Current Social Science Research Report--Economics #89, November 18, 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

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

LEGISLATION INFORMATION UPDATES

DATA

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CENTRAL GOVERNMENT STATISTICAL AND NGO PUBLICATIONS

US:

1. Bureau of Labor Statistics Periodical, News Release:

A. Monthly Labor Review (Vol. 131, No. 10, October 2008, .pdf format).

http://www.bls.gov/opub/mlr/home.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

B. "American Time Use Survey--2007 Results," (November 2008, ASCII text, HTML, and .pdf format, 25p.).

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/atus.nr0.htm

2. Social Security Administration, Office of Policy Report: "OASDI (Old-Age and Survivors Insurance and Disability Insurance) Beneficiaries by State and ZIP Code, 2007" (November 2008, HTML, .pdf, and Microsoft Excel format, 736p.).

http://www.socialsecurity.gov/policy/docs/statcomps/oasdi_zip/2007/index.html

3. Small Business Administration, Office of Advocacy Reports:

A. "An Analysis of Small Business Patents by Industry and Firm Size," by Anthony Breitzman and Diana Hicks (No. 335, November 2008, .pdf format, 60p.).

http://www.sba.gov/advo/research/rs335tot.pdf

B. "Estimating the Contribution of Immigrant Business Owners to the U.S. Economy," by Robert W. Fairlie (No. 334, November 2008, .pdf format, 35p.).

http://www.sba.gov/advo/research/rs334tot.pdf

4. Department of Housing and Urban Development News Release: "HUD Issues New Mortgage Rules to Help Consumers Shop for Lower Cost Home Loans: New 'Good Faith Estimate' will help borrowers save nearly 700 dollars" (Nov. 12, 2008).

http://www.hud.gov/news/release.cfm?content=pr08-175.cfm

5. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service Periodical: Amber Waves (November 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 44p.).

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

6. US Government Economic Releases from the National Bureau of Economic Research: Links to releases for Nov. 12-18, 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 (November 2008, .pdf format, 19p.). The feature topic of this issue is: "Employment in Alaska's Fisheries."

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

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NGOs and Other Countries:

European Community:

Eurostat Periodicals:

A. Statistics in Focus: The latest issues (103/2008) are now available.

http://epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/portal/page?_pageid=2173,49287715&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL&ci=1130657,0

B. "Data in Focus: The latest issues (41/08--42/08 .pdf format) is 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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World Bank Compendium: World Development Report 2009 (November 2008, .pdf format, 383p.).

http://econ.worldbank.org/WBSITE/EXTERNAL/EXTDEC/EXTRESEARCH/EXTWDRS/EXTWDR2009/0,,menuPK:4231145~pagePK:64167702~piPK:64167676~theSitePK:4231059,00.html

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International Monetary Fund Country Reports The latest Country Reports (.pdf format) span the time period from Nov. 5-17, 2008 (No. 08-358--08-361).

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

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Botswana:

Central Statistics Office Report: "Enviro Stats Brief 2008" (November 2008, .pdf format, 17p.).

http://www.cso.gov.bw/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=249&Itemid=2

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Bulgaria:

National Statistical Institute Tables:

A. "Consumer Price Index Series By Months, May 1990-October 2008" (November 2008).

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

B. "Harmonized Index of Consumer Prices Series by Months, January 1997- October 2008" (November 2008).

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

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Czech Republic:

Statistical Office Price Application: "How much/many could I buy...?" (November 2008). "Let’s play with figures with us. If it is true that 'money is not last but first', many of us will be interested (due to statistical reasons) especially in the comparison of our wage with the average and how much could we buy for the money in the past as for goods and services.

We have created a new application for you to depict statistics of wages and prices of goods and services in an illustrative and comprehensible way.

We would like to show you that statistical data do not have to be only in brief tables--you can play with them; for example, you can try to compare in a graph what will happen when your wage changes and the like.

Mr. Average will be your guide--he will help you understand the development in the graph.

Have a look, how the value of the average gross monthly wage was developing and compare your own wage with it. As for Mr. Average, how many eggs, theatre tickets or petrol could he buy for his wage and how about you? Were you better off or worse off twenty years ago?"

http://www.czso.cz/eng/tz.nsf/i/how_much_many_could_i_buy

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Georgia:

Statistics Georgia Report: "2008 Households of Georgia" (November 2008, Microsoft Word format, 85p.). The report is in Georgian and English.

http://www.statistics.ge/publication.php?plang=1&pform=-501

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Hong Kong:

Census and Statistics Department Press Release: "Results of the 2007 Annual Survey of Transport and Related Services" (Nov. 18, 2008). The report referred to in this news release will be available in December 2008.

http://www.censtatd.gov.hk/press_release/press_releases_on_statistics/index.jsp?sID=2224&sSUBID=12498&displayMode=D

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Hungary:

Statistics Office Periodical: Statistical Reflections (Vol. 2, No. 13, Nov. 13, 2008, .pdf format, 2p.). The topic of this issue is: "Economic accounts for agriculture in Hungary, 2007."

http://portal.ksh.hu/pls/ksh/docs/eng/xftp/stattukor/mgszlak/emgszlak07.pdf

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Iceland:

Statistics Iceland Report: "ICT and eCommerce in enterprises 2008" (November 2008, .pdf format, 4p.). The report is in Icelandic, with and English summary. Tables are in Icelandic and English.

http://www.statice.is/Pages/452?itemid=e4ab7bc1-8dce-4a29-99d7-2fb45f4caf44

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Ireland:

Central Statistics Office/An Phriomh-Oifig Staidrimh Report: "Agricultural Price Indices: 2008 - Preliminary estimates" (November 2008, .pdf format, 4p.).

http://www.cso.ie/releasespublications/documents/prices/current/prelimapi.pdf

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Israel:

Central Bureau of Statistics Report: "Tourism in Israel: 2007" (November 2008, .pdf format, 6p.).

http://www1.cbs.gov.il/www/statistical/touris2007e.pdf

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Jamaica:

Government of Jamaica Secretariat Information Portal: "JamStats" (September 2008). "JamStats is a database that captures information on some of Jamaica’s most critical social and economic indicators. A DevInfo 5.0 adaptation, it was developed by the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) in partnership with the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN), with support from UNICEF Jamaica."

http://www.jamstats.gov.jm/

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Netherlands:

Statistics Netherlands: SN has updated its Web Magazine, Economic Monitor, and Press Releases from Nov. 13-18, 2008).

http://www.cbs.nl/en-GB/menu/_unique/_nieuws/default.htm

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Norway:

Statistics Norway News Releases: SN has updated its news releases from Nov. 12-18, 2008).

http://www.ssb.no/english/previous14days/

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Romania:

National Institute of Statistics Periodicals:

A. "Monthly Statistical Bulletin - No.9" (November 2008, .pdf format, 199p.).

B. "Industry Statistical Bulletin - No.9" (November 2008, .pdf format, 87p.).

Both periodicals are in Romanian and English.

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

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

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Slovak Republic News Release: "Revision of annual national accounts in the time series of 1995 - 2006 including preliminary annual account for 2007" (Nov. 14, 2008). The news release links ("more detailed data") to three topical tables.

http://portal.statistics.sk/showdoc.do?docid=14770

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South Africa:

Statistics South Africa Report: "Post and telecommunication industry, 2006" (November 2008, .pdf format, 19p.).

http://www.statssa.gov.za/Publications/statsdownload.asp?PPN=Report-75-01-01&SCH=4270

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Sweden:

Statistics Sweden Press Releases:

A. "System of Environmental and Economic Accounts" (Nov. 12, 2008).

http://www.scb.se/templates/pressinfo____251904.asp

B. "Focus on Business and Labour Market: Every third taxi driver foreign born" (Nov. 17, 2008).

http://www.scb.se/templates/pressinfo____253076.asp

C. "Entry into the labour market among upper secondary graduates in 2004/05 academic year: Studies due to lack of work" (Nov. 18, 2008).

http://www.scb.se/templates/pressinfo____253555.asp

D. "Entry into the labour market among graduates of higher education and postgraduate education in 2004/05 academic year: Degrees in higher education lead to jobs" (Nov. 18, 2008).

http://www.scb.se/templates/pressinfo____253498.asp

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UK:

1. House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee Report:"Energy efficiency and fuel poverty: Fifth Special Report," (October 2008, .pdf format, 141p.).

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200708/cmselect/cmenvfru/1099/1099.pdf

2. National Statistics Office Reports, Periodical:

A. "Annual Business Inquiry provisional results - 2007" (November 2008, .pdf format, 9p.).

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/statbase/prep/7381.asp

B. "Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE)" (November 2008, .pdf format).

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/statbase/prep/13101.asp

C. "Monthly Review of External Trade Statistics: September 2008" (November 2008, .pdf format, 66p.).

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/statbase/prep/613.asp

D. "Public and Private Breakdown of Labour Disputes" (November 2008, comma separated value [.csv] and navidata format).

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/statbase/prep/9350.asp

E. Economic & Labour Market Review (November 2008, .pdf format, 68p.).

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/StatBase/Product.asp?vlnk=14692

3. Department for Transport Report: "Waterborne freight in the United Kingdom: 2007" (November 2008, .pdf format, 72p.).

http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/statistics/datatablespublications/maritime/waterborne/waterbornefreight2007

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Wales:

Welsh Assembly Government/Llywodraeth Cynulliad Cymru Report: "Key Economic Statistics - November 2008" (.pdf format, 14p.).

http://new.wales.gov.uk/topics/statistics/headlines/econ2008/hdw20081114/?lang=en

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OTHER REPORTS, ARTICLES, ETC.:

Federal Reserve Bank of New York "Dynamic Maps of Bank Card and Mortgage Delinquencies in the United States" (2008).

http://data.newyorkfed.org/creditconditionsmap/

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Urban Institute Report: "U.S. Intragenerational Economic Mobility From 1984 to 2004: Trends and Implications," by Gregory Acs and Seth Zimmerman (October 2008, .pdf format, 16p.).

http://www.urban.org/url.cfm?ID=1001226

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Nature News Special: "Finance in crisis" (November 2008). This is a compilation of recent topical articles.

http://www.nature.com/news/specials/financialcrisis/index.html

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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:

WP 2008-55: "Specification Analysis of Structural Credit Risk Models," by Jing-zhi Huang and Hao Zhou

WP 2008-56: "Uncertainty and Disagreement in Economic Forecasting," by Stefania D'Amico and Athanasios Orphanides

WP 2008-57: School Desegregation, School Choice and Changes in Residential Location Patterns by Race," by Nathaniel Baum-Snow and Byron Lutz

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

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

NEW: No. 355: "Imperfectly Credible Disinflation under Endogenous Time-Dependent Pricing," by Marco Bonomo and Carlos Carvalho

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

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

NEW: WP 08-08: "Reconsidering the Application of the Holder in Due Course Rule to Home Mortgage Notes," by Thomas J. Fitzpatrick IV and Mark B. Greenlee

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District 6: Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta (Georgia):

http://www.frbatlanta.org/publica/pubs_pubrouter.cfm?pub_type=WORKING%20PAPERS

NEW: WP 2008-25: "Immigration and the Macroeconomy," by Federico S. Mandelman and Andrei Zlate

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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 2008-09: "Does It Pay to Read Your Junk Mail? Evidence of the Effect of Advertising on Home Equity Credit Choices," by Sumit Agarwal and Brent W. Ambrose

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

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

NEW: WP 2008-043A: "The Stability of Macroeconomic Systems with Bayesian Learners," by James B. Bullard and Jacek Suda

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

A. Staff Reports:

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

NEW: #417: "Sluggish Responses of Prices and Inflation to Monetary Shocks in an Inventory Model of Money Demand," by Andrew Atkeson, Fernando Alvarez, and Chris Edmond

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National Bureau of Economic Research: NBER has released the following working papers for the week of Nov. 9-15, 2008:

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

New papers are: 14475-14492.

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Urban Institute Report: "Racial Disparities in Education Finance: Going Beyond Equal Revenues," by Sheila Murray and Kim Rueben (Discussion Paper 29, November 2008, .pdf format, 17p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.urban.org/publications/411785.html

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Levy Economics Institute of Bard College [Annandale-on-Hudson, NY]:

A. "On Democratizing Financial Turmoil: A Minskyan Analysis of the Subprime Crisis," by Luisa Fernandez, Fadhel Kaboub, and Zdravka Todorova (Working Paper No. 548, November 2008, .pdf format, 28p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.levy.org/vdoc.aspx?docid=1100

B. "Excess Capital and Liquidity Management," by Jan Toporowski (Working Paper No. 549, November 2008, .pdf format, 10p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.levy.org/vdoc.aspx?docid=1102

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International Monetary Fund: IMF has recently released new working papers. They are: 08/254-08/256.

http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/cat/wp1_sp.cfm?s_year=2007&e_year=2008&brtype=default

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Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development:

http://www.oecd.org/findDocument/0,2350,en_2649_201185_1_119684_1_1_1,00.html

NEW:

"Economics Department Working Papers - List"

"Economics Department Working Papers by cross country analysis"

"What Drives the NAIRU? Evidence from a Panel of OECD Countries," by Christian Gianella, Isabell Koske, Elena Rusticelli and Olivier Chatal

"International Energy Agency (IEA) Publications and Papers"

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Luxembourg Income Study: "System-Based Analysis of Income Distribution Impacts on Mobility Behaviour," by Michael Krail (WP 506, November 2008, .pdf format, 144p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at the site.

http://www.lisproject.org/php/wp/wp.php

Click on "send" without entering any search parameters.

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

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

New Papers are: 4777-4780

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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 2458-2466.

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United Nations University-World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER): "Can Free Trade Guarantee Gains from Trade?" by Moritz Cruz (WIDER Research Paper No. 2008/97, October 2008, .pdf format, 25p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.wider.unu.edu/publications/working-papers/research-papers/2008/en_GB/rp2008-97/

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Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) [University of Essex, Colchester, UK]: "Social networks in determining migration and labour market outcomes: Evidence from the German Reunification," by Helmut Rainer and Thomas Siedler (ISER Working Paper No. 2008-36, November 2008, .pdf format, 20p.).

Abstract:

This paper empirically examines social network explanations for migration decisions in the context of the German reunification. Using longitudinal data from the German Socio-Economic Panel, we first show that the presence of family and friends in West Germany is an important predictor for the migration hazard rate of East Germans. We then explore whether pre-migration networks have a discernible impact on the economic and social assimilation of East German immigrants in West Germany. We find that East German immigrants are more likely to be employed, and to hold higher-paying jobs, when socially connected to the West prior to emigrating. East Germans immigrants with pre-migration networks also appear to be more integrated into their Western host communities than movers without preexisting social ties.

http://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/pubs/workpaps/pdf/2008-36.pdf

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Bank for International Settlements:

http://www.bis.org/list/wpapers/index.htm

NEW:

WP 264: "Price discovery from cross-currency and FX swaps: a structural analysis," by Naohiko Baba and Yasuaki Amatatsu

WP 265: "External support and bank behaviour in the international syndicated loan market," by Blaise Gadanecz, Kostas Tsatsaronis, and Yener Altunbas

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European Central Bank:

http://www.ecb.eu/pub/scientific/wps/date/html/wpsall.en.html

NEW: 957-968

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Bank of Canada/Banque du Canada:

http://www.bankofcanada.ca/en/res/wp/wp(y)_2008.html

NEW:

WP 2008-44: "The Role of Foreign Exchange Dealers in Providing Overnight Liquidity," by Chris S'Souza

WP 2008-45: "Firm Size and Productivity," by Danny Leung, Césaire Meh, and Yaz Terajima

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Bank of Estonia/Eesti Pank:

http://www.bankofestonia.info/pub/en/dokumendid/publikatsioonid/seeriad/uuringud/

NEW: WP 6/2008: "Unreported employment and tax evasion in mid-transition: Comparing developments and causes in the Baltic States," by Jaanika Meriküll and Karsten Staehr

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Deutsche Bundesbank:

http://www.bundesbank.de/vfz/vfz_diskussionspapiere_2008.en.php

NEW: Series 2: WP 19/2008: "Stochastic frontier analysis by means of maximum likelihood and the method of moments," by Andreas Behr and Sebastian Tente

Scroll to: "Series 2: Banking and Financial Studies"

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Narodowy Bank Polski/National Bank of Poland: The National Bank of Poland has recently released the following working paper:

http://www.nbp.pl/Homen.aspx?f=en/publikacje/materialy_i_studia/2008_en.html

NEW: WP 51: "Internationalization and economic performance of enterprises: evidence from firm-level data," by Jan Hagemejer and Marcin Kolasa

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New Economic Papers (NEP)-ALL. The latest list of New Economic Papers (Nov. 11, 2008).

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

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

Brookings Papers on Economic Activity (2008, No. 1).

http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/brookings_papers_on_economic_activity/toc/eca.2008.1.html

Economics Letters (Vol. 101, No. 3, December 2008).

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/01651765

European Economic Review (Vol. 52, No.8, November 2008).

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

Journal of Econometrics (Vol. 147, No. 2, December 2008).

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/03044076

Journal of Economic Theory (Vol. 143, No. 1, November 2008).

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/00220531

Journal of Financial Economics (Vol. 90, No. 2, November 2008).

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/0304405X

Journal of Mathematical Economics (Vol. 44, No. 12, December 2008). Note: this is a special issue on the annual conferences on "general equilibrium theory and applications of general equilibrium modeling to other areas such as finance, public economics, macroeconomics, industrial organization, monetary economics, etc." held in Coventry, West Midlands, UK, Evanston, Illinois, and Singapore.

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/03044068

Journal of Monetary Economics (Vol. 55, No. 7, October 2008).

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

Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance (Vol. 48, No. 4, November 2008).

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/10629769

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES:

IIASA Young Scientists Summer Program: "The International Institute for Applied Systems [Laxenburg, Austria] offers an excellent summer opportunity for graduate students interested in relating their work to global change issues. About 50-60 students from around the world spend the summer working closely with IIASA senior researchers on projects relevant to each student's thesis topic. They end the summer with an international network of colleagues interested in various aspects of global change issues, and often have produced a paper that can be published." For more information see:

http://www.iiasa.ac.at/Admin/YSP/reg-info/more_about_the_program.html?sb=2

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

American Statistical Association: ASA has updated its employment page with listings through Nov. 18, 2008.

http://jobs.amstat.org/search/results

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Chronicle of Higher Education:

Economics positions has been updated through Nov. 18, 2008.

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

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LEGISLATION INFORMATION UPDATES:

US House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Hearing Testimony: "Committee Holds Hearing on Hedge Funds and the Financial Market," a hearing held Nov. 13, 2008 (testimony in .pdf format, with a preliminary transcript in .pdf format, 184p.).

http://oversight.house.gov/story.asp?ID=2271

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DATA:

US Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service: "Agricultural Outlook: Statistical Indicators: October 2008" (November 2008, .pdf and .zip compressed and uncompressed Microsoft Excel format).

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

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Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research: ICPSR at the University of Michigan released several new datasets on Nov. 18, 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=2008-11-18

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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