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Subject: Econ. Resources on the Internet [13 of 20]
This article was archived around: 10 Nov 1999 23:32:01 -0000
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Version: vol. 4 no. 2
Resources for Economists on the Internet, Vol. 4, No. 2, September, 1999
Editor: Bill Goffe <Bill.Goffe@usm.edu>
Editorial Assistant: Elise Braden <email@example.com>
Part 13 of 20
This guide, sponsored by the American Economic Association, lists
more than 1,000 resources on the Internet of interest to academic and
practicing economists, and those interested in economics. Almost all
resources are also described.
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10.0 Organizations & Associations
10.1.0 Academic Research Organizations and Institutes
10.1.1 Econ. Departments, Institutes and Research Centers in the World
EDIRC, a very useful resource, lists more than 4,000 sites of
interest to economists. Many are of course in this category.
10.1.2 Austrian Economics Program at New York Univ.
This site offers information on their program: their research
interests, their teaching emphasis, summer seminars, colloquium and
their publications. There is also information on their faculty and
10.1.3 Canadian International Labour Network (CILN)
This organization is devoted to "effects of labour-market laws and
institutions (e.g., labour legislation, unions, unemployment
insurance) on labour-market outcomes (e.g., the distribution of
wages, the level and structure of unemployment, and the distribution
of resources within the family)." It is a joint project of the
Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, (SSHRC),
McMaster University, the Universities of British Columbia and
Toronto, and Human Resources Development Canada. One aim is to
develop large databases for numerous countries in this area. Besides
information on the project, you can read about future conferences.
10.1.4 Carolina Population Center
This organization studies population issues in a broad context. In
fact, a minority of the staff is demographers; thus the work is quite
interdisciplinary. Besides reading about the center, information
about some of their projects (sometimes even including data) is
available, as well as some working papers.
10.1.5 Center for Economic Policy Analysis (CEPA)
This center works in three areas: macroeconomic policy, inequality
and poverty, and globalization. Among the available items are their
newsletter, working papers, information on projects, data resources,
and information on their staff.
10.1.6 Center for the Study of Population
This Center, affiliated with Florida State University, is wholly
dedicated to teaching, research and service in the field of
demography. The site contains information on the Center's members
and students; the Masters Program and the undergraduate Certificate
Program; abstracts and ordering information for working papers; and
links to the Southern Demographic Association, other Population
Centers, online journals, and working papers.
* 10.1.7 Center for Research on Economic Fluctuations and Employment
The CREFE seeks to "shed new light on the dynamic interaction between
the labor market and economic fluctuations." Main research themes
* are: labor market dynamics and fluctuations; financial
* macroeconomics and labor; labor market structure; economic policies
* and practical reforms; and international fluctuations. Material at
this site includes information on its objectives, its members,
research programs and grants, publications, a newsletter (to be
distributed electronically), information on conferences and seminars,
and its downloadable working papers.
10.1.8 Economic Science Laboratory, Univ. of Arizona
This site describes the basic idea of experimental economics, working
papers in the area, and provides links to other sites of interest. In
addition, the software area has several packages that would be useful
for both teaching and research in this area.
10.1.9 Game Theory Society
The Game Theory Society is an international society dedicated to the
advancement and application of game theory. This site describes the
goals of the society, a list of officers and charter members, an
enrollment form, membership dues, and publications information. The
Society will sponsor two official journals that will be included in
the price of membership: "Games and Economic Behavior" and the
"International Journal of Game Theory."
10.1.10 Global Development and Environment Institute (G-DAE)
This Institute seeks to provide an improved understanding of the past
and future trajectories of economic development and the many contexts
of economic systems; and assist both public and private sectors of
nations as they attempt to develop policies that promote
sustainability. The site provides information on the Institute and
its members; and publications, research, and policy work, some of
which is available on-line at no cost.
10.1.11 Hoover Institution
This site describes the many activities of this institution. This
includes a broad overview, material from their newsletter, press
releases, their catalog of printed material, and extensive material
on their different programs. It also includes the "Hoover Digest:
Research and Opinion on Public Policy. In addition, they have fairly
extensive biographies of their scholars.
10.1.12 Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP)
This Institute is a non-partisan, non-profit research center that
focuses on the issues surrounding social inequality and poverty in
the United States. Current research examines welfare reform and the
development of a new poverty measure. The publications of the IRP are
available for download here, and information on ordering the print
versions is also available. The site also provides information about
the Institute, staff and affiliates, and links to poverty-related
10.1.13 Jerome Levy Economics Institute
This institute, independently endowed, is affiliated with Bard
College. Its purpose is described in its bylaws: "To pursue knowledge
of economics that will enable nations to enlarge personal freedom,
promote justice, and maintain stable economies with full employment
and rising standards of living." You can read about their Forecasting
Center (which is in the spirit of Jerome Levy's original work), their
research programs, numerous conferences and events, and their
publications. You can also read about their mission.
10.1.14 Learning and Experimental Economics Projects of Santa Cruz
This organization is located at UC Santa Cruz. It has been working
with experimental economics since 1986, and is noted for its emphasis
on learning, its use of hundreds of Unix workstations, and its small
scale. Here you can read about the people involved with the
organization, the projects themselves, and information on their
10.1.15 Ludwig von Mises Institute
This organization, founded in 1982, is located at Auburn University.
At this site, you can read "The Austrian Economics Newsletter," and
back issues of "The Free Market" (their monthly policy newsletter
sent to Institute members) and the table of contents of "The Review
of Austrian Economics" (a Kluwer journal). You can also read about
how to join and support the Institute, about upcoming events, how to
order books from the Institute, and information on a fellowship.
Finally, you can find introductory material about the Austrian
NetEc is an umbrella organization for a number of projects that are
useful to academic economists. BibEc is a database on printed working
papers, WoPEc holds data about electronic working papers, CodEc
collects code for Economics and Econometrics, WebEc is an extensive
JEL-based database of of World Wide Web resources in Economics, HoPEc
holds home page papers in Economics and JokEc contains Jokes about
economists and economics. Two associated projects of NetEc are this
guide, and Christian Zimmermann's EDIRC, a list of Economics
Departments, Institutions and Research Centers. All these projects
are available on three sites.
NetEc is a volunteer effort to make available and accessible
materials on the Internet for economists. It performs a number of
very valuable and useful efforts. More volunteers are gladly
accepted. (Thomas Krichel kindly wrote this entry.)
10.1.17 West Virginia Regional Research Institute
This site provides a variety of material for those interested in
regional science. It includes vitaes on the senior researchers in the
Institute, overviews of research projects, information on
publications, substantial information on "The International Regional
Science Review (including abstracts of back and forthcoming issues),"
and the same for the "Journal of Appalachian Studies." information on
their mailing lists, and connections to related gophers.
10.1.18 Universities Water Information Network (UWIN)
This site contains a substantial amount of information for those
interested in water as a resource. It include the Water Resources
Scientific Information Center (WRSIC) of the U.S. Geological Survey,
a directory of water resources experts, an extensive calendar of
"water" events, and information on the National Institutes for Water
Resources (NIWR), information on other water organizations, water
databases and archives, and links to other water organizations.
10.1.19 Centre for Economic Learning and Social Evolution (ELSE)
"Rather than modeling man as an ideally rational, optimizing agent in
the style of neoclassical economics, the Centre pursues a programme
of pure and applied research directed at the manner in which real
people adjust their behavior over time as their circumstances change.
The overall objective is to promote the study of models of
interactive learning with a view to providing a new foundational
basis for modeling in economics and related social sciences. We see
game theory as a largely unexploited focus for such study." At this
site you'll find an introduction to the Centre (including their staff
and divisions), working papers, forthcoming events, and information
on how to reach them.
10.1.20 Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
This organization at the London School of Economics "is
inter-disciplinary, with researchers from economics, industrial
relations, psychology, sociology and management. The research
produced focuses on a wide range of areas, notably labour markets,
unemployment, wages, human resources, international trade and the
transition economies." More specifically, "The CEP ... primarily aims
to examine: firstly, why some firms persistently succeed while others
do not; and secondly, at the level of the nation, why some countries'
economies work better than others." The director is Richard Layard.
Available material includes information on their publications,
working papers, schedule of events, information on conferences,
lectures and seminars, extensive material on their research programs,
10.1.21 Centre for Economic Forecasting
This organization at the London Business School operates a
forecasting model of the U.K. and other major OECD countries, and
also engages more generally in economic research. Besides information
on their activities, they also provide information on their recent
discussion papers, their quarterly "Economic Outlook," and their
10.1.22 Centre for Policy Modelling
This Centre focuses on "decision-making in environments which are too
complex to be analyzed by models based on standard economic and
related analytical techniques. This has been made possible by the
design and implementation of a computer-based modeling language
called SDML (Strictly Declarative Modelling Language)." At this site
you can find background material on SDML, details on several projects
that use it, and their discussion papers.
10.1.23 ESRC Macroeconomic Modelling Bureau (U.K.)
This organization studies a number of macro models of the U.K.
economy. To quote, "The main purpose of the Bureau is to improve the
accessibility of macroeconomic models of the UK economy, to promote
general understanding of the properties of these models, and to
undertake its own comparative and methodological research. The
current portfolio comprises six models, two of which are "official"
models (those of the Bank of England and HM Treasury); the other four
are constructed and maintained by independent groups (London Business
School, National Institute of Economic and Social Research, Oxford
Economic Forecasting and Strathclyde University). All of these are
implemented on the University's mainframe computer.
Currently, one can learn about the organization, read recent
newsletters, and watch a demonstration of PC-Ready Reckoner, a PC
program which summarizes three of their models. It should be quite
useful as a teaching aid.
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10.1.24 National Institute of Economic and Social Research
This organization focus on issues of the U.K. and world economy. They
produce both NiDEM (a UK Model with both short and long term features
with some 400 variables) and NiGEM (a world model with roughly 1,000
variables). They also offer information on their discussion papers,
their annual report, and information about their "Economic Review."
Finally, there is information on the Institute itself, its programs,
and its staff.
10.1.25 Centre for Economic and Social Studies for the Environment
This center, affiliated with the Universiti Libre de Bruxelles,
studies such topics as environmental economics and sustainable
development. You can read about their various activities and studies,
as well as bibliographical material on some of their papers. They
also offer material about their staff. Finally, they provide a very
extensive set of links to related sites.
10.1.26 Centre for Economic Research (CCSO)
"CCSO is a research group of economists and econometricians of the
Economics Department of the University of Groningen and the
University of Twente. The group works on the field of empirical
general economics and has developed a number of large-scale
macroeconometric models." They offer information about themselves
(including their participants), working papers, a list of their
articles and books, information on upcoming seminars and workshops,
and information about their GUESS package ("for the analysis of
large-scale non-linear macroeconomic models;" it runs on PCs).
10.1.27 Center for the Study of Law and Economics
This organization, a part of the Universitšt des Saarlandes, offers
information about its current activities, the people involved with
it, their discussion paper series, and links to related sites.
10.1.28 Central European Regional Research Organization (CERRO)
This organization is a joint project of the University of Economics
and Business Administration (Vienna, Austria), the Slovak Academy of
Sciences (Bratislava, CSFR), and the University of North Carolina at
Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill, NC). As befitting the changes in that part
of the world, it emphasizes interdisciplinary research. Of interest
to economists is their data on Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Austria,
Hungary, Poland and Romania (some of the data is of a summary
10.1.29 European Research Centre on Migration and Ethnic Relations
This organization studies migration in Europe. At their searchable
site, you can read about their staff, funding, training for
researchers, their meetings and conferences, and material about their
10.1.30 Experimental Economics Laboratory, Univ. of Trento, Italy
This lab is using the web to communicate its results in "economics,
computation and organizational behavior." Currently, it describes
their approach to these issues, along with a list of recent
publications, information on lab members, and their international
collaborators. In the near future, you will be able to play economic
10.1.31 IKE Group (Aalborg Univ., Denmark)
This organization, whose title roughly translates into English as
"international competitiveness," has been in existence since about
1980. As the title implies, they study economic change in a variety
of ways. Currently, they have some 22 members.
At their web site, you'll find information on this organization (in
terms of their annual reports), and their members' research interests
10.1.32 Institute of International Economic Relations (IIER)
This Institute is concerned with the process of integrating Greece
into Europe and the effect of such integration on Greek enterprises;
promoting Greek business throughout Europe and the Mediterranean;
analyzing Greek foreign trade; and establishing interest in Greek
exports and foreign investment. This site provides information about
the Institute's aims, their board, past dates and titles of
conferences and seminars, publications lists, and occasional papers.
10.1.33 Institute for International Economic Studies (IIES)
This research institute was founded by Nobel winner Gunnar Myrdal in
1962 and is affiliated with the Stockholm University, with financial
support from the government of Sweden. This site offers information
on the Institute's current areas of research: macroeconomic analysis
of open economies, foreign trade, and general economic theory and
methodology. This site also includes information on the staff and
visitors to the Institute; job recruitment; seminars and conferences
(recent seminar papers can be downloaded); and the Stockholm
University Graduate Studies in Economics program.
10.1.34 Groningen Growth and Development Centre
"The Groningen Growth and Development Centre is a research group of
economists and economic historians based at the Economics Department
of the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. The international
group carries out research on comparative analysis of levels of
economic performance and differences in growth rates in the world
economy." The site provides information on the Centre and its
members, research, online versions of their latest newsletter and
working papers, listings of past working papers and researchers
publications, and seminar and conference information. The site also
includes information about the "International Comparisons of Output
and Productivity Project," a research project started in 1983, which
carries out industry of origin comparisons of sectoral output and
productivity across 30 countries in Asia, Eastern and Western Europe,
and North and South America.
10.1.35 Maastricht Economic Research Institute on Innovation and
This institute, which studies technological change, offers a variety
of different services on their web and ftp servers. One can get their
working papers (in PostScript), read about their mission, their PhD
program (run in conjunction with INTECH) and staff. You can also find
out about their upcoming events, and look at aggregate data on trends
on science and technology. They also offer a program for time series
management, MADMAN (Menhir's Arithmetical Database MANager).
10.1.36 Nijenrode Forum for Economic Research (NYFER)
This organization, affiliated with Nijenrode University in the
Netherlands, is oriented towards Dutch macro issues that are
difficult to deal with using traditional models. As one would expect,
there is a heavy policy and forecasting emphasis. The information
they offer includes press releases, information on their
publications, ordering information for their offerings, and material
about themselves. Befitting their emphasis, much of the material is
10.1.37 Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU)
This group, located at the University of Kent at Canterbury, works on
health topics. Specifically, "The core of the research is the
examination of equity and efficiency: how resources can be made to
produce the best outcomes, and how needs can be assessed and met." As
you might expect, much of the research involves health-economics.
At this site you can find information on the staff, material on their
books, monographs, journal article, book chapters, and discussion
papers (more than 1,000 of the latter; only available in hardcopy),
their Bulletin, details on their current projects, and upcoming
events and seminars.
10.1.38 Center for Rationality and Interactive Decision Theory
This interdisciplinary research center (at the Hebrew University of
Jerusalem) focuses, as one would expect, on rational decision making.
An area of particular interest is game theory. Besides the obvious
connections to economics, it has "an important impact on such diverse
areas as evolutionary biology, political science, computer science,
social psychology, law, statistics, philosophy and the foundations of
mathematics." This site offers information about itself (such as
projects, members, visitors, and staff). There is additional
information on its summer school, publications and events.
10.1.39 Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC), Univ. of NSW, Sydney
This organization studies a "wide range of social issues" in
Australia. There is some focus on "identifying those individuals and
groups whose needs are especially great." To carry this out, they
undertake a wide range of activities, including publications,
reports, and seminars.
At this site they offer information on themselves, their projects and
research agendas, newsletters, some reports, publications, and title
10.1.40 Theoretical Research Institute (Australia) Exchange Rate Target
This site offers an extensive searchable bibliography (with
abstracts) on the literature dealing with exchange rate target zones.
It also has supplementary information on the research output of
Australian economics departments.
10.1.41 New Zealand Institute for the Study of Competition and
This institute, located at Victoria University of Wellington,
conducts research on competition and regulatory issues in New
Zealand, ranging from a "cross-country study of telecommunications
market performance to investigating the economic efficiency of the
privatization of Tranzrail." This site offers information on the
organizations which fund the Institute, people involved in research
projects, research papers, and current and future research topics.