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Resources for Economists on the Internet, Vol. 4, No. 2, September, 1999 Editor: Bill Goffe <Bill.Goffe@usm.edu> Editorial Assistant: Elise Braden <elise@econlit.org> Part 14 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. Resources for Economists on the Internet (RFE) is a copyrighted work of the American Economic Association (the "AEA"). 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Permissions may be requested from the American Economic Association, 2014 Broadway, Suite 305, Nashville, TN 37203, or via E-mail: aeainfo@ctrvax.vanderbilt.edu. RFE is provided without any express or implied warranty. ---------------------------------------------------------------------- For distribution via Usenet, this FAQ is split into 20 parts as large files don't travel well on Usenet. For other locations of this guide, see the section titled "1.5 Where to Obtain This Guide" in part 2. 10.2.0 Non-Academic Research and Policy Organizations 10.2.1 Econ. Departments, Institutes and Research Centers in the World (EDIRC) In all, EDIRC lists more than 4,000 sites of interest to economists. Many of course are in this category. # http://ideas.uqam.ca/EDIRC/index.html 10.2.2 Policy.Com: Think Tanks This section of Policy.com has an extensive index of think thanks and related organizations. # http://www.policy.com/community/ttank.html 10.2.3 American Enterprise Institute (AEI) This well-known think tank "is dedicated to preserving and strengthening the foundations of freedom-limited government, private enterprise, vital cultural and political institutions, and a strong foreign policy and national defense-through scholarly research, open debate, and publications." They have some 50 resident scholars, and some 100 affiliated scholars at universities. At this site, they offer a weekly "What's New" section on topical issues, their monthly newsletter, their annual report (which details their studies in various areas), and biographies of their scholars. To find out more about their work, see the "Research Highlights," and "Current Commentary." There is also information on their magazine "The American Enterprise," a catalog of their many books, and information on the organization. # http://www.aei.org/ 10.2.4 Brookings Institution The Brookings Institution "functions as an independent analyst and critic, committed to publishing its findings for the information of the public. In its conferences and activities, it serves as a bridge between scholarship and public policy, bringing new knowledge to the attention of decision makers and affording scholars a better insight into public policy issues." Their work is divided into three main areas: Economic Studies, Foreign Policy Studies, and Governmental Studies (they offer breakdowns of their work in each of these areas). They also offer extensive information on their scholars (handily arranged by areas of expertise), topical areas of interest in "Hot Topics," and their publications (including "Brookings Papers on Economic Activity"). Finally, they offer information about themselves and related organizations. # http://www.brook.edu/ 10.2.5 Cato Institute This organization describes itself as "20 years of promoting public policy based on individual liberty, limited government, free markets, and peace." Here you can find information on the Institute, its staff, and operations. They offer information on current features, its 14 research areas, speeches and Congressional testimony, and its publications library (with many reports on-line, and the rest, including books and t-shirts, can be ordered on-line). In an interesting innovation, their conferences (both live and archived) are available via RealAudio and RealVideo. # http://www.cato.org/ 10.2.6 Economic Policy Institute (EPI) This organization "is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank that seeks to broaden the public debate about strategies to achieve a prosperous and fair economy." Much of their work involves labor and work issues. They offer commentary on recent CPI, GDP, and unemployment releases. In addition, they have many analyses of current issues, briefing papers, and press releases. Their "Reading Between the Lines" analyzes economic articles in the popular press. Their "Data Zone" offers detailed data on "Wage and Compensation Trends," "Family Earnings and Income Trends," and "Prices" (many take some work to find elsewhere). The data is available in spreadsheet format. # http://epinet.org/ 10.2.7 Employee Benefit Research Institute "Established in 1978, the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) is the only nonprofit, nonpartisan organization committed to original public policy research and education on economic security and employee benefits." This site offers information about the Institute, its membership, its publications and educational activities, its fellows program, its Lillywhite Award, and links to related areas. # http://www.ebri.org/ 10.2.8 Employment Policies Institute This organization "focuses on issues that affect entry level employment." Thus, there is considerable discussion on the minimum wage and living wage proposals. They sponsor independent academic research, and those reports are available here. # http://www.epionline.org/ 10.2.9 Employment Policy Foundation This organization provides "policymakers and the public with the highest quality economic analysis and commentary on U.S. employment policies affecting the competitive goals of American industry and the people it employs." Its numerous reports include its policy papers (they can be ordered on-line), its newsletters (freely available), its annual publication "The American Workplace" (which offers an overview of the workplace), press releases, "E-Mail Trends" (on topical issues, which can be received via e-mail) and a database of related data. Finally, it offers information on itself. # http://www.epf.org/ 10.2.10 EPA Economy and Environment Program This section of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is devoted to carrying "out research and analyses of the interactions and relationships between the economy and environmental pollution control as well as other aspects of environmental economics." A number of reports are available on many different topics, as well as a number of well-organized links to similar sites. # http://www.epa.gov/docs/oppe/eaed/eedhmpg.htm 10.2.11 Group of 30 This private, non-profit, international group is comprised of very senior members of both the private and public sectors, as well as academia. The goal of the Group of 30, as outlined on this site, is to strengthen the understanding of international economics and financial issues, to examine the effects of decisions in both sectors, and explore choices available to practitioners and policymakers. This site lists information about the group, members, publications from 1980 to the present, and a call for papers for a conference. # http://www.group30.org 10.2.12 Heritage Foundation This site offers information on various public policy issues, only some of which are economic in nature. Several of their books are on-line, and they have on-line discussion forums. In addition, copies of their "Policy Review" are available here. Finally, there are many links to similar organizations. # http://www.heritage.org 10.2.13 Independent Institute This organization "sponsors comprehensive studies on the political economy of critical public issues." At this site, they offer information on their publications (including their journal "The Independent Review") and their various public policy programs. # http://www.independent.org/ 10.2.14 Institute for International Economics This Washington-based think tank is quite influential in trade and related issues. You can read about their authors and staff, their books (including ordering information), and read their press releases. # http://www.iie.com/ 10.2.15 Institute for Policy Innovation This conservative-leaning organization offers many of their position papers and other documents on current policy issues here. # http://www.ipi.org 10.2.16 Mathematica Policy Research This employee-owned firm is said to be a leader in the areas of the evaluation of public programs and demonstrations. Of particular interest to economists is their work on labor, microsimulation, data collection, survey methods, and welfare issues. Here you can read about the firm and its work. # http://www.mathematica-mpr.com/ 10.2.17 National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) NBER working papers are available on-line here; this includes all papers submitted since September, 1994. This service is freely available to subscribers of the hard copy series. It is also freely available to computers in non-OPEC or non-OECD countries (this is determined by the "top-level-domain" of the computer, and "reverse name-lookup" must be functioning). On this site you can also read about the NBER and staff, find detailed information on their books, working papers (including a keyword search), and their publications the "Digest" and the "NBER Reporter." There are datasets that many will find most useful. For macro data, these include the Penn-World Tables, Mark 5.6 (comparable data for many countries from 1950), the NBER Macro History Database (3,500 time series generally pre-WW II), and the NBER Official Business Cycle Dates. Industry data include the Bartelsman and Gray Manufacturing Industry Productivity Database, Productivity Panel from Bronwyn Hall, and imports and exports by SIC category 1958-1992. "Individual Data" includes Consumer Expenditure Survey Extracts by John Sabelhaus of the CBO (it is in a much more convenient form than the standard CES), and the Thordike-Hagen Survey (a sample of Air Force Veterans). "Other Data" includes Segregation Data (Cutler, Glaeser and Vigdor of NBER Working Paper no. 5163 and forthcoming in the QJE) and data from the 1997 "Economic Report of the President, 1997" in .WK1 format. For the Penn World tables, an extensive set of macros for the Excel spreadsheet program can be found in pub/pwt55.spreadsheet. For more information on this set of macros, contact the author, Sailesh Tanna <skt@le.ac.uk>. # http://www.nber.org/ 10.2.18 National Center for Policy Analysis This think thank, which "seeks innovative private-sector solutions to public policy problems," organizes its information here in multiple ways. This includes "Policy Issues" on many different topics, their "Policy Digest" (from a variety of sources, and updated daily), its "Executive Alert," material for high school debaters, and issues before Congress, and a special section on global warming. # http://www.ncpa.org 10.2.19 Policy.com This organization covers a large number of issues in the policy arena. Of particular interest are their lists of think tanks, advocacy organizations, university affiliated organizations, associations, government organizations (state, federal, and outside the U.S.). In addition, they offer an extensive issues directory for researchers. # http://www.policy.com/ 10.2.20 Rand This site describes the many activities of RAND. Of particular interest to many is the selected list of publications. One can search for papers, read abstracts, and even order them. # http://www.rand.org/ 10.2.21 Resources for the Future (RFF) "Resources for the Future (RFF) is an independent, nonprofit research organization that aims to help people make better decisions about the conservation and use of their natural resources and the environment." One can read press releases, details about their seminar series, extensive information about the RFF, excerpts from several books, Congressional testimony, working papers and studies, and selected articles by the RFF at this site. # http://www.rff.org/ 10.2.22 Santa Fe Institute Economics Program This subset of the Santa Fe Institute offers information on its researchers, workshops (including graduate ones), and working papers. # http://www.santafe.edu/~leb/econ.html 10.2.23 Upjohn Institute for Employment Research "The W.E. Upjohn Institute is an independent, nonprofit research organization devoted to finding, evaluating, and promoting solutions to employment-related problems." To achieve this, it has three objectives: scholarship, linking scholarship to practical issues, and communication of these findings. This site offers a wide variety of information about their projects and programs. It includes information on their publications, newsletter, working papers, and technical reports. They also offer information on their grant program, dissertation awards, and the local western Michigan economy. # http://www.upjohninst.org/ 10.2.24 Urban Institute Founded in 1968, the Urban Institute's "staff investigates the social and economic problems confronting the nation and government policies and public and private programs designed to alleviate them." Just about every facet of the Institute's work can be found here. One is "Hot Topics," where they list their research by some 20 different areas. The also provide extensive information on their "Research Centers:" "Education Policy," "Health Policy," "Human Resources Policy," "Income and Benefits Policy," "International Activities," "Nonprofits and Philanthropy," "National Center for Charitable Statistics," "Population Studies," "Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center," and "State Policy." One of their major new project is "Assessing the New Federalism," which studies the shift of responsibility to the states. Their periodicals are available here as well; they include "Policy and Research Report," "Update and Policy Bites;" various policy briefs are here too. Finally, you can search their print publications database. # http://www.urban.org/ 10.2.25 International Center for Economic Growth (ICEG) This organization mission statement states that they work "to enhance the capacity of indigenous policy research institutes in developing and transitional countries to foster the policies and institutions of a market economy." They have affiliate organizations in more than 100 countries. At this site they offer their working papers, newsletters (which can be subscribed to for e-mail delivery), information on their projects, funding possibilities in this area, and on-line discussions. # http://www.iceg.org/ 10.2.26 Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics (ABARE) This organization "is Australia's largest applied economic commodity research agency." Their activities include economic research, commodity forecasting, funded research, and surveys. Besides reading about their activities, you can also read about their publications organized by different areas. There is also an extensive bibliography on contingent valuation. # http://www.abare.gov.au/ 10.2.27 Fraser Institute This institute, located in Vancouver, is "The source of market solutions for public policy problems." It has a full-time staff of 25, 2,600 supporters, and its researchers have produced more than 120 books and thousands of articles. Besides information about the institute, you can read about upcoming events, their press releases, and information about all their publications. Many complete essays and articles are available. They also offer a section for students. # http://www.fraserinstitute.ca 10.2.28 Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO) This organization was founded by Hayek and Mises in 1927. "Its goal is to investigate the conditions and trends of economic performance and development in Austria and abroad by means of advanced methods, and to disseminate the results of these investigations so as to promote the general comprehension of the functioning of the national and international economy." It has a staff of about 40 economists, and research covers virtually all areas of economics. WIFO also organizes conferences and workshops. WIFO also has the most extensive collection of economic data on the Austrian economy, some of which comes from international organizations, and some of which is collected by WIFO. But, the data is only available internally. # http://www.wifo.ac.at/ 10.2.29 Belgian Federal Planning Bureau This organization's "main objective is to analyze the parameters which influence the economic evolution and to evaluate the effects of economic policy decisions for the purpose of improving rationality and transparency of the decision-making." It is formally part of the Belgian government, but operates independently. They forecast the Belgium economy, perform associated research, and collect statistical information. You can read about their mission and staff (including their e-mail addresses), read some of their reports, and obtain some software they use: IODE (Intigrateur d'Outils de Diveloppement Economitrique). News and links to related sites are available as well. # http://www.plan.be/ 10.2.30 Centre d'etudes Prospectives et d'Informations Internationales (CEPII) This Centre was founded by Prime Minister Raymond Barre in 1978 as the main international economics research center of France, with research focusing on macroeconomic analyses of forecasts, monetary and financial matters, international trade, and transition and emerging countries. The site's publication section provides information on the Centre's two newsletters (a monthly French version and a bi-annually English version), working papers (some of which are available in English), the quarterly journal "Economie internationale," the "CEPII Economica" book series, and annual reports. Also available on this site is information about the Centre's Board; Staff; meetings; the CIREM club; and information about the CHELEM (Harmonized Accounts on Trade and the World Economy) database, which provides long-term annual data that covers trade and basic national accounts data for most of the world. # Info <bagher@cepii.fr> # http://www.cepii.fr/ANGLAIS/SOMMAIRE.HTM 10.2.31 Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) This U.K. organization is a "European economics research network, established in 1983. Our network comprises over 450 Research Fellows and Affiliates, based in over 210 institutions in over 20 countries." Research is generally policy-oriented; they say "Our research ranges from global financial crises to international trade policy, from the economic transformation of Central and Eastern Europe to European competition policy." Besides very extensive information on itself, they offer a wealth of material -- currently some 75 megabytes. This includes their publications, which includes their "Bulletin" from 1983 (which is searchable) and the bi-monthly "European Economic Perspectives" since 1993 (the current issues are available as well). Abstracts from their "Discussion Papers" are also available (the complete papers should be available "soon"), and like all their publications, their databases can be searched. Their "Newsletter" is also available. There is also extensive information on their meetings where they present their research to non-specialists -- this is an important part of their mission; there were some 23 in 1988 in countries around the world. There is also information on their conferences and workshops (51 in 1998). # http://www.cepr.org 10.2.32 Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM) This organization "is a non-profit foundation endowed by the ENI Group, the Italian public energy and chemical company. FEEM has grown out of the need to extend knowledge of energy and environmental issues. This goal is achieved in two ways, through conducting research in these areas and promoting interaction between academic, industrial and public policy spheres." At this site you can read their recent newsletters and annual reports, find out about their staff, read the list of working papers, see a list of seminars and workshops, read about LIVIA (a "Computer Laboratory for Environmental Impact Assessment"), and also read about the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (EAERE). # http://www.feem.it/ 10.2.33 German Institute for Economic Research (DIW) "The Institute was established in 1925 to serve the general public interest by observing and researching economic developments both in Germany and abroad. It assists governmental, administrative and industrial decision-making through empirical studies and policy analysis. This involves research into a wider range of economic issues, forecasting of short-term economic developments, and evaluation of long-term economic processes, such as German reunification, European integration and Germany's growing involvement in the world economy." At this site you can read about the Institute, read recent issues of their Economic Bulletin, abstracts of the papers published in the Institutes Quarterly Journal of Economic Research, and selected research findings. You can also find out about the German Socio-Economic Panel (GSOEP), a longitudinal study of Germans with about a sample of about 5,000 households (the data is available, subject to some restrictions on usage due to privacy laws). There is also information on the Cooperation Bureau for Economic Research on Eastern Europe, which is housed at the Institute. # http://www.diw-berlin.de/ 10.2.34 Infrastructure and Spatial Economics This Dutch organization "performs policy research on infrastructure investments, transport and traffic, the spatial structure of the national economy, and the regional planning of industrial and commercial areas. It is an initiative of CPB and four Dutch ministries..." At this site you can read about their past, current, and future projects. They also have abstracts of their studies, links to related sites, and information on the CPB. # http://web.inter.nl.net/hcc/M.A.Koning/unit.html 10.2.35 Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) This U.K. organization specializes in studies of fiscal policy. In addition, it is an ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council) Centre, and it has played a substantial role in recent public debates. This site offers a large amount of information on their activities: staff information, membership information, press releases, job announcements, information on IFS, conferences (with on-line registration), on-line summaries of recent work, and a list of publications (with on-line ordering). Many of their other publications are on-line. # http://www1.ifs.org.uk/ + 10.2.36 Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) + + The IEA attempts to "improve understanding of the fundamental + institutions of a free society with particular reference to the role + of markets in solving economic and social problems." This site + presents some of the current research issues being addressed by the + Institute; publications, including the IEA journal "Economic + Affairs"; upcoming conferences and lectures, press releases, a forum + for discussing current topics, and a student section. This site also + provides information on the activities of the Education Unit, the + Environment Unit, the Health and Welfare Unit, and the Trade and + Development Unit. + + # http://www.iea.org.uk/ 10.2.37 Institute of Public Finance This institute focuses on research in all aspects of public finance. The site provides information on the Institute's library; research projects from 1996, 1997, and 1998; past workshops; and publications, including their journal "Financijska praksa" ("Financial Practice"), technical papers, occasional papers, and a report on current monetary regulations. # http://www.ijf.hr/eng/ 10.2.38 Kiel Institute of World Economics This institute specializes in research on business cycles and many different facets of economic growth (there are additional areas of expertise as well). The institute dates from 1914. At their site, you can read about their focus areas, learn about their organization, see a list of their publications, and connect to their library. You can also read about news, meetings, and events. # http://www.uni-kiel.de:8080/IfW/ 10.2.39 Vienna Institute for Comparative Economic Studies (WIIW) This institute focuses on central and eastern Europe. "The Institute's special expertise -- detailed personal knowledge of the countries of the former eastern bloc -- helps assess economic trends, search for new business opportunities and reduce uncertainty in entering markets." On the Internet, they offer information about themselves and their projects. Perhaps the most useful is their extensive database of economic information for this part of the world. However, currently, it is accessible only to members of the Institute. They also offer abstracts of their publications, and an on-line card catalog of their library. # http://www.wiiw.ac.at/ 10.2.40 Center for Latin American Capital Markets Research This site has all sorts of links to servers on this topic. They include exchanges, their original research in the area (including abstracts of past work and notification when current work is completed), and economic information on countries in this region. # http://www.netrus.net/users/gmorles/index.html 10.2.41 Economic Planning Agency (Japan) At this site you can read about the New Economic Plan, a guide to the Economic Planning Agency, a hypertext version of "The Economic Survey of Japan," numerous white papers, information on many papers from the agency's Economic Research Institute, and details on how to order the "Annual Report on National Accounts, 1995" on either floppies or CD-ROM. There are also summary plots on the economic performance of the Japanese economy. # http://www.epa.go.jp/ + 10.2.42 India Policy Institute + + This Institute, which started as an Internet mailing list in 1998 and + was registered as a Trust one year later, has three main objectives. + The first is to host "The National Debate on System Reform" in order + to produce "A People's Manifesto." Second, the Institute would + publish the first edition of "A People's Manifesto" by January 1, + 2000 and update it annually. Finally, the Institute would network to + "determine and influence public policy in India." On this site, one + can find an electronic town hall with debates to take India out of + its current situation, a "National Search for Honest People" for + distribution of the Manifesto; a clearing house for publications on + Indian policy; publications of the Institute; future plans; and + participating organizations, related organizations, and information + on members. + + # http://www.indiapolicy.org 10.2.43 Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) This organization's purpose can easily be determined from its title: the promotion of trade with Japan. The current emphasis is on assisting exporters to Japan. While the material on this site describes their history and organization (including contact around the world), most of the site is devoted to explaining their activities, which are quite numerous. These include programs to assist exporters to Japan, cooperation and exchanges with developed and developing countries, and communication within Japan. Finally, they have material on their publications, and pointers to economic information. # http://www.jetro.go.jp