pagina=1

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Bulgaria:

National Statistical Institute Reports:

A. "Laeken indicators: 2004-2008"

http://www.nsi.bg/ZActual_e/LaekenInd.htm

B. "Structural Business Statistics: 2005-2007" (.pdf and Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.nsi.bg/ZActual_e/SBS_FA.htm

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Canada:

Statistics Canada/Statistique Canada Report: "Income in Canada 2007," (June 2009, HTML and .pdf format, 141p.).

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/75-202-x/75-202-x2007000-eng.htm

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Cyprus:

Statistical Service Report: "Cereals Statistics 2007" (June 2009, .pdf format, 106p.). The report is in Greek and English.

http://www.pio.gov.cy/mof/cystat/statistics.nsf/All/DCAA719E35B81C5CC22573DB003A1A2E/$file/CEREALS_STATS_2007.pdf?OpenElement

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Finland:

Statistics Finland has added several relevant news releases from Jun. 2-9, 2009.

http://www.stat.fi/til/pvml_en.html

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Georgia:

Statistics Georgia Report: "Small And Medium Business in Georgia" (June 2009, .pdf format, 187p.).

http://www.statistics.ge/publication.php?plang=1&pform=-530

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Germany:

Federal Statistics Office Press Release: "4.4% more turnover in the crafts sector in the year 2008" (Jun. 9, 2009). The English release links to a more detailed German release, which contains a topical table.

http://www.destatis.de/jetspeed/portal/cms/Sites/destatis/Internet/EN/press/pr/2009/06/PE09__215__53211,templateId=renderPrint.psml

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Hong Kong:

Census and Statistics Department Press Release: "Hong Kong's International Investment Position for 2008" (Jun. 2, 2009).

http://www.censtatd.gov.hk/press_release/press_releases_on_statistics/index.jsp?sID=2342&sSUBID=13819&displayMode=D

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Iceland:

Statistics Iceland Report: "Imported raw material for fish processing 2008" (June 2009, .pdf format, 16p.). The report is in Icelandic, with an English summary. Table heads are in Icelandic and English.

http://www.statice.is/Pages/452?itemid=02a0609c-26a6-4e44-bc87-8c5ed168513f

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Ireland:

Central Statistics Office/An Phriomh-Oifig Staidrimh Report: "National Accounts Output and Value Added by Activity 2002-2006" (June 2009, .pdf format, 20p.).

http://www.cso.ie/releasespublications/documents/economy/2006/outputvalue2006.pdf

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Israel:

Central Bureau of Statistics Report: "Household Expenditure Survey 2007: General Summary" (June 2009, .pdf format, 113p., with ancillary information in Microsoft Word format and tables in compressed and uncompressed Microsoft Word format). The report is in Hebrew and English.

http://www1.cbs.gov.il/webpub/pub/text_page_eng.html?publ=25&CYear=2007&CMonth=1

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Netherlands:

Statistics Netherlands: SN has updated its Web Magazine, Economic Monitor, and Press Releases from Jun. 2-9, 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 Jun. 2-9, 2009).

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

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Poland:

Central Statistical Office Periodical, Report:

A. Prices in the National Economy. April 2009 (June 2009, .pdf and compressed .pdf format, 73p.). The report is in Polish and English.

http://www.stat.gov.pl/gus/5840_727_ENG_HTML.htm

B. "Procurement and prices of agricultural products in 2008" (June 2009, .pdf format, 18p.). The report is in Polish and English.

http://www.stat.gov.pl/gus/5840_1725_ENG_HTML.htm

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Romania:

National Institute of Statistics Periodicals: "Prices Statistical Bulletin - No.4/2009" (May 2009, .pdf format, 70p.). The periodical is in Romanian and English.

http://www.insse.ro/cms/files/arhiva_buletine2009/bsp_4.pdf

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Spain:

National Statistics Institute Report: "Economically Active Population Survey (methodology 2005)" (June 2009).

http://www.ine.es/jaxi/menu.do?type=pcaxis&path=%2Ft22/e308_mnu/&file=inebase&L=1

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Switzerland:

Federal Statistics Office Report: "Environment Switzerland 2009" (June 2009, .pdf format, 70p.). Link to full text is at the bottom of the page.

http://www.bfs.admin.ch/bfs/portal/en/index/news/publikationen.html?publicationID=3617

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Ukraine:

State Statistics Committee Tables:

A. "Tourist group 2000-2008" (Jun. 4, 2009).

http://www.ukrstat.gov.ua/operativ/operativ2007/tyr/tyr_e/potoki2006_e.htm

B. "Geographical structure export/import of goods 1996-2008" (Jun. 3, 2009).

http://www.ukrstat.gov.ua/operativ/operativ2005/zd/zd_rik/zd_e/gs_rik_e.html

C. "Monthly volume of commodity Exports and Imports by countries of the world in 2008" (Jun. 3, 2009).

http://www.ukrstat.gov.ua/operativ/operativ2009/zd/o_eit/o_eit_e08.htm

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OTHER REPORTS, ARTICLES, ETC.

Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Periodical: National Economic Trends (June 2009, .pdf format, 27p.).

http://research.stlouisfed.org/publications/net/

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Century Foundation Report: "Local Government Infrastructure and the False Promise of Privatization," by Mildred E. Warner (2009, .pdf format, 36p.).

http://www.tcf.org/list.asp?type=PB&pubid=689

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Roper Center (University of Connecticut) Topics at a Glance: The latest Topics at a Glance concerns "Public Opinion on Business." The site links to relevant poll numbers, datasets, and articles. Check your organization's library for your level of access to the Roper data collection.

http://www.ropercenter.uconn.edu/cgi-bin/hsrun.exe/roperweb/pom/pom.htx;start=HS_special_topics?Topic=business

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WORKING PAPERS:

Federal Reserve Banks:

Federal Reserve Board Finance and Economic Discussion Series:

http://www.federalreserve.gov/pubs/feds/

NEW:

No. 2009-21 "Do Constraints on Market Work Hours Change Home Production Efforts?" by Geng Li.

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District 5: Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond (Virginia):

http://www.richmondfed.org/publications/research/working_papers/index.cfm

NEW:

No. 09-9 "Unemployment Insurance with a Hidden Labor Market," by Fernando Álvarez-Parra and Juan M. Sanchez.

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

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

NEW:

No. 2009-026A "An Analytical Approach to Buffer-Stock Saving," by Yi Wen.

No. 2009-027A "Casino Revenue and the Illinois Smoking Ban," by Thomas A. Garrett and Michael R. Pakko

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National Bureau of Economic Research: NBER has released the following working papers for the week of May 31-Jun. 6, 2009:

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

New papers are: 15022-15061

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Yale University Economic Growth Center: "Bringing "Honest Capital" to Poor Borrowers: The Passage of the Uniform Small Loan Law, 1907-1930," by Bruce G. Carruthers, Timothy W. Guinnane, and Yoonseok Lee (Discussion Paper No. 971, May 2009, .pdf format, 41p.).

The Uniform Small Loan Law (USLL) was the Russell Sage Foundation’s primary device for fighting what it viewed as the scourge of high-rate lending to poor people in the first half of the twentieth century. The USLL created a new class of lenders who could make small loans at interest rates exceeding those allowed for banks under the normal usury laws. About two-thirds of the states had passed the USLL by 1930. This paper describes the USLL and then uses econometric models to investigate the state characteristics that influenced the law’s passage. We find that urbanization and state-level economic characteristics played significant roles. So did measures of the state’s banking system. We find no evidence that party-political affiliations had any effect, which is consistent with the USLL’s "progressive" character. Finally, we find little evidence that the passage of the USLL in one state made passage more likely in neighboring or similar states. If anything, the cross-state influences were negative. Our findings suggest that the Russell Sage Foundation only imperfectly understood the political economy of the USLL, and that a different overall approach might have produced a result closer to their aims.

http://www.econ.yale.edu/growth_pdf/cdp971.pdf

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Yale Department of Economics: "Group versus Individual Liability: Long Term Evidence from Philippine Microcredit Lending Groups," by Xavier Giné and Dean S. Karlan (Working Paper No. 61, May 2009, .pdf format, 36p.).

Abstract:

Group liability in microcredit purports to improve repayment rates through peer screening, monitoring, and enforcement. However, it may create excessive pressure, and discourage reliable clients from borrowing. Two randomized trials tested the overall effect, as well as specific mechanisms. The first removed group liability from pre-existing groups and the second randomly assigned villages to either group or individual liability loans. In both, groups still held weekly meetings. We find no increase in default and larger groups after three years in pre-existing areas, and no change in default but fewer groups created after two years in the expansion areas.

http://www.econ.yale.edu/ddp/ddp50/ddp0061.pdf

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International Monetary Fund: IMF has recently added new working papers. The papers are No. 09/122-09/124.

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. 701 "The economics of climate change mitigation: how to build the necessary global action in a cost-effective manner," by Jean-Marc Burniaux, Jean Chateau, Rob Dellink, Romain Duval and Stéphanie Jamet.

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

http://econ.worldbank.org/external/default/main?menuPK=577939&pagePK=64165265&piPK=64165423&theSitePK=469382

New papers are: WPS 4951-4959.

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European Central Bank:

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

NEW:

No. 1060 "What explains global exchange rate movements during the financial crisis?" by Marcel Fratzscher.

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Bank of England:

http://www.bankofengland.co.uk/publications/workingpapers/wpabst09.htm#wp09

NEW:

No. 369 "Multivariate methods for monitoring structural change," by Jan J.J. Groen, George Kapetanios and Simon Price

No. 370 "Banks’ intraday liquidity management during operational outages: theory and evidence from the UK payment system," by Ouarda Merrouche and Jochen Schanz

No. 371 "Payment systems, inside money and financial intermediation," by Ouarda Merrouche and Erlend Nier

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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 print/electronic availability):

IMF Staff Papers (Vol. 56, No. 2, June 2009).

http://www.imf.org/External/Pubs/FT/staffp/2009/02/index.htm

Journal of Financial Economics (Vol. 92, No. 3, June 2009).

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/0304405X

Journal of Political Economy (Vol. 117, No. 3, June 2009).

http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/toc/jpe/current

Oxford Economic Papers (Vol. 61, No. 2, April 2009).

http://oep.oxfordjournals.org/content/vol61/issue2/index.dtl

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

Agework.com: Agework has updated its employment page with listings through Jun. 9, 2009.

http://agework.geron.org/c/search_results.cfm?site_id=312

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Chronicle of Higher Education:

Economics positions has been updated through Jun. 9, 2009.

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

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LEGISLATION INFORMATION UPDATES:

US House Committee Hearing Reports: Note: All reports are available (HTML and .pdf format) at:

http://www.gpoaccess.gov/chearings/110hcat1.html

Scroll to or "find in page" the title of the report of interest

"Systemic Risk and the Financial Markets"

"A Review of Mortgage Servicing Practices and Foreclosure Mitigation"

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DATA:

Census Bureau: "2007 Economic Census: Sector 53: EC0753I3: Real Estate and Rental and Leasing: Industry Series: Preliminary Product Lines Statistics by Kind of Business for the United States: 2007" (June 2009, various download options via American Factfinder).

http://factfinder.census.gov/servlet/IBQTable?_bm=y&-geo_id=&-ds_name=EC0753I3&-_lang=en

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US Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service: "Agricultural Exchange Rate Data Set" (updated June 2009, Microsoft Excel format). "The ERS data set contains annual and monthly data for exchange rates important to U.S. agriculture. It includes both nominal and real exchange rates for 79 countries, plus the European Union (EU), as well as real trade-weighted exchange rate indexes for many commodities and aggregations. All series are updated every other month. Data series start at the beginning of 1970 and run to the last available data point, which is typically 2 months behind the current date."

http://www.ers.usda.gov/Data/ExchangeRates/

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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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