Current Social Science Research Report--Economics #117, June 16, 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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WORKING PAPERS

TABLES OF CONTENTS

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

DATA

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CENTRAL GOVERNMENT STATISTICAL AND NGO PUBLICATIONS

US:

1. Bureau of Labor Statistics Periodical, Article:

A. Occupational Outlook Quarterly (Vol. 53, No. 2, Summer 2009, .pdf format).

http://www.bls.gov/opub/ooq/home.htm

B. "A Generation Apart: Comparing the Economic Status of Young Singles in 1984-85 and 2004-05" (June 2009).

http://www.bls.gov/cex/generation.htm

2. Bureau of Economic Analysis Periodical: Survey of Current Business (Vol. 89, No. 6, June 2009, .pdf format).

http://www.bea.gov/scb/toc/0609cont.htm

3. US Government Economic Releases from the National Bureau of Economic Research: Links to releases for Jun. 10-16, 2009 are available at the site.

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

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US States:

Hawai'i:

Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism Periodical: Monthly Energy Trends May 2009 (June 2009, .pdf format and Microsoft Excel format, 7p.).

http://hawaii.gov/dbedt/info/economic/data_reports/energy-trends

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NGOs and Other Countries:

United Nations:

1. International Labour Organization/Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean Report: "Crisis and the labour market," (Bulletin No. 1, June 2009, .pdf format, 15p.).

http://www.eclac.cl/publicaciones/xml/0/36150/2009-316_ECLAC-ILO_Bulletin-WEB.pdf

2. International Labour Organization/United Nations Development Programme Report: "Work and Family: A new call for public policies of reconciliation with social co-responsibility," (June 2009, .pdf format, 146p.).

http://www.undp.org/publications/pdf/undp_ilo.pdf

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European Community:

Eurostats Periodicals: Statistics In Focus: (No. 45/2009) and Data in Focus (18/2009).

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

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International Monetary Fund Country Reports, Periodical:

A. The latest Country Reports (.pdf format) span the time period from Jun. 10, 2008-Jun. 16, 2009 (09/182 to 09-188).

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

B. Finance and Development (Vol. 46, No. 2, June 2009).

http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/fandd/2009/06/index.htm

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Bulgaria:

National Statistical Institute Tables:

A. "Consumer Price Index Series by Months, May 1990-May 2009" (June 2009).

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

B. "Harmonized Index Of Consumer Prices Series By Months, January 1997-May 2009" (June 2009).

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

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China:

National Bureau of Statistics Table, Article:

A. "Major Agricultural Prices in 200 Main Produced Counties, May 20-31, 2009" (June 2009).

http://www.stats.gov.cn/english/newsandcomingevents/t20090610_402564432.htm

B. "Operation of the National Real Estate Market from January to May" (June 2009).

http://www.stats.gov.cn/english/newsandcomingevents/t20090611_402564748.htm

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Finland:

Statistics Finland News Releases: Topical news releases from Jun. 9-16, 2009 are available at the site.

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

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Ireland:

Central Statistics Office/An Phriomh-Oifig Staidrimh Report: Institutional Sector Accounts: Financial, First Results for 2008" (June 2009, .pdf format, 28p.).

http://www.cso.ie/releasespublications/documents/economy/current/isafinfir.pdf

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Israel:

Central Bureau of Statistics Report: "Agricultural Statistics Quarterly: October-December 2008 (April 2009, .pdf format, 28p., with tables in compressed and uncompressed Microsoft Excel format and ancillary information in Microsoft Word format ).

http://www1.cbs.gov.il/webpub/pub/text_page_eng.html?publ=57&CYear=2008&CMonth=10

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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 an English version. "On household self-assessment of the economic situation in 2008" (Jun. 12, 2009).

http://www.csb.gov.lv/csp/events/?mode=arh&period=06.2009&cc_cat=251&id=8635

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Lesotho:

Bureau of Statistics National Data Catalog: "The Lesotho Bureau of Statistics (BOS) is a government department set up for the collection, management and dissemination of official national economic, social and demographic statistics to support research and government planning. The Lesotho Bureau of Statistics National Data Catalogue is a web-based catalogue that provides access to information on all national survey data held by the Bureau and other government departments. This information is presented in an internationally standardized format to allow comparisons with other African data and datasets worldwide. The National Data Catalogue allows for data discovery of existing Lesotho survey data and provides downloadable document files to support the usage of this data." At present there are three studies in the catalog. All are restricted. Restricted data licenses are available at the site.

http://www.bos.gov.ls/nada/

Click on "Data Catalog" on the left side of the page.

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Macedonia:

State Statistical Office News Releases: The news releases are in Macedonian and English.

A. "Broadcasting-Public broadcasting enterprises and trade broadcasting companies in the Republic of Macedonia" (Jun. 11, 2009, .pdf format, 8p.).

http://www.stat.gov.mk/english/statistiki_eng.asp?ss=04.02&rbs=1

B. "Gross domestic product by regions in the Republic of Macedonia, 2007" (Jun. 11, 2009, .pdf format, 4p.).

http://www.stat.gov.mk/english/statistiki_eng.asp?ss=09.01&rbs=2

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Mauritius:

Central Statistics Office Report: "Energy and Water Statistics-2008" (June 2009, .pdf format, 20p, with an accompanying table in Microsoft Excel format). Links to text and table are at the bottom of the page.

http://www.gov.mu/portal/goc/cso/ei768/toc.htm

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Netherlands:

Statistics Netherlands: SN has updated its Web Magazine, Economic Monitor, and Press Releases from Jun. 10-16, 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. 10-16, 2009).

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

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Poland:

Central Statistical Office Report: "Conditions of establishment and operation and development perspectives of polish enterprises set up in 2003-2007" (June 2009, compressed and uncompressed .pdf format, with tables in compressed and uncompressed Microsoft Excel format, 44p.). The report is in Polish and English.

http://www.stat.gov.pl/gus/5840_823_ENG_HTML.htm

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Romania:

National Institute of Statistics Periodicals: All are in Romanian and English.

A. Monthly Statistical Bulletin No. 4 2009 (June 2009, .pdf format, 214p.).

http://www.insse.ro/cms/files/arhiva_buletine2009/bsl_4.pdf

B. International Trade Statistical Bulletin - No.2/2009 (June 2009, .pdf format, 119p.).

http://www.insse.ro/cms/files/arhiva_buletine2009/bsci_02.pdf

C. Industry Statistical Bulletin - No.4/2009 (June 2009, .pdf format, 76p.).

http://www.insse.ro/cms/files/arhiva_buletine2009/bsi_4.pdf

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UK:

National Statistics Office Periodical, Statistical Bulletin:

A. Financial Statistics, edited by Natu Somabhai Patel (No. 566, June 2009, .pdf format, 287p.).

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

B. "Greenhouse gas emissions intensity falls in 2007: Environmental Accounts 2009" (June 2009, .pdf format, 16p.).

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/pdfdir/ea0609.pdf

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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. 2009-22 "A Study of U.S. Monetary Policy Implementation: Demand for Reserves on a Period Average Basis," by Ruth Judson and Elizabeth Klee

No. 2009-23 "Interchange Fees and Payment Card Networks: Economics, Industry Developments, and Policy Issues," by Robin A. Prager, Mark D. Manuszak, Elizabeth K. Kiser, and Ron Borzekowski.

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District 1: Federal Reserve Bank of Boston (Massachusetts):

http://www.bos.frb.org/economic/wp/index.htm

NEW: Working Paper No. 09-5 "Geographic Variations In A Model Of Physician Treatment Choice With Social Interactions," by Mary A. Burke, Gary M. Fournier, and Kislaya Prasad.

"Quantitative Analysis Unit Working Papers"

http://www.bos.frb.org/bankinfo/qau/wp/index.htm

NEW: QAU Working Paper No. 09-3 "Market Proxies, Correlation, And Relative Mean-Variance Efficiency: Still Living With The Roll Critique," by Todd Prono.

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

http://www.newyorkfed.org/research/staff_reports/index.html

NEW:

No. 376 "Financial Visibility and the Decision to Go Private," by Hamid Mehran and Stavros Peristiani.

No. 375 "Credit Quantity and Credit Quality: Bank Competition and Capital Accumulation," by Nicola Cetorelli and Pietro F. Peretto.

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District 9: Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis (Minnesota):

Staff Reports:

http://www.minneapolisfed.org/research/sr/

NEW:

No. 428 "Superstores or Mom and Pops? Technology Adoption and Productivity Differences in Retail Trade," by David P. Lagakos.

Working Papers:

http://www.minneapolisfed.org/research/wp/

NEW:

No. 672 "Technology Diffusion and Growth," by Erzo G.J. Luttmer.

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District 10: Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City (Missouri):

http://www.kansascityfed.org/home/subwebnav.cfm?level=3&theID=10386&SubWeb=7

NEW:

RWP09-09 "Reply to Generalizing the Taylor Principle: A Comment," by Troy Davig and Eric Leeper.

RWP09-08 "Real-Time Density Forecasts from VARs with Stochastic Volatility," by Todd E. Clark.

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District 12: Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco (California):

http://www.frbsf.org/publications/economics/papers/index.php

NEW:

No. 2009-12 "The Welfare Consequences of Monetary Policy," by Federico Ravenna and Carl E. Walsh.

No. 2009-13 "Do Central Bank Liquidity Facilities Affect Interbank Lending Rates?" by Jens H.E. Christensen, Jose A. Lopez, and Glenn D. Rudebusch.

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Harvard Business School:

A. "Optimal Taxation in Theory and Practice," by N. Gregory Mankiw, Matthew C. Weinzierl, and Danny Yagan (No. 09-140, June 2009, .pdf format, 35p.).

Abstract:

We highlight and explain eight lessons from optimal tax theory and compare them to the last few decades of OECD tax policy. As recommended by theory, top marginal income tax rates have declined, marginal income tax schedules have flattened, redistribution has risen with income inequality, and commodity taxes are more uniform and are typically assessed on final goods. However, trends in capital taxation are mixed, and capital income tax rates remain well above the zero level recommended by theory. Moreover, some of theory's more subtle prescriptions, such as taxes that involve personal characteristics, asset-testing, and history-dependence, remain rare in practice. Where large gaps between theory and policy remain, the difficult question is whether policymakers need to learn more from theorists, or the other way around.

http://www.hbs.edu/research/pdf/09-140.pdf

B. "Informed and Interconnected: A Manifesto for Smarter Cities," by Rosabeth Moss Kanter and Stanley S. Litow (No. 09-141, June 2009, .pdf format, 28p.).

Abstract:

The need for a fresh approach to U.S. communities is more urgent than ever because of the biggest global economic crisis since the Great Depression. Through examination of the barriers to solving urban problems (and the ways they reinforce each other), this paper offers a new approach to community transformation which calls for leaders to use technology to inform and connect people. We need to convert the social safety net into a social safety network through the creation of smarter communities that are information-rich, interconnected, and able to provide opportunities to all citizens. This process has already begun through such programs as Harlem Children's Zone, Baltimore's CitiStat, Elevate Miami, and others. And they can be replicated. But technology alone is not the answer. Realization of the vision requires leaders to invest in the tools, guide their use, and pave the way for transformation. Perhaps the urgency of the current economic crisis can provide the impetus to overcome resistance to change and turn problems into an opportunity to reduce costs, improve services to communities, and make our cities smarter.

http://www.hbs.edu/research/pdf/09-141.pdf

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Levy Economics Institute of Bard College [Annandale-on-Hudson, NY]: "Distributional Impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act," by Ajit Zacharias, Thomas Masterson, and Kijong Kim (Working Paper No. 568, June 2009, .pdf format, 35p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://www.levy.org/vdoc.aspx?docid=1158

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Yale University Economic Growth Center: "That’s Where the Money Was: Foreign Bias and English Investment Abroad, 1866-1907," by Benjamin Chabot and Christopher Kurz (Discussion Paper 972, June 2009, .pdf format, 35p.).

Abstract:

Why did Victorian Britain invest so much capital abroad? We collect over 500,000 monthly returns of British and foreign securities trading in London and the United States between 1866 and 1907. These heretofore-unknown data allow us to better quantify the historical benefits of international diversification and revisit the question of whether British Victorian investor bias starved new domestic industries of capital. We find no evidence of bias. A British investor who increased his investment in new British industry at the expense of foreign diversification would have been worse off. The addition of foreign assets significantly expanded the mean-variance frontier and resulted in utility gains equivalent to a meaningful increase in lifetime consumption.

http://www.econ.yale.edu/growth_pdf/cdp972.pdf

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International Monetary Fund: IMF has recently added new working papers. The papers are No. 09/125-09/126.

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

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United Nations Development Programme International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth:

A. "The Impact of Inflation Targeting on Unemployment in Developing and Emerging Economies," by Jose Angelo Divino (Working Paper No. 56, June 2009, .pdf format, 21p.).

Abstract:

Several countries around the world have adopted the inflation targeting regime for monetary policy. Despite the growing literature on the issue, it is not clear whether developing and emerging countries can improve their economic performance by adopting inflation targeting. This working paper examines the extent to which macroeconomic policies anchored to inflation targeting affect unemployment, economic growth and the output gap. The results show that inflation targeting causes no harm to employment in developing and emerging countries. On the contrary, it might reduce average unemployment and narrow the output gap. Given that the change in regime must be accompanied by institutional and economic reforms to fiscal and exchange rate policies, targeters might be better off than non-targeters. Hence there is no apparent reason to condemn the adoption of the inflation targeting regime by developing and emerging countries.

http://www.ipc-undp.org/pub/IPCWorkingPaper56.pdf

B. "Access to Water in the Slums of the Developing World," by Hulya Dagdeviren and Simon A. Robertson (Working Paper No. 57, June 2009, .pdf format, 27p.). Note: There is no abstract for this paper.

http://www.ipc-undp.org/pub/IPCWorkingPaper57.pdf

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World Institute for Development Economics Research [United Nations University]: "The Global Economic Crisis: Towards Syndrome-Free Recovery for Africa," by Augustin Kwasi Fosu and Wim Naudé (WIDER Discussion Paper No. 2009/03, June 2009, .pdf format, 20p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.wider.unu.edu/publications/working-papers/discussion-papers/2009/en_GB/dp2009-03/

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

http://www.iza.org/index_html?lang=en&mainframe=http%3A//www.iza.org/en/webcontent/publications/papers/index_html%3Fyear%3D2009&topSelect=publications&subSelect=papers

The new working papers are: 4202-4219.

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Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) [University of Essex, Colchester, UK]:

A. "Is there a wage curve for the highly educated?" by Sanna-Mari Hynninen (WP 2009-17, June 2009, .pdf format, 31p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/publications/working-papers/iser/2009-17

B. "Variations in Earnings Growth: Evidence from Earnings Transitions in the NZ Linked Income Survey," by Ron Crawford (WP 2009-18, June 2009, .pdf format, 41p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/publications/working-papers/iser/2009-18

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Bank for International Settlements:

http://www.bis.org/list/wpapers/index.htm

NEW:

No. 284 "Towards an operational framework for financial stability: 'fuzzy' measurement and its consequences," by Claudio Borio and Mathias Drehmann.

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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. 163 "The Optimal Structure of Technology Adoption and Creation: Basic Research vs. Development in the Presence of Distance to Frontier," by J. Ha, Y. Kim, and J. Lee.

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Bank of England:

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

NEW:

No. 372 "Funding liquidity risk in a quantitative model of systemic stability," by David Aikman, Piergiorgio Alessandri, Bruno Eklund, Prasanna Gai, Sujit Kapadia, Elizabeth Martin, Nada Mora, Gabriel Sterne and Matthew Willison.

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New Economic Papers (NEP)-ALL. The latest list of New Economic Papers (May 23, 30 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/

or

http://ageconsearch.umn.edu/feed/rss_2.0/site

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

American Economic Review (Vol. 99, No. 3, June 2009).

http://www.aeaweb.org/issue.php?journal=AER&volume=99&issue=3

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

American Statistical Association: ASA has updated its employment page with listings through Jun. 16, 2009.

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

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Chronicle of Higher Education:

Economics positions has been updated through Jun. 16, 2009.

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

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DATA:

US Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service: "Agricultural Outlook: Statistical Indicators" (Updated May 2009, Microsoft Excel format). "The statistical indicators formerly provided in Agricultural Outlook magazine will continue to be updated regularly. These tables include data on individual commodities, the general economy, agricultural trade, farm income and expenses, farm prices, food prices and expenditures, and other statistical indicators of the food and agriculture system."

http://www.ers.usda.gov/Publications/AgOutlook/AOTables/

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Luxembourg Income Study: LIS announced on Jun. 11, 2009: "Five new datasets from Latin America (Wave VI) data are available." (Brazil, Colombia, Guatemala, Uruguay, and Peru). For more information see the Jul. 11, 2009 item at:

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

Data access:

http://www.lisproject.org/data-access/data-access.html

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Irish Social Science Data Archive: Note: different datasets have different acquisition conditions. See the information accompanying each dataset for more information.

- Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (EU-SILC)

http://issda.ucd.ie/dataset-info/silc.htm

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Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research: ICPSR at he University of Michigan released several new datasets on Jun. 14, 2009, which may be of interest to Economics researchers. Note: Some ICPSR studies are available only to ICPSR member institutions. To find out whether your organization is a member, and whether or not it supports ICPSR Direct downloading, see:

http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/membership/index.html

Latest updates:

http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/cocoon/ICPSR/announce.html?startdate=2009-05-11&enddate=2009-06-14

All new and updated data in the last 90 days can be found at:

http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/access/recent.html

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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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