Current Social Science Research Report--Economics #97, January 27, 2009.

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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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. Bureau of Economic Analysis Report: "Integrated GDP-Productivity Accounts," by Michael Harper, Brent R. Moulton, Steven Rosenthal, and David B. Wasshausen (January 2009, .pdf format, 18p.).

http://www.bea.gov/about/pdf/Integrated_GDPProductivityAccounts_withAppendix.pdf

2. Bureau of Labor Statistics Press Release:

A. "Employment Experience of Youths: Results from a Longitudinal Survey," (January 2009, ASCII text and .pdf format, 14p.).

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/nlsyth.toc.htm

B. "Volunteering in the United States," (January 2009, ASCII text and .pdf format, 12p.).

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/volun.toc.htm

C. "2010 Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Structure," (January 2009, .pdf and Excel format, 46p.).

.pdf:

http://www.bls.gov/soc/soc_structure_2010.pdf

Excel:

http://www.bls.gov/soc/soc_structure_2010.xls

Federal Register announcement (Vol. 79, No. 12, Jan. 21, 2009, p. 3920-3936).

http://www.bls.gov/soc/soc2010final.pdf

3. Government Accountability Office Report, Correspondence:

A. "Developing Countries: The United States Has Not Fully Funded Its Share of Debt Relief, and the Impact of Debt Relief on Countries' Poverty-Reducing Spending Is Unknown" (GAO-09-162, January 2009, .pdf format, 79p.).

http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-09-162

B. "Update of State and Local Government Fiscal Pressures" (GAO-09-320R, January 2009, HTML and .pdf format, 8p.).

http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-09-320R

4. US Government Economic Releases from the National Bureau of Economic Research: Links to releases for Jan. 21-27, 2009 are available at the site.

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

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NGOs and Other Countries:

European Central Bank Periodical: Statistics Pocket Book (January 2009, .pdf format, 55p.).

http://www.ecb.int/pub/pdf/stapobo/spb200901en.pdf

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European Community:

Eurostats Periodicals:

A. Statistics In Focus (No. 3/2009-4/2009).

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 (2/09 .pdf format) are now available on the DIF website:

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

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International Monetary Fund Country Reports: The latest Country Reports (.pdf format) span the time period from Jan. 22, 2008-Jan. 27, 2009 (No. 09-15 to 09-18, 09-20 to 09-24).

http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/cat/scr1_sp.cfm?s_year=2009&e_year=2009&brtype=default

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Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development Report: "Productivity Measurement and Analysis: Proceedings from OECD Workshops" (2008, .pdf format, 552p., via Swiss Federal Statistical Office).

http://www.bfs.admin.ch/bfs/portal/en/index/news/publikationen.html?publicationID=3465

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Armenia:

National Statistical Service Press Release: "Current-operative preliminary main macro-economic indicators characterizing on socio-economic situation of RA for January-December 2008" (Jan. 20, 2009, .pdf format, 4p.).

http://www.armstat.am/en/?nid=54&id=169

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Bulgaria:

National Statistical Institute Reports:

A. "Consumer Price Index Series by Months, May 1990-December 2008" (January 2009).

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

B. "Harmonized Index of Consumer Prices Series by Months, January 1997 - December 2008" (January 2009).

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

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Czech Republic:

Statistical Office Report: "Producer price indices in the fourth quarter and in the year 2008" (January 2009, Microsoft Word format, with tables in Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.czso.cz/eng/csu.nsf/informace/aipc011509analyza09.doc

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Iceland:

Statistics Iceland Statice Database Update: "Purchasing Power Parities have been updated through 2006-07."

http://www.statice.is/Pages/444?NewsID=3710

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Israel:

Central Bureau of Statistics Report: "National Accounts: 1995-2007" (January 2009, .pdf format, 115p., with ancillary information in Microsoft Word format and tables in compressed and uncompressed Microsoft Excel format). The report is in Hebrew and English.

http://www1.cbs.gov.il/webpub/pub/text_page_eng.html?publ=27&CYear=2007&CMonth=1

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Japan:

Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare Report: "Employment measures in Post-Financial Crisis Japan" (January 2009, .pdf format, 44p.).

http://www.mhlw.go.jp/english/policy/affairs/dl/02.pdf

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Macedonia:

State Statistical Office Report: "Retail turnover by articles, in 2007" (January 2009, .pdf format, 11p.).

http://www.stat.gov.mk/english/statistiki_eng.asp?ss=14.03&rbs=2

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Malta:

National Statistical Office News Release: "Aquaculture: 2007" (January 2009, .pdf format, 5p.).

http://www.nso.gov.mt/statdoc/document_view.aspx?id=2342&backUrl=news_by_date.aspx%3fretainCriteria%3dtrue

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Moldova:

National Bureau of Statistics News Release: "Industrial activity of the Republic of Moldova in January-December 2008" (Jan. 26, 2009). The news release links to a more detailed release, including a topical table, in Moldovan.

http://www.statistica.md/newsview.php?l=en&idc=168&id=2483&parent=0

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Netherlands:

Statistics Netherlands: SN has updated its Web Magazine, Economic Monitor, and Press Releases from Jan. 22, 2008-Jan. 27, 2009).

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 Jan. 22-27, 2009).

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

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Oman:

Ministry of National Economy Periodical: Monthly Statistical Bulletin (Vol. 19, No. 12, December 2008, .pdf format). The periodical is in Arabic and English.

http://www.mone.gov.om/book/mb/dec2008/contents.htm

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Palestinian National Authority

Central Bureau of Statistics Report, News Releases (all .pdf format):

A. "Business Survey on ICT (Information and Communication Technology) 2007" (January 2009, .pdf format, 103p.). The report is in Arabic. Tables at the end of the report are in Arabic and English.

http://www.pcbs.gov.ps/DesktopModules/books/booksView.aspx?tabID=0&lang=en&ItemID=3&mid=11239

B. "Palestinian Consumer Price Index Increases by 9.89% in 2008" (Jan. 20, 2009, 1p.).

http://www.pcbs.gov.ps/Portals/_pcbs/PressRelease/CPI_2008_e.pdf

C. "PCBS release preliminary estimated for the Economic Losses in Gaza Strip caused by Israeli Aggression" (Jan. 20,2009, 3p.).

http://www.pcbs.gov.ps/Portals/_pcbs/PressRelease/Gaza_lost_e.pdf

D. "PCBS and Palestinian Monetary Authority (PMA) announce a Press Release about the Preliminary Results of the Palestinian Balance of Payments - 2007" (Jan 18, 2009, 2p.).

http://www.pcbs.gov.ps/Portals/_pcbs/PressRelease/madfoat_e.pdf

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Romania:

National Institute of Statistics Periodicals (.pdf format, click on the title page icon below the title for link to full text). Periodicals are in Romanian and English.

A. Monthly Statistical Bulletin - No.11 (January 2009, 199p.).

B. International Trade Statistical Bulletin - No.10 (January 2009, 73p.).

C. Industry Statistical Bulletin - No. 11 (January 2009, 87p.).

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

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Scotland:

Scottish Government Report: "Evaluation of the National Mortgage to Rent Scheme" (January 2009, .pdf format, 166p.).

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2008/12/11115931/0

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Singapore:

Department of Statistics Press Releases:

A. "Household income from work grew in real terms in 2008" (Jan. 20, 2009, .pdf format, 2p.). The news release references a DS Occasional Paper: "Key Household Income Trends 2008" (January 2009, .pdf format, 10p.).

Press Release:

http://www.singstat.gov.sg/news/news/op20012009.pdf

Occasional Paper:

http://www.singstat.gov.sg/pubn/papers/people/op-s15.pdf

B. "Review Of 2008 Trade Performance and Outlook for 2009" (January 2009).

http://www.iesingapore.gov.sg/wps/portal/PressRelease?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/wps/wcm/connect/ie/My+Portal/Main/Press+Room/Press+Releases/2009/Review+Of+2008+Trade+Performance+and+Outlook+for+2009

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Slovenia:

Statistical Office First Releases:

A. "International Sourcing, Slovenia, 2001-2009," by Jelena Cirjakovic (Jan. 22, 2009).

http://www.stat.si/eng/novica_prikazi.aspx?id=2125

B. "General government expenditure by function, Slovenia," by Marjana Klinar 2000-2007" (Jan. 15, 2009).

http://www.stat.si/eng/novica_prikazi.aspx?id=2120

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Sweden:

Statistics Sweden Press Releases:

A. "Sweden's expenditures for research and development increase" (Jan. 26, 2009).

http://www.scb.se/templates/pressinfo____259143.asp

B. "40 year old men have highest incomes" (Jan. 22, 2009). The press release links to a topical publication, in Swedish.

http://www.scb.se/templates/pressinfo____258978.asp

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Ukraine:

State Statistics Committee Tables:

A. State Statistics Committee Tables: The SSC has released several 2008 annual economic tables covering various sectors. See under Jan. 20, 23, and Jan. 26-27, 2009 Entries:

http://www.ukrstat.gov.ua/Noviny/new_e.html

B. "Household income and expenditure of Ukraine: 2001-2007 (Jan. 20, 2009).

http://www.ukrstat.gov.ua/operativ/operativ2005/gdn/dvn_ric/dvn_e/dvn_e.htm

C. "Consolidated budget of Ukraine in 1992 - 2007 (based on data from the Treasury of Ukraine)" (Jan. 20, 2009).

http://www.ukrstat.gov.ua/operativ/operativ2005/fin/fin_ric/fin_e/2003_e.htmL

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OTHER REPORTS, ARTICLES, ETC.:

Brookings Institution Article: "Latin America's Economic Outlook for 2009: No Time for Optimism," (January 2009).

http://www.brookings.edu/opinions/2009/0122_latin_america_cardenas.aspx?emc=lm&m=221580&l=59&v=20759

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Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis (Missouri) Periodical: International Economic Trends (February 2009, .pdf format, 47p.).

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

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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: 2009-01--2009-06

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

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

NEW: 2009-002A: "Resolving the Unbiasedness Puzzle in the Foreign Exchange Market," by Daniel L. Thornton

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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:

RWP 09-01: "Global Inflation Dynamics," by Craig S. Hakkio.

RWP 09-02: "Mind the (Approximation) Gap: A Robustness Analysis," by Russell Cooper and Jonathan L. Willis

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National Bureau of Economic Research: NBER has released the following working papers for the week of Jan. 18-24, 2009:

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

New papers are: 14658-14677.

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US Census Bureau Center for Economic Studies: The Census Bureau has added three new working papers.

CES-WP-09-01 "Neighbors and Co-Workers: The Importance of Residential Labor Market Networks," by Judith Hellerstein, Melissa McInerney, and David Neumark.

CES-WP-09-02 "Bank Crises and Investor Confidence," by Una Okonkwo Osili and Anna Paulson.

CES-WP-09-03 "Spatial Influences on the Employment of U.S. Hispanics: Spatial Mismatch, Discrimination, or Immigrant Networks?" by Judith Hellerstein, Melissa McInerney, and David Neumark.

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

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Center for Health and Welfare [Princeton University]: "Instruments of development: Randomization in the tropics, and the search for the elusive keys to economic development," by Angus Deaton (January 2009, .pdf format, 53p.).

Abstract:

There is currently much debate about the effectiveness of foreign aid and about what kind of projects can engender economic development. There is skepticism about the ability of econometric analysis to resolve these issues, or of development agencies to learn from their own experience. In response, there is movement in development economics towards the use of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) to accumulate credible knowledge of what works, without over-reliance on questionable theory or statistical methods. When RCTs are not possible, this movement advocates quasi-randomization through instrumental variable (IV) techniques or natural experiments. I argue that many of these applications are unlikely to recover quantities that are useful for policy or understanding: two key issues are the misunderstanding of exogeneity, and the handling of heterogeneity. I illustrate from the literature on aid and growth. Actual randomization faces similar problems as quasi-randomization, notwithstanding rhetoric to the contrary. I argue that experiments have no special ability to produce more credible knowledge than other methods, and that actual experiments are frequently subject to practical problems that undermine any claims to statistical or epistemic superiority. I illustrate using prominent experiments in development. As with IV methods, RCT-based evaluation of projects is unlikely to lead to scientific progress in the understanding of economic development. I welcome recent trends in development experimentation away from the evaluation of projects and towards the evaluation of theoretical mechanisms.

http://weblamp.princeton.edu/chw/papers/Instruments_of_Development.pdf

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Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development:

A. "China's Trade and Growth: Impact on selected OECD countries," by Malory Greene, Nora Dihel, Przemyslaw Kowalski and Douglas Lippoldt (OECD Trade Policy Working Paper No. 44, January 2009, .pdf format, 100p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.oecd.org/LongAbstract/0,3425,en_2649_39863354_42024341_119684_1_1_1,00.html

B. "Employers' Perspectives On The Roles Of Human Capital Development and Management in Creating Value," by Laurie J. Bassi and Daniel P. McMurrer (Education Working Paper No. 18, January 2009, .pdf format, 43p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.oecd.org/LongAbstract/0,3425,en_2649_33723_42046648_119684_1_1_1,00.html

C. "Recent Developments in Intellectual Capital Reporting and their Policy Implications," by W. Richard Frederick (EDU Working Paper No. 17, January 2009, .pdf format, 67p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.oecd.org/LongAbstract/0,3425,en_2649_33723_42046484_119684_1_1_1,00.html

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International Monetary Fund: IMF has recently added several new working papers. The papers are No. 09/10--09/13.

http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/cat/wp1_sp.cfm?s_year=2007&e_year=2009&brtype=default

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World Bank Policy Research Programme:

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

NEW:

WP 4821: "Social health insurance vs. tax-financed health systems - evidence from the OECD," by Adam Wagstaff.

WP 4822: "Leveling the intra-household playing field: compensation and specialization in child labor allocation," by Ximena V. Del Carpio and Karen Macours.

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Australia Treasury: "An Exploration of Australian Petrol Demand: Unobservable Habits, Irreversibility, and Some Updated Estimates," by Robert Breunig and Carol Gisz (2008-02, January 2009, .pdf format, 28p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.treasury.gov.au/contentitem.asp?NavId=049&ContentID=1460

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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/papers%3Fyear%3D2009&topSelect=publications&subSelect=papers

The new working papers are: 3945-3955.

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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 2009.

The new papers are numbered 2527-2531.

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Asian Development Bank: ADB has recently released the following working papers:

http://www.adb.org/economics/erd-working-papers.asp

NEW: No. 146: "Housing Prices and the Role of Speculation: The Case of Seoul," by Donghyun Park and QinXiao

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Banco Central Do Brasil:

http://www.bcb.gov.br/pec/wps/port/default.asp?idiom=I&id=workingpapers

NEW: No. 176 "Fiat Money and the Value of Binding Portfolio Constraints," by Mário R. Páscoa, Myrian Petrassi and Juan Pablo Torres-Martínez.

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Bank of Canada:

http://www.bankofcanada.ca/en/res/wp/wp(y)_2009.html

NEW:

WP 2009-03: "Uninsurable Investment Risks and Capital Income Taxation," by Césaire A. Meh and Yaz Terajima

WP 2009-04: "What Accounts for the U.S.-Canada Education-Premium Difference?" by Oleksiy Kryvtsov and Alexander Ueberfeldt

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Banco Central De Chile/Central Bank of Chile:

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

NEW: Nos. 507-511

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Deutsche Bundesbank:

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

NEW: Series 2 Banking and Financial Studies: 20/2008 "Sturm und Drang in money market funds: when money market funds cease to be narrow," by Stephan Jank and Michael Wedow. Note: Scroll through Series 1 to get to Series 2.

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Banca D'Italia:

http://www.bancaditalia.it/pubblicazioni/econo/temidi;internal&action=_setlanguage.action?LANGUAGE=en

NEW: Nos. 694-698.

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De Nederlandsche Bank:

http://www.dnb.nl/en/news-and-publications/dnb-publications/dnb-working-papers-series/dnb-working-papers/index.jsp

NEW: Nos. 193-199

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Reserve Bank of New Zealand:

http://www.rbnz.govt.nz/research/discusspapers/

NEW: Nos. DP 2008/16--2008/19

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Bank of Spain:

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

NEW: 0827-0836.

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New Economic Papers (NEP)-ALL. The latest list of New Economic Papers (Jan. 17, 2009).

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

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

Economic Inquiry (Vol. 47, No. 1, January 2009). Full electronic text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for the availability of this database and this issue.

http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/117986354/home

Economic Modelling (Vol. 26, No. 2, March 2009).

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

Journal of Econometrics (Vol. 148, No. 1, January 2009).

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

Journal of Finance (Vol. 64, No. 1, February 2009).

http://www.afajof.org/journal/browse2.asp?ref=0022-1082&vid=64&iid=1&oc=&s=

Journal of Human Resources (Vol. 43, No. 4, Fall 2008). Note: Full text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for availability of this database and issue.

http://www.ssc.wisc.edu/jhr/toc2008.html#fall

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CONFERENCES:

Conference Announcements via Econometrics: Conferences announced between January 16-22, 2009 are now available at the site.

http://www.feweb.vu.nl/econometriclinks/

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

American Statistical Association: ASA has updated its employment page with listings through Jan. 27, 2009.

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

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Chronicle of Higher Education:

Economics positions has been updated through Jan. 27, 2009.

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

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LEGISLATION INFORMATION UPDATES:

US Senate Committee on Finance Hearing Testimony: "Addressing Short- and Long-Term Fiscal Challenges," a hearing held Jan. 21, 2009 (.pdf format).

http://budget.senate.gov/democratic/hearingstate.html

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DATA:

US Census Bureau: "2007 Annual Capital Expenditures Survey," (January 2009, .gif and Excel format).

http://www.census.gov/csd/ace/xls/2007/Full%20Report.htm

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Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research: ICPSR at the University of Michigan released several new datasets on Jan. 19, 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=2009-01-25

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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