Current Social Science Research Report--Economics #2, February 13, 2007.

CSSRR-Economics is a weekly report produced by the Data and Information Services Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. It seeks to help social science researchers keep up to date with the latest developments in the field. This report will contain selected listings of new: reports, articles, bibliographies, working papers, tables of contents, conferences, data, and websites. For more information, including an archive of back issues and subscription information see:

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Index to this issue:

CENTRAL GOVERNMENT AND NGO STATISTICAL PUBLICATIONS

US

US STATES

NGO AND OTHER COUNTRIES

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OTHER REPORTS, ARTICLES, ETC.

WORKING PAPERS

TABLES OF CONTENTS

CONFERENCES

LEGISLATION INFORMATION UPDATES

DATA

WEBSITE UPDATES

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CENTRAL GOVERNMENT STATISTICAL AND NGO PUBLICATIONS

US

1. Bureau of Labor Statistics News Release: "Work Experience of the Population in 2005" (Feb. 9, 2007, ASCII text, HTML, and .pdf format, 9p.).

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/work.toc.htm

2. National Science Foundation InfoBrief: 'Linking Multinational Corporations Data from International Investment Surveys and Industrial R&D (Research and Development) Surveys," by John E. Jankowski and Francisco Moris (NSF 07-310, February 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 4p.).

http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/infbrief/nsf07310/

3. US Government Economic Releases from the National Bureau of Economic Research: Links to releases for Feb 7 and after, 2007 are available at the site.

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

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US States:

Alaska:

Labor and Workforce Development Periodical: Economic Trends (February 2007, .pdf format, 15p.). This month's lead article is "Alaska's Unemployment Insurance Benefits," by James Wilson.

http://labor.state.ak.us/trends/

Click on "February 2007 Trends".

Idaho:

Department of Commerce and Labor Periodical: Idaho Employment (January 2007/November 2006 data, .pdf format, 26p.).

http://cl.idaho.gov/lmi/pubs/idempnews/Idempmenu.htm

Iowa:

State Data Center Updates: The SDC has updated the following data as of Feb. 9, 2007 (.pdf and Microsoft Excel format): For the State of Iowa: Bankruptcy by type of debtor: 1993-2006; for Iowa Counites: Bankruptcy filings: 1993-2006.

http://www.iowadatacenter.org/indexlinks/New

See items under "February 9, 2007).

Maine:

State Planning Office Report: "LD 1 (An Act to Increase the State Share of Education Costs, Reduce Property Taxes and Reduce Government Spending at All Levels) Progress Report" (January 2007, .pdf format, 42p.).

http://www.maine.gov/spo/economics/ld1/index.php

Link to full text and other supporting material (.pdf format) is at the bottom of the page.

New Jersey:

Department of Labor & Workforce Development Reports, County Factsheet Updates:

A. Employment and the Economy Newsletters (updated for December 2006 for the Central Region, HTML and .pdf format, 11p.). "Review and Outlook 2006-2007" has been updated for all regions (January 2007, HTML and .pdf format).

http://www.wnjpin.net/OneStopCareerCenter/LaborMarketInformation/lmi08/index.html

B. "County Factsheets" Updates. County factsheets were revised as of Feb. 2, 2007 (Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.wnjpin.net/OneStopCareerCenter/LaborMarketInformation/lmi13/cntyfact.htm

Wisconsin:

University of Wisconsin Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics/Cooperative Extension Report: "Status of Wisconsin Agriculture: 2007," edited by Ed Jesse (February 2007, .pdf format, 58p.).

http://www.aae.wisc.edu/pubs/status/

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NGOs and Other Countries

United Nations:

United Nations Monograph: Full and Productive Employment and Decent Work (2006, ISBN-10: 9211045630, ISBN-13: 9789211045635, 304p.). For more information, including ordering information see:

https://unp.un.org/details.aspx?entry=E06234

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European Commission Compendium: European Business - Facts and figures - 2006 edition (data 1995-2005), (February 2007, .pdf format, 425p.). Ordering information for a print copy with accompanying data CD-ROM is available at the site.

http://epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/portal/page?_pageid=1073,46587259&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL&p_product_code=KS-BW-06-001

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International Monetary Fund, Various:

Country Reports: The latest Country Reports span the time period from Feb. 6-13, 2007 (Nos. 07/45--07/59).

http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/cat/scr1_sp.cfm?s_year=2007&e_year=2007&brtype=default

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Belarus:

Ministry of Statistics and Analysis Compendium Tables: "The Republic of Belarus in Figures, 1990-2005" (2007).

http://www.belstat.gov.by/homep/en/indicators/main.htm

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Brazil:

Instituto Brasiliero de Geografia e Estatistica Social Communication: "Grain harvest expected to increase 9.7% in 2007" (Feb. 7, 2007). The communication links to commentary and tables (.zip compressed) in Portuguese.

http://www.ibge.gov.br/english/presidencia/noticias/noticia_visualiza.php?id_noticia=807&id_pagina=1

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Canada:

Statistics Canada/Statistique Canada Reports:

A. "Energy Statistics Handbook: July to September 2006," (February 2007, .pdf and HTML format, 175p.).

http://www.statcan.ca/english/freepub/57-601-XIE/57-601-XIE2006003.htm

B. "Financial and Taxation Statistics for Enterprises: 2005." (February 2007, .pdf format, 264p.).

http://www.statcan.ca/english/freepub/61-219-XIE/61-219-XIE2005000.htm

Click on "View" and follow the "PDF version" link to full text.

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Czech Republic:

Statistical Office News Releases:

A. "External trade in the year 2006" (Feb. 8, 2007, HTML and Micorsoft Word format, 5p., with an accompanying Microsoft Excel spreadsheet).

http://www.czso.cz/eng/csu.nsf/informace/avzo020507analyza07.doc

Links to Word document and spreadsheet are at the bottom of the page.

B. "New consumer basket for the CPI calculation" (Feb. 8, 2007, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format, 4p.).

.pdf:

http://www.czso.cz/eng/redakce.nsf/i/new_consumer_basket_for_the_cpi_calculation/$File/c_basket2007.pdf

Excel:

http://www.czso.cz/eng/redakce.nsf/i/new_consumer_basket_for_the_cpi_calculation/$File/c_basket2007.xls

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Germany:

Federal Statistics Office Press Release: "Labour costs in a European comparison" (Feb. 9, 2007).

http://www.destatis.de/presse/englisch/pm2007/p0560043.htm

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Malaysia:

Department of Statistics Economic Releases: The Statistics Department has recently released "Malaysia's External Trade Statistics for 2006." For that and other new releases see:

http://www.statistics.gov.my/english/frameset_release.php?nid=1

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Malta:

National Statistics Office News Release: "International Trade Statistics: December 2006" (February 2007, .pdf format, 6p.).

http://www.nso.gov.mt/statdoc/document_file.aspx?id=1933

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Netherlands:

Statistics Netherlands Press Releases, Web Magazine Article:

A. "Potential labour force in decline" (Press release, Feb. 9, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 3p.).

http://www.cbs.nl/en-GB/menu/themas/dossiers/allochtonen/publicaties/persberichten/archief/2007/2007-008-pb.htm

B. "Considerably fewer bankruptcies" (Press release, Feb. 9, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 1p.).

http://www.cbs.nl/en-GB/menu/themas/dossiers/conjunctuur/publicaties/persberichten/archief/2007/2007-006-pb.htm

C. "Smaller income differences within conurbations," by Jan-Willem Bruggink (Web Magazine, Feb. 6, 2007).

http://www.cbs.nl/en-GB/menu/themas/inkomen-bestedingen/publicaties/artikelen/archief/2007/2007-2129-wm.htm

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Slovenia:

Statistical Office News Release: "Structure of earnings statistics, Slovenia, 2004--provisional data (Feb. 5, 2007).

http://www.stat.si/eng/novica_prikazi.aspx?id=701

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OTHER REPORTS, ARTICLES, ETC.

University of Chicago Press New and Nearly New Books in Economics and Business: Business:

http://www.press.uchicago.edu/new_releases/48.html

Economics:

http://www.press.uchicago.edu/new_releases/15.html

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Federal Reserve Bank of Boston [Massachusetts] Periodical: New England Economic Indicators (February 2007, .pdf format, 29p.).

http://www.bos.frb.org/economic/neei/neei.htm

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Federal Reserve Bank of New York Articles:

A. "Who Buys Treasury Securities at Auction?" by Michael J. Fleming (in FRBNY's Current Issues in Economics and Finance, Vol. 13, No. 1, January 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 7p.).

B. "An Examination of Treasury Term Investment Interest Rates," by Warren B. Hrung. (forthcoming in FRBNY's Economic Policy Review, February 2007, .pdf format, 14p.).

Both articles are linked to from a FRB NY press release: "Two Studies of Treasury Auctions" (Feb. 7, 2007).

http://www.newyorkfed.org/newsevents/news/research/2007/rp070207.html

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American Enterprise Institute Report: "The Fiscal Policy Agenda of the New Congress: An Early Assessment," by Alan D. Viard (Tax Policy Outlook 2007, No. 1, January 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 7p.).

http://www.aei.org/publications/pubID.25482/pub_detail.asp

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Urban Institute Panel Discussion: "The 18th Annual Urban Institute Roundtable on the President’s Budget and the Economy" (Feb. 9, 2007, .mp3 format, audio software required to listen to the discussion, total running time, 1 hour, 28 minutes, 24 seconds).

http://www.urban.org/Pressroom/events/18thBudget.cfm

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Rand Corporation Dissertation: Balancing Two Lives: The Relationship of Activation, Pay, and Retention Among U.S. Air Force Reserve Pilots by Brian E.A. Maue (Pardee Rand Graduate School, 2007, .pdf format, 93p.).

http://www.rand.org/pubs/rgs_dissertations/RGSD213/

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Luxembourg Income Study Periodical: Luxembourg Income Study Newsletter (Vol. 17, No. 1, Winter 2007, .pdf format, 12p.).

http://www.lisproject.org/publications/newsletter/2007winter.pdf

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Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Article Abstract: "Sequential Monte Carlo without likelihoods," by S.A. Sisson, Y. Fan. and Mark M. Tanaka (Vol. 104, No. 6, Feb. 6, 2007, p. 1760-1765).

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/104/6/1760?etoc

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Science Special Issue: "Sustainability and Energy." This issue of the magazine (Vol. 315, No. 5813, Feb. 9, 2007) is devoted to sustainability and energy, Access varies from summaries and abstracts to full text. Check your organization's library.

http://www.sciencemag.org/content/vol315/issue5813/index.dtl

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WORKING PAPERS:

Federal Reserve Banks:

1. FRB Atlanta (Georgia):

A. "The Role of Labor Market Intermittency in Explaining Gender Wage Differentials," by Julie L. Hotchkiss and M. Melinda Pitts (WP 2007-1, February 2007, .pdf format, 22p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.frbatlanta.org/invoke.cfm?objectid=9793522D-5056-9F12-127B5945749BEBED&method=display

B. "Does Geography Matter to Bondholders?" by Bill Francis, Iftekhar Hasan, and Maya Waisman (WP 2007-2, February 2007, .pdf format, 46p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.frbatlanta.org/invoke.cfm?objectid=979BFB20-5056-9F12-12C86723ECEA5841&method=display

C. "The McKenna Rule and U.K. World War I Finance," by James M. Nason and Shaun P. Vahey (WP 2007-3, February 2007, .pdf format, 12p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.frbatlanta.org/invoke.cfm?objectid=97A28BFE-5056-9F12-12399C040DFDD48E&method=display

2. FRB New York:

A. "Defining and Detecting Predatory Lending," by Donald P. Morgan (Staff Report 273, January 2007, .pdf format, 37p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.newyorkfed.org/research/staff_reports/sr273.html

B. "Commitment and Equilibrium Bank Runs," by Huberto M. Ennis and Todd Keister (Staff Report 274, January 2007, .pdf format, 41p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.newyorkfed.org/research/staff_reports/sr274.html

C. "How Wages Change: Micro Evidence from the International Wage Flexibility Project," by William T. Dickens, Lorenz Goette, Erica L. Groshen, Steinar Holden, Julian Messina, and Mark E. Schweitzer, Jarkko Turunen, and Melanie E. Ward (Staff Report 275, February 2007, .pdf format, 30p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.newyorkfed.org/research/staff_reports/sr275.html

3. FRB Philadelphia (Pennsylvania): "The Cyclicality of Worker Flows: New Evidence from the SIPP," by Shigeru Fujita, Christopher J. Nekarda, and Garey Ramey (Working Paper No. 07-5, February 2007, .pdf format, 28p.).

Abstract:

Drawing on CPS data, the authors show that total monthly job loss and hiring among U.S. workers, as well as job loss hazard rates, are strongly countercyclical, while job finding hazard rates are strongly procyclical. They also find that total job loss and job loss hazard rates lead the business cycle, while total hiring and job finding rates trail the cycle. In the current paper the authors use information from the Survey on Income and Program Participation (SIPP) to reevaluate these findings. SIPP data are used to construct new longitudinally consistent gross flow series for U.S. workers, covering 1983-2003. The results strongly validate the authors' findings, with two important exceptions: (1) total hiring leads the cycle in the SIPP data, and (2) the job loss rate is substantially more volatile than the job finding rate at business cycle frequencies.

http://www.phil.frb.org/files/wps/2007/wp07-5.pdf

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National Bureau of Economic Research: NBER has released the following working papers for the week of Jan. 29-Feb. 5 2007:

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

New papers are: #12882-12893

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International Monetary Fund: IMF has recently added several working papers

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

The new papers are #7/24--7/29.

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

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

New papers are #4135-4137:

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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%3D2007&topSelect=publications&subSelect=papers

The new working papers are: 2600-2604

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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 2007.

The new papers are numbered 1906-1916.

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New Economic Papers (NEP)-ALL. The latest list of New Ecomomic Papers (Feb. 3, 2007) is available at:

http://ideas.repec.org/n/nep-all/2007-02-03.html

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

http://agecon.lib.umn.edu/cgi-bin/new.pl

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TABLES OF CONTENTS:

Games and Economic Behavior (Vol. 58, No. 2, February 2007).

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/08998256

Industrial Labor Relations Review (Vol. 60, No. 2, January 2007). 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.

http://www.ilr.cornell.edu/ilrreview/currentIssue.html

Journal of Political Economy (Vol. 115, No. 1, February 2007). 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.

http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/JPE/journal/contents/v115n1.html

Journal of Urban Economics (Vol. 61, No. 2, March 2007).

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/00941190

Review of Economics and Statistics (Vol. 89, No. 1, February 2007). 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.

http://www.mitpressjournals.org/toc/rest/89/1

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CONFERENCES:

United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (WIDER) Conference and Call for Papers: "Fragile States - Fragile Groups: Tackling Economic and Social Vulnerability," to be held in Helsinki, Finland, Jun. 15-16, 2007. For more information see:

http://www.wider.unu.edu/conference/conference-2007-1/conference-2007-1.htm

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LEGISLATION INFORMATION UPDATES:

US House Committee on Education and Labor Hearing Testimony: "Strengthening America's Middle Class: Finding Economic Solutions to Help America's Families," a hearing held Feb. 7, 2007 (.pdf format).

http://edworkforce.house.gov/hearings/fc020707.shtml

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DATA:

US Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service: "Season-Average Price Forecasts" (February 2007, Microsoft Excel format).

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

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Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis (Missouri) Archival Federal Reserve Economic Data (ALFRED) Updates: ALFRED has added two "vintage" data series (.zip compressed Microsoft Excel or .zip compressed tab delimited ASCII format): "Civilian Labor Force" (Monthly, Feb. 9, 1961-Current) and "Unemployed (Monthly, Feb. 9, 1961--Current).

http://alfred.stlouisfed.org/news/20070208?&ob=os&od=asc

More information on ALFRED:

http//alfred.stlouisfed.org/

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WEBSITE UPDATES:

Tax Policy Center: "The Federal Budget." This website, provided by the Urban Insitute and Brookings Institution, provides information and links to publications about the topic.

http://www.taxpolicycenter.org/budget/index.cfm

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