Current Social Science Research Report--Economics #49, February 5, 2008.

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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

CONFERENCES

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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CENTRAL GOVERNMENT STATISTICAL AND NGO PUBLICATIONS

US

1. Treasury Department Periodical: Treasury Bulletin (December 2007,.pdf and Microsoft Word format, 118p.).

http://fms.treas.gov/bulletin/index.html

Note: this is a temporary address. When the next TB is released, this one, along with all others back to 1996, will be available at:

http://fms.treas.gov/bulletin/backissues.html

2. Bureau of Labor Statistics Periodicals:

A. NLS News (No. 08-130, 2008, .pdf format, 6p.)

http://www.bls.gov/nls/nls130.pdf

B. Compensation and Working Conditions Online. The most recent article dated Jan. 29, 2008.

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

3. Congressional Research Service Report: "What is a Recession, Who Decides When It Starts, and When Do They Decide?" by Brian W. Cashell (RS22793, January 2008, .pdf format, 4p.).

http://opencrs.cdt.org/document/RS22793

4. US Government Economic Releases from the National Bureau of Economic Research: Links to releases for Jan. 29-Feb. 5, 2008 are available at the site.

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

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US States:

Alabama:

Center for Business and Economic Research Periodical: Alabama Business (Vol. 77, No. 1, 1st Quarter 2008, January 2008, .pdf format, 7p.).

http://cber.cba.ua.edu/pdf/ab2008q1.pdf

Hawai'i:

Department of Business, Economic Development, & Tourism Periodical: Monthly Economic Indicators: December 2007 (January 2008, .pdf format, 5p., with county tables in Microsoft Excel format.

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

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NGOs and Other Countries:

United Nations:

Development Programme Report: "The Reduction of Fiscal Space in Zambia-Dutch Disease and Tight-Money Conditionalities," by John Weeks (Country Study No. 14, January 2008, .pdf format, 14p.).

http://www.undp-povertycentre.org/pub/IPCCountryStudy14.pdf

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European Commission:

Eurostat Periodical:

Statistics in Focus. The latest issues (08/4, 08/6-08/8, .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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Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Monograph: Economic Survey of the Netherlands, 2008 (January 2008, .pdf e-book format, 148p., ISBN: 9789264041097).

http://www.oecd.org/document/18/0,3343,en_2649_201185_39991250_1_1_1_1,00.html

The announcement page has a link to a topical policy brief (.pdf format, 11p., as well as other information). Click on "OECD Online Bookshop" at the bottom of the page for link to monograph information.

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International Monetary Fund Country Repots: The latest Country Reports span the time period from Jan. 30- Feb. 5, 2008 (No. 08/41-08/55):

http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/cat/scr1_sp.cfm?s_year=2008&e_year=2008&brtype=default

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Australia:

Queensland Office of Economic and Statistical Research Periodical: Queensland Economic Review (January 2008,.pdf format, 6p.).

http://www.oesr.qld.gov.au/queensland-by-theme/economic-performance/regular-publications/qld-econ-review/index.shtml

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Belarus:

Ministry of Statistics Report: "Main socio-economic indicators of the Republic of Belarus for 2007" (January 2008).

http://belstat.gov.by/homep/en/indicators/current1.php

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Brazil:

Instituto Brasiliero de Geographie e Estatistica (IBGE) News Release: "Quality of employment in the country has improved in the last four years" (Jan. 24, 2008). The news release links to a much more detailed report on the Monthly Employment Survey (.pdf and .zip compressed Microsoft Word format), which is in Portuguese.

http://www.ibge.gov.br/english/presidencia/noticias/noticia_visualiza.php?id_noticia=1078&id_pagina=1

Click on "Conjuncture Indicator" at the top right side of the page for link to report.

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Canada:

Statistics Canada/Statistique Canada Periodicals:

A. Insights on the Canadian Economy (No. 18, January 2008, .pdf format, 13p.). The topic of this issue is: "The Terms of Trade and Domestic Spending," by Ryan Macdonald.

http://www.statcan.ca/english/research/11-624-MIE/11-624-MIE2008018.htm

B. Perspectives on Labour and Income (January 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 26p.).

http://www.statcan.ca/english/freepub/75-001-XIE/75-001-XIE2008101.htm

C. "Farm Business Cash Flows: Agriculture Economic Statistics" (Vol. 6, No. 2, January 2008, .pdf format, 39p.).

http://www.statcan.ca/english/freepub/21-018-XIE/21-018-XIE2007002.htm

Click on "View" for full text.

D. Canadian Economic Observer (Vol. 21, No. 1, January 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 73p.).

http://www.statcan.ca/bsolc/english/bsolc?catno=11-010-X&CHROPG=1

E. Canadian Agriculture at a Glance (2008).

http://www.statcan.ca/english/freepub/96-325-XIE/96-325-XIE2007000.htm

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China:

National Bureau of Statistics Chart: "Monitoring Signals of Macro-Economic Climate Index" (December 2007).

http://www.stats.gov.cn/english/statisticaldata/monthlydata/macroeconomic/t20070327_402394636.htm

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Cyprus:

Statistical Service Report: "Labour: Annual Figures" (January 2008, Microsoft Excel format). Figures have been updated through 2007.

http://www.mof.gov.cy/mof/cystat/statistics.nsf/All/7D992D0EE213AF42C2256D40004167E7/$file/LABOUR-EN-310108.xls?OpenElement

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Denmark:

StatBank Denmark Updates:

A. DNVALA: Yearly exchange rates by currency, type and methodology (January 2008).

http://www.statbank.dk/DNVALA

B. "AAR07: Unemployed by region and sex (year)." (January 2008, data is now available for 2007).

http://www.statbank.dk/AAR07

C. "AARD07: Unemployed in per cent of the labour force by region and sex (year)." (January 2008, data is now available for 2007).

http://www.statbank.dk/AARD07

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Finland:

Statistics Finland News Releases:

A. "Revised financial accounts data for 2006 published" (Jan. 31, 2008). The news release links to topical tables (Microsoft Excel and interactive web extraction) and charts.

http://www.stat.fi/til/rtp/2006/rtp_2006_2008-01-31_tie_001_en.html

B. "Local government productivity fell slightly in 2006" (HTML and .pdf format, 5p., Jan. 31, 2008). The news release links to one topical table.

http://www.stat.fi/til/kktu/2006/kktu_2006_2008-01-31_tie_001_en.html

C. "Gross domestic product grew by 4.9 per cent in 2006" (Jan. 31, 2008). The news release links to topical tables (HTML and interactive web extraction).

http://www.stat.fi/til/vtp/2006/vtp_2006_2008-01-31_tie_001_en.html

D. "General government expenditure by function 1997-2006" (Jan. 31, 2008). The news release links to topical tables (interactive web extraction).

http://www.stat.fi/til/jmete/2006/jmete_2006_2008-01-31_tie_001_en.html

E. "Fixed capital stock stood at EUR 424 billion (628.25 billion US dollars) in 2006" (Jan. 31, 2008). The news release links to topical tables (Microsoft Excel and interactive web extraction).

http://www.stat.fi/til/pka/2006/pka_2006_2008-01-31_tie_001_en.html

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Georgia:

Statistics Georgia Periodical: Food Security Situation. Trends in Figures (No. 31, January 2008, .zip compressed .pdf format, 15p.). The publication is in Georgian and English.

http://www.statistics.ge/publication.php?plang=1&pform=-438

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Iceland:

Statistics Iceland News Releases:

A. "New registrations of limited liability companies 2003-2007" (No 14/2008, Jan. 30, 2008). The news release links to topical statistical tables (interactive web extraction. Click on "Statistics" at the bottom of the page.).

http://www.statice.is/Pages/444?NewsID=2801

B. "Earnings in the private sector 1998-2006" (No 15/2008, Jan. 31, 2008). The news release links to topical statistical tables (interactive web extraction. Click on "Statistics" at the bottom of the page).

http://www.statice.is/Pages/444?NewsID=3372

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India:

Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation Reports: Note: MSPI requires free registration before providing reports.

A. "Employment and Unemployment Situation in India 2005-06" (Report #522, National Social Survey 62nd Round, July 2005-June 2006, January 2008, .pdf format, 484p.).

B. "Household Consumer Expenditure in India, 2005-06: (Report #523, National Social Survey 62nd Round, July 2005-June 2006, January 2008 .pdf format, 133p.).

C. "Unorganised Manufacturing Sector In India - Employment, Assets and Borrowings" (Report #525, National Social Survey 62nd Round, July 2005-June 2006, January 2008 .pdf format, 302p.).

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

and scroll to the report number near the bottom of the page.

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Israel:

Central Bureau of Statistics Reports:

A. "National Accounts, 1995-2006" (January 2008, .pdf format, 115p., with ancillary information in Microsoft Word format, and tables in Microsoft Excel and .zip compressed Microsoft Excel format).

http://www1.cbs.gov.il/wehttp://www1.cbs.gov.il/webpub/pub/text_page_eng.html?publ=27&CYear=2006&CMonth=1

B. "Private Consumption Expenditure by Industry 1995-2006: (January 2008, .pdf format, 99p., with ancillary information in Microsoft Word format, and tables in Microsoft Excel and .zip compressed Microsoft Excel format).

http://www1.cbs.gov.il/webpub/pub/text_page_eng.html?publ=29&CYear=2006&CMonth=1

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Japan:

Statistics Bureau Statistical Maps, Report:

A. "Establishment and Enterprise Census 2006 Statistical Maps of Japan" (January 2008, .pdf format).

http://www.stat.go.jp/english/data/chiri/map/c_jigyou/index18.htm

B. "Labor Force Survey: 2007 Yearly Average Results" (January 2008, Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.stat.go.jp/english/data/roudou/154b.htm

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Macedonia:

State Statistical Office News Release: "Usage of information-communication technologies in the public sector" (January 2008, .pdf format, 6p.). The news release is in Macedonian and English).

http://www.stat.gov.mk/english/statistiki_eng.asp?ss=14.04&rbs=4

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Malta:

National Statistics Office News Release: "Expenditure of General Government Sector by function 2002-2006" (January 2008, .pdf format, 8p.).

http://www.nso.gov.mt/statdoc/document_view.aspx?id=2100&backUrl=news_by_date.aspx%3fretainCriteria%3dtrue

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Norway:

Statistics Norway News Release: "Structure of agriculture. Preliminary figures, 2007: Fewer than 50,000 farms" (Jan. 29, 2008). The news release links to eight topical tables.

http://www.ssb.no/english/subjects/10/04/10/stjord_en/

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Poland:

Central Statistical Office Reports:

A. "Poland Quarterly Statistics No 3/2007" (January 2008, .pdf and .zip compressed .pdf format, 71p.).

http://www.stat.gov.pl/gus/45_2776_ENG_HTML.htm

B. "Information on socio-economic situation of the country 2007" (January 2008,.pdf format, 6p.).

http://www.stat.gov.pl/gus/45_739_ENG_HTML.htm

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Serbia:

Statistical Office News Release: "External Trade Statistics: External trade, January - December 2007" (Jan. 31, 2008). The news release links to multiple topical news releases (.pdf format).

http://webrzs.statserb.sr.gov.yu/axd/en/index1.php?SifraVesti=242&Link=

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Sweden:

Statistics Sweden Press Release: "Statistics on day-time population for localities" (Feb. 4, 2008).

http://www.scb.se/templates/pressinfo____226689.asp

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UK:

1. Communities and Local Government Report: "Land Use Change in England: Residential Development to 2006, Update - January 2008" (January 2008, .pdf and Microsoft Word format, 9p., with data tables in Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.communities.gov.uk/publications/planningandbuilding/landusestats

2. Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs E-Digest: "Climate Change: UK Emissions of Carbon Dioxide, Methane and Nitrous Oxide by National Communication Source Category" (January 2008, HTML and Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.defra.gov.uk/environment/statistics/globatmos/gagccukem.htm

3. National Statistics Office Report, Periodical:

A. "Foreign Direct Investment 2006 Data" (February 2008, Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/statbase/Product.asp?vlnk=9614

B. Economic & Labour Market Review - February 2008 Edition Data Tables (February 2008, Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/elmr/02_08/data_page.asp

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OTHER REPORTS, ARTICLES, ETC.

Urban Institute Reports:

A. "Does the Federal Income Tax Favor Small Business?" by Eric Toder (January 2008, .pdf format, 21p). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://www.urban.org/url.cfm?ID=411606

B. "Understanding States' Fiscal Health During and After the 2001 Recession," by Elaine Maag and David F. Merriman (January 2008, .pdf format, 19p.).

http://www.urban.org/url.cfm?ID=1001135

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Center on Budget and Policy Priorities Press Release: "20 States Face Total Budget Shortfall Of At Least 34 Billion Dollars In 2009; 8 Others Expect Budget Problems," by Elizabeth C. McNichol and Iris Lav (January 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 5p.).

http://www.cbpp.org/1-15-08sfp.htm

More information about CBPP:

http://www.cbpp.org/info.html

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American Enterprise Institute For Public Policy Research Newsletters:

A. Economic Outlook Series, (February 2008, HTML, .pdf format, 6p.). The primary article in this issue is "The Risk Cycle," by John H. Makin.

http://www.aei.org/publications/pubID.27419/pub_detail.asp

B. Financial Services Outlook Series, (January 2008, HTML, .pdf format, 6p.). The primary article in this issue is "The FDIC on the Spot," by Peter J. Wallison.

http://www.aei.org/publications/pubID.27366/pub_detail.asp

More information on AEI:

http://www.aei.org/about/filter.all/default.asp

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WORKING PAPERS:

Federal Reserve Banks:

Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis [Missouri]: "Equity Portfolio Diversification under Time-Varying Predictability and Comovements: Evidence from Ireland, the US, and the UK," by Massimo Guidolin, and Stuart Hyde (Working Paper 2008-005A, January 2008, .pdf format, 32p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://research.stlouisfed.org/wp/more/2008-005/

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US Census Bureau:

A. "What Happens When Firms Patent? New Evidence from U.S. Economic Census Data," by Natarajan Balasubramanian and Jagadeesh Sivadasan (CES-WP-08-03, January 2008, .pdf format, 49p.).

Abstract:

In this study, we present novel statistics on the patenting in US manufacturing and new evidence on the question of what happens when firms patent. We do so by creating a comprehensive firm-patent matched dataset that links the NBER patent data (covering the universe of patents) to firm data from the US Census Bureau (which covers the universe of all firms with paid employees). Our linked dataset covers more than 48,000 unique assignees (compared to about 4,100 assignees covered by the Compustat-NBER link), representing almost two-thirds of all non-individual, non-university, non-government assignees from 1975 to 1997. We use the data to present some basic but novel statistics on the role of patenting in US manufacturing, including strong evidence confirming the highly skewed nature of patenting activity. Next, we examine what happens when firms patent by looking at a large sample of first time patentees. We find that while there are significant cross-sectional differences in size and total factor productivity between patentee firms and non-patentee firms, changes in patent ownership status within firms is associated with a contemporaneous and substantial increase in firm size, but little to no change in total factor productivity. This evidence suggests that patenting is associated with firm growth through new product innovations (firm scope) rather than through reduction in the cost of producing existing products (firm productivity). Consistent with this explanation, we find that when firms patent, there is a contemporaneous increase in the number of products that the firms produce. Estimates of (within-firm) elasticity of firm characteristics to patent stock confirm our results. Our findings are robust to alternative measures of size and productivity, and to various sample selection criteria.

http://www.ces.census.gov/index.php/ces/cespapers?down_key=101809

B. "Financial Intermediation and Late Development: The Case of Meiji Japan, 1868 to 1912," by John Tang (CES-WP-08-01, January 2008, .pdf format, 45p.).

Abstract:

Was nineteenth century Japan an example of finance-led growth? Using a new panel dataset of startup firms from the Meiji Period (1868-1912), I test whether financial sector development influenced the emergence of modern industries. Results from multiple econometric models suggest that increased financial intermediation, particularly from banks, is associated with greater firm establishment. This corresponds with the theory of late development that industrialization requires intermediaries to mobilize and allocate financing. The effect is pronounced in the second half of the period and for heavy industries, which may be due to improved institutions and larger capital requirements, respectively.

http://www.ces.census.gov/index.php/ces/cespapers?down_key=101807

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American Enterprise Institute For Public Policy Research: "The Incidence of a U.S. Carbon Tax: A Lifetime and Regional Analysis," by Kevin A. Hassett, Aparna Mathur, and Gilbert E. Metcalf (#141, January 31, 2008., pdf format, 39p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.aei.org/publications/pubID.27440/pub_detail.asp

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National Bureau of Economic Research: NBER has released the following working papers for the week of Jan. 20-26, 2008 :

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

New papers are: 17353-17366

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International Monetary Fund: IMF has recently added several new working papers. The papers are Nos. 13-33.

http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/cat/wp1_sp.cfm?s_year=2008&e_year=2008&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: 4500-4507.

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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%3D2008&topSelect=publications&subSelect=papers

The new working papers are: 3316-3329.

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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 2008.

The new papers are numbered 2201-2207

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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. 36, No. 1, February 2008).

http://projecteuclid.org/DPubS?service=UI&version=1.0&verb=Display&handle=euclid.aos

Canadian Journal of Economics (Vol. 41, No. 1, February 2008). Note: Full text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for availability of this database and issue.

http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/toc/caje/41/1

Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization (Vol. 65, No. 2, February 2008).

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/01672681

Review of Economics and Statistics (Vol. 90, No. 1, February 2008). Note: Full text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for availability of this database and issue.

http://www.mitpressjournals.org/toc/rest/90/1

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CONFERENCES:

From Conferencealerts.com:

"The International Business & Management Research Conference, Hawaii," (4 to 7 June 2008, Honolulu, Hawaii, United States).

http://www.conferencealerts.com/seeconf.mv?q=ca136m6m

"International Conference on Applied Economics 2008 (ICOAE 2008)," (15 to 17 May 2008, Kastoria, Greece).

http://www.conferencealerts.com/seeconf.mv?q=ca13636h

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

American Economics Association: Job Openings for Economists (JOE): February 2008:

http://www.aeaweb.org/joe/

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Chronicle of Higher Education:

Economic positions (Jan. 28-Feb. 5, 2008).

http://chronicle.com/jobs/100/200/2000/

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