Current Social Science Research Report--Economics #32, September 25, 2007.

CSSRR-Economics is a weekly email 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:

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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

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

LEGISLATION INFORMATION UPDATES

DATA

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CENTRAL GOVERNMENT STATISTICAL AND NGO PUBLICATIONS

US

1. Census Bureau Report; "Who Could Afford to Buy a Home in 2002?" by Howard A. Savage (Current Housing Reports H121/07-1, July 2007, .pdf format, 7p.).

http://www.census.gov/prod/2007pubs/h121-07-1.pdf

2. Bureau of Economic Analysis Periodical: Survey of Current Business (Vol. 87, No. 9, September 2007, .pdf format).

http://www.bea.gov/scb/toc/0907cont.htm

3. Bureau of Labor Statistics Periodicals:

A. Compensation and Working Conditions Online. The most recent article is dated Sep. 17, 2007.

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

B. Occupational Outlook Quarterly (Vol. 51, No. 2, Summer 2007, .pdf format).

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

4. National Science Foundation Report: "National Patterns of R&D Resources: 2006 Data Update" (NSF 07-331, September 2007, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format, 46p.).

http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/nsf07331/

5. US Government Economic Releases from the National Bureau of Economic Research: Links to releases for Sep. 18-25, 2007 are available at the site.

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

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US States:

Iowa:

State Data Center Updates: The SDC has updated the following (all .pdf and Microsoft Excel format) for Sep. 21, 2007: State Level: Average sales price of new manufactured homes and homes placed by size: 1980-2006; Home ownership rates:1984-2006; Homeowner vacancy rates: 1986-2006; Rental vacancy rates: 1986-2006; Housing Units and Households in Iowa: 1980 - 2006; County Level: Housing units: 2000-2006; US and States: Housing units: 2000-2006.

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

See under Sep. 21, 2007 listing.

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NGOs and Other Countries

European Commission:

Eurostat Periodical: Statistics in Focus. The latest issues (07/111, .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:

The latest Country Reports span the time period from Sep. 18-Sep. 25, 2007 (No. 07/320-07/327).

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

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Brazil:

Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística (IBGE) News Release: "PNAD (National Household Sample Survey) 2006: workers who earn less recover the income they had ten years ago" (Social Communication, Sep. 14, 2007). The news release links to a report and tables (Portuguese only).

http://www.ibge.gov.br/english/presidencia/noticias/noticia_visualiza.php?id_noticia=977&id_pagina=1

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Finland:

Statistics Finland News Release: "Local government productivity fell in 2006" (Sep. 20, 2007).

http://www.stat.fi/til/kktu/2006/kktu_2006_2007-09-20_tie_001_en.html

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Hungary:

Statistical Office First Release: "Harvested area, production and average yield of ear cereals, 2007" (Sep. 20, 2007, .pdf format, 4p.).

http://portal.ksh.hu/pls/ksh/docs/eng/xftp/gyor/kal/ekal207.pdf

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Jordan:

Department of Statistics News Releases:

A. A new Survey by the DOS:35 thousand jobs the net increase in employment in 2006" (Sep. 13, 2007).

http://www.dos.gov.jo/dos_home_e/the%20main.htm

B. "The Ministry of Communications & Information Technology and the Department of Statistics launch the results of the Information Technology Use at Homes Survey 2007" (Aug. 30, 2007).

http://www.dos.gov.jo/dos_home_e/results_e.htm

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Latvia:

Statistics Latvia News Release: "Results of the survey "Vocational Training in Enterprises" (Sep. 19, 2007). Note: if the release is in Latvian, click on "EN" at the top right side of the page to get the English version.

http://www.csb.gov.lv/csp/events/?mode=arh&period=09.2007&cc_cat=471&id=2948

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Lithuania:

Statistics Department Report: "Retail and Wholesale Trade 2006" (September 2007, .pdf format, 79p.). The report is available in Lithuanian and English.

http://www.stat.gov.lt/en/catalog/list/?cat_y=2&cat_id=4&id=1187&PHPSESSID=19352ae980e9e823f4cc6c7840d2b491

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Netherlands:

Statistics Netherlands Web Magazine Articles:

A. "More small companies and fewer big ones," by Rico Konen (Sep. 18, 2007).

http://www.cbs.nl/en-GB/menu/themas/bedrijven/publicaties/artikelen/archief/2007/2007-2287-wm.htm

B. "Food industry raises prices substantially" (Sep. 20, 2007).

http://www.cbs.nl/en-GB/menu/themas/prijzen/publicaties/artikelen/archief/2007/2007-90078-wk.htm

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Norway:

Statistics Norway Compendium, News Release:

A. Fish Farming: 2005 (September 2007, .pdf format, 72p.). This compendium is in Norwegian and English

http://www.ssb.no/english/subjects/10/05/nos_fiskeoppdrett_en/nos_d378_en/

B. "Level of living survey 2006. Work conditions" (Sep. 20, 2007). The news release links to 17 topical tables.

http://www.ssb.no/english/subjects/06/02/arbmiljo_en/

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Palestinian National Authority:

Central Bureau of Statistics Press Release: "The Main Findings of the Economic Surveys Series, 2006" (Sep. 18, 2007, .pdf format, 1p.).

http://www.pcbs.gov.ps/Portals/_pcbs/PressRelease/Release%20_E2006_.pdf

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Poland:

Central Statistics Office Report: "Household budget surveys in 2006" (September 2007, .pdf and .zip compressed .pdf format, 172p.). The report is in Polish and English.

http://www.stat.gov.pl/gus/45_3467_ENG_HTML.htm

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Romania

National Institute of Statistics Periodicals:

A. International Trade Statistical Bulletin (No. 6, 2007 .pdf format, 120p.).

B. Industry Statistical Bulletin (No. 7, 2007, .pdf format, 141p.).

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

See under "ON LINE - Monthly Statistics"

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Slovenia:

Statistical Office News Releases:

A. "Enterprise Groups, Slovenia, 2005 (provisional data)" (Sep. 20, 2007).

http://www.stat.si/eng/novica_prikazi.aspx?id=1129

B. "Performance of enterprises by activity, detailed data, Slovenia, 2005" (Sep. 20, 2007).

http://www.stat.si/eng/novica_prikazi.aspx?id=1119

C. "Cinematography, detailed data, Slovenia, 2004 and 2005" (Sep. 19, 2007).

http://www.stat.si/eng/novica_prikazi.aspx?id=1137

D. "Production of films and videofilms, detailed data, Slovenia, 2004 and 2005" (Sep. 19, 2007).

http://www.stat.si/eng/novica_prikazi.aspx?id=1138

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Sweden:

Statistics Sweden News Releases:

A. "Environmental protection expenditure 2006: Industry spends one billion less on environmental protection expenditure" (Sep. 17, 2007).

http://www.scb.se/templates/pressinfo____213297.asp

B. "Economic management of municipalities in 2006: Large surplus for municipalities despite higher costs" (Sep. 18, 2007).

http://www.scb.se/templates/pressinfo____213366.asp

C. "Preliminary total income from employment and business 2006: Income differences between women and men increase" (Sep. 20, 2007).

http://www.scb.se/templates/pressinfo____213637.asp

D. "Charges/rents for newly-constructed dwellings in owner-occupied and rental buildings in 2006: One percent of newly-built dwellings vacant" (Sep. 20, 2007).

http://www.scb.se/templates/pressinfo____213630.asp

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UK:

1. Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs Report: "UK slaughter statistics" (Sep. 20, 2007, .pdf or Microsoft Excel format).

http://statistics.defra.gov.uk/esg/index/list.asp?i_id=056

2. National Statistics Office Report, Periodical:

A. "Local Authority Capital Expenditure And Receipts England 2006-07: 2nd Provisional Outturn" (Communities and Local Government Statistical Release, September 2007, .pdf format, 9p.).

http://www.local.odpm.gov.uk/finance/stats/cpr067.pdf

B. Financial Statistics, edited by Natu Somabhai Patel (No. 545, September 2007, .pdf format, 287p.).

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/StatBase/Product.asp?vlnk=376&Pos=1&ColRank=1&Rank=422

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OTHER REPORTS, ARTICLES, ETC.

Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis (Missouri) Periodical: Monetary Trends (October 2007, .pdf format, 20p.).

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

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Population Reference Bureau Article: "New Database Reveals State Variations in the U.S. Science and Engineering Labor Force," by Mark Mather (September 2007). The article links to profiles for each state, the US, and the District of Columbia (.pdf format).

http://www.prb.org/Articles/2007/NewDatabaseRevealsStateVariations.aspx

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National Research Council Monograph: Is America Falling Off the Flat Earth? by Norman R. Augustine (National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine (SEM), National Academies Press, 2007, OpenBook and .pdf format, 82p.). Note: NAP requires free registration before providing the .pdf version).

http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=12021

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WORKING PAPERS:

Federal Reserve Banks:

Federal Reserve Board:

A. "Combining Forecasts From Nested Models," by Todd E. Clark and Michael W. McCracken (Finance and Economic Discussion Series Working Paper No. 2007-43, September 2007, .pdf format, 34p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at

http://www.federalreserve.gov/Pubs/feds/2007/200743/200743abs.html

B. "Will Monetary Policy Become More of a Science?" by Frederic S. Mishkin (Finance and Economic Discussion Series Working Paper No. 2007-44, September 2007, .pdf format, 44p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.federalreserve.gov/Pubs/feds/2007/200744/200744abs.html

Federal Reserve Bank of New York: "The Microstructure of Cross-Autocorrelations," by Tarun Chordia, Asani Sarkar, and Avanidhar Subrahmanyam (Staff Report No. 303, September 2007, .pdf format, 43p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at

http://www.newyorkfed.org/research/staff_reports/sr303.html

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National Bureau of Economic Research: NBER has released the following working papers for the week of Sep. 3-10, 2007:

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

Latest papers are: 13422-13439

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Luxembourg Income Study:

A. "Women’s Part-Time Wage Penalties Across Countries," by Elena Bardasi and Janet Gornick (Working Paper No. 467, August 2007, .pdf format, 53p.).

Abstract:

This paper investigates wage gaps between part- and full-time women workers in six OECD countries in the mid-1990s. Using comparable micro-data from the Luxembourg Income Study (LIS), for Canada, Germany, Italy, Sweden, the UK, and the US, the paper first assesses crossnational variation in the direction, magnitude, and composition of the part-time/full-time wage differential. Then it analyzes variations across these countries in occupational segregation between part- and full-time workers. The paper finds a part-time wage penalty among women workers in all countries, except Sweden. Other than in Sweden, occupational differences between part- and full-time workers dominate the portion of the wage gap that is explained by observed differences between the two groups of workers. Across countries, the degree of occupational segregation between female part- and full-time workers is negatively correlated with the position of part-time workers’ wages in the full-time wage distribution.

http://www.lisproject.org/publications/liswps/467.pdf

B. " Ideology, Family Policy and Gender Economic Inequality: Different Models, Different Tradeoffs," by Hadas Mandel (Working Paper 465, July 2007, .pdf format, 34p.).

Abstract:

This paper focuses on cross-national differences in patterns of gender economic inequality, revealing their affinity to both welfare state policies and prevailing conceptions of gender equality. By mapping multiple aspects of inequality and assembling them into distinctive profiles, the paper shows that each pattern of state intervention is accompanied by an uneven record of achievements and failures in promoting gender equality. These tradeoffs can best be understood by placing them in the ideological contexts in which gender-related policies are embedded. Empirical illustrations are provided for four countries - Sweden, the USA, Germany and Italy - in each of which both the welfare state and the pattern of gender stratification are qualitatively distinct. Data are presented on labor force participation, women's placement in the occupational and wage hierarchies, their economic wellbeing, and their autonomy from male partners.

http://www.lisproject.org/publications/liswps/465.pdf

C. "Non-Working Time, Income Inequality, and Quality of Life Comparisons: The Case of the U.S. vs. the Netherlands," by Ellen Verbakel and Thomas DiPrete (Working Paper 464, July 2007, .pdf format, 42p.).

Abstract:

The distribution of well-being in society and comparisons of well-being across societies depend both on the amount of inequality at the national level and also on the national average level of well-being. Comparisons between the U.S. and western Europe show that inequality is greater in the U.S. but that average GDP/capita is also greater in the U.S., and most Americans have higher standards of living than do Western Europeans at comparable locations in their national income distributions. What is less well-known is that (depending on the country) much or all of this gap arises from differences in the level of working hours in the U.S. and in Western Europe. Crossnational comparisons of well-being have typically relied on the methodology of generalized Lorenz curves (GLC), but this approach privileges disposable income and cash transfers while ignoring other aspects of welfare state and labor market structure that potentially affect the distribution of well-being in a society. We take an alternative approach that focuses on the value of time use and the different distributions of work and family time that are generated by each country’s labor market and social welfare institutions. We show that reasonable estimates of the greater contribution to well-being from non-market activities such as the raising of children or longer vacations overturn claims in the literature that the U.S. offers greater well-being to more of its citizens than do Western European countries.

http://www.lisproject.org/publications/liswps/464.pdf

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International Monetary Fund: IMF has recently added new working papers. The papers are Nos. 222-225.

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: 4356-4368

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: 3056-3070

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Center for Economic Studies/Ifo Institute for Economic Research (CESifo) [Munich, Bavaria, Germany]: CESifo has recently released one new working paper:

http://www.cesifo.de/wp

and "Browse Working Paper List" for 2007.

The new paper is numbered 2088-2096

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Institute for Fiscal Studies [London, UK]: "Heterogeneity in consumer demands and the income effect: evidence from panel data," by Mette Christensen (IFS Working Papers, W16/07, September 2007, .pdf format, 30p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.ifs.org.uk/publications.php?publication_id=4043

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European Central Bank: The ECB has added several working papers recently. Papers (.pdf format) can be found at:

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

New papers are 807-809

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

Economic Journal (Vol. 117, No. 523, October 2007).

http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/toc/ecoj/117/523

Economics Letters (Vol. 97, No. 3, December 2007).

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/01651765

Journal of Econometrics (Vol. 141, No. 1, November 2007).

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/03044076

Journal of Monetary Economics (Vol. 54, No. 7, October 2007).

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/03043932

Journal of Political Economy (Vol. 115, No. 4, August 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/v115n4.html

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

American Economics Association: Job Openings for Economists (September 2007).

http://www.aeaweb.org/joe/0709d/html/

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LEGISLATION INFORMATION UPDATES:

US House Ways and Means Committee, Subcommittee on Income Security and Family Support Hearing Testimony: "Hearing on Modernizing Unemployment Insurance to Reduce Barriers for Jobless Workers," a hearing held Sep. 19, 2007. (HTML or .pdf format).

http://waysandmeans.house.gov/hearings.asp?formmode=detail&hearing=585

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US House Financial Services Hearing Publication: "Household Incomes and Housing Costs: A New Squeeze for American Families," a hearing held Apr. 4, 2007 (House Serial Publication 110-20, .ASCII text and .pdf format, 63p.).

http://www.gpoaccess.gov/chearings/search.html

Search 110th Congress, House Hearings for "110-20" (with the quotes).

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US Joint Economic Committee Hearing Publication: "Hearing: Addressing the Problem of African-American Male Unemployment," a hearing held Mar. 8, 2007 (Senate Hearing 110-107, ASCII text and .pdf format, 53p.).

http://www.gpoaccess.gov/chearings/search.html

Search 110th Congress, Senate Hearings for "110-107" (with the quotes).

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DATA:

US Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service:

A. "International Macroeconomic Data Set" (September 2007, Microsoft Excel format).

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

B. "Agricultural Exchange Rate Data Set" (September 2007, Microsoft Excel format).

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

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Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research: ICPSR at he University of Michigan released several new datasets Sept. 25, 2007 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

New and updated data:

http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/org/announce.html

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

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

Click on "list"

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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 5352 -Services Values Matrix, 2004

http://www.data-archive.ac.uk/findingData/snDescription.asp?sn=5352

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