Current Social Science Research Report--Economics #79, September 9, 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

US

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

BIBLIOGRAPHY UPDATES

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CENTRAL GOVERNMENT STATISTICAL AND NGO PUBLICATIONS

US:

1. Bureau of Labor Statistics Periodical: Monthly Labor Review (Vol. 131, No. 8, August 2008, .pdf format).

http://www.bls.gov/opub/mlr/mlrhome.htm

Note: this is a temporary address. When the next MLR is released, this one, along with all others back to 1981, will be available at:

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

2. Department of Treasury Periodical: Treasury Bulletin (September 2008, .pdf and Microsoft Word format, 108p.).

http://www.fms.treas.gov/bulletin/

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

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

3. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Periodical, Report:

A. Amber Waves (Vol. 6, No. 4, September 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 44p.).

http://www.ers.usda.gov/AmberWaves/September08/

B. "The Use of Markets To Increase Private Investment in Environmental Stewardship," by Marc Ribaudo, LeRoy Hansen, Daniel Hellerstein, and Catherine Greene (Economic Research Report No. ERR-64, September 2008, .pdf format, 77p.).

http://www.ers.usda.gov/Publications/ERR64

4. US Government Economic Releases from the National Bureau of Economic Research: Links to releases for Sep. 4-9, 2008 are available at the site.

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

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US States:

Alaska:

Labor and Workforce Development Periodical: Alaska Economic Trends (September 2008, .pdf format, 19p.). The topic of this month's issue is "Alaska's Oil Industry."

http://labor.state.ak.us/trends/

Florida:

Center for Labor Research and Studies [Florida International University] Report: "The State of Working Florida, 2008," by Bruce Nissen, Emily Eisenhauer, and Marcos Feldman (September 2008, .pdf format, p.43).

http://www.risep-fiu.org/reports/State_of_Working_Florida_2008.pdf

Illinois:

Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Report: "Technology in Illinois (August 2008, .pdf format, 3p.).

http://www.commerce.state.il.us/NR/rdonlyres/1B5B12AE-6E2D-4233-A659-6E345E4E6622/0/Technology.pdf

Indiana:

Stats Indiana Updates: Stats Indiana has updated the following files:

U.S. Employment and Unemployment, Aug 2008

Help-Wanted Advertising Index, July 2008

State and County Housing Unit Estimates, 2007

Local Unemployment (all counties & places with population 25,000 plus), July 2008

Median Household Income and Poverty, 2007

http://www.stats.indiana.edu/

Click under "Just Released" on the right side of the page.

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NGOs and Other Countries:

European Community:

Eurostat Periodicals, News Release:

A. Statistics in Focus: The latest issues (8/78 .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 (33/08-34/08 .pdf format) are now available on the DIF website:

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

C. "An EU27 surplus in trade in goods with Ukraine of 10 bn euro in 2007" (Sep. 5, 2008).

http://epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/pls/portal/docs/PAGE/PGP_PRD_CAT_PREREL/PGE_CAT_PREREL_YEAR_2008/PGE_CAT_PREREL_YEAR_2008_MONTH_09/6-05092008-EN-AP.PDF

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Botswana:

Central Statistical Office Periodical: Monthly Trade Digest: June 2008 (September 2008, .pdf format, 24p.).

http://www.cso.gov.bw/images/stories/Trade/june08_digest.pdf

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Canada:

Statistics Canada/Statistique Canada Periodical, Report:

A. Science Statistics (September 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 21p.). The lead topic of this issue is "Industrial Research and Development, 2004 to 2008."

http://www.statcan.ca/english/freepub/88-001-XIE/88-001-XIE2008005.htm

B. "Canada's Balance of International Payments: System of National Accounts: Second Quarter 2008" (September 2008, .pdf format, 143p.).

http://www.statcan.ca/english/freepub/67-001-XIE/67-001-XIE2008002.htm

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Fiji:

Reserve Bank of Fiji Periodical: Economic Review (Vol.25, No.08, August 2008,.pdf format, 3p.).

http://www.reservebank.gov.fj/docs/Economic%20Review%20-%20Aug%202008.pdf

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Finland:

Statistics Finland News Release: "Innovations play a variety of roles in the development of entrepreneurial activity" (Sep. 9, 2008).

http://www.stat.fi/til/inn/2006/inn_2006_2008-09-09_tie_002_en.html

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Germany:

Federal Statistics Office Press Release, STATMagazin Article:

A. "9.3% less insolvencies in first half of 2008" (Sep. 9, 2008). The press release links to a more detailed German language press release that includes a topical table.

http://www.destatis.de/jetspeed/portal/cms/Sites/destatis/Internet/EN/press/pr/2008/09/PE08__338__52411,templateId=renderPrint.psml

B. "Small and medium-sized enterprises in Germany" (STATMagazin, Aug. 14, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 5p.).

http://www.destatis.de/jetspeed/portal/cms/Sites/destatis/Internet/EN/Navigation/Publications/STATmagazin/2008/Enterprises2008__8,templateId=renderPrint.psml__nnn=true

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Israel:

Central Bureau of Statistics Tables: "Findings From The 2007 Household Expenditure Survey" (September 2008, Microsoft Excel format). Table heads are in Hebrew and English.

http://www1.cbs.gov.il/reader/newhodaot/tables_template_eng.html?hodaa=200815179

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Japan:

Bank of Japan Research Paper: "Money Market Operations in Fiscal 2007," (August 2008, .pdf format, 20p.) Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.boj.or.jp/en/type/ronbun/ron/research07/ron0808b.htm

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Netherlands:

Statistics Netherlands: SN has updated its Web Magazine, Economic Monitor, and Press Releases from Sep. 4-9, 2008).

http://www.cbs.nl/en-GB/menu/_unique/_nieuws/default.htm?Languageswitch=on

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Norway:

Statistics Norway News Releases: SN has updated its news releases from Sep. 4-9, 2008).

http://www.ssb.no/english/previous3months/

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Poland:

Central Statistical Office Report: "Internal market in 2007" (September 2008, .pdf and .zip compressed .pdf format, 65p.). The report is in Polish and English.

http://www.stat.gov.pl/gus/45_746_ENG_HTML.htm

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Slovenia:

Statistical Office News Release: "Construction of buildings Slovenia, 2007," by Radojka Vujasin (Sep. 8, 2008).

http://www.stat.si/eng/novica_prikazi.aspx?id=1838

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Switzerland:

Federal Statistical Office Report: "Swiss earnings structure survey 2006" (September 2008, .pdf format, 10p.).

http://www.bfs.admin.ch/bfs/portal/en/index/news/publikationen.html?publicationID=3303

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UK:

National Statistics Office Reports: "PRODCOM (manufactured PRODucts of the European COMmunity) Annual Reports 2007: phase 5" (September 2008, .pdf format).

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/statbase/prep/9660.asp

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Zambia:

Central Statistical Office Report: "GDP 2007 Preliminary Estimates" (September 2008, .pdf format).

http://www.zamstats.gov.zm/GDP_table.php

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OTHER REPORTS, ARTICLES, ETC.:

Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis (Missouri) Periodical: National Economic Trends (September 2008, .pdf format, 27p.).

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

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Urban Institute Report: "A Updated Analysis of the 2008 Presidential Candidates' Tax Plans: Executive Summary," by Roberton Williams and Howard Gleckman (August 2008, .pdf format, 6p.).

http://www.urban.org/publications/411750.html

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University of Chicago Press Book: NBER International Seminar on Macroeconomics 2006, Volume 3 (2008, 623 p., ISBN: 9780226707426). For more information, including ordering information see:

http://www.press.uchicago.edu/presssite/metadata.epl?mode=synopsis&bookkey=291135

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Levy Economic Institute of Bard College [Annandale-on-Hudson, NY] Issue Brief: "Shaky Foundations: Policy Lessons from America's Historic Housing Crash," by Pedro Nicolaci da Costa (Public Policy Brief No. 95, August 2008, .pdf format, 25p.).

http://www.levy.org/vdoc.aspx?docid=1086

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K.K. Agencies Book: Encyclopaedia of Indian Economy : Essays in Honour of Dr. Ram Bihari Singh, edited by P. N. Singh, J. K. Singh, and Kumar Ratnesh (2008, 885p.). For more information, including ordering information see:

http://www.kkagencies.com/home.htm

and search on Title.

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WORKING PAPERS:

Federal Reserve Banks:

The latest Federal Reserve Bank Working Papers can be found at:

Federal Reserve Board Finance and Economic Discussion Series:

http://www.federalreserve.gov/pubs/feds/

NEW: 2008-36--2008--39

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District 2:Federal Reserve Bank of New York (New York):

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

NEW: SR 346: Financial Intermediaries, Financial Stability, and Monetary Policy," by Tobias Adrian and Hyun Song Shin

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District 3: Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia (Pennsylvania):

http://www.philadelphiafed.org/research-and-data/publications/working-papers/

NEW: 08-17: "DSGE Model-Based Forecasting of Non-Modelled Variables," by Frank Schorfheide, Keith Sill, and Maxym Kryshko

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District 4: Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland (Ohio):

http://www.clevelandfed.org/research/research_publication.cfm?id=3536

NEW: 08-06: "Bank Mergers and the Dynamics of Deposit Interest Rates," by Ben R. Craig and Valeriya Dinger

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District 8: Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis (Missouri):

http://research.stlouisfed.org/wp/

NEW: WP 2008-32A "The Great Inflation: Did The Shadow Know Better?" by William Poole, Robert H. Rasche, and David C. Wheelock

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District 9: Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis (Minnesota):

Staff Reports:

http://www.minneapolisfed.org/research/sr/

New:

SR 412: "On the Need for a New Approach to Analyzing Monetary Policy," by Patrick J. Kehoe and Andrew Atkeson

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Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Center for Financial Research: "The Impact of Wealth on Inattention: Evidence from Credit Card Repayments," by Barry Scholnick, Nadia Massoud and Anthony Saunders (No. 2008-10, July 2008, .pdf format, 37p.).

Abstract:

Inattentive decision makers do not make full use of information available to them. Existing, psychologically based, explanations for inattention include the impact of competing stimuli and the salience of the decision. These existing explanations, however, do not predict whether richer or poorer individuals are more likely to be inattentive, since either can face competing demands on their limited supplies of attention. We examine this issue using a confidential credit card database of more than one million data points. We document that a proportion of individuals who are delinquent have sufficient surplus funds on deposit, implying that these individuals could have avoided the costs of delinquency if they had been more attentive to their credit card repayments. Using various measures of income and wealth, we provide strong evidence that these inattentive individuals are more likely to be poorer.

http://www.fdic.gov/bank/analytical/cfr/2008/wp2008/CFR_WP_2008_10.pdf

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Social Science Research Institute [University of Wisconsin]: "Competitive Lending With Partial Knowledge of Loan Repayment," by William A. Brock and Charles F. Manski (Working Paper 2008-03, September 2008, .pdf format, 37p.).

http://www.ssc.wisc.edu/econ/archive/wp2008-03.pdf

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Harvard Business School: "Economic Impacts of Immigration: A Survey," by Sari Pekkala Kerr and William R. Kerr (No. 09-013, August 2008, .pdf format, 37p.).

Abstract:

This paper surveys recent empirical studies on the economic impacts of immigration. Particular emphasis is given to the experiences of Northern Europe and Scandinavia. The survey first examines the magnitude of immigration as an economic phenomenon in various host countries. The second part deals with the assimilation of immigrant workers in host-country labor markets and the use of social benefits by immigrants. The survey then considers the effect of immigration on the labor market outcomes of natives. The paper concludes with studies of immigration's impact for the public sector of host countries.

http://www.hbs.edu/research/pdf/09-013.pdf

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National Bureau of Economic Research: NBER has released the following working papers for the week of Aug. 31-Sep. 6, 2008 :

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

New papers are: 14293-14315

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International Monetary Fund: IMF has added the following working papers. The papers are Nos. 08/206-08/212.

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: 4704-4714

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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: 3676-3690

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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 2389-2399

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Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) [University of Essex, Colchester, UK]: "Estimating Trends in US Income Inequality Using the Current Population Survey: The Importance of Controlling for Censoring," by Richard V. Burkhauser, Shuaizhang Feng, Stephen P. Jenkins, and Jeff Larrimore (ISER Working Paper No. 2008-25, September 2008, .pdf format, 38p.).

Abstract:

Using internal and public use March Current Population Survey data, we analyze trends in US income inequality (1975-2004). Using a multiple imputation approach where values for censored observations are imputed using draws from a Generalized Beta distribution of the Second Kind, we find that the upward trend in income inequality significantly slowed after 1993. Our results closely match the income share trends reported by Piketty and Saez (2003) except for within the top 1 percent of the distribution. Thus, we argue that if inequality has increased substantially since 1993, such increases are confined to this very high income group.

http://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/pubs/workpaps/pdf/2008-25.pdf

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Bank for International Settlements: "DSGE models and central banks," by Camilo E. Tovar (Working Papers No 258, September 2008, .pdf format, 29p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.bis.org/publ/work258.htm

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Oesterreichische Nationalbank/Austrian National Bank: "Transmission of business cycle shocks between the US and the euro area," by Martin Schneider and Gerhard Fenz (Working Paper No. 145, July 2008, .pdf format, 21p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.oenb.at/en/presse_pub/research/020_workingpapers/wp2008/working_paper_145.jsp

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Deutsche Bundesbank: "Stress testing of real credit portfolios," by Ferdinand Mager and Christian Schmieder (Discussion Paper No. 17/2008, September 2008, .pdf format, 32p.).

Abstract:

Stress testing has become a crucial point on the Basel II agenda, mainly as Pillar I estimates do not explicitly take portfolio concentration into account. We start from the credit portfolio of the German pension insurer being a cross-sectional representation of the German economy and subsequently compose three bank portfolios corresponding to a small, medium and large bank. We apply univariate and multivariate stress tests both by using the Internal Rating based (IRB) model and by a model that additionally allows for variation of correlation. In a severe multivariate stress scenario based on historical data for Germany IRB capital requirements increase by more than 80% with little differences between the credit portfolios. If stress testing is additionally applied to correlation, the Value-at-Risk increases by up to 300% and portfolio differences materialize.

http://www.bundesbank.de/download/bankenaufsicht/dkp/200817dkp_b_.pdf

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Banca D'Italia/Bank of Italy: The Bank of Italy has released several new working papers (No. 682-687).

http://www.bancaditalia.it/pubblicazioni/econo/temidi

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Bank of Japan: "Does Information Technology Raise Japan's Productivity?" by Takuji Fueki and Takuji Kawamoto (WP08-E-8, September 2008, .pdf format, 38p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.boj.or.jp/en/type/ronbun/ron/wps/wp08e08.htm

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New Economic Papers (NEP)-ALL. The latest list of New Economic Papers (Aug. 31, 2008).

http://ideas.repec.org/n/nep-all

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

American Economic Review (No. 98, No. 4, Sept. 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.aeaweb.org/issue.php?journal=AER&volume=98&issue=4

European Economic Review (Vol. 52, No. 6, August 2008).

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

Economic Journal (Vol. 118, No. 531, August 2008).

http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/117984601/home

IMF Staff Papers (Vol. 55, No. 3, September 2008).

http://www.imf.org/External/Pubs/FT/staffp/2008/03/index.htm

Management Science (Vol. 54, No. 9, September 2008).

http://mansci.journal.informs.org/content/vol54/issue9/index.dtl

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

Chronicle of Higher Education:

Economic positions has been updated through Sep. 9, 2008.

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

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DATA:

Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research: ICPSR at he University of Michigan released several new datasets as of Sep. 1, 2008, which may be of interest to Economics researchers. Note: Some ICPSR studies are available only to ICPSR member institutions. To find out whether your organization is a member, and whether or not it supports ICPSR Direct downloading, see:

http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/membership/index.html

New and updated data:

http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/cocoon/ICPSR/announce.html?startdate=2008-07-28&enddate=2008-09-08

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

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

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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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BIBLIOGRAPHY UPDATES:

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

http://www.nlsbibliography.org/

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]=5923

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

New listings are numbered 5923-5933

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