Current Social Science Research Report--Economics #44, December 18, 2007.

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Index to this issue:

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CENTRAL GOVERNMENT AND NGO STATISTICAL PUBLICATIONS

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NGO AND OTHER COUNTRIES

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OTHER REPORTS, ARTICLES, ETC.

WORKING PAPERS

TABLES OF CONTENTS

LEGISLATION INFORMATION UPDATES

DATA

BIBLIOGRAPHY UPDATES

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CENTRAL GOVERNMENT STATISTICAL AND NGO PUBLICATIONS

US

1. Census Bureau Reports, News Releases, Facts for Feature:

A. "2007 Capital Spending Report: U.S. Capital Spending Patterns, 1999-2005," (December 2007, .pdf format, 22p.).

http://www.census.gov/csd/ace/report/capitalspendingreport2007.pdf

B. The Census Service Annual Survey has issued three news releases: " Doctors and Dentists Account for 27 Percent of 1.6 Trillion Dollars in Health Care Revenue (Dec. 13. 2007); Foreign Films Translate Into Growing Revenue Stream (Dec. 12, 2007); and Trucks Travel 91 Billion Miles as Part of 312 Billion Dollar Industry (Dec. 4, 2007). Each news release links to a separate Service Annual Survey (December 2007, .pdf format), which can be found below the news releases.

http://www.census.gov/econ/www/servmenu.html

C. "2007 Economic Census," (CB08-FFSE.07, December 17, 2007, HTML format).

http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/facts_for_features_special_editions/011092.html

2. Bureau of Economic Analysis Periodical: Survey of Current Business (Vol. 87, No. 12, December 2007, .pdf format).

http://www.bea.gov/scb/toc/1107cont.htm

3. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service Reports:

A. "Cotton and Wool Yearbook: 2007" (December 2007, .pdf format, 67p.).

http://usda.mannlib.cornell.edu/MannUsda/viewDocumentInfo.do?documentID=1228

B. "Commodity Payments, Farm Business Survival, and Farm Size Growth," by Nigel Key and Michael J. Roberts (Economic Research Report No. ERR-51, November 2007, .pdf format, 41p.).

http://www.ers.usda.gov/Publications/ERR51/

C. "The U.S. Grain Consumption Landscape: Who Eats Grain, in What Form, Where, and How Much?" by Biing-Hwan Lin and Steven T. Yen (Economic Research Report No. ERR-50, November 2007, .pdf format, 29p.).

http://www.ers.usda.gov/Publications/ERR50/

4. Government Accountability Office Reports:

A. "A Call For Stewardship: Enhancing the Federal Government's Ability to Address Key Fiscal and Other 21st Century Challenges" (GAO-08-93SP, December 2007, .pdf format, 32p.).

http://www.gao.gov/docsearch/abstract.php?rptno=GAO-08-93SP

B. "Securities and Exchange Commission: Opportunities Exist to Improve Oversight of Self-Regulatory Organizations" (GAO-08-33, November 2007, .pdf format, 67p.).

http://www.gao.gov/docsearch/abstract.php?rptno=GAO-08-33

C. "Tax Administration: 2007 Filing Season Continues Trend of Improvement, but Opportunities to Reduce Costs and Increase Tax Compliance Should be Evaluated" (GAO-08-38, November 2007, .pdf format, 45p.).

http://www.gao.gov/docsearch/abstract.php?rptno=GAO-08-38

D. "Tax Compliance: Federal Grant and Direct Assistance Recipients Who Abuse the Federal Tax System" (GAO-08-31, November 2007, .pdf format, 30p.).

http://www.gao.gov/docsearch/abstract.php?rptno=GAO-08-31

5. US Government Economic Releases from the National Bureau of Economic Research: Links to releases for Dec. 12-18, 2007 are available at the site.

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

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NGOs and Other Countries

United Nations:

Development Programme Report: "Human Development Report -  Fighting climate change: Human solidarity in a divided world" (Human Development Report 2007/2008, November 2007, .pdf format, 384p.).

http://hdr.undp.org/en/reports/global/hdr2007-2008/

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European Commission:

Eurostat Periodical: Statistics in Focus. The latest issue (07/123-07/127, .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: The latest Country Reports span the time period from Dec. 13-17, 2007 (No. 07/378-07/387).

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

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Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Programme Report: "The 2008 Latin American Economic Outlook Report" (December 2007). Ordering information for a .pdf copy of the report is available at the site.

http://www.oecd.org/document/25/0,3343,en_2649_201185_38344793_1_1_1_1,00.html

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UK:

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Report: "Farm Accounts in England: 2005/06" (December 2007, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format).

http://statistics.defra.gov.uk/esg/publications/fab/default.asp

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OTHER REPORTS, ARTICLES, ETC.

Urban Institute Policy Brief, Reports:

A. "Better Workers for Better Jobs: Improving Worker Advancement in the Low-Wage Labor Market," by Harry Holzer (Policy Brief 2007-15, December 2007, .pdf format, 8p.).

http://www.urban.org/url.cfm?ID=1001118

B. "Revenue and Distributional Effects of the Individual Income and Estate Tax Provisions of Senator Thompson's Plan for Tax Relief and Economic Growth," by Leonard E. Burman, Greg Leiserson, and Jeff Rohaly (Tax Policy Center, December 2007, .pdf format, 15p.).

http://www.urban.org/publications/411585.html

C. "Immigrant Integration in Low-income Urban Neighborhoods: improving Economic Prospects and Strengthening Connections for Vulnerable Families," by Lynette A. Rawlings, Randolph Capps, Kerstin Gentsch, and Karina Fortuny (November 2007, .pdf format, 63p.).

http://www.urban.org/publications/411574.html

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Brookings Institution Reports:

A. "A Hand Up: A Strategy to Reward Work, Expand Opportunity, and Reduce Poverty," by Jason Bordoff, Jason Furman, and Paige Shevlin (December 2007, .pdf format, 31p.).

http://www.brookings.edu/papers/2007/12_rewardwork_furman.aspx

B. "New Hope: Fulfilling America’s Promise to "Make Work Pay"," by Hans Bos, Greg J. Duncan, Lisa A. Gennetian, and Heather D. Hill (December 2007, .pdf format, 31p.).

http://www.brookings.edu/papers/2007/12_work_gennetian.aspx

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Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis (Missouri) Periodical: National Economic Trends (December 2007, .pdf format, 27p.).

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

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Economist Articles:

A. "Cheap no more: Rising incomes in Asia and ethanol subsidies in America have put an end to a long era of falling food prices," by Gerrit Buntrock (Dec. 6, 2007).

http://www.economist.com/opinion/displaystory.cfm?story_id=10250420&CFID=375263&CFTOKEN=122ef80120d1026-D44BCFDD-B27C-BB00-012BD1880C19FFD6

B. "The end of cheap food" (Leader [Editorial], Dec. 6, 2007).

http://www.economist.com/opinion/displayStory.cfm?Story_ID=10252015

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Elsevier Book: Handbook of Work-Family Integration: Research, Theory, and Best Practices," edited by Karen Korabik, Donna Lero, and Denise Whitehead (February 2008, 440p., ISBN: 978-0-12-372574-5). For more information, including ordering information, see:

http://books.elsevier.com/us/bookscat/search/details.asp?country=United+States&community=socsci&txtSearch=socsci&searchfield=community&imprint=Academic+Press&operator=%3D&textbook=&highlight=0&display=collapse&isbn=9780123725745&srccode=&ref=&mscssid=GC57J93CU2VX9NB2C0XD9A0PHSTJ27C2

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WORKING PAPERS:

Federal Reserve Banks:

Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland [Ohio]: "The National Banking System: Empirical Observations," by Bruce Champ (WP07-19, December 2007, .pdf format, 42p.).

This paper provides a summary of the main features of U.S. financial and banking data during the period of the National Banking System (1863-1914). The purpose of the paper is to provide an overview of the stylized facts associated with the era, with an emphasis on those impinging on national bank behavior. The paper takes a detailed look at key elements of national bank balance sheets over time, over the seasons, and during panic periods. The interesting and puzzling patterns of interest rate movements during the era also are examined. The paper introduces a new set of disaggregated data on the national bank era that has not been examined by prior research. As data are presented in the paper, some of the key puzzles associated with the era are introduced.

This paper represents a preliminary chapter from a forthcoming monograph on the period of the National Banking System. Other chapters of the monograph will appear in the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland’s working paper series.

http://www.clevelandfed.org/research/workpaper/2007/wp0719.pdf

Federal Reserve Bank of New York: "Is There Still an Added-Worker Effect?" by Chinhui Juhn and Simon Potter (Staff Report No. 310, December 2007, .pdf format, 42p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.newyorkfed.org/research/staff_reports/sr310.html

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National Bureau of Economic Research: NBER has released the following working papers for the week of Dec. 10-17, 2007:

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

New papers are: 13658-13675

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International Monetary Fund: IMF has recently added several new working papers. The papers are Nos. 276-278, 281:

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 a new working paper. See the list at:

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

New papers are: 4435-4453.

Click on "More" for the rest.

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Centre d'Etudes de Populations, de Pauvreté et de Politiques Socio-Economiques / International Network for Studies in Technology, Environment, Alternatives, Development--Integrated Research Infrastructure in the Socio-economic Sciences (CEPS/INSTEAD--IRISS): "The impact of technological changes on incentives and motivations to work hard," by Ludivine Martin (IRISS Working Paper No. 2007-15, December 2007, .pdf format, 36p.).

Abstract:

The diffusion of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) associated with the diffusion of new work practices since fifteen years has raised concerns about the impact of these changes on productivity. Some recent studies underline a positive impact of ICT and of new work practices on firms’ productivity. But as well known in the principal-agent literature agents are predisposed to shirking, so, in order to obtain productivity gains firms need to provide workers with sufficient incentives and to encourage motivations. Our main results, obtained with data collected in Luxembourg in 2004-2005, indicate that ICT permit to create a team spirit and an enriching work environment that influences positively pure intrinsic motivations of workers. These motivations, associated with positive incentives, can be substitutes for the direct monitoring introduced usually to obtain the effort of employees, but hard to be used in a context of increasing autonomy.

http://www.ceps.lu/pdf/11/art1297.pdf

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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:

The new working papers are: 3200-3232

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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 2159-2169

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New Economic Papers (NEP)-ALL. The latest list of New Economic Papers (Dec. 8, 2007).

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 Development and Cultural Change (Vol. 56, No. 2, January 2008). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library and the EBSCO Host Academic Search Elite Database. Check your library for the availability of these databases and this issue.

http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/toc/edcc/56/2

Journal of Econometrics (Vol. 142, No. 2, February 2008).

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

Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control (Vol. 32, No. 1, January 2008).

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/01651889

Journal of Economic Literature (Vol. 45, No. 4, December 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.aeaweb.org/articles/issue_detail.php?journal=JEL&volume=45&issue=4&issue_date=December%202007

Journal of Financial Economics (Vol. 87, No. 1, January 2008).

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/0304405X

Journal of Political Economy (Vol. 115, No. 5, October 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/toc/jpe/2007/115/5

Oxford Economic Papers (Vol. 60, No. 1, January 2008). 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://oep.oxfordjournals.org/content/vol60/issue1/

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LEGISLATION INFORMATION UPDATES:

US Committee on the Budget Hearing Testimony: "CBO's Long-Term Budget Outlook," a hearing held December 13, 2007 (.pdf format).

http://budget.house.gov/hearings/2007/12-13-LTBO_Testimony.pdf

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DATA:

US Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service: "Farm Income" (December 2007, HTML, Microsoft Excel, and IBM Lotus spreadsheet format).

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

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Luxembourg Income Study: "Revision notes - Estonia 1999," (December 2007).

http://www.lisproject.org/techdoc/revisions.htm#rev40

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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 5742 -Family Resources Survey, 2005-2006

http://www.data-archive.ac.uk/findingData/snDescription.asp?sn=5742

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BIBLIOGRAPHY UPDATES:

Panel Study Of Income Dynamics Bibliography Update: The University of Michigan Institute for Social Research PSID has recently added the following item to its bibliography. The entire bibliography can be searched or browsed in various ways at:

http://psidonline.isr.umich.edu/Publications/Bibliography/default.aspx

Shin, Donggyun and Solon, Gary. New Evidence on Real Wage Cyclicality Within Employer-Employee Matches. Scottish Journal of Political Economy. 2007; 54(5):645-660.

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