Current Social Science Research Report--Economics #21, June 26, 2007.

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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

DATA

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CENTRAL GOVERNMENT STATISTICAL AND NGO PUBLICATIONS

US:

1. Census Bureau Report: "Nonemployer Statistics: 2005" (June 2007, tables in HTML and comma separated value [.csv] format). The report is linked to from a Census Bureau news release, "'Lone Wolves' Boost Nonemployer Businesses Past 20 Million" (CB07-94, Jun. 25, 2007).

http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/economic_census/010314.html

2. Internal Revenue Service Periodical: Statistics of Income Bulletin (Spring 2007, .pdf and Excel format, 321p.).

http://www.irs.gov/taxstats/article/0,,id=171338,00.html

3. Council of Economic Advisors Report: "Immigration’s Economic Impact," (June 2007, .pdf format, 8p.).

http://www.whitehouse.gov/cea/cea_immigration_062007.pdf

4. Bureau of Labor Statistics Periodical: _Issues in Labor Statistics_ (Summary 07-02, May 2007, .pdf format, 2p.) The title of this issue is "Corporate management in selected local economies."

http://www.bls.gov/opub/ils/opbilshm.htm

5. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Press Release: "Affordable Small-Dollar Loan Guidelines." (Jun. 19, 2007).

http://www.fdic.gov/news/news/press/2007/pr07052a.html

6. US Government Economic Releases from the National Bureau of Economic Research: Links to releases for June 26, 2007 are available at the site.

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

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US States:

New Jersey:

Department of Labor and Workforce Development Report: "New Jersey annual averages: 1970 - 2006, Total Labor Force, Employed, Unemployed and Unemployment Rate," (June 2007, Excel format).

http://www.wnjpin.net/OneStopCareerCenter/LaborMarketInformation/lmi11/anavg.xls

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NGOs and Other Countries:

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Report, Monographs:

A. "Trends And Recent Developments In Foreign Direct Investment" (June 2007, .pdf format, 27p.). The report is linked to from an OECD news release: "FDI into OECD countries rose 22% in 2006" (Jun. 21, 2007).

http://www.oecd.org/document/33/0,3343,en_2649_201185_38819297_1_1_1_1,00.html

Link to full text is at the bottom of the news release.

B. Economic survey of Korea 2007 (2007). Ordering information is available at:

http://www.oecd.org/document/10/0,3343,en_2649_201185_38756234_1_1_1_1,00.html

C. OECD Employment Outlook 2007 (2007). Ordering information, as well as links to selected tables (.pdf or Microsoft Excel format) are available at:

http://www.oecd.org/document/38/0,3343,en_2649_34731_36936230_1_1_1_1,00.html

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International Monetary Fund Country Reports The latest Country Reports span the time period from Jun. 13-19, 2007 (No. 07/209-07/220)

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

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Finland:

Statistics Finland Press Release: "Number of persons employed in service industries went up by a total of 64,000 persons during 2005 and 2006," (June 20, 2007).

http://www.stat.fi/til/tyti/2006/tyti_2006_2007-06-20_tie_001_en.html

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Hungary:

Hungarian Central Statistical Office News Release: "Food consumption in 2005," (June 20, 2007, .pdf format, 1p.).

http://portal.ksh.hu/pls/ksh/docs/eng/xftp/stattukor/eelelmfogy05.pdf

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Poland:

Central Statistical Office Report: "Agriculture in 2006," (June 2006, .pdf format, 164p.). Text and tables are in a mixture of English and Polish.

http://www.stat.gov.pl/gus/45_1544_ENG_HTML.htm

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UK:

1. Department of Work and Pensions: "The impact of Pathways to Work," by Helen Bewley, Richard Dorsett and Getinet Haile (Research Report No. 435, June 2007, .pdf format, 95p.).

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd5/rports2007-2008/rrep435.pdf

2. HM (Her Majesty's) Treasury Report: "HM Treasury Annual Report and Accounts 2006-07." (June 2007, .pdf format, 147p.)

http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/about/departmental_reports/annual_report07.cfm

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OTHER REPORTS, ARTICLES, ETC.

Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis (Missouri) Periodical: Monetary Trends (July 2007, .pdf format).

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

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American Enterprise Institute: "Bad Medicine in the Market," by Roger Bate and Kathryn Boateng. (Health Policy Outlook, No. 8, Jun. 20, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 6p.)

http://www.aei.org/publications/pubID.26368/pub_detail.asp

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Rand Corporation Research Brief: "Measuring the Use of Women-Owned Small Businesses in Federal Contracting," by Elaine Reardon, Nancy Nicosia and Nancy Y. Moore. (June 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 2p.)

http://www.rand.org/pubs/research_briefs/RB9261/

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Urban Institute Reports:

A. "Some Thoughts About New and Old Asset-Promotion Policies," by Robert I. Lerman (June 2007, .pdf format, 22p.).

http://www.urban.org/publications/411477.html

B. "Reforming the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit," by Jeff Rohaly (June 2007, .pdf format, 15p.).

http://www.urban.org/publications/411474.html

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WORKING PAPERS:

Federal Reserve Banks:

Finance and Economics Discussion Papers:

A. "Racial Dispersion in Consumer Credit Interest Rates," by Wendy Edelberg. (2007-28, May 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 30p).

http://www.federalreserve.gov/Pubs/feds/2007/200728/index.html

B. "Corporate Asset Purchases and Sales: Theory and Evidence," by Missaka Warusawitharana. (2007-27, Jun. 18, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 27p.)

http://www.federalreserve.gov/Pubs/feds/2007/200727/index.html

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston (Massachusetts): "The Theory of Life-Cycle Saving and Investing," by Zvi Bodie, Jonathan Treussard, and Paul Willen (Public Policy Discussion Paper No. 07-3, May 2007, .pdf format, 26p.). Links to the abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.bos.frb.org/economic/ppdp/2007/ppdp0703.htm

Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia (Pennsylvania):

A. "Spin-Offs And The Market For Ideas," by Satyajit Chatterjee and Esteban Rossi-Hansberg (WP 07-15, June 2007, .pdf format, 36p.).

Abstract:

We propose a theory of firm dynamics in which workers have ideas for new projects that can be sold in a market to existing firms or implemented in new firms: spin-offs. Workers have private information about the quality of their ideas. Because of an adverse selection problem, workers can sell their ideas to existing firms only at a price that is not contingent on their information. We show that the option to spin off in the future is valuable so only workers with very good ideas decide to spin off and set up a new firm. Since entrepreneurs of existing firms pay a price for the ideas sold in the market that implies zero expected profits for them, firms’ project selection is independent of their size, which, under some assumptions, leads to scale-independent growth. The entry and growth process of firms in this economy leads to an invariant distribution that resembles the one in the US economy.

http://www.phil.frb.org/files/wps/2007/wp07-15.pdf

B. "A Quantitative Theory of Unsecured Consumer Credit with Risk of Default," by Satyajit Chatterjee, Dean Corbae, Makoto Nakajima, and José-Víctor Ríos-Rull. (WP 07-16, June 2007, .pdf format, 69p.)

Abstract:

"We study, theoretically and quantitatively, the general equilibrium of an economy in which households smooth consumption by means of both a riskless asset and unsecured loans with the option to default. The default option resembles a bankruptcy filing under Chapter 7 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. Competitive financial intermediaries offer a menu of loan sizes and interest rates wherein each loan makes zero profits. We prove the existence of a steady-state equilibrium and characterize the circumstances under which a household defaults on its loans. We show that our model accounts for the main statistics regarding bankruptcy and unsecured credit while matching key macroeconomic aggregates and the earnings and wealth distributions. We use this model to address the implications of a recent policy change that introduces a form of "means-testing" for households contemplating a Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing. We find that this policy change yields large welfare gains."

http://www.phil.frb.org/files/wps/2007/wp07-16.pdf

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International Monetary Fund: IMF has added several new working papers. The papers are Nos. 138-141.

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

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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: 4252-4271.

and click on "More" for the rest.

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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: 2866-2879

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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 2019-2029

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New Economic Papers (NEP)-ALL. The latest list of New Economic Papers (Jun. 9 and Jun. 16, 2007) is available at:

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

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

Annals of Statistics (Vol. 35, No. 2, June 2007).

http://www.imstat.org/aos/issue_35_3.html

Economic Journal (Vol. 117, No. 521, June 2007).

http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/toc/ecoj/117/521

Economic Modelling (Vol. 24, No. 5, September 2007).

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/02649993

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DATA:

USDA Economic Research Service:

A. "Wheat Data" (June 2007, tables are in HTML, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format).

"This data product contains statistics on wheat -- including the five classes of wheat: hard red winter, hard red spring, soft red winter, white, and durum -- and rye. Includes data published in the monthly Wheat Outlook and previously annual Wheat Yearbook. Data are monthly, quarterly, and/or annual depending upon the data series. Most data are on a marketing year basis, but some are calendar year."

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

B. "Feed Grains Database" (June 2007, tables are in HTML, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.ers.usda.gov/Data/FeedGrains/Tables.aspx

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European Commission:

Eurostat: "Intra- and extra-EU trade - Monthly data - Combined Nomenclature." (Jun. 19, 2007, No. 6, 2007, DVD format) "This DVD is published monthly. It contains statistics on trade of members states, the database PRODCOM, classifications of countries and products, methodological notes, notes on the state of data availability and the user manual. The collection cover the member states data from 1976 to 2006 and data by transport mode from 1998 to 2006." Pricing and ordering information is available at the site.

http://epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/portal/page?_pageid=1073,46587259&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL&p_product_code=KS-CK-07-006

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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/

SN 5662 -Farm Business Survey, 2005-2006

http://www.data-archive.ac.uk/findingData/snDescription.asp?sn=5662

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