Current Social Science Research Report--Economics #51, February 19, 2008.

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

CONFERENCES

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

LEGISLATION INFORMATION UPDATES

BIBLIOGRAPHY UPDATES

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CENTRAL GOVERNMENT STATISTICAL AND NGO PUBLICATIONS

US:

1. Council of Economic Advisors Compendium: Economic Report of the President: 2008 (February 2008, .pdf format, 354p., with statistical tables in Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.gpoaccess.gov/eop/index.html

2. Bureau of Economic Analysis Periodical: Survey of Current Business (Vol. 88, No. 2, February 2008, .pdf format).

http://www.bea.gov/scb/index.htm

3. Bureau of Labor Statistics New Release, Report.

A. "Major Work Stoppages In 2007." (February 13, 2008, ASCII text, HTML, and .pdf format,9p.)

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/wkstp.toc.htm

B. "Labor force and employment estimates smoothed for population adjustments, 1990-2007 (February 2008. .pdf format, 4p.).

http://www.bls.gov/cps/cpspopsm.pdf

4. Department of the Treasury Office Of Public Affairs. Fact Sheet. "Examples Of How The Economic Growth Act Of 2008 Will Benefit Americans (Feb. 13, 2008,.pdf format,5p.)

http://www.treas.gov/press/releases/reports/fact%20sheet%20examples.pdf

5. Congressional Budget Office Letter: "Analysis of the Growth in Funding for Operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Elsewhere in the War on Terrorism." (February 2008,.pdf format, 15p.)

http://www.cbo.gov/ftpdocs/89xx/doc8971/02-11-WarCosts_Letter.pdf

6. Office of Personnel Management Report: "Federal Equal Opportunity Recruitment Program: FY 2007" (February 2008, .pdf format,54p.).

http://www.opm.gov/feorpreports/2007/feorp2007.pdf

7. Government Accountability Office Report: "The Federal Government's Financial Health: A Citizen’s Guide" (February 2008, Citizen's Guide, .pdf format, 8p., full report, .pdf format, 182p.).

http://www.gao.gov/financial/fy2007financialreport.html

8. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service Report: "USDA Agricultural Projections to 2017," by Paul Westcott (February 2008, .pdf format, 110p.).

http://www.ers.usda.gov/Publications/OCE081/

9. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Statistics Service:"Crop Values 2007 Summary." (February 2008,.pdf format, 45p.)

http://www.nass.usda.gov/Publications/Todays_Reports/reports/cpvl0208.pdf

10. Energy Information Administration: "Country Analysis Brief: Argentina." (February 2008, HTML and .pdf format,10p.)

http://www.eia.doe.gov/emeu/cabs/Argentina/Background.html

11. US Government Economic Releases from the National Bureau of Economic Research: Links to releases for Feb. 12-19, 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 Report: "Measuring Economic Diversification in Hawaii" (February 2008, .pdf format, 36p.).

http://hawaii.gov/dbedt/info/economic/data_reports/EconDiversification/index_html

Link to full text is at the bottom of the page.

Idaho:

Department of Labor Report: "Idaho Fringe Benefits Survey 2007" (February 2008, .pdf format, 22p.).

http://labor.idaho.gov/publications/fringe_benefits_2007.pdf

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NGOs and Other Countries:

United Nations:

United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Policy Brief: "Concerted international policy action needed to tackle worsening global outlook," (UN-DESA Policy Brief No. 5, February 2008, .pdf format, 2p.).

http://www.un.org/esa/policy/policybriefs/policybrief5.pdf

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European Commission:

Eurostat Statistical Book, Periodicals:

A. Consumers in Europe - Facts and figures on services of general interest (2007, .pdf format, 182p.).

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

B. "Labour Market Latest Trends 3rd quarter 2007 data," by Fabrice Romans (Data in Focus No. 4, 2008, February 2008, 8p.).

http://epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/portal/page?_pageid=1073,46587259&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL&p_product_code=KS-QA-08-004

C. Statistics in Focus. The latest issues (08/9-11, 08/13, .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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World Bank Monograph: Public Finance in China--Reform and Growth for a Harmonious Society, edited by Jiwei Lou and Shuilin Wang (2008, 400p., ISBN: 0-8213-6927-X). For more information see:

http://publications.worldbank.org/ecommerce/catalog/product?item_id=6351463

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International Monetary Fund Country Repots: The latest Country Reports span the time period from Feb. 5-Feb. 8, 2008 (No. 08/59-08/68):

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

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Australia:

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Report: "National public health expenditure report 2005-06," (Health and welfare expenditure series no. 32, February 2008, .pdf format, 178p.).

http://www.aihw.gov.au/publications/index.cfm/title/10528

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Brazil:

Instituto Brasiliero de Geographie e Estatistica (IBGE) News Release: "In 2007, agriculture industry increased 5.0%" (Feb. 11, 2008). The news release links "Conjuncture Indicator" to a report and tables on the topic (report in .pdf format, tables in HTML format, all in Portuguese).

http://www.ibge.gov.br/english/presidencia/noticias/noticia_visualiza.php?id_noticia=1084&id_pagina=1

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Bulgaria:

National Statistical Institute "Actual Themes," Press Releases:

A. "Price Indices for Goods and Services Currently Consumed In Agriculture (Input I) for Year 2007 " (Actual Theme, February 2008).

http://www.nsi.bg/ZActual_e/AgrMeans07.htm

B. "Prices and Price Indices for Agricultural Products and Live Animals for Year 2007" (Actual Theme, February 2008).

http://www.nsi.bg/ZActual_e/AgrPrices07.htm

C. "Consumer Price Index Series By Months, May 1990 - January 2008" (Press Release, Feb. 13, 2008).

http://www.nsi.bg/ZActual_e/CPIrev.htm

D. "Harmonized Index of Consumer Prices Series by Months, January 1997 - January 2008" (Press Release, Feb. 13, 2008).

http://www.nsi.bg/ZActual_e/HICPrev.htm

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Canada:

Statistics Canada/Statistique Canada Research Papers:

A. "The Canadian Immigrant Labour Market in 2006: Analysis by Region or Country of Birth," by Jason Gilmore (February 2008.,pdf format, 42p.)

http://www.statcan.ca/english/freepub/71-606-XIE/71-606-XIE2008002.htm

B. "Salaries and Salary Scales of Full-time Teaching Staff at Canadian Universities, 2005/06: Final Report," by Education Finances, Postsecondary Faculty and Tuition Statistics Section (February 2008,.pdf format,60p.)

http://www.statcan.ca/english/research/81-595-MIE/81-595-MIE2008061.htm

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Finland:

Statistics Finland News Releases:

A. "Innovation activity more widespread than before among enterprises" (Feb. 14, 2008). The news release links to seven topical tables and six topical figures.

http://www.stat.fi/til/inn/2006/inn_2006_2008-02-14_tie_001_en.html

B. "Vehicle stock grew by 3,8 per cent in 2007" (Feb. 15, 2008).

http://www.stat.fi/til/mkan/2007/mkan_2007_2008-02-15_tie_001_en.html

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Germany:

Federal Statistical Office Press Release, STATmagazine Article:

A. "Number of employees in manufacturing increasing by 1.7% in the year 2007" (Feb. 15, 2008). The news release links to a German language news release that contains topical tables.

http://www.destatis.de/jetspeed/portal/cms/Sites/destatis/Internet/EN/press/pr/2008/02/PE08__057__421,templateId=renderPrint.psml

B. "Germany as an export nation," by Peter Bleses (STATmagazine, Feb. 15, 2008).

http://www.destatis.de/jetspeed/portal/cms/Sites/destatis/Internet/EN/Navigation/Publications/STATmagazin/NationalAccounts2007__12,templateId=renderPrint.psml__nnn=true

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Hungary:

Statistical Office First Release: "Industry, January-December 2007" (Jan. 15, 2008, .pdf format, 14p.). Tables are in Hungarian and English.

http://portal.ksh.hu/pls/ksh/docs/eng/xftp/gyor/ipa/eipa20712.pdf

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Israel:

Central Bureau of Statistics Reports:

A. "Agriculture in Israel: The Industry Account, Price Index of Output and Input, 2005-2006" (November 2007, .pdf, Microsoft Excel and .zip compressed Microsoft Excel format, 70p., with ancillary material in Microsoft Word format).

http://www1.cbs.gov.il/webpub/pub/text_page_eng.html?publ=21&CYear=2006&CMonth=1

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B. "National Expenditure on Culture, Recreation and Sports: 1984/85-2006" (January 2008, .pdf, Microsoft Excel and .zip compressed Microsoft Excel format, 109p., with ancillary material in Microsoft Word format).

http://www1.cbs.gov.il/webpub/pub/text_page_eng.html?publ=3&CYear=2006&CMonth=1

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Japan:

Statistics Bureau Reports:

A. "Family Income and Expenditure Survey (2007 Yearly Average)" (February 2008).

http://www.stat.go.jp/english/data/kakei/156n.htm

B. "Family Income and Expenditure Survey (Total Households)(2007 Yearly Average)" (February 2008, Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.stat.go.jp/english/data/sousetai/9.htm

C. "Family Income and Expenditure Survey (One-person Households)(2007 Yearly Average)" (February 2008, Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.stat.go.jp/english/data/tanshin/8.htm

D. "Survey of Household Economy (Items Related To Expenditure)(December 2007 and The Fourth Quarter of 2007 and 2007 Yearly Average) / (Items Related To Information Technology(IT))(The Fourth Quarter of 2007 and 2007 Yearly Average)" (February 2008, Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.stat.go.jp/english/data/joukyou/12.htm

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Jordan:

Department of Statistics News Releases:

A. "National exports rise by 8.5% during 2007" (Feb. 13, 2008).

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

B. "3.1% the average increase in quantities of industrial Production during 2007" (Feb. 11, 2008).

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

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Latvia:

Statistics Latvia News Releases: (Note: for all the below listed news releases, if the release is in Latvian, click on the "EN" tab at the top right of the page for the English version.

A. "On sown area under principal agricultural crops, production and average yield in 2007," by Guna Karlsone (Feb. 18, 2008).

http://www.csb.gov.lv/csp/events/?mode=arh&period=02.2008&cc_cat=473&id=5568

B. "Building permits granted in 2007," by Arvids Uibo (Feb. 15, 2008).

http://www.csb.gov.lv/csp/events/?mode=arh&period=02.2008&cc_cat=472&id=5567

C. "Foreign trade of Latvia in food products and fuel in 2007," by Lilita Laganovska (Feb. 14, 2008).

http://www.csb.gov.lv/csp/events/?mode=arh&period=02.2008&cc_cat=474&id=5566

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Lithuania:

Statistics Department News Release: "Construction statistics: In 2007 construction of dwellings grew by 27 per cent" (Feb. 14, 2008).

http://www.stat.gov.lt/en/news/view/?id=3247&PHPSESSID=43f2da95e7b4baf41adc1d6eb640641c

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Malta:

National Statistics Office News Release: "Census of Fisheries 2006 (February 2008, .pdf format, 6p.).

http://www.nso.gov.mt/statdoc/document_view.aspx?id=2107&backUrl=news_by_date.aspx%3fretainCriteria%3dtrue

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Mongolia:

National Statistical Office Report: "Economic and Social Situation of Mongolia (As first 1months of 2008)" (February 2008).

http://www.nso.mn/eng/more.php?PHPSESSID=0381f5c8330c4b4680dd3c06f03fb3e7

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Netherlands:

Statistics Netherlands Web Magazine Article: "Water tax proceeds marginally up again," by Paul van der Beek and Dick Zeldenrust (Feb. 12, 2008).

http://www.cbs.nl/en-GB/menu/themas/overheid-politiek/publicaties/artikelen/archief/2008/2008-2387-wm.htm

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Norway:

Statistics Norway News Releases:

A. "Household payments in kindergartens. Rates of change, January 2008: Moderate increase in kindergarten fees" (Feb. 11, 2008).

http://www.ssb.no/english/subjects/04/02/10/barnegenend_en/

B. "Tax statistics. Survey of tax assessment, 2006: Increase in assessed taxes" (Feb. 12, 208). The news release links to two topical tables.

http://www.ssb.no/english/subjects/05/01/skattlign_en/

C. "Business services, breakdown of turnover by product, 2005" (Feb. 13, 2008). The report links to seven topical tables.).

http://www.ssb.no/english/subjects/10/14/ftot_en/

D. "Labour Force Survey. Patterns of working time, 2006 and 2007: One in three works outside regular hours" (Feb. 18, 2008). The news release links to eight topical tables.

http://www.ssb.no/english/subjects/06/01/akutidord_en/

E. "Labour Force Survey - data on occupations 2007: Rise in employment for most occupations" (Feb. 18, 2008). The news release links to eight topical tables.

http://www.ssb.no/english/subjects/06/01/yrkeaku_en/

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Oman:

Ministry of National Economy Periodical: "Monthly Statistical Bulletin January 2008 (January 2008, .pdf format). The periodical is in Arabic and English.

http://www.moneoman.gov.om/publication_detail.asp?pid=362

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Poland:

Central Statistical Office Report: "Science and technology in Poland in 2006" (February 2008, .pdf format and .zip compressed .pdf format, 249p.). The report is in Polish and English.

http://www.stat.gov.pl/gus/45_800_ENG_HTML.htm

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Romania:

National Institute of Statistics Periodical: Monthly Statistical Bulletin (No. 12, December 2007, released February 2008, .pdf format, 195p.). The periodical is in Romanian and English.

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

Click on the title page icon under the title.

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Slovenia:

Statistical Office Reports:

A. "Livestock slaughter in slaughterhouses, Slovenia, 2007 and December 2007," by Milena Lesic and Ales Stele (Feb. 14, 2008).

http://www.stat.si/eng/novica_prikazi.aspx?id=1437

B. "Craft enterprises, Slovenia, 2006," by Aleksander Skalic (Feb. 14, 2008).

http://www.stat.si/eng/novica_prikazi.aspx?id=1404

C. "Real income from agriculture--second estimate, Slovenia, 2007," by Irena Zaucer (Feb. 15, 2008). The news release links to a topical spreadsheet ("Attachments"--Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.stat.si/eng/novica_prikazi.aspx?id=1432

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Sri Lanka:

Department of Census and Statistics Report: "Preliminary Report of the Census of Public & Semi - Government Sector Employment - 2006" (2007, .pdf format).

http://www.statistics.gov.lk/empcensus/Emp_Census_2006/Contents.html

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Sweden:

Statistics Sweden Press Releases:

A. "Capital gains and capital losses 2006: Shares and funds showed large capital gains in 2006" (Feb. 18, 2008).

http://www.scb.se/templates/pressinfo____227415.asp

B. "Consumers' changes between electricity suppliers in 2007: More households switched electricity suppliers in 2007" (Feb. 15, 2008).

http://www.scb.se/templates/pressinfo____227514.asp

C. "New construction of residential buildings, Started dwellings 2007: Decrease in new construction of multi-dwelling buildings" (Feb. 15, 2008).

http://www.scb.se/templates/pressinfo____227385.asp

D. "Sweden's supply and use of electricity 2007: 2007: Electricity use unchanged while electricity production increases (Feb. 13, 2008).

http://www.scb.se/templates/pressinfo____227283.asp

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Ukraine:

State Statistics Committee Reports:

A. "Aggregate data" (Feb. 19, 2008).

http://www.ukrstat.gov.ua/operativ/operativ2006/sg/sg_rik/sg_e/zp_e.html

B. "Basic social and economic indicators for the CIS countries in 2007" (Feb. 19, 2008).

http://www.ukrstat.gov.ua/operativ/operativ2007/sesks/sesks_e/sesks1207_e.html

C. "Residential buildings put into service and the number of apartments built" (Feb. 18, 2008).

http://www.ukrstat.gov.ua/operativ/operativ2007/ibd/vez/vez_rik06_e.html

D. "Financial results of Ukraine’s enterprises, 2007 (preliminary data)" Feb. 15, 2008).

http://www.ukrstat.gov.ua/operativ/operativ2007/fin/frg/frg_e/frg1207_e.htm

E. "Disposable income of households for January--December of 2007 (Feb. 14, 2008).

http://www.ukrstat.gov.ua/operativ/operativ2007/gdn/ndn/ndn_e/ndn1207_e.html

F. "Household income and expenditure for January--December of 2007 (Feb. 14, 2008).

http://www.ukrstat.gov.ua/operativ/operativ2007/gdn/dvn/dvn_e/dvn1207_e.html

G. "Non-working population registered by State Service of Employment in 1999-2007, by sex and occupational group" (Feb. 14, 2008).

http://www.ukrstat.gov.ua/operativ/operativ2006/rp/zrp/zrp_e/knzn_rik_e.html

H. "Registered unemployed in 1999-2007, by sex and residence" (Feb. 14, 2008).

http://www.ukrstat.gov.ua/operativ/operativ2006/rp/zrp/zrp_e/kzbs_rik_e.html

I. "Registered unemployed in 1999-2007, by cause of unemployment" (Feb. 14, 2008).

http://www.ukrstat.gov.ua/operativ/operativ2006/rp/zrp/zrp_e/kzbp_rik_e.html

J. "Demand of enterprises for employees in 2002-2007, by type of economic activity" (Feb. 14, 2008).

http://www.ukrstat.gov.ua/operativ/operativ2006/rp/zrp/zrp_e/pp_rik_e.html

K. "Demand of enterprises for employees in 1999-2007, by occupational group" (Feb. 14, 2008).

http://www.ukrstat.gov.ua/operativ/operativ2006/rp/zrp/zrp_e/pppg_rik_e.html

L. "Supply of non-working individuals per vacant work places in 1999-2007, by occupational group" (Feb. 14, 2008).

http://www.ukrstat.gov.ua/operativ/operativ2006/rp/zrp/zrp_e/nav_rik_e.html

M. "Job placement of individuals not engaged in labor activity in 1999-2007, by sex" (Feb. 14, 2008).

http://www.ukrstat.gov.ua/operativ/operativ2006/rp/zrp/zrp_e/prs_rik_e.html

N. "Job placement of individuals not engaged in labor activity in 2002-2007, by type of economic activity"

http://www.ukrstat.gov.ua/operativ/operativ2006/rp/zrp/zrp_e/prved_rik_e.html

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UK:

National Statistics Office, Various:

A. "International comparisons of productivity" (First Release, Feb. 19, 2008, .pdf format, 11p.).

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/pdfdir/icp0208.pdf

B. Economic & Labour Market Review (March 2008, Selected Data Tables, Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/elmr/03_08/

C. Economic & Labour Market Review (February 2008, .pdf format, with complete data tables, Microsoft Excel format).

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

D. "PRODCOM (manufactured PRODucts of the European COMmunity) annual industry reports 2006: phase 13" (February 2008, .pdf format).

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/onlineproducts/PRODCOM2006_annual.asp

E. Financial Statistics, edited by Natu Somabhai Patel (No. 549, February 2008, .pdf format, 287p.).

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/statbase/Product.asp?vlnk=376

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Uzbekistan:

Portal of the State Authority News Release: "Uzbekistan’s GDP increases by 9.5% in 2007" (Feb. 11, 2008).

http://www.gov.uz/en/content.scm?contentId=33199

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Zambia:

Central Statistical Office Periodical: The Monthly (Vol. 58, January 2008, .pdf format, 20p.).

http://zamstats.websitedesign.co.zm/media/cpi0108.pdf

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OTHER REPORTS, ARTICLES, ETC.:

American Enterprise Institute Brief: "Taxing Capital," by Alex Brill (Tax Policy Outlook No. 1, February 2008, .pdf and HTML format, 7p.).

http://www.aei.org/publications/pubID.27474/pub_detail.asp

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Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council) "Patent Reform:Protecting IP, Enabling Innovation, & Bolstering Entrepreneurship," by Raymond J. Keating (February 2008,.pdf format,28p.). "The study reviews the historical and economic rational for protecting intellectual property; the economic significance of innovation and IP industries; the central and growing role small firms play in the innovation economy; the problems facing the current patent system; and the needed reforms that will produce a more effective patent system."

http://www.sbecouncil.org/uploads/SBEC%20polseries%20IPPatents02081.pdf

For More Information About SBEC see:

http://www.sbecouncil.org/about/

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National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) [London, UK] Technical Report: "Beyond the creative industries: Mapping the creative economy in the United Kingdom," by Peter Higgs, Stuart Cunningham and Hasan Bakhshi (February 2008.,pdf format, 115p.):

http://www.nesta.org.uk/assets/pdf/beyond_creative_industries_report_NESTA.pdf

More information about NESTA:

http://www.nesta.org.uk/about/index.aspx

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WORKING PAPERS:

Federal Reserve Banks:

Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta [Georgia]:

A. "The Tax Treatment of Homeowners and Landlords and the Progressivity of Income Taxation," by Matthew Chambers, Carlos Garriga, and Don Schlagenhauf (Working Paper 2008-6, February 2008, .pdf format, 41p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.frbatlanta.org/invoke.cfm?objectid=0A44543C-5056-9F12-123BCDD28607FB7E&method=display

B. "On Policy Interactions among Nations: When Do Cooperation and Commitment Matter?" by Hubert Kempf and Leopold von Thadden (Working Paper 2008-5, February 2008, .pdf format, 36p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.frbatlanta.org/invoke.cfm?objectid=0A40A1ED-5056-9F12-12653C127101A28A&method=display

Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis [Missouri]: "When Does Determinacy Imply Expectational Stability?" by James B. Bullard and Stefano Eusepi (Working Paper 2008-007A, February 2008, .pdf format, 33p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at

http://research.stlouisfed.org/wp/more/2008-007/

Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia [Pennsylvania]:

A. "Efficiency in Banking: Theory, Practice, and Evidence," by Joseph P. Hughes and Loretta J. Mester (Working Paper No. 08-1, January 2008, .pdf format, 32p.).

Abstract:

Great strides have been made in the theory of bank technology in terms of explaining banks’ comparative advantage in producing informationally intensive assets and financial services and in diversifying or offsetting a variety of risks. Great strides have also been made in explaining sub-par managerial performance in terms of agency theory and in applying these theories to analyze the particular environment of banking. In recent years, the empirical modeling of bank technology and the measurement of bank performance have begun to incorporate these theoretical developments and yield interesting insights that reflect the unique nature and role of banking in modern economies. This paper gives an overview of two general empirical approaches to measuring bank performance and discusses some of the applications of these approaches found in the literature.

http://www.philadelphiafed.org/files/wps/2008/wp08-1.pdf

B. " Inventories, Lumpy Trade, and Large Devaluations," by George Alessandria, Joseph Kaboski, and Virgiliu Midrigan (Working Paper No. 08-3, January 2008, .pdf format, 57p.).

Abstract:

Fixed transaction costs and delivery lags are important costs of international trade. These costs lead firms to import infrequently and hold substantially larger inventories of imported goods than domestic goods. Using multiple sources of data, the authors document these facts. They then show that a parsimoniously parameterized model economy with importers facing an (S, s)-type inventory management problem successfully accounts for these features of the data. Moreover, the model can account for import and import price dynamics in the aftermath of large devaluations. In particular, desired inventory adjustment in response to a sudden, large increase in the relative price of imported goods creates a short-term trade implosion, an immediate, temporary drop in the value and number of distinct varieties imported, as well as a slow increase in the retail price of imported goods. The authors' study of 6 current account reversals following large devaluation episodes in the last decade provides strong support for the model’s predictions.

http://www.philadelphiafed.org/files/wps/2008/wp08-3.pdf

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University of Wisconsin Institute for Research on Poverty: "Temporary Help Service Firms’ Use of Employer Tax Credits: Implications for Disadvantaged Workers’ Labor Market Outcomes," by Sarah Hamersma and Carolyn Heinrich (Discussion Paper 1335-08, February 2008, .pdf format, p.).

Temporary Help Services (THS) firms are increasing their hiring of disadvantaged individuals and claiming more subsidies for doing so. Do these subsidies-the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) and Welfare-to-Work Tax Credit (WtW)-create incentives that improve employment outcomes for THS workers? We examine the distinct effects of THS employment and WOTC/WtW subsidies using administrative and survey data. Results indicate that WOTC/WtW-certified THS workers have higher earnings than WOTC-eligible but uncertified THS workers. However, these workers have shorter job tenure and lower earnings than WOTC/WtW-certified workers in non-THS industries. Panel estimates suggest that these effects do not persist over time.

http://www.irp.wisc.edu/publications/dps/pdfs/dp133508.pdf

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National Bureau of Economic Research: NBER has released the following working papers for the week of Feb. 10-16, 2008:

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

The new issues are: 13788-13827

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International Monetary Fund: IMF has recently a new working paper. The papers is Nos. 08/41.

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: 4517-4522

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Bank of England:

A. "Financial innovation, macroeconomic stability and systemic crises," by Prasanna Gai, Sujit Kapadia, Stephen Millard and Ander Perez (Working Paper No. 340, February 2008, .pdf format, 40p.).

Abstract:

We present a general equilibrium model of intermediation designed to capture some of the key features of the modern financial system. The model incorporates financial constraints and state-contingent contracts, and captures the spillovers associated with asset fire sales during periods of stress. If a sufficiently severe shock occurs during a credit expansion, these spillovers can potentially generate a systemic financial crisis that may be self-fulfilling. Our model suggests that financial innovation and greater macroeconomic stability may have made financial crises in developed countries less likely than in the past, but potentially more severe.

http://www.bankofengland.co.uk/publications/workingpapers/wp340.pdf

B. "Evolving international inflation dynamics: evidence from a time-varying dynamic factor model," by Haroon Mumtaz and Paolo Surico (Working Paper No. 341, February 2008, .pdf format, 26p.).

Abstract:

Several industrialised countries have had a similar inflation experience in the past 30 years, with inflation high and volatile in the 1970s and the 1980s but low and stable in the most recent period. We explore the dynamics of inflation in these countries via a time-varying factor model. This statistical model is used to describe movements in inflation that are idiosyncratic or country specific and those that are common across countries. In addition, we investigate how comovement has varied across the sample period. Our results indicate that there has been a decline in the level, persistence and volatility of inflation across our sample of industrialised countries. In addition, there has been a change in the degree of comovement, with the level and persistence of national inflation rates moving more closely together since the mid-1980s.

http://www.bankofengland.co.uk/publications/workingpapers/wp341.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%3D2008&topSelect=publications&subSelect=papers

The new working papers are: 3341-3350

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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 2221-2225.

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New Economic Papers (NEP)-ALL. The latest list of New Economic Papers (Jan. 26, Feb. 9, 2008).

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):

European Economic Review (Vol. 52, No. 2, February 2008).

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/00142921

Journal of Political Economy (Vol. 115, No. 6, 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.journals.uchicago.edu/toc/jpe/2007/115/6

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CONFERENCES:

Conferencealerts.com:

http://www.conferencealerts.com/

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

Chronicle of Higher Education:

Economic positions (Feb. 13-18, 2008).

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

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AgeWork.com: AgeWork has updated its employment page with listings from Feb. 11-18, 2008.

http://agework.geron.org/c/search_results.cfm?site_id=312

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BIBLIOGRAPHY UPDATES:

National Longitudinal Survey Bibliography Updates: Note: These citations, along with all of the NLS bibliography, can be found at:

http://www.nlsbibliography.org/

Note: Where available, direct links to full text have been provided. These references represent updated citations from January 2008.

For more information on any of these citations (selected abstracts are available) go to the above listed address and click on "Title List". Click on the first item, which will give the syntax of the citation urls:

http://www.nlsbibliography.org/qtitle.php3?myrow[0]=320

Note that you may need to cut and paste the ENTIRE URL above, as it may not automatically resolve. In any event, it is simply a template URL to get you started.

Then change the number after the equal sign (320 in this case) to the number listed as the "ID Number" in the citations below. You will be taken to the full citation listing.

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ALON, SIGAL HABERFELD, YITCHAK
Labor Force Attachment and the Evolving Wage Gap Between White, Black, and Hispanic Young Women Work and Occupations 34,4 (November 2007): 369-398
Cohort(s): NLSY79
ID Number: 5721
Publisher: Sage Publications

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BACOLOD, MARIGEE PONLA
Do Alternative Opportunities Matter? The Role of Female Labor Markets in the Decline of Teacher Quality Review of Economics and Statistics 89,4 (November 2007): 737-751
Cohort(s): NLSY79, Young Men, Young Women
ID Number: 5644
Publisher: MIT Press

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BERGER, LAWRENCE MARC
Socioeconomic Factors and Substandard Parenting Social Service Review 81,3 (September 2007): 485-522
Cohort(s): Children of the NLSY79, NLSY79, NLSY79 Young Adult
ID Number: 5653
Publisher: University of Chicago Press

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CHEN, CUIXIAN
Asymptotic Properties of the Buckley-James Estimator for a Bivariate Interval Censorship Regression Model Ph.D. Dissertation, State University of New York at Binghamton, 2007, DAI-B 68/07, Jan 2008
Cohort(s): NLSY79
ID Number: 5634
Publisher: UMI - ProQuest Digital Dissertations

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DELEONE, FELICIA YANG
Cohort and Generation Differences in Predictors of Early Fertility and Sex Among U.S. Immigrants: Evidence from the 1979 and 1997 National Longitudinal Surveys Of Youth
Presented: Washington, DC, Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM), Fall Research Conference, November 8-10, 2007.
Also:http://www.appam.org/conferences/fall/search_results.asp
Cohort(s): NLSY79, NLSY97
ID Number: 5726
Publisher: Association for Public Analysis and Management (APPAM)

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DUNCAN, GREG J. DOWSETT, CHANTELLE J. CLAESSENS, AMY MAGNUSON, KATHERINE A. HUSTON, ALETHA C. KLEBANOV, PAMELA PAGANI, LINDA S. FEINSTEIN, LEON ENGEL, MIMI BROOKS-GUNN, JEANNE SEXTON, HOLLY DUCKWORTH, KATHRYN JAPEL, CRISTA
School Readiness and Later Achievement Developmental Psychology 43,6 (November 2007): 1428-1446
Cohort(s): Children of the NLSY79, NLSY79
ID Number: 5688
Publisher: American Psychological Association (APA) Using 6 longitudinal data sets, the authors estimate links between three key elements of school readiness-school-entry academic, attention, and socioemotional skills-and later school reading and math achievement. In an effort to isolate the effects of these school-entry skills, the authors ensured that most of their regression models control for cognitive, attention, and socioemotional skills measured prior to school entry, as well as a host of family background measures. Across all 6 studies, the strongest predictors of later achievement are school-entry math, reading, and attention skills. A meta-analysis of the results shows that early math skills have the greatest predictive power, followed by reading and then attention skills. By contrast, measures of socioemotional behaviors, including internalizing and externalizing problems and social skills, were generally insignificant predictors of later academic performance, even among children with relatively high levels of problem behavior. Patterns of association were similar for boys and girls and for children from high and low socioeconomic backgrounds. (Copyright 2007 by the American Psychological Association)

*** HOSHINO, TAKAHIRO
Bayesian Propensity Score Adjustment for Latent Variable Modeling and MCMC Algorithm Computational Statistics and Data Analysis 52,3 (January 2008): 1413-1429
Cohort(s): NLSY79
ID Number: 5717
Publisher: Elsevier

*** MCNAMARA, JUSTINE M. Long-Term Disadvantage among Elderly Women: The Effects of Work History Social Service Review 81,3 (September 2007): 423-452
Cohort(s): Mature Women
ID Number: 5652
Publisher: University of Chicago Press

*** MONDAL, SHAMIM SHAHNOWAZ Essays on Racial Discrimination and Turnover in the Labor Market Ph.D. Dissertation, Department of Economics, University of Rochester, October 2007.
Also: http://proquest.umi.com.proxy.lib.ohio-state.edu/pqdweb?index=0&did=1404347841&SrchMode=1&sid=1&Fmt=6&VInst=PROD&VType=PQD&RQT=309&VName=PQD&TS=1199809041&clientId=3959
Cohort(s): NLSY79
ID Number: 5713
Publisher: UMI - ProQuest Digital Dissertations

*** ROTOLO, THOMAS
Effects of Children and Employment Status on the Volunteer Work of American Women Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly 36,3 (September 2007): 487-503
Cohort(s): Young Women
ID Number: 5638
Publisher: Sage Publications

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VILHUBER, LARS
Sector-Specific On-the-Job Training: Evidence from U.S. Data CIRANO Working Papers 97s-42, December 1997.
Also: http://econpapers.repec.org/paper/circirwor/97s-42.htm
Cohort(s): NLSY79
ID Number: 5651
Publisher: CIRANO - Center for Interuniversity Research and Analysis on Organizations

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ZAGORSKY, JAY L.
Do You Have to be Smart to be Rich? The impact of IQ on Wealth, Income and Financial Distress Intelligence 35,5 (September-October 2007): 489-501
Cohort(s): NLSY79
ID Number: 5673
Publisher: Elsevier How important is intelligence to financial success? Using the NLSY79, which tracks a large group of young U.S. baby boomers, this research shows that each point increase in IQ test scores raises income by between $234 and $616 per year after holding a variety of factors constant. Regression results suggest no statistically distinguishable relationship between IQ scores and wealth. Financial distress, such as problems paying bills, going bankrupt or reaching credit card limits, is related to IQ scores not linearly but instead in a quadratic relationship. This means higher IQ scores sometimes increase the probability of being in financial difficulty.

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ZHAN, MIN
Assets, Human Capital Development, and Economic Mobility of Single Mothers Families in Society 88,4 (October-December 2007): 605-615
Cohort(s): NLSY79
ID Number: 5723
Publisher: Manticore Publishers

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ZHANG, QI HARRY CHEN, ZHU ADAM
Impact of Local Food Prices on the Relationship Between Food Stamp Program Participation and Bodyweight Status of Adults in the South Presented: Washington, D.C., Food Assistance and Nutrition Research Innovation and Development Grants in Economics (RIDGE) Conference, October 2007
Cohort(s): NLSY79
ID Number: 5728
Publisher: Food Assistance and Nutrition Research Program

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ZHANG, YE
Essays in Labor Economics Ph.D. Dissertation, Department of Economics, University of Maryland, College Park, 2007. DAI-A 68/07, Jan 2008.
Also: https://drum.umd.edu/dspace/bitstream/1903/7232/1/umi-umd-4631.pdf
Cohort(s): NLSY79
ID Number: 5725
Publisher: Department of Economics, University of Maryland

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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

Bertola, Giuseppe and Hochguertel, Stefan. Household Debt and Credit: Economic Issues and Data Problems. Economic Notes. 2007; 36(2):115-146.

Gramlich, Edward M. Benefits, Costs, and Risks for the New Homeowners. Gramlich, Edward M., (Ed.). Subprime Mortgages: America's Latest Boom and Bust. Washington, DC: The Urban Institute Press; 2007; pp57-79.

Mayer, Susan E. and Lopoo, Leonard M. Government Spending and Intergenerational Mobility. Journal of Public Economics. 2008; 92(1-2):139-158.

Thomas, Jonathan P. Introduction to Special Issue: Scottish Journal of Political Economy. Scottish Journal of Political Economy. 2007; 54(5):601-605.

Wilson, George. Race, Ethnicity and Inequality in the U.S. Labor Market: Critical Issues in the New Millennium: Introduction. The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. 2007; 609(1):6-15.