Current Social Science Research Report--Economics #73, July 22, 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

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

LEGISLATION INFORMATION UPDATES

DATA

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CENTRAL GOVERNMENT STATISTICAL AND NGO PUBLICATIONS

US:

1. Joint Economic Committee Periodical: Economic Indicators (June 2008, .pdf format, 38p.).

http://fraser.stlouisfed.org/publications/ei/2008/

2. Government Accountability Office Report: "Fair Lending: Race and Gender Data Are Limited for Nonmortgage Lending" (GAO-08-698, June 2008, .pdf format, 37p.).

http://www.gao.gov/docsearch/abstract.php?rptno=GAO-08-698

3. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service Report: "The EU Sugar Policy Regime and Implications of Reform," by Aziz Elbehri, Johannes Umstaetter, and David Kelch (Economic Research Report No. ERR-59, July 2008, .pdf format, 44p.).

http://www.ers.usda.gov/Publications/ERR59/

4. US Government Economic Releases from the National Bureau of Economic Research: Links to releases for Jul. 16-22, 2008 are available at the site.

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

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US States:

New Mexico:

Department of Workforce Solutions Report: "State of the Workforce Report, 2008," (June 2008, .pdf format, 45p.).

http://www.dws.state.nm.us/LMI/pdf/StateoftheState6-25-08.pdf

North Dakota:

State Data Center Brief: "North Dakota Gross Domestic Product by Industry: 2007," (Economic Brief, Vol. 17, No. 7, July 2008, .pdf format, 2p.).

http://www.ndsu.nodak.edu/sdc/publications/ebriefs/EB17_7Press.pdf

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NGOs and Other Countries:

World Trade Organization Report: "World Trade Report, 2008," (July 2008, .pdf format, 204p.).

http://www.wto.org/english/res_e/reser_e/wtr08_e.htm

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European Community:

Eurostat Periodicals:

A. Statistics in Focus: The latest issues (8/70 .pdf format) are now available at the SIF website:

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

B. Data in Focus: The latest issue (29/08 .pdf format) are now available on the DIF website:

http://epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/portal/page?_pageid=0,62992791&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL

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Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development Reports:

A. "Economic Assessment of Biofuel Support Policies," by Martin von Lampe (2008, .pdf format, 119p.). The report is linked to from an OECD news release: "Biofuel policies in OECD countries costly and ineffective, says report" (Jul. 16, 2008).

http://www.oecd.org/document/28/0,3343,en_2649_33717_41013916_1_1_1_1,00.html

Click on title in first line of second paragraph for link to full text.

B. "Economic survey of Turkey 2008" (July 2008, 164p.). For more information, including ordering information and a free related policy brief (.pdf format, 11p. see:

http://www.oecd.org/document/54/0,3343,en_2649_33733_41003638_1_1_1_1,00.html

Click on "Policy Brief" under "How to obtain this publication" near the bottom of the page for link to policy brief full text.

C. "Economic Assessment of South Africa 2008" (July 2008, 141p.). For more information, including ordering information and a free related policy brief (.pdf format, 7p. see:

http://www.oecd.org/document/11/0,3343,en_2649_33733_40977483_1_1_1_1,00.html

Click on "Policy Brief" under "How to obtain this publication" near the bottom of the page for link to policy brief full text.

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International Monetary Report Reports:

A. "World Economic Outlook Update" (July 2008, .pdf format, 6p.).

http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/weo/2008/update/02/index.htm

International Monetary Fund Reports:

B. "Food and Fuel Prices-Recent Developments, Macroeconomic Impact, and Policy Responses," (June 2008, .pdf format, 58p.).

http://www.imf.org/external/np/pp/eng/2008/063008.pdf

C. The latest Country Reports (.pdf format) span the time period from Jul. 16-Jul. 22, 2008 (No. 08/233-08/234, 08/236-08/238).

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

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Albania:

Institute of Statistics Report: "Labor Force Survey: 2007" (July 2008, .pdf format, 7p.).

http://www.instat.gov.al/graphics/doc/downloads/LFS2007.pdf

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Austria:

Statistics Austria News Release: "One out of two Austrian enterprises is innovation active" (Jul. 9, 2008).

http://www.statistik.at/web_en/press/031877

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Brazil:

Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística (IBGE) Press Release: "Municipal Agricultural Production 2007" (Jul. 17, 2008). The press release links to a detailed report on the same topic (.pdf format, 56p., in Portuguese).

http://www.ibge.gov.br/english/estatistica/economia/pamclo/2007/default.shtm

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Canada:

Statistics Canada/Statistique Canada Reports, Periodical:

A. "Canadian Vehicle Survey: 2007" (July 2008, .pdf format, 41p.).

http://www.statcan.ca/english/freepub/53-223-XIE/53-223-XIE2007000.htm

B. "The Canadian Immigrant Labour Market in 2007: Analysis by Region of Postsecondary Education," by Jason Gilmore and Christel Le Petit (July 2008, .pdf format, 32p.).

http://www.statcan.ca/english/freepub/71-606-XIE/71-606-XIE2008004.htm

C. "Canadian Potato Production" (July 2008, .pdf format, 13p.).

http://www.statcan.ca/english/freepub/22-008-XIE/22-008-XIE2008001.htm

D. Canadian Economic Observer (July 2008, .pdf format, 77p.).

http://www.statcan.ca/english/freepub/11-010-XIB/11-010-XIB2008007.htm

Historical statistical supplement 2007/2008: Annual data up to 2007 (July 2008, .pdf format, 123p.).

http://www.statcan.ca/english/freepub/11-210-XIB/11-210-XIB2007000.htm

E. "Relative Multifactor Productivity Levels in Canada and the United States: A Sectoral Analysis," by John R. Baldwin, Wulong Gu and Beiling Yan (July 2008, .pdf format, 45p.).

http://www.statcan.ca/english/research/15-206-XIE/15-206-XIE2008019.htm

F. "Cognitive Skills and Immigrant Earnings," by Aneta Bonikowska, David A. Green and W. Craig Riddell (International Adult Literacy Survey, July 2008, .pdf format,

http://www.statcan.ca/english/research/89-552-MIE/89-552-MIE2008020.htm

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China:

National Bureau of Statistics Communiques: "Communiqué on Energy Consumption per Unit of GDP by Regions in 2007" (Jul. 14, 2008).

http://www.stats.gov.cn/english/newsandcomingevents/t20080715_402492159.htm

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Georgia:

Statistics Georgia Report: "2007 Agriculture of Georgia (2008, .pdf format, 102p.). The report is available in Georgian and English.

http://www.statistics.ge/publication.php?plang=1&pform=-473

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Germany:

Federal Statistics Office Press Release: "Good asparagus and strawberry harvests in 2008" (Jul. 22, 2008).

http://www.destatis.de/jetspeed/portal/cms/Sites/destatis/Internet/EN/press/pr/2008/07/PE08__263__412,templateId=renderPrint.psml

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Israel:

Central Bureau of Statistics Report, Statistics Lite:

A. "Arab Households - Expenditure and Income: 2006" (March 2008, .pdf format, 79p., with .zip compressed Microsoft Excel format and ancillary information in Microsoft Word format).

http://www1.cbs.gov.il/webpub/pub/text_page_eng.html?publ=44&CYear=2006&CMonth=1

B. "Transport: 1995-2006" (June 2008, .pdf format, 8p.).

http://www1.cbs.gov.il/statistical/transeng811.pdf

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Japan:

Statistics Bureau Report: "Unincorporated Enterprise Survey(Structual survey) 2007 Yearly" (July 2008, Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.stat.go.jp/english/data/kojinke/2007/index.htm

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Malaysia:

Department of Statistics Report: Key Indicator of the Labour Market Malaysia, 2001 - 2007" (July 2008, .pdf format, 25p.). The report is in Malay and English.

http://www.statistics.gov.my/files/download.php?cat=9&id_file=9

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Netherlands:

Statistics Netherlands Web Magazine Articles:

A. "Increasing foreign influence on Dutch private sector," by Alan Sebo en Rob van der Holst (Jul. 17, 2008).

http://www.cbs.nl/en-GB/menu/themas/macro-economie/publicaties/artikelen/archief/2008/2008-2509-wm.htm

B. "How many cars are there in your neighbourhood?" by Caroline van Houwelingen (Jul. 17, 2008).

http://www.cbs.nl/en-GB/menu/themas/dossiers/nederland-regionaal/publicaties/artikelen/archief/2008/2008-2504-wm.htm

C. "Unemployment rate down in nearly all provinces," by Ingrid Beckers (Jul. 17, 2008).

http://www.cbs.nl/en-GB/menu/themas/arbeid-sociale-zekerheid/publicaties/artikelen/archief/2008/2008-2505-wm.htm

D. "Coal for electricity production costs 40 percent more" (Jul. 22, 2008).

http://www.cbs.nl/en-GB/menu/themas/industrie-energie/publicaties/artikelen/archief/2008/2008-90137-wk.htm

E. "Dutch convinced saving is worthwhile," by Jeroen Nieuweboer (Jul. 22, 2008).

http://www.cbs.nl/en-GB/menu/themas/macro-economie/publicaties/artikelen/archief/2008/2008-2500-wm.htm

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Norway:

Statistics Norway News Release: "Use of ICT in municipalities and county municipalities, 2007" (Jul. 16, 2008).

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

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Poland:

Central Statistics Office Table: "Foreign trade turnover in total and by countries: January-December 2007) (.pdf format, 2p.).

http://www.stat.gov.pl/gus/45_970_ENG_HTML.htm

Click on "Download".

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Romania:

National Institute of Statistics Periodical: International Trade Statistical Bulletin - No.4 (July 2008, .pdf format, 73p.).

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

Click on Title Page icon under the title for link to full text.

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Singapore:

Statistics Singapore Report: "Economic Surveys Series, Reference Year 2006 - Retail Trade" (July 2008, .pdf format, 10p.).

http://www.singstat.gov.sg/stats/themes/economy/biz/retailtrade.pdf

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Slovenia:

Statistical Office First Releases:

A. "Gross investments and current expenditure for environmental protection and revenues from the environmental protection related activities, Slovenia, 2006" (Jul. 18, 2008).

http://www.stat.si/eng/novica_prikazi.aspx?id=1761

B. "Performance of enterprises by activity and size class by number of person employed, Slovenia, 2006" (Jul. 17, 2008).

http://www.stat.si/eng/novica_prikazi.aspx?id=1743

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Ukraine:

State Statistics Committee Reports:

A. "Financial results of Ukraine’s small enterprises by type of economic activity, 2007" (Jul. 18, 2008).

http://www.ukrstat.gov.ua/operativ/operativ2007/fin/frd_mal/frd_mal_e/frdm2007_e.htm

B. "Aggregate (Agricultural) data: 1990-2007" (Jul. 18, 2008).

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

C. "Structure of enterprises' balances by type of economic activity, 2007" (Jul. 17, 2008).

http://www.ukrstat.gov.ua/operativ/operativ2007/fin/sbp/sbp_e/sbp_4_07_e.htm

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UK:

Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs Report: "Property Transactions in the United Kingdom (2005-2007)" (July 2008, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/stats/survey_of_prop/menu.htm

National Statistics Office Periodical: Economic & Labour Market Review (July 2008, .pdf format, with tables in Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/elmr/07_08/

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OTHER REPORTS, ARTICLES, ETC.:

Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis [Missouri] Periodical: Monetary Trends (August 2008, .pdf format, 20p.).

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

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Center on Budget and Policy Priorities Report: "Economic Data Can Be Used to Target State Fiscal Relief Effectively," by Iris J. Lav, Jason Levitis, and Elizabeth McNichol (July 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 12p.).

http://www.cbpp.org/3-3-08sfp.htm

More information about CBPP:

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

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Century Foundation Report: "The New American Economy: A Rising Tide that Lifts Only Yachts," by Bernard Wasow (Reality Check, July 2008, .pdf format, 12p.).

http://www.tcf.org/list.asp?type=PB&pubid=467

More information on CF:

http://www.tcf.org/about.asp

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Urban Institute Report: "Subprime Mortgage Lending in the District of Columbia: A Study for the Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking," by Diane Levy, Peter A. Tatian, Kenneth Temkin, Kerstin Gentsch, and Barika X. Williams (July 2008, .pdf format, 161p.).

http://www.urban.org/publications/411709.html

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WORKING PAPERS:

Federal Reserve Banks:

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago [Illinois]: "Global Inflation," by Matteo Ciccarelli and Benoît Mojon (WP-2008-05, July 2008, .pdf format, 25p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.chicagofed.org/economic_research_and_data/wp_abstract.cfm?pubsID=29049

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Rand Corporation Labor and Population Program: "Are Americans Really Less Happy With Their Incomes?" by Arie Kapteyn, James P. Smith, and Arthur van Soest (WR-591, June 2008, .pdf format, 28p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.rand.org/pubs/working_papers/WR591/

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National Bureau of Economic Research: NBER has released the following working papers for the week of Jul. 13-19, 2008:

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

New issues are: 14154-14191

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International Monetary Fund: IMF has added the following working papers. The papers are Nos. 08/173-08/184.

http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/cat/wp1_sp.cfm?s_year=2008&e_year=2008&brtype=default

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World Bank Policy Research Programme: PRP has recently released new working papers. See the list at:

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

New papers are: 4670-4673.

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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: 3591-3605.

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New Zealand Treasury/Kaitohutohu Kaupapa Rawa: "The Contribution of Foreign Borrowing to the New Zealand Economy," by Anthony Makin, Wei Zhang and Grant Scobie (WP 08/03, Jul. 18, 2008). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.treasury.govt.nz/publications/research-policy/wp/2008/08-03/

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Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey: "How did the Turkish Industry Respond to Increased Competitive Pressures, 1998-2007?" by Ghan Yilmaz and Rauf Gonenc (Working Paper No. 08-04, July 2008, .pdf format, 48p.).

Abstract:

This study examines how Turkish manufacturing industry responded to increased competitive pressures that it has faced over the past decade. Pressures arose both from growing trade competition from low-cost countries which have similar trade specialisation patterns to Turkeys, and from strong trend real currency appreciation that Turkey has experienced during this period. In response, Turkish manufacturers increased their productivity, differentiated products, moderated wage growth and drew on declining capital and imported input costs. The study provides a detailed statistical analysis of these avenues of response, and the contribution they brought to the competitive margins of the manufacturing industry. It shows that while the structurally strong sectors of the economy made successful use of these avenues, the less sophisticated and lower-technology activities using low-skilled labour and low-price local inputs could not fully cope, and lost ground. The latter sectors still large weight in total manufacturing output and employment makes their adjustment a persisting challenge for the Turkish economy.

http://www.tcmb.gov.tr/research/discus/WP0804ENG.pdf

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New Economic Papers (NEP)-ALL. The latest list of New Economic Papers (Jul. 14, 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://ageconsearch.umn.edu/browse-date

New Papers go from "The Impact of Location on Crop Choice and Rural Livelihood: Evidences from Villages in Northern Ethiopia," through "Evaluation of Breakeven Farm-gate Switchgrass Prices in South Central North Dakota."

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JOURNAL TABLES OF CONTENTS (check your library for availability):

Annals of Statistics (Vol. 36, No. 4, August 2008).

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

Economic Modelling (Vol. 25, No. 5, September 2008).

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/02649993

Economica (Vol. 75, No. 299, August 2008).

http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/118509461/home?CRETRY=1&SRETRY=0

Journal of the American Statistical Association (Vol. 103, No. 482, June 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://fiordiliji.asa.catchword.org/vl=1458338/cl=40/nw=1/rpsv/cw/vhosts/asa/01621459/v103n482/contp1-1.htm

Journal of Monetary Economics (Vol. 55, No. 5, July 2008).

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

Quarterly Journal of Economics (Vol. 123, No. 3, August 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://www.mitpressjournals.org/toc/qjec/123/3

Scandinavian Journal of Economics (Vol. 110, No. 2, June 2008).

http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/117965293/home

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

Chronicle of Higher Education:

Economic positions has been updated through Jul. 22, 2008.

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

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LEGISLATION INFORMATION UPDATES:

US House Committee on Financial Services, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Hearing Testimony: "GAO Report on Regulation B: Should Lenders Be Required to Collect Race and Gender Data of Borrowers for All Loans," a hearing held Jul. 17, 2008 (.pdf format). A video transcript of the hearing (Windows Media Player format, running time: 2 hours, 34 minutes, 43 seconds) is available at the site.

http://www.house.gov/apps/list/hearing/financialsvcs_dem/hr071708.shtml

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DATA:

US Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service:

A. "Livestock and Meat Trade Data" (updated July 2008, Microsoft Excel format). "This data set contains monthly and annual data for imports and exports of live cattle, hogs, sheep, and goats, as well as beef and veal, pork, lamb and mutton, chicken meat, turkey meat, and eggs. The tables report physical quantities, not dollar values or unit prices. Data on beef and veal, pork, and lamb and mutton are on a carcass-weight-equivalent basis. Breakdowns by country are included. Unless otherwise indicated, historical data are available from 1989."

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

B. "U.S. Sweet Corn Statistics" (July 2008, Microsoft Excel format). "U.S. and State data on acreage, yield, production, and value. Additional statistics such as per capita use, price indexes, shipments, arrivals, U.S. exports and imports by country, world production, world harvested acreage, world trade, and selected cost of production budgets are included." Data cover from as early as 1960 to as late as 2007.

http://usda.mannlib.cornell.edu/MannUsda/viewDocumentInfo.do?documentID=1564

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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/

For new data or new editions of new data in the last month:

http://www.data-archive.ac.uk/findingData/newdata.asp

and pick "1 month" for either.

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