Current Social Science Research Report--Economics #92, December 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:

http://www.disc.wisc.edu/reports/cssrindex.html

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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. Treasury Department Periodical: Treasury Bulletin (December 2008, .pdf and Microsoft Word format, 118p.).

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

2. Bureau of Economic Analysis Periodical: Survey of Current Business (Vol. 88, No. 11, November 2008, .pdf format, 74p.).

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

Note: this is a temporary address. When the next SCB is released, this one, along with all others back to 1994, will be available at:

http://www.bea.gov/scb/date_guide.asp

3. Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight Press Release: "FHFA Submits First Report On Homeowner Assistance To Congress," (December 2008, .pdf format, 7p.).

http://www.ofheo.gov/newsroom.aspx?ID=490&q1=1&q2=None

4. Census Bureau News Release: "Commodity Flow Survey Shows U.S. Businesses Ship Nearly 12 Trillion Dollar in Goods in 2007" (CB08-179, Dec. 9, 2008).

http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/economic_census/013019.html

5. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service Report: "Food Assistance and Nutrition Research Program: Final Report Fiscal 2008 Activities," (Administrative Publication No. (AP-030), December 2008, .pdf format, 62p.).

http://www.ers.usda.gov/publications/ap/ap030/

6. US Government Economic Releases from the National Bureau of Economic Research: Links to releases for Dec. 3-9, 2008 are available at the site.

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

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US States:

Hawai'i:

Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism Periodical: Monthly Economic Indicators: October 2008 (November 2008, .pdf format, 5p., with county tables in Microsoft Excel format).

http://hawaii.gov/dbedt/main/whats_new/info/economic/data_reports/mei

Maryland:

State Data Center Reports:

A. "Residential Sales Data: 2002-2007" (December 2008, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.mdp.state.md.us/msdc/dw_SaleData_Index.htm

B. "Consolidated Federal Funds Report (CFFR) 1983-2007" (December 2008, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.mdp.state.md.us/msdc/dw_cffr07.htm

Ohio:

Department of Job and Family Services Report: "Keywords Found on America's Job Bank (AJB) Resumes and Job Orders in 2006" (October 2008, .pdf format, 145p.).

http://lmi.state.oh.us/Research/KeywordAnalysis2008.pdf

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NGOs and Other Countries:

United Nations

1. Department of Economic and Social Affairs Monograph: Uneven Economic Development (October 2008, ISBN13: 9781848131958, 240p.). For more information, including ordering information, see:

http://unp.un.org/details.aspx?pid=18127

2. Economic Commission for Europe/European Free Trade Association Report: "Economic Globalisation: A Challenge For Official Statistics," (December 2008, .pdf format, 244p.).

http://www.efta.int/content/statistics/economic-globalisation-seminar

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European Commission:

1. European Agency for Safety and Health at Work Report: "Promoting mental wellbeing at work: Final report," (December 2008, .pdf format, 232p.).

http://osha.europa.eu/en/news/promoting_mental_wellbeing_at_work_final_report_01.25112008

2. Eurostat Periodical: Statistics in Focus: The latest issues (109/2008-110/2008) are now available.

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

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International Monetary Fund Country Reports The latest Country Reports (.pdf format) span the time period from Dec. 4-Dec. 9, 2008 (No. 08-367--08-369).

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

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Organisation for Economic Development and Co-operation "OECD Insights" Monograph series, Monograph:

A. OECD has recently added Sustainable Development: Linking economy, society, environment (December 2008, 142p., ISBN: 9789264047785) to its "OECD Insights" collection. For more information, including ordering information for this and other "OECD Insights" monographs see:

http://www.oecd.org/insights

B. Economic Survey of United States 2008 (December 2008). For more information, including ordering information see:

http://www.oecd.org/document/32/0,3343,en_2649_33733_41803296_1_1_1_1,00.html

Related Policy Brief (December 2008, .pdf format, 11p.).

http://www.oecd.org/dataoecd/60/54/41812368.pdf

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Netherlands:

Statistics Netherlands: SN has updated its Web Magazine, Economic Monitor, and Press Releases from Dec. 3-9, 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 Dec. 3-9, 2008).

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

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Romania:

National Institute of Statistics Periodical: Prices: Statistical Bulletin: No 10 (December 2008, .pdf format, 71p.). The periodical is in Romanian and English.

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

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

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Slovenia:

Statistical Office News Releases:

A. "Real income from agriculture--first estimate, Slovenia, 2008," by Irena Zaucer (Dec. 9, 2008).

http://www.stat.si/eng/novica_prikazi.aspx?id=2048

B. "Gross fixed capital formation by region, Slovenia, 1999-2006," by Borut Strnad (Dec. 5, 2008).

http://www.stat.si/eng/novica_prikazi.aspx?id=1944

C. "Compensation of employees by region, Slovenia, 1999-2006," by Borut Strnad (Dec. 5, 2008).

http://www.stat.si/eng/novica_prikazi.aspx?id=1945

D. "Household accounts by region, Slovenia, 2000-2006," by Romana Korenic (Dec. 5, 2008).

http://www.stat.si/eng/novica_prikazi.aspx?id=2031

E. "Broadcasting, Slovenia, 2007," by Nadja Svetlin Kastelic (Dec. 4, 2008).

http://www.stat.si/eng/novica_prikazi.aspx?id=2038

F. "Distribution of films and video films, Slovenia, 2007," by Nadja Svetlin Kastelic (Dec. 4, 2008).

http://www.stat.si/eng/novica_prikazi.aspx?id=2035

G. "Production of films and videofilms, Slovenia, 2007," by Nadja Svetlin Kastelic (Dec. 4, 2008).

http://www.stat.si/eng/novica_prikazi.aspx?id=2036

H. "Cinematography, Slovenia, 2007," by Nadja Svetlin Kastelic (Dec. 4, 2008).

http://www.stat.si/eng/novica_prikazi.aspx?id=2037

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Spain:

National Statistics Institute Press Release: "2007 Annual Services Survey-- 2007 Annual Trade Survey (Results Preview)" (Dec. 4, 2008, .pdf format, 5p.)

http://www.ine.es/en/prensa/np528_en.pdf

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Sweden:

Statistics Sweden News Release: "Structural Business Statistics 2007" (Dec. 5, 2008).

http://www.scb.se/templates/pressinfo____255899.asp

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UK:

1. Department for Transport Report: "Congestion on inter-urban roads" (December 2008, Microsoft Excel and .pdf format).

http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/statistics/datatablespublications/roadstraffic/speedscongestion/congestiononthestrategicroad5359

2. Department for Work and Pensions Research Reports:

A. "International review of effective governance arrangements for employment-related initiatives," by Bruce Walker and Sian Sankey (Research Report 543, 2008, .pdf format, 76p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd5/report_abstracts/rr_abstracts/rra_543.asp

B. "Programmes to promote employment for disabled people: Lessons from the United States," by Anu Rangarajan, David Wittenburg, Todd Honeycutt and Debra Brucker (Research Report No. 448, December 2008, .pdf format, 102p.).Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd5/report_abstracts/rr_abstracts/rra_548.asp

3. Her Majesty's Treasury Report: "Pre-Budget Report 2008," (November 2008, .pdf format, 232p.).

http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/prebud_pbr08_repindex.htm

4. National Statistics Office Report, Data:

A. "Sickness Absence from work" (December 2008, Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/statbase/Product.asp?vlnk=14424

B. Economic and Labour Market Review (December tables, Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/ELMR/12_08/data_page.asp

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Wales:

Welsh Assembly Government/Llywodraeth Cynulliad Cymru Reports:

A. "Public Transport Use in Wales: Results from the Living in Wales Survey 2007" (December 2008, .pdf format, 13p.).

http://wales.gov.uk/topics/statistics/headlines/trans2008/hdw200812092/?lang=en

B. "Travel to Work and School in Wales: Results from the Living in Wales Survey 2007" (December 2008, .pdf format, 11p.).

http://wales.gov.uk/topics/statistics/headlines/trans2008/hdw200812091/?lang=en

C. "Walking and Cycling trends in Wales: Results from the Living in Wales Survey 2007" (December 2008, .pdf format, 16p.).

http://wales.gov.uk/topics/statistics/headlines/trans2008/hdw20081209/?lang=en

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OTHER REPORTS, ARTICLES, ETC.:

American Enterprise Institute Brief, Book:

A. "Print Money and Cut the Payroll Tax," by John H. Makin (Economic Outlook, November 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 6p.).

http://www.aei.org/publications/pubID.28990/pub_detail.asp

B. Rethinking Federal Housing Policy: How to Make Housing Plentiful and Affordable by Edward L. Glaeser and Joseph Gyourko (December 2008, ISBN: 978-0-8447-4273-1, 220p.). For more information, including ordering information, see:

http://www.aei.org/books/bookID.971,filter.all/book_detail.asp

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Beacon Hill Institute [Suffolk [Massachusetts] University] Report: "Eighth Annual State Competitiveness Report" (November 2008, .pdf format, 67p.).

http://www.beaconhill.org/Compete08/BHIState08-FINAL.pdf

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Economic Policy Institute Report: "When giants fall; Shutdown of one or more U.S. automakers could eliminate up to 3.3 million U.S. jobs," by Robert E. Scott (EPI Briefing Paper no. 227, December 2008, .pdf format, 14p.).

http://www.epi.org/content.cfm/bp227

More information about EPI:

http://www.epi.org/content.cfm/about

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Employee Benefit Research Institute Periodical: EBRI Notes (Vol. 29, No. 11, November 2008, .pdf format, 10p.). This issue's articles are: "Retirement Annuity and Employment-Based Pension Income Among Individuals Age 50 and Over: 2007," and "Employer Spending on Benefits, 2007," both by Ken McDonnell.

http://www.ebri.org/publications/notes/index.cfm?fa=notesDisp&content_id=4115

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National Center For Policy Analysis Report: "Thinking About Tomorrow," by Andrew J. Rettenmaier and Thomas R. Saving (Policy Report No. 317, December 2008, .pdf format, 15p.).

http://www.ncpa.org/pub/st/st317/st317.pdf

More information about NCPA:

http://www.ncpa.org/abo/

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Roper Center (University of Connecticut): Topics at a Glance: The latest Topics at a Glance concerns "Public Opinion on Economy." The site links to relevant poll numbers, datasets, and articles. Check your organization's library for your level of access to the Roper data collection.

http://www.ropercenter.uconn.edu/cgi-bin/hsrun.exe/roperweb/pom/pom.htx;start=HS_special_topics?Topic=Economy

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Urban Institute Briefs:

A. "Entry-Level and Next-Step Jobs in the Low-Skill Job Market," by Gregory Acs and Pamela J. Loprest (Brief No. 1, November 2008, .pdf format, 5p.).

http://www.urban.org/publications/411801.html

B. "Low-Skill Jobs, Work Hours, and Paid Time Off," by Gregory Acs and Pamela J. Loprest (Brief No. 2, November 2008, .pdf format, 5p.).

http://www.urban.org/publications/411802.html

C. "Job Placement Agencies and the Low-Skill Labor Market," by Gregory Acs and Pamela J. Loprest (Brief No. 3, November 2008, .pdf format, 5p.).

http://www.urban.org/publications/411803.html

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WORKING PAPERS:

Federal Reserve Banks:

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

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

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

NEW: WP 08-30: On the Implementation of Markov-Perfect Interest Rate and Money Supply Rules: Global and Local Uniqueness," by Michael Dotsey and Andreas Hornstein

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District 10: Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City (Missouri):

http://www.kansascityfed.org/home/subwebnav.cfm?level=3&theID=10386&SubWeb=7

NEW:

RWP08-06: "The Economics of Payment Card Fee Structure: What is the Optimal Balance Between Merchant Fee and Payment Card Rewards?" by Fumiko Hayashi

RWP08-07: "The Economics of Payment Card Fee Structure: What Drives Payment Card Rewards?" by Fumiko Hayashi

RWP 08-08: "The Economics of Payment Card Fee Structure: Policy Considerations of Payment Card Rewards," by Fumiko Hayashi

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National Bureau of Economic Research: NBER has released the following working papers for the week of Nov. 30- Dec. 6, 2008:

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

New papers are: 14515-14543

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U.S. Federal Trade Commission: "The Price Effects of Hospital Mergers: A Case Study of the Sutter-Summit Transaction," by Steven Tenn (Working Paper No. 293, November 2008, pdf format, 30p).

Abstract:

We conduct a retrospective study of the Sutter-Summit hospital merger to assess whether antitrust enforcement in this matter was appropriate. This consummated merger combined two hospitals located close together in the Oakland-Berkeley region of the San Francisco Bay Area. The greater metropolitan area contained many other hospitals that offered a similar range of services, but which were located farther away. A central issue raised by the Sutter-Summit transaction was whether travel costs were low enough such that these hospitals were a sufficient constraint on the merging parties to prevent an anticompetitive price increase. We use detailed claims data from three large health insurers to compare the post-merger price change for the merging parties to the price change for a set of control group hospitals. Our results show that Summit’s price increase was among the largest of any comparable hospital in California, indicating this transaction may have been anticompetitive.

http://www.ftc.gov/be/workpapers/wp293.pdf

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Harvard University Business School: "An Exploration of the Japanese Slowdown during the 1990s," by Diego A. Comin (No. 09-065, November 2008, .pdf format, 35p.).

http://www.hbs.edu/research/pdf/09-065.pdf

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Urban Institute: "How Big are Total Individual Income Tax Expenditures, and Who Benefits from Them?" by Eric Toder, Leonard E. Burman, and Christopher Geissler (Discussion Paper 31, December 2008, .pdf format, 18p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.urban.org/publications/1001234.html

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International Monetary Fund: IMF has recently added several new working papers. The papers are No. 263-274.

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

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Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development: "The Geography of Inventive Activities in OECD Regions," by Stefano Usai (STI Working Paper 2008/3, December 2008, .pdf format, 62p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.oecd.org/LongAbstract/0,3425,en_2649_34409_41771232_119684_1_1_1,00.html

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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: 4790-4793

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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: 3866-3875.

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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 2481-2493

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Bank for International Settlements:

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

NEW:

No 266: "Private matters," by Jean Helwege and Frank Packer.

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European Central Bank:

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

NEW: 969-974

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Asian Development Bank:

http://www.adb.org/Publications/category.asp?s=1&id=8&wp=1

NEW:

No. 135: "Gender Differences in Remittance Behavior: Evidence from Viet Nam," by Y. Niimi and B. Reilly

No. 132: "Rethinking the Growth Diagnostics Approach: Questions from the Practitioners," by J. Felipe and N. Usui.

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National Bank of Belgium:

http://www.nbb.be/pub/06_00_00_00_00/06_03_00_00_00/06_03_05_00_00.htm?l=en

NEW:

WP 152: "Rent-sharing under different bargaining regimes: Evidence from linked employer-employee data," by Michael Rusinek and François Rycx

WP 153; "Forecast with judgment and models," by Francesca Monti

WP 154: "Institutional features of wage bargaining in 23 European countries, the US and Japan," by Philip Du Caju, Erwan Gautier, Daphné Momferatou, and Mélanie Ward-Warmedinger

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Bank of Canada:

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

NEW: WP 2008-46: "Indebtedness and the Household Financial Health: An Examination of the Canadian Debt Service Ratio Distribution," by Umar Faruqui

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Banco Central De Chile/Central Bank of Chile:

http://www.bcentral.cl/eng/studies/working-papers/index.htm

NEW: WP 505: "The Dynamic of Inflation Persistence in Chile," by Pablo Pincheira

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Bank of Finland/Finlands Bank:

http://www.bof.fi/en/julkaisut/tutkimukset/keskustelualoitteet/index.htm?year=2008

NEW:

WP 27/2008: "Bank competition and collateral: theory and evidence," by Christa Hainz, Laurent Weill, and Christophe J. Godlewski

WP 28/2008: "Population ageing and fiscal sustainability in Finland: a stochastic analysis," by Jukka Lassila and Tarmo Valkonen

WP 29/2008: "Central bank institutional structure and effective central banking: cross-country empirical evidence," by Iftekhar Hasan and Loretta J. Mester

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Deutsche Bundesbank:

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

Series 1: Economic Studies WP 25/2008--29/2008

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Bank of Greece:

http://www.bankofgreece.gr/en/publications/papers.asp

NEW: No. 91: "A Note On The Use Of Moving Average Trading Rules To Test For Weak Form Efficiency In Capital Markets," by Alexandros E. Milionis and Evangelia Papanagiotou.

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Central Bank of Ireland:

http://www.centralbank.ie/frame_main.asp?pg=pub_tech.asp&nv=pub_nav.asp

NEW: 9/RT/08: "Now-casting Irish GDP," by Antonello D'Agostino, Kieran McQuinn and Derry O' Brien

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Bank of Japan:

http://www.boj.or.jp/en/theme/research/ron/wps/keizai/index.htm

NEW: No.08-E-10: "Central Bank’S Two-Way Communication With The Public And Inflation Dynamics," by Kosuke Aoki and Takeshi Kimura.

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Bank of Spain:

http://www.bde.es/informes/be/docs/docs.htm

NEW: WP 0826: " Inflation targeting in Latin America: Empirical analysis using GARCH models," by Carmen Broto

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New Economic Papers (NEP)-ALL. The latest list of New Economic Papers (Dec. 1, 2008).

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

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

Economic Development and Cultural Change (Vol. 57, No. 2, January 2009). 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.journals.uchicago.edu/loi/edcc

International Journal of Game Theory (Vol. 37, No. 4, December 2008).

http://www.springerlink.com/content/mqj545335204/?p=d83071074347449889f14d0ab82271e9&pi=0

Journal of Finance (Vol. 63, No. 6, December 2008).

http://www.afajof.org/journal/browse2.asp?ref=0022-1082&vid=63&iid=6&oc=&s=

Review of Financial Economics (Vol. 17, No. 4, December 2008).

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/10583300

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CONFERENCES:

American Economic Association: AEA Web had updated it's conferences web site with information about the following conferences:

Association for Social Economics (San Diego, California, Jan. 2, 2009).

Academy of International Business (San Diego, California, Jun. 23, 2009).

http://rfe.org/conferences.php

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

American Statistical Association: ASA has updated its employment page with listings through Dec. 9, 2008.

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

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Chronicle of Higher Education:

Economics positions has been updated through Dec. 9, 2008.

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

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LEGISLATION INFORMATION UPDATES:

US House Committee on Financial Services Hearing Testimony: "Review of Industry Plans to Stabilize the Financial Condition of the American Automobile Industry," a hearing held Dec. 5, 2008 (.pdf format).

http://www.house.gov/apps/list/hearing/financialsvcs_dem/hr120508.shtml

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US House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Hearing Testimony: "The Role of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in the Financial Crisis," a hearing held on Dec. 9, 2008 (statements in .pdf format).

http://oversight.house.gov/story.asp?ID=2252

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US Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Hearing Testimony: "The State of the Domestic Automobile Industry: Part II," a hearing held Dec. 4, 2008 (.pdf format).

http://banking.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?Fuseaction=Hearings.Detail&HearingID=299be20f-5e40-4c5f-89ee-2ade064d4226

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US Joint Economic Committee Hearing Publication: "What Should the Federal Government Do to Avoid a Recession?" a hearing held Jan. 16, 2008 (Senate Hearing 110-492, ASCII text and .pdf format, 62p.).

ASCII text:

http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=110_senate_hearings&docid=f:41291.wais

.pdf:

http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=110_senate_hearings&docid=f:41291.wais.pdf

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DATA:

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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