Current Social Science Research Report--Economics #80, September 16, 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

LEGISLATION INFORMATION UPDATES

DATA

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CENTRAL GOVERNMENT STATISTICAL AND NGO PUBLICATIONS

US:

1. Internal Revenue Service Periodical, Compendium:

A. SOI Bulletin (Vol. 28, No. 1, Summer 2008, .pdf and Excel format, 206p.).

http://www.irs.gov/taxstats/article/0,,id=185883,00.html

B. Internal Revenue Service Data Book, 2007 (September 2008, .pdf and Excel format, 74p.).

http://www.irs.gov/taxstats/article/0,,id=168593,00.html

2. Treasury Department Report: "Many Taxpayers Who Obtain Refund Anticipation Loans Could Benefit From Free Tax Preparation Services," by Michael R. Phillips (2008-40-170, September 2008, pdf format, 42p).

http://www.ustreas.gov/tigta/auditreports/2008reports/200840170fr.pdf

3. Department of Labor Report: "America's Dynamic Workforce: 2008," (August 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 60p.).

http://www.dol.gov/asp/media/reports/Workforce2008/index.htm

4. Department of Justice Report: "Competition And Monopoly: Single-Firm Conduct Under Section 2 Of The Sherman Act" (2008, .pdf format, 201p.). The report is linked to from a DOJ press release: "Justice Department Issues Report on Antitrust Monopoly Law: Report Provides Consumers, Businesses, and Policy Makers With Analysis of Single-Firm Conduct Under the Antitrust Laws" (Sep. 8, 2008). Link to full text is near the bottom of the news release.

http://www.usdoj.gov/atr/public/press_releases/2008/236975.htm

5. US Government Economic Releases from the National Bureau of Economic Research: Links to releases for Sep. 10-16, 2008 are available at the site.

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

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US States:

Idaho:

Department of Labor Report: "Occupational Wage & Employment Report Data Tables 2008 Release" (September 2008, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format).

http://lmi.idaho.gov/Wages/WagesbyOccupation/OccupationalEmploymentWageReport2008/tabid/2089/Default.aspx

Iowa:

State Data Center Updates: The SDC issued the following updates (.pdf and Microsoft Excel format) on Sep. 12, 2008).

STATE OF IOWA:

Average sales price of new manufactured homes and homes placed by size: 1980-2007

Home ownership rates:1984-2007

Homeowner and rental vacancy rates: 1986-2007

http://www.iowadatacenter.org/indexlinks/New

New Mexico:

Department for Workforce Solutions Periodical, Reports:

A. New Mexico Advantage Business Magazine Summer 2008 (September 2008, .pdf format, 17p.).

http://www.dws.state.nm.us/LMI/pdf/NMAdvantage9-9-08.pdf

B. "New Mexico Employment Projections: 2006-2016 (August 2008, .pdf format, 30p.).

http://www.dws.state.nm.us/LMI/pdf/NMEmpProj2016.pdf

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NGOs and Other Countries:

European Community:

Eurostat Periodical: Statistics in Focus: The latest issues (8/79--8/81 .pdf format) are now available at the SIF website:

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

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International Monetary Fund Country Reports: The latest Country Report (.pdf format) span the time period from Sep. 3-15, 2008 (No. 08-296--08/304).

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

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Australia:

Parliament of Australia, Department of Parliamentary Services Research Paper: "Tax Deductible Carbon Sink Forests?" by Leslie Nielson (August 2008, .pdf format, 25p.).

http://www.aph.gov.au/library/pubs/rp/2008-09/09rp04.pdf

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Bulgaria:

National Statistical Institute Table: "Consumer Price Index Series By Months, May 1990 - August 2008" (September 2008).

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

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Canada:

Statistics Canada/Statistique Canada Periodical: Canadian Economic Observer (Vol. 21, No. 9, September 2008, .pdf format, 77p.).

http://www.statcan.ca/english/freepub/11-010-XIB/11-010-XIB2008009.htm

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Denmark:

Statistics Denmark "Focus On" Report: "Working time account (yearly)" (September 2008).

http://www.dst.dk/HomeUK/Statistics/focus_on/focus_on_show.aspx?sci=127

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Finland:

Statistics Finland News Release: "Phenomenal growth in imports of high technology from Eastern Asia" (Sep. 10, 2008).

http://www.stat.fi/til/ktek/2007/ktek_2007_2008-09-10_tie_001_en.html

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Hungary:

Central Statistical Office Periodical: Statistical Reflections (Vol. 2, No. 10, September 2008, .pdf format, 2p.).

http://portal.ksh.hu/pls/ksh/docs/eng/xftp/stattukor/szkul/eszkul0806.pdf

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Ireland:

Central Statistics Office Data Tables: "Statistical Product - Production Statistics, Prodcom Sales 2007 by Product and Statistic" (September 2008, various formats).

http://www.cso.ie/px/pxeirestat/database/eirestat/Production%20Statistics/Production%20Statistics.asp

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Israel:

Central Bureau of Statistics Tables: "Income Survey 2007" (September 2008, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format). Tables are in Hebrew and English.

http://www1.cbs.gov.il/reader/newhodaot/tables_template_eng.html?hodaa=200815180

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Netherlands:

Statistics Netherlands: SN has updated its Web Magazine, Economic Monitor, and Press Releases from Sep. 10-16, 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. 10-16, 2008).

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

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Romania:

National Institute of Statistics Periodicals:

A. Monthly Statistical Bulletin - No.7 (September 2008, .pdf format, 199p.).

B. Prices Statistical Bulletin - No. 7 (September 2008, .pdf format, 71p.).

C. Industry Statistical Bulletin - No.7 (September 2008, .pdf format, 135p.).

All are in Romanian and English.

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

Click on title page icon under title for link to full text.

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Scotland:

Scottish Government Report: "Scottish Sea Fisheries Statistics 2007" (September 2008, .pdf format, 36p.).

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2008/09/04090427/0

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UK:

National Statistics Office Report, Periodicals:

A. "Monthly Review of External Trade Statistics July 2008" (September 2008, .pdf format, 66p.).

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/StatBase/Product.asp?vlnk=613

B. Financial Statistics, edited by Natu Somabhai Patel (No. 556, September 2008, .pdf format, 287p.).

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

C. Economic and Labor Market Review (September 2008, .pdf format, 63p., with tables in Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/elmr/09_08/

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OTHER REPORTS, ARTICLES, ETC.:

Employee Benefits Research Institute Periodical: EBRI Notes (Vol. 29, No. 9, September 2008, .pdf format, 16p.).

http://www.ebri.org/publications/notes/index.cfm?fa=notesDisp&content_id=3978

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Urban Institute Press Book: Asset Building and Low-Income Families, by Signe-Mary McKernan and Michael Sherraden (ISBN 978-0-87766-754-4, 300p.). For more information see:

http://www.urban.org/books/assetbuilding/

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Federal Reserve Bank of New York Article: "How Economic News Moves Markets," by Leonardo Bartolini, Linda Goldberg, and Adam Sacarny (Current Issues in Economics and Finance, Vol. 14, No. 6, August 2008, .pdf format, 7p.).

http://www.newyorkfed.org/research/current_issues/ci14-6.html

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Center on Budget and Policy Priorities Articles:

A. "How Projected Surpluses Became Deficits: Main Causes Were Tax Cuts And Higher Security Spending," by Richard Kogan (September 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 3p.).

http://www.cbpp.org/9-12-08bud.htm

B. "Bonus Depreciation Tax Cut Unlikely To Provide Effective Economic Stimulus," by Chad Stone and Chye-Ching Huang (September 2008, HTML and .pdf format. 4p.).

http://www.cbpp.org/9-10-08tax.htm

More information on CBPP:

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

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Milken Institute Report: "Best-Performing Cities 2008: Where America’s Jobs Are Created and Sustained," by Ross DeVol, Armen Bedroussian, Kevin Klowden, and Soojung Kim (September 2008, .pdf format, 56p.).

http://www.milkeninstitute.org/pdf/bpc2008.pdf

More information about MI:

http://www.milkeninstitute.org/about/about.taf

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Center for American Progress Report: "Green Recovery: A Program to Create Good Jobs and Start Building a Low-Carbon Economy," by Robert Pollin, Heidi Garrett-Peltier, James Heintz, and Helen Scharber (September 2008, .pdf format, 37p.). Links to this report, as well as fact sheets for 33 states (.pdf format) are available at:

http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2008/09/green_recovery.html

More information about CAP:

http://www.americanprogress.org/aboutus

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Nation Article: "State Capitalism Comes to America," by Nicholas von Hoffman (Sep. 8, 2008).

http://www.thenation.com/doc/20080922/howl2

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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: FEDS Papers 2008-40--2008-43

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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 347-348

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

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

NEW: WP 08-18--08-19

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District 7: Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago (Illinois):

http://www.chicagofed.org/economic_research_and_data/publication_display.cfm?Publication=6&year=2006%20AND%202008

NEW: WP 2008-08--"School Vouchers and Student Achievement: Recent Evidence, Remaining Questions," by Lisa Barrow and Cecilia Elena Rouse

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US Census Bureau Center for Economic Studies: CES has recently added new working papers:

http://www.ces.census.gov/index.php/ces/cespapers

The new papers are: CES-WP-08-22--CES-WP-08-30

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National Bureau of Economic Research: NBER has released the following working papers for the week of Sep. 7-13, 2008.

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

New papers are: 14317-14340

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International Monetary Fund: IMF has added the following working papers. The papers are Nos. 08/213-08/222.

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: 4715-4719.

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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: 3691-3702.

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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 2400-2407.

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Asian Development Bank:

A. "Globalization, Erosion of Tax Base, and the Revenue Potential of Developing Asia’s Foreign Exchange Reserve Build-Up," by Donghyun Park (September 2008, pdf format, 29p).

Abstract:

A major side effect of globalization is the erosion of the tax base due to the growing mobility of capital and the consequent international tax competition for capital. The potential loss of revenues is encouraging developing Asia’s governments to look for alternative, nonconventional, nontax sources of revenue. The central objective of this paper is to explore the extent to which one potential source of nonconventional revenue--the region’s soaring excess foreign exchange reserves--can help to compensate regional governments for the erosion of their tax bases. The analysis indicates that more active management of excess reserves along the lines of profit-maximizing sovereign wealth funds can indeed make a significant contribution to the region’s nonconventional fiscal revenues.

http://www.adb.org/Documents/ERD/Working_Papers/WP122.pdf

B. "Explaining Growth and Inequality in Factor Income: The Philippines Case," by Hyun H. Son (August 2008, pdf format, 29p).

Abstract:

This paper analyzes the relationship between growth and inequality of factor income in the Philippines, focusing on the role played by the labor market. It proposes a decomposition methodology that explores linkages between growth in income and labor market performance in terms of labor force participation, employment, working hours, and productivity. This paper introduces a methodology that provides a direct linkage between growth, inequality, and labor market characteristics. It provides empirical analysis using both the Family Income and Expenditure Survey and Labor Force Survey, covering the period 1997-2003.

http://www.adb.org/Documents/ERD/Working_Papers/WP120.pdf

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European Central Bank Occasional Papers:

A. "Financial Stability Challenges In Candidate Countries Managing The Transition To Deeper And More Market-Oriented Financial Systems, By The Irc Expert Group On Financial Stability Challenges In Candidate Countries," (OP 95,September 2008, pdf format, 66p).

Abstract:

This paper reviews financial stability challenges, in the EU candidate countries Croatia, Turkey and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. It examines the financial sectors in these three economies, which, while at very different stages of development and embedded in quite diverse economic settings, are all in a process of rapid financial deepening. This manifests itself most clearly in the rapid pace of growth in credit to the private sector. This process of financial deepening is largely a natural and welcome catching-up phenomenon, but it has also increased the credit risks borne by the banking sectors in the three economies. These credit risks are compounded by the widespread use of foreign currency-denominated or -indexed loans, leaving unhedged bank customers exposed to potential swings in exchange rates or foreign interest rates. Moreover, these financial risks form part of a broader nexus of vulnerabilities in the economies concerned, in particular the external vulnerabilities arising from increasing private sector external indebtedness. That said, the paper also finds that the authorities in the three countries have taken several policy actions to reduce these financial and external vulnerabilities and to strengthen the resilience of the financial sectors.

http://www.ecb.int/pub/pdf/scpops/ecbocp95.pdf

B. "The Changing Role Of The Exchange Rate In A Globalised Economy," by Filippo di Mauro, Rasmus Rüffer and Irina Bunda (OP 94, September 2008, pdf format, 64p).

Abstract:

In addition to its direct effects on the global trading and production structure, the ongoing process of globalisation may have important implications for the interaction of exchange rates and the overall economy. This paper presents evidence regarding possible changes in the role of exchange rates in a more globalised economy. First, it analyses the link between exchange rates and prices, showing that there is at most a moderate decline in exchange rate pass-through for the euro area. Next, it turns to the effect of exchange rate changes on trade flows. The findings indicate that the responsiveness of euro area exports to exchange rate changes may have declined somewhat as a result of globalisation, reflecting mainly shifts in the geographical and sectoral composition of trade flows. The paper also provides a firm-level analysis of the impact of exchange rate changes on corporate profits, which suggests that overall this relationship appears to be relatively stable over time, although there are important crosscountry differences. In addition, it studies the overall impact of exchange rates on GDP and the potential role of valuation effects as a transmission channel in the case of the euro area.

http://www.ecb.int/pub/pdf/scpops/ecbocp94.pdf

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Banco Central do Brasil:

A. "Foreign Exchange Market Volatility Information: An Investigation Of Real-Dollar Exchange Rate," (September 2008, pdf format, 36p).

http://www.bcb.gov.br/pec/wps/ingl/wps174.pdf

B. "Exchange Rate Dynamics and the Relationship between the Random Walk Hypothesis and Official Interventions," by Eduardo José Araújo Lima and Benjamin Miranda Tabak (September 2008, pdf format, 44p).

http://www.bcb.gov.br/pec/wps/ingl/wps173.pdf

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National Bank of Denmark: "The Chilean Fiscal Rule," by Michael Pedersen (WP 57, August 2008, pdf format, 25p).

Abstract:

From 2001 the fiscal policy in Chile has been based on a structural surplus rule. Under this rule, the government is committing itself to maintain its expenditures equal to the structural revenue minus the target for the structural surplus, which is expressed in terms of the GDP. The calculation of the structural balance depends on trend output, the long-run copper price and the structural income from Codelco’s molybdenum sale. While the latter is calculated with a reference price determined as the average of past prices, panels of independent experts, who meet once a year, determine the two former. The fact that independent experts have substantial influence on the fiscal budget makes the Chilean fiscal rule different from similar rules applied in other countries.

http://www.nationalbanken.dk/C1256BE9004F6416/side/B82207E882EBC03AC12574BF003F2C32/$file/WP_57.pdf

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New Economic Papers (NEP)-ALL. The latest list of New Economic Papers (Sep. 5, 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 are from "Correct (and misleading) arguments for using market based pollution control policies" to "The Engendered Spaces in the Village at the Edge of the Capital: A Case Study of Al Gharaza/Sudan."

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

American Economic Review (Vol. 98, No. 4, September 2008). Note: Full text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library and the EBSCO Host Academic Search Elite Database. Check your library for availability of these databases and this issue.

http://www.aeaweb.org/issue.php?journal=AER&volume=98&issue=4

Journal of Urban Economics (Vol. 64, No. 2, September 2008).

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/00941190

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CONFERENCES:

International Association of Research in Income and Wealth: "30th General Conference of the International Association of Research in Income and Wealth," to be held August 24-30, 2008 in Portoroz, Slovenia. For more information see:

http://www.iariw.org/c2008.asp

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

Chronicle of Higher Education:

Economic positions has been updated through Sep. 16, 2008.

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

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LEGISLATION INFORMATION UPDATES:

US House Ways and Means Committee, Subcommittee on Income Security and Family Support Hearing Testimony: "Hearing on Challenges Facing American Workers," a hearing held Sep. 11, 2008 (HTML or .pdf format).

http://waysandmeans.house.gov/hearings.asp?formmode=detail&hearing=644

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DATA:

US Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service:

A. "Season-Average Price Forecasts" (September 2008, Microsoft Excel format).

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

B. Agricultural Outlook Statistical Indicators: August 2008 (September 2008, .pdf, Microsoft Excel, and .zip compressed Microsoft Excel format, 41p.).

http://www.ers.usda.gov/Publications/AgOutlook/AOTables/

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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=2008-09-15

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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