Current Social Science Research Report--Economics #30, September 11, 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

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

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CENTRAL GOVERNMENT STATISTICAL AND NGO PUBLICATIONS

US

1. Congressional Research Service Report: "Income Inequality and the U.S. Tax System," by Thomas L. Hungerford (RL34155, September 2007, .pdf format, 22p.).

http://opencrs.cdt.org/document/RL34155/2007-09-04%2000:00:00

2. US Government Economic Releases from the National Bureau of Economic Research: Links to releases for Sep. 5-11 , 2007 are available at the site.

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

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US States:

Hawai'i:

Department of Business, Economic Development, & Tourism Periodical: Monthly Economic Indicators: July 2007 (August 2007, .pdf format, 5p, with historical monthly state and county datasets in Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.hawaii.gov/dbedt/info/economic/data_reports/mei

Indiana:

Stats Indiana Updates:

A."Annual Survey of Manufactures" for US and states has been updated through 2005.

http://www.stats.indiana.edu/asm/index.html

B. "Employment, Earnings, and Income Data for US, states, and counties has been updated through 2005.

Employment and Earnings:

http://www.stats.indiana.edu/bea/simple/naics/ee_n.html

Income:

http://www.stats.indiana.edu/bea/simple/pi.html

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NGOs and Other Countries:

United Nations:

United Nations Conference on Trade and Development Report: "Trade and Development Report 2007: Regional cooperation for development," (2007, .pdf format, 195p.).

http://www.unctad.org/Templates/webflyer.asp?docid=8951&intItemID=2068&lang=1&mode=downloads

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European Commission:

Eurostat Report, Periodical:

A. "European social statistics - Labour market policy - Expenditure and participants" (August 2007, .pdf format, 174p.).

http://epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/portal/page?_pageid=1073,46587259&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL&p_product_code=KS-DO-07-001

B. Statistics in Focus. The latest issues (07/104, 07/107-07/110, .pdf format) are now available at the SIF website:

http://epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/portal/page?_pageid=0,1136118&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL

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International Monetary Fund Country Papers, Periodical:

A. The latest Country Reports span the time period from Aug. 29-Sep. 11, 2007 (No. 07/295-07/313).

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

B. Finance and Development (Vol. 44, No. 3, September 2007, .pdf and HTML format).

http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/fandd/2007/09/index.htm

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Brazil:

Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e EstatÝstica (IBGE) News Release: "Profile of Expenditures in Brazil - selected indicators" (2007). Note: all reports, commentaries, and tables referenced by this release are in Portuguese only.

http://www.ibge.gov.br/english/estatistica/populacao/condicaodevida/pof/2002_2003perfil/default.shtm

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Canada:

Statistics Canada/Statistique Canada Report: "The Canadian Immigrant Labour Market in 2006: First Results from Canada's Labour Force Survey," by Danielle Zietsma (The Immigrant Labour Force Analysis Series, September 2007, .pdf format, 26p.).

http://www.statcan.ca/english/freepub/71-606-XIE/71-606-XIE2007001.htm

Click on "PDF version" on the left side of the page for link to full text.

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Denmark:

Statistics Denmark StatBank Denmark Updates: "MPK1: Exchange rates, average (danish kroner per 100 units)" (September 2007, data now updated through August 2007).

http://www.statbank.dk/MPK1

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India:

Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation Report: Note MSPI requires free registration before providing reports. "Household Consumer Expenditure Among Socio-Economic Groups: 2004-2005" (National Sample Survey Organization, NSS 61st Round (July 2004 - June 2005), Report No. 514, August 2007, .pdf format, 309p.).

http://mospi.nic.in/mospi_nsso_rept_pubn.htm

Scroll to title or Report No.

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Ireland:

Central Statistics Office Report: "Census 2006 Volume 7 - Principal Economic Status and Industries" (September 2007, .pdf format, 154p.).

http://www.cso.ie/census/Census2006_Volume7.htm

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New Zealand:

Ministry Of Social Development/Te Manatu Whakahiato Ora Report: "Household incomes in NewZealand: trends in indicators of inequality and hardship 1982 to 2004," (July 2007, Microsoft Word format, 105p., with appendices, 34p.).

http://www.msd.govt.nz/work-areas/social-research/household-incomes.html

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Norway:

Statistics Norway News Releases:

A. "Survey of Consumer Expenditure 2004-2006: Housing, transport and recreation are most expensive" (Sep. 10, 2007). The news release links to seven topical tables.

http://www.ssb.no/english/subjects/05/02/fbu_en/

B. "Economic trends for Norway and abroad: High capacity utilisation long time ahead" (Sep. 6, 2007).

http://www.ssb.no/english/subjects/08/05/kt_en/

C. "Personnel in the municipal child welfare service, 2006" (Sep. 5, 2007). The news release links to two topical tables.

http://www.ssb.no/english/subjects/03/03/10/barnevernp_en/

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Romania:

National Institute of Statistics Periodicals:

A. Monthly Statistical Bulletin (No. 7, 2007, .pdf format, 194p.).

B. Prices Statistical Bulletin (No. 7, 2007, .pdf format, 68p.).

Both are in Romanian and English and are available from:

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

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Sweden:

Statistics Sweden News Release: "Good results for insurance companies" (Sep. 3, 2007).

http://www.scb.se/templates/pressinfo____211752.asp

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Uganda:

Bureau of Statistics Periodical: Key Economic Indicators (65th Issue, 3rd Quarter, 2006-07, June 2007 .pdf format, 58p.).

http://www.ubos.org/65th%20issue%20kei.pdf

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Ukraine:

State Statistics Committee News Release: "Basic indicators activity of enterprises, 2006" (September 2007).

http://ukrstat.gov.ua/control/en/localfiles/display/operativ/operativ2007/sze/opr/opr_e/opr_e2006.htm

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OTHER REPORTS, ARTICLES, ETC.

Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Periodicals:

A. Review (Sep./Oct. 2007, .pdf format).

http://research.stlouisfed.org/publications/review/current/

Note: this is a temporary address. When the next Review is released, this one, along with others back to 1967, will be available at:

http://research.stlouisfed.org/publications/review/past/

B. National Economic Trends (September 2007, .pdf format).

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

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Century Foundation Report: "What the Public Really Wants on Unions," by Ruy Teixeira (September 2007, .pdf format, 6p.).

http://www.tcf.org/list.asp?type=PB&pubid=621

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Economist Article: Of the wretched and the reckless: With elections looming, politicians pile in to the mortgage mess" (Sep. 8, 2007).

http://www.economist.com/world/na/displaystory.cfm?story_id=9767843

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WORKING PAPERS:

Federal Reserve Banks:

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston [Massachusetts]: "Doing Good or Doing Well? Image Motivation and Monetary Incentives in Behaving Prosocially," by Dan Ariely, Anat Bracha, and Stephan Meier (Working Paper 07-9, Sept. 2007, .pdf format, 32p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://www.bos.frb.org/economic/wp/wp2007/wp0709.htm

Federal Reserve Bank of New York: "Can Increasing Private School Participation and Monetary Loss in a Voucher Program Affect Public School Performance? Evidence from Milwaukee," by Rajashri Chakrabarti (Staff Report No. 300, Sept. 2007, .pdf format, 64p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://www.newyorkfed.org/research/staff_reports/sr300.html

Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia [Pennsylvania]: "The Cyclicality of Separation and Job Finding Rates," by Shigeru Fujita and Garey Ramey (WP 2007-19, August 2007, .pdf format, 20p.).

Abstract:

This paper uses CPS gross flow data, adjusted for margin error and time aggregation error, to analyze the business cycle dynamics of separation and job finding rates and to quantify their contributions to overall unemployment variability. Cyclical changes in the separation rate lead those of unemployment, while the job finding rate and unemployment move contemporaneously. Fluctuations in the separation rate explain between 40 and 50 percent of fluctuations in unemployment, depending on how the data are detrended. The authors results suggest an important role for the separation rate in explaining the cyclical behavior of unemployment.

http://www.philadelphiafed.org/files/wps/2007/wp07-19.pdf

Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis [Missouri]: "The Optimal Inflation Target in an Economy with Limited Enforcement," by Gaetano Antinolfi, Costas Azariadis, and James B. Bullard (Working Paper No. 2007-37a, Sept. 2007, .pdf format, 39p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://research.stlouisfed.org/wp/more/2007-037/

Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco [California]: "Learning and Optimal Monetary Policy," by Richard Dennis and Federico Ravenna (WP2007-19, July 2007, .pdf format, 34p.).

Abstract:

To conduct policy efficiently, central banks must use available data to infer, or learn, the relevant structural relationships in the economy. However, because a central bank's policy affects economic outcomes, the chosen policy may help or hinder its efforts to learn. This paper examines whether real-time learning allows a central bank to learn the economy's underlying structure and studies the impact that learning has on the performance of optimal policies under a variety of learning environments. Our main results are as follows. First, when monetary policy is formulated as an optimal discretionary targeting rule, we find that the rational expectations equilibrium and the optimal policy are real-time learnable. This result is robust to a range of assumptions concerning private sector learning behavior. Second, when policy is set with discretion, learning can lead to outcomes that are better than if the model parameters are known. Finally, if the private sector is learning, then unannounced changes to the policy regime, particularly changes to the inflation target, can raise policy loss considerably.

http://www.frbsf.org/publications/economics/papers/2007/wp07-19bk.pdf

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National Bureau of Economic Research: NBER has released the following working papers for the week of Aug. 20-27, 2007:

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

Latest papers are: 13360-13383

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United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific: "Impact of Living or Working Environments on Persons with Disabilities," by Wie Liu (WP/07/03, August 2007, .pdf format, 33p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://www.unescap.org/publications/detail.asp?id=1230

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Research Institute for Quantitative Studies in Economics and Population (QSEP) [McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario Canada]. QSEP has recently added the following working papers: Nos. 414-424. Links to abstracts and full text are available at the site.

http://socserv2.mcmaster.ca/qsep/

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International Monetary Fund: IMF has recently added new working papers. The papers are Nos. 207-214.

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

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Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development: "How do the OECD growth projections for the G7 economies perform? A post-mortem," by Lukas Vogel (ECO/WKP(2007)33, Sept. 2007, .pdf and Microsoft Word format, 32p.).

Abstract:

The quality of the OECD?s Economic Outlook growth projections was last evaluated in-house at the peak of the previous business cycle, calling for a reassessment. This paper analyses the OECD?s annual GDP growth projections for the G7 countries over the period 1991-2006 and compares them with the Consensus Economics forecasts. It shows that OECD growth projections display a number of desirable features: projections for the current year are unbiased and efficient; projection errors tend to shrink as the horizon shortens; and projections are directionally accurate most of the time. Like those produced elsewhere, the OECD projections also suffer from shortcomings: one-year-ahead projections display a positive bias, mainly reflecting a propensity to overpredict during slowdowns; spring one-year-ahead projections are far less informative than autumn ones; and turning points are poorly anticipated one year ahead. Regression tests suggest that the OECD and Consensus add value to na´ve forecasts for spring current-year and autumn one-year-ahead projections.

http://www.olis.oecd.org/olis/2007doc.nsf/linkto/eco-wkp(2007)33

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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: 4343-4349

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: 3021-3035

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New Economic Papers (NEP)-ALL. The latest list of New Economic Papers (Sep. 2, 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):

Brookings Papers on Economic Activity (No. 1, 2007).

http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/brookings_papers_on_economic_activity/toc/eca2007.1.html

Games and Economic Behavior (Vol. 61, No. 1, October 2007).

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

Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance (Vol. 47, No. 4, September 2007).

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/10629769

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES:

Luxembourg Income Study: "Aldi Hagenaars Memorial Award," is an annual $500 award for the "best LIS working paper of the previous year." For more information:

http://www.lisproject.org/workshop/aldiaward.htm

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