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Subject: Econ. Resources on the Internet [14 of 20]
This article was archived around: 10 Nov 1999 23:32:05 -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 <firstname.lastname@example.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.
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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
In all, EDIRC lists more than 4,000 sites of interest to economists.
Many of course are in this category.
10.2.2 Policy.Com: Think Tanks
This section of Policy.com has an extensive index of think thanks and
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
10.2.30 Centre d'etudes Prospectives et d'Informations Internationales
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.
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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
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
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).
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
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.
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.
+ 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
+ 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