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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 4 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. 2.2.0 Other U.S. Data 2.2.1 B&E Data Links [ASA list of 300 useful data sites] This site is sponsored by the Business and Economic Statistics (B&E) Section of the American Statistical Association (ASA). It lists more than 300 sites "of interest to economists and business statisticians. " Sites are rated for their quality and usefulness by users (who can also suggest sites). There are several ways to search for data here. One way is with their search engine, and another is by viewing the three categories they organize the data into: "Finance," "Macroeconomics," and "Labor and General Microeconometrics." The sites and evaluations change in response to feedback from users. # http://www.econ-datalinks.org/ 2.2.2 Data on the Net [surveys 400 social science sites] This site, at the University of California San Diego, lists a very large number of social science data sites (more than 400) on the Internet. Many of the sites contain economic data (unfortunately, there is little organization to the listing, so some searching will likely be required). It also lists some 100 data archives around the world, and another 100 searchable catalogs of data. Finally, they list about 50 data vendors and offers 149 Social Science Gateways. # http://odwin.ucsd.edu/idata/ 2.2.3 FEDSTATS [covers 70+ different federal agencies] This site, run by the Federal Interagency Council on Statistical Policy, lists detailed information and provides links to more than 70 different federal statistical agencies. Besides information on this site, you can search for statistical information several different ways -- these include a search engine (with data from these agencies), a listing of data via programs (including, of course, economic ones), and a general listing of data from A to Z. The site also lists contacts at the various agencies, and you can both list and search for press releases from 11 of the sites (which happens to include most of the major economic ones). # http://www.fedstats.gov/ 2.2.4 Federal Web Locator [directory for federal government sites] This material is collected by the Villanova Center for Information Law and Policy. It lists and links federal government information for the legislative branch, the judicial branch, the executive branch (with departments), independent agencies, quasi-official agencies, and non-governmental federally-related sites, in several different formats. # http://www.law.vill.edu/fed-agency/ + 2.2.5 Google -- Uncle Sam + + [subset of well-regarded Google.com search engine] + + This search engine for U.S. federal government sites is a subset of + Google, which has been getting good reviews for the relevance of its + search results. It makes very heavy use of the number of links to a + site to rate them. In trials for various economic data terms (both + obvious and non-obvious), it generally returns very useful links. + + # http://www.google.com/unclesam 2.2.6 GOVBOT: Database of Government Web Sites [search engine for federal government sites] This search engine specializes in U.S. government and military web sites. At last count, there were more than 842,000 pages in its database. # http://cobar.cs.umass.edu/ciirdemo/Govbot/ 2.2.7 Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) [leading U.S. social science archive] This organization offers a substantial amount of social science data in machine readable form to its more than 600 colleges, universities, and institutions (data is available to individuals whose institutions are not members of the ICPSR). All their data is available on-line, and soon researchers at ICPSR institutions will be able to access it directly. Some data is available to non-ICPSR members. In the section of the archive titled "Economic Behavior, Attitudes" you will find the Consumer Expenditure Survey and the Survey of Consumer Finances. Other data of possible interest (in other sections) includes the World Bank's World Tables Of Economic And Social Indicators, 1950-1988; the NBER's Macroeconomic Time Series For The United States, United Kingdom, Germany, And France (which has 1.6 million entries in numerous categories including regional data; most data is from the early part of this century, but a substantial amount is from the 19th century; the most recent is from 1968); and United States Microdata Samples Extract File, 1940-1980: Demographics Of Aging (which is an extract of the Censuses of 1960, 1970, and 1980). In addition, there is a substantial amount of more specialized data of likely interest to economists. For economists, an especially useful collection of data is Class V, which contains data funded by the NSF's Economics Division. This data is in the "Publication-Related Archive" section of the archive. This material is available to all. The Consumer Expenditures Survey and the Current Population Survey are available through their "FastTrack Service" (which makes data available before their usual testing and checking). Information on FastTrack datasets is available from their comprehensive list of resources on their main web page. The data itself is available on their ftp site in the "pub/FastTrack" directory. This material is available to all. To obtain most data from ICPSR, you generally must contact your local representative, assuming that your university or college is a member of the ICPSR. # http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/ # gopher://gopher.icpsr.umich.edu:70/1/ # ftp://ftp.icpsr.umich.edu # Information: <ICPSR_Netmail@um.cc.umich.edu> 2.2.8 National Archives Center for Electronic Records [long-term storage of records] The National Archives has a branch devoted to the storage of electronic records from many federal entities, which now contains over 30,000 files. Of interest to economists are records from the Bureaus of the Census, Economic Analysis, and Labor Statistics, the Civil Aeronautics Board, Department of Transportation, IRS, SEC, and Social Security Administration. In general, records cannot be accessed online via the Internet, however, detailed information about them, including a listing of "data files" and ordering information for the data files (available either on tape or CD-ROM). # http://www.nara.gov/nara/electronic/ 2.2.9 Statistical Resources on the Web (Univ. of Michigan) [very wide-ranging] This very wide ranging listing describes where a multitude of data sets can be found on the Internet. While there is little additional economic data beyond what is covered here, there is a wealth of other data -- everything from agriculture to weather (26 categories in all). # http://www.lib.umich.edu/libhome/Documents.center/stats.html 2.2.10 U.S. Census Bureau [great wealth of information] The Census offers a great wealth of data. It is tempting, and in fact accurate to say, that if you think it is at all possible that the data is produced by the Census, check here -- you're likely to find it. The material is a mix of general interest material (I've even used some for my principles classes) and highly detailed information. The "News" category includes news releases, tipsheets, fact sheets, Census briefs, and the "Census and You" monthly newsletter. It also has a section titled "Ask the Expert," where you can ask find contact information of different Census functions. The "Search" category includes many different ways of searching this site and material on it. This includes words in on-line Census documents, searching by place that Census reports on, and searching for Census staff members. You can even search via a map, from which you can choose the geographical area you're interested in, and then view summary information about that area. You can proceed to the country level, and it provides a wealth of interesting and easy-to-find information. "Access Tools" includes software that works over the net, such as "Map Stats" (which profiles information from states and counties (the same as map searching described above); the "Tiger" map system for generating maps on the fly; "1990 Census Lookup" (you can extract files from a given Census); a gazetteer for the U.S. (which also performs lookups); "FERRET" (Federal Electronic Research and Review Tool) for extracting data; and "MABLE/Geocorr," which accesses MABLE geographic database and generates correlation lists as reports or files. This section also includes software you can download, and Census access tools at other sites. The "CenStats and "CenStore" section lists various products. "CenStats" is an fee-based Internet service for statistical data. "CenStore" has information on various products, such as tapes, CD-ROMS, diskettes, publications, and maps. You can purchase all documents generated by Census after January, 1996 in electronic form. Most material is in the section titled "Subjects A-Z" (only 2 letters have no entry). The slightly edited entries are: A: Abbreviation and Acronym Glossary, Acquisition Information, Advance Monthly Retail Sales, Advisory Committees, Age, Age Search, Aging, Agriculture, Alaska Native, American Community Survey, American Indian, Ancestry, Annual Research Conference, Apportionment, Asian, and Assets. B: Birthplace, Births, Black-Owned Businesses, Black Population, Building Permits, and Business (Customized Tabulations, Databases, Enterprises, General, Inventories, Owners, Totals by County, Reports, and FAQ) C: Calendars, Capital Assets, Capital Expenditures, CD-ROMs, Census Briefs, Census Catalog and Guide, CenStats, CenStore, Census 2000, Census & You, Census Bureau, Census Tract Coding Resources, Children, Citizenship, City/County Governments, College Enrollment, Commodity Flow, Commodity Input/Exports Related to Output, Communication Services, Communications, Commuting, Companies, Computer Ownership and Use, Conferences, Congressional Affairs, Congressional Districts, Consolidated Federal Funds Report, Construction (Current Reports, Industry Series, and Statistics), Continuous Measurement, Contracts, County Business Patterns, County & City Data Book, County Profiles, Crops, Current Industrial Reports (CIRs), Current Population Survey (CPS), and Customer Liaison Office. D: Data Capture Services Contract, Data Developments, Data Extraction System, Deaths, Decennial Census (2000, 1990, Historical, and Report to Congress -- The Plan for Census 2000), Demographic and Social Characteristics, Demographic Business Characteristics, Disability, Divorces, and Durable Goods Orders. E: Economic Census, Economic Indicator Releases Schedule, Economic Indicators, Economic Statistics Briefing Room, Education, Education Finances, Elderly, Electronic Data Product Support - TechTalk:, Elected Officials, Electronic Subscription Service, Employee-Retirement Systems, Employment (General/Public and Opportunities (Census Bureau)), Empowerment Contracting Resources, Enterprises, Entrepreneurs, Establishment and Firm Size, Estimates (1996 Estimates of the Population of Cities, Places, and MCDs Housing Units & Households, Income, Persons, and Poverty), Expenditures, Exports, and Extract Software for CD-ROM. F: Families, Farms, Federal Depository Libraries, Federal Expenditures, Federal Government Data, Federal-State Cooperative Program, Federal Statistics Briefing Room, FEDSTATS Fellowship Opportunities, Fertility, Finance (Insurance & Real Estate), Finances of Governments and Schools, Fishing, Foreign Born, and Foreign Trade. G: Gazetteer (U.S.), Genealogy, Geographic (Area Profiles, Mobility, Services & Information), Glossary of Abbreviations and Acronyms, Governmental Interactions Calendar, and Governments. H: Health Insurance, Health Statistics, Hispanic Origin, Hispanic-Owned Businesses, Homeownership, Hotels (Motels and Other Lodging Places), Households and Families -- CPS Households and Families Projections, Household and Housing Unit Estimates, Housing (Characteristics, Completions, Inventory Change, Houses Sold, Housing Starts, Press Releases Starts, and Statistics), and Hunting. I: Immigration, Imports, Income, Indicators - Economic, Industries Statistics, Insurance, International (Statistics and Trade), Irrigation, Inventories (Business), and ITPlans. J: Journey to Work. L: Labor Force, Land, Language Use, Livestock, Living Arrangements, Local Retirement Systems, and Lodging Places. M: Manufacturing, Manufacturing Financial Report, Maps, Marital Status, Market Value of Agricultural Products, Marriage, Merchandise Line Sales, Metropolitan Areas, Migration, Mining, Minority-Owned Businesses, Mobility/Movers, Money Income, Monthly Retail Sales, Monthly Wholesale Trade, Motels, and Motor Freight. N: Native American Population, Nativity, NAICS (North American Industry Classification System), New on Site, and Nonemployer Statistics (Retail and Services). O: Occupation, Other Official Statistics/FedStats, Other Topics, and Outlying Areas (Economic). P: Pacific Islander Population, PDFPublications, Place of Birth, Place of Work, Population (1996 Estimates of the Population of Cities, Places, and MCDs (Characteristics, Density, Estimates, P-20, P-23, Profile, Projections, and Topics)), Poverty, Press Releases, Previous Residence, Prices and Inflation, Procurement Activities, Product Profiles, Product Shipments, Program Participation, Public Finance and Employment, Publications, and Puerto Rico. Q: Quarterly Financial Report (Manufacturing, Mining, and Trade Corporations). R: Race, Radio Broadcasts, Ranches, Real Estate, Recreation, Redistricting Data Program, References, Regional Offices of Census Bureau, Report to Congress (revised August 1997), Residential Construction, Residential Improvements, Retail (Monthly Retail Sales, Retail Trade, Retail Trade for Outlying Areas, and Sales and Inventories -- Retail), and Rural/Urban. S: Sales and Inventories -- Retail, Sales and Inventories -- Wholesale, School (Characteristics of Students, Enrollment - Including College, Finances, Public Education Finances, and Schools), Service Annual Survey, Service Industries, Service Industries for Outlying Areas, Shipments (Inventories, & Orders), SIC Codes (Standard Industrial Classification), Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates, Small Business, Solicitations, Sources of Receipts, Sources of Revenue, State Data Centers, State Government, State Profiles, State Retirement Systems, Statistical Abstract, Statistical Agencies (Federal and International), Statistical Briefs See also: Census Brief, Statistical Research Report Series, Subject Index to Population Reports, Subscription Service, Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP), and Surveys. T: Taxes (Quarterly Tax Revenues (by state and local governments), State Tax Collection, and Taxable Property Values), TechTalk (Electronic Data Product Support), TIGER, Trade (Goods and Services, Trade and Employment, Trade Balance, Trade Corporations Financial Report, International, and with U.S. Possessions), Transportation, Travel to Work, and Truck. U: Urban/Rural, U.S. Exports and Imports, U.S. Gazetteer, U.S. Merchandise Trade, U.S. Possessions - Trade, U.S. Trade with Puerto Rico, and Utilities. V: Vacancy, Value of New Construction, and Voting and Registration. W: Warehousing, We the Americans Series, Wealth, Wholesale (Monthly Wholesale Trade, Sales and Inventories -- Wholesale, Wholesale Trade, and Wholesale Trade Outlying Areas), Wildlife, Women-Owned Businesses, and Working Papers. Y: Year 2000. Z: ZIP Code Statistics. Finally, several miscellaneous entries provide additional information: "About the Bureau," "User Manual," "New on the Site," "Current Economic Indicators" (with recent reports), and the current U.S. and world populations. # http://www.census.gov # ftp://ftp.census.gov # Information: <pio@census.gov> 2.2.11 Integrated Public Use Microdata Sample (IPUMS) [Census data from 1850 to 1990] To quote from their documentation on the newest version, IPUMS-98, "The IPUMS consists of twenty-five high-precision samples of the American population drawn from thirteen federal censuses. Some of these samples have existed for years, and others were created specifically for this database. The twenty-five samples, which span the censuses of 1850 to 1990, collectively comprise our richest source of quantitative information on long-term changes in the American population." The samples include censuses from 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1940, 1950, 1960, 1970, 1980 and 1990; many are 1 percent individual samples of that census. In all, there are some 25 gigabytes of data on some 50 million people. On-line documentation is available, as is an extraction engine (more useful than downloading a complete sample, the smallest of which has an uncompressed size of 73 megabytes). Compared to past versions, "IPUMS-98 is a comprehensive revision of the Integrated Public Use Microdata Series. We have expanded the documentation threefold, added new datasets and variables, and revised dozens of variables." # http://www.ipums.umn.edu/ # Information: <ipums@hist.umn.edu> 2.2.12 Summary U.S. Census Info at Missouri Census Data Center [summary data for cities, towns, and counties (easy to get)] At first glance, one would think that this site would be Missouri specific, but they have taken data from the 1990 U.S. Census and made it publically available in their "Basic Tables." The Center has "organized the 100 most frequently used social and economic variables from the 1990 Census of Population and Housing, Summary Tape File 3 into a set of 14 descriptive tables in Lotus 123 format (ver.2)" and ASCII. Data is available for metro areas, places (which covers a very large number of communities), all counties, and states." The spreadsheet format covers a given geographical entity, such as all states, all counties, etc. They also offer "Basic Trends Reports," which show changes from the 1980 to 1990 Census. Finally, they offer a "profile generator," which will generate this data from your geographical area of interest. # http://www.oseda.missouri.edu/usinfo.html 2.2.13 General Social Survey (GSS) [annual survey; broad, but some economic questions] "The GSS (General Social Survey) is an almost annual 'omnibus,' personal interview survey of U.S. households conducted by the National Opinion Research Center." The first one was run in 1972, and has been run almost every year since. In total, there have been some 35,000 respondents answering a very wide variety of questions of interest to social scientists. Of interest to economists are questions on economic policy, as well as income received. # http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/GSS/ 2.2.14 Health and Retirement Study (HRS) The Health and Retirement Study (HRS) studies many characteristics of those near or in their retirement years. Specifically, it is a longitudinal national panel study. The baseline consists of interviews in 7,600 households in 1992 (respondents aged from 51 to 61, along with their spouses), with followups every two years for 12 years. The data contains a wealth of economic, demographic and health information, which of course are generally related to retirement issues. The entire dataset, including errata, is available at this site. Besides data, this site also offers the latest information related to this project, material from papers using this dataset, links to related sites, and some useful software. Robert J. Willis, of the Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan, is the Principal Investigator for this project and "Asset and Health Dynamics Among the Oldest Old (AHEAD). # http://www.umich.edu/~hrswww/ 2.2.15 Asset and Health Dynamics Among the Oldest Old (AHEAD) The Asset and Health Dynamics Among the Oldest Old (AHEAD) is an HRS Auxiliary Study, and is also known as Aging and Health in America. It centers on "data to address a broad range of scientific questions focused on the interplay of resources and late life health transitions." The initial sample consisted of 7,447 respondents aged 70+, including 2,548 aged 80 and over, plus 775 younger spouses. There are followups every two years. Like the HRS, data, including errata, is available on-line. Besides data, this site also offers the latest information related to this project, material from papers using this dataset, links to related sites, and some useful software. Robert J. Willis, of the Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan, is the Principal Investigator for this and for "Health and Retirement Study (HRS)." # http://www.umich.edu/~hrswww/ 2.2.16 National Longitudinal Surveys (NLS) Bibliography This online version of the NLS Bibliography provides current and retrospective entries from previous editions and supplements. Though data itself is not available, the bibliography contains approximately 2,500 citations of NLS-based journal articles, working papers, conference presentations, and dissertations published from 1968 to 1995. Several methods of searching can be used and detailed search instructions are provided. # www.chrr.ohio-state.edu/nls-bib/ 2.2.17 Panel Study on Income Dynamics (PSID) [well-known longitudinal survey of U.S. residents] The data available here is best described by their own documentation. To quote: "The Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID) is a longitudinal survey of a representative sample of U.S. individuals (men, women, and children) and the families in which they reside. It has been ongoing since 1968. Data are collected annually, and the data files contain the full span of information collected over the course of the study. PSID data can be used for cross-sectional, longitudinal and intergenerational analyses, and for studying both individuals and families. "The general design and core content of the study have remained largely unchanged, and considerable effort has been expended cleaning the data. These two features greatly enhance the PSID's potential for longitudinal analysis. Preparation and distribution of comprehensive documentation and a User Guide also facilitate use of the PSID data." "The study has been conducted at the Survey Research Center, University of Michigan since its beginning in 1968, with the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) data archive handling the public distribution of the data files, documentation, and User Guide. PSID data files have been disseminated widely throughout the United States and to numerous foreign countries." The site has very extensive documentation, extensive introductory material, a newsletter, and lists of the very large number of working papers and publications that use the data (some of this material is in RTF (Rich Text Format), which can be read by Microsoft Word or WordPerfect). Some material is even available in languages other than English. The entry "PSID Files" contains the main PSID files. There are individual "family files" from 1968 to 1996, as well as a "24 year individual file." When uncompressed, they become ASCII files, and SAS and SPSS programs are available that will bring the data into those packages. Additional datasets include (i) Active Saving Files, (ii) Estimating Risk Tolerance, (iii)Health Care Burden File, (iv) Marriage and Birth History Supplements, (v) Parent Health Supplement, (vi) Relationship File, (vii) Telephone Health Questionnaire Supplement, and (viii) Self Administered Questionnaire Supplement. The "What's New" section shows availability of newest datasets and is updated frequently. # http://www.isr.umich.edu/src/psid/ 2.2.18 Study of American Families, 1994 [extends GSS] This study extends the General Social Survey (GSS) with information on "the role of families in the transmission and maintenance of socioeconomic inequality." To this end, they collected data on GSS respondents' first occupation, mother's occupations when respondents were young, and GSS respondents' first spouses (if married more than once). GSS respondents' first spouses (if married more than once)." Another extension to the GSS was a short test of cognitive ability. Finally, additional information was obtained on the respondents' siblings. The data is available on-line, and the staff will archive datasets onto CD-ROMs for users on or off campus (the University of Wisconsin). The data is available on-line. # http://DPLS.DACC.WISC.EDU/SAF/ 2.2.19 Department of the Treasury [many areas; includes financing the federal debt, international finance, and federal spending] One item of particular interest is the "Treasury Bulletin," which has three sections. The first is "Financial Operations" (with details on federal fiscal operations, the accounts of the Treasury, the Federal Debt, and Public Debt Operations, which deals with Treasury financing). This section also covers the ownership of federal securities. The second section is "International Statistics," which covers capital movements, the stabilization fund, and the like. The third section is "Special Reports." In all these reports, there is great detail, as one would expect. Some of the data is in spreadsheet format. A second item of likely interest is the "The Monthly Treasury Statement of Receipts and Outlays of the United States Government" (MTS), which details Treasury operations, and thus of the Federal Government. There are links to agencies that report to or are part of the Treasury: the Comptroller of the Currency, the Office of Thrift Supervision (OTS), the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, the U.S. Customs Service, and the IRS. There is also considerable material of "consumer" interest, such as on Treasury securities, savings bonds, IRS forms (they can be downloaded here), and information from the Mint. Finally, there is information on the Treasury itself, which includes speeches and press releases. # http://www.ustreas.gov/ 2.2.20 Energy Information Administration (EIA) This agency, part of the U.S. Department of Energy, offers a wide variety of information in this area, broadly defined. Indeed, it is a veritable treasure trove of useful information on nuclear, oil, natural gas, coal, and other forms of energy. If you are looking for information in any way related to energy, this is a fine place to look. # http://www.eia.doe.gov/ 2.2.21 Energy Resources Board The ERB, part of the Department of Energy, is separate from the Energy Information Administration. "Its purpose is to provide a consolidated and integrated home page for the member offices: Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Energy Information Administration, Energy Research, Fossil Energy, Nuclear Energy, and Policy." In short, it contains a variety of useful information for economists interested in information in this sphere of the economy. # http://www.eia.doe.gov/energy/ 2.2.22 Datazone: EPI's Labor Market Data The Economic Policy Institute makes a considerable amount of summary labor market data available here. It includes national, regional, and state data on employment, unemployment, wages, wage distribution, median hourly wages, the college -- high school wage premium, a historical minimum wage series, etc. Much of the data starts in 1979. # http://epinet.org/datazone/dzlocal.html 2.2.23 Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) This site contains extensive statistical information on the banking system in the U.S. of interest to economists and bankers, as well as more general information on the FDIC and the banking system, some of which will be of interest to the general public. There are also press releases and speeches, as well as background information on the FDIC. The "Data Bank" includes the "FDIC Institution Directory System," which "provides the latest comprehensive financial profile for every FDIC-insured institution." The FDIC/OTS "Summary of Deposits" provides "detailed information on over 82,000 branches of FDIC-insured institutions. Individual office data can be obtained for each institution or for each state and county. Aggregate data are available at the state and county level and for metropolitan areas." Other data sets include "FDIC Institutions," "Statistics on Banking," "Historical Statistics on Banking," and the "Survey of Real Estate Trends." # http://www.fdic.gov/ 2.2.24 Government Information Sharing Project [repacked data (regional, econ. and agric. census, exports/imports, and federal spending by cities and counties)] This project, run by Oregon State University, offers a number of very useful regional demographic and economic databases. They include "USA Counties 1996" (with data from the Census), the "1990 Census of Population and Housing" (again with easily obtained, well-organized, and detailed data), and "Population Estimates by Age, Sex, and Race: 1990-1997." Other databases include the "Equal Employment Opportunity File: 1990" (which has "occupation distribution and educational attainment data by sex, race, and Hispanic origin," the "Regional Economic Information System: 1969-1996" from the BEA, the "1992 Economic Census" disks 1J (Census of Mineral Industries, Census of Construction Industries, and Minority- and Women-Owned Businesses), disk 2B (ZIP Code Statistics) and disk 4 (Nonemployer Statistics). Finally, other databases include "US Imports/Exports (1993-1997)," the "Consolidated Federal Funds Report 1987-1996" (which shows federal spending and obligations on a county and city basis), "School District Data Book Profiles: 1989-1990," the "Census of Agriculture: 1982, 1987, and 1992," and "Earnings by Occupation and Education: 1990." # http://govinfo.kerr.orst.edu/ 2.2.25 U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) [large number of trade-related resources (includes many links)] This site is very useful for the academic and practicing trade economist. It includes: weekly petitions and complaints filed with the agency; a monthly calendar of hearings, deadline dates, and status of investigations; five-year (Sunset) reviews; news releases; notices from the Federal Register dealing with the USITC; numerous reports and publications; the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States; USITC Tariff Database; International Harmonization of Customs Rules of Origin; and a bibliography of trade-related law articles. They also have an extensive list of Internet resources by country, industry, and region that many will find useful. # http://www.usitc.gov/ 2.2.26 Joint Economic Committee: House of Representatives [policy papers of the majority party in Congress] This committee is one of only four joint committees in the U.S. Congress. While it could be argued that the material does carry some biases of the majority party, it does provide a valuable viewpoint. There are a large number of press releases and a smaller number of policy papers. Some topics covered are: Federal Reserve policy and inflation, economic growth, fiscal policy, the welfare state and the size of government, the middle class, and tort reform. # http://www.house.gov/jec/welcome.htm 2.2.27 Joint Economic Committee: U.S. Senate The material supplied by this committee (one of four joint committees in the U.S. Congress) presents valuable opinions, though it may carry the biases of the majority party. This site provides the JEC reports, hearings, press releases and other events. Reports are from the last four Congresses and focus on foreign affairs, taxes, economic growth, employment, and other items of topical interest. # http://www.senate.gov/~jec 2.2.28 National Trade Data Bank While probably not of much interest to academic economists, this site pulls together a very wide range of information (more than a gigabyte) from more than 25 U.S. government agencies that will be of interest to firms wishing to export from the U.S. Much of the information is fee-based. Obviously, it contains a substantial amount of material that may be of interest to those interested in non-U.S. countries. One can even search the entire database with "natural language requests" (that is, you can query the database as you might a person). # http://www.stat-usa.gov/tradtest.nsf 2.2.29 National Transportation Statistics This organization, part of the Department of Transportation, generates a variety of statistics on the U.S.'s transportation system. Besides "Transportation Statistics Annual Report " (found in the "Transportation Studies" section), this site includes other extensive data (in spreadsheet format) from the "National Transportation Data Archive." This includes the "FAA Statistical Handbook of Aviation" and the "Commodity Flow Survey," a joint project of the DOT and Census which tracks shipments in the U.S. There are also data sets from the FAA, the Coast Guard, the Federal Highway Administration, and the Army Corps of Engineers. It also contains information on the "Journal of Transportation and Statistics," sponsored jointly be the Bureau of Transportation Statistics and the U.S. Department of Transportation. # http://www.bts.gov 2.2.30 Office of the U.S. Trade Representative This site provides a great deal of information on trade issues. Besides information on itself, this includes press releases, reports, speeches, and testimony. Perhaps even more useful are the NAFTA and GATT trade agreements. # http://www.ustr.gov/ 2.2.31 Social Security Administration (SSA) [extensive data on trust funds, beneficiaries, and studies] By its nature, this site offers a variety of material for employers, employees, and beneficiaries. However, there is substantial statistical information from the "Office of Research, Evaluation and Statistics (ORES)" and the "Office of the Chief Actuary." The former includes the "Current Operating Statistics Tables" (with everything from the trust funds, to current benefits to black lung benefits), income maintenance programs, economic indicators, beneficiaries by county, and studies on disability programs. The latter includes data on the financial aspects of the Trust Fund, and beneficiary data, as well as other material. # http://www.ssa.gov/ # Information: Bruce Carter <bwcarter@ssa.gov> 2.2.32 Standard Industrial Classifications (SIC) This page, run by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), offers two ways to find 4-digit SIC codes: by searching for a specific codes by keywords and by browsing the actual classifications. Note that SIC codes have been superseded by the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) on January 1, 1997 (information on it can be found at the Census web site). # http://www.osha.gov/oshstats/sicser.html 2.2.33 USDA Agriculture Economic Research Service This service is distinct from the USDA Economics and Statistics System at Cornell University. Besides reading about the mission and organization of the service (including e-mail addresses), you can also read many of their publications. You can also retrieve their data (much of it from the Cornell site). They also offer a "Special Topics Briefing Room," where they address a variety of topical issues. Finally, they offer an extensive catalog of their products. # http://www.econ.ag.gov/ 2.2.34 USDA Economics and Statistics System (Cornell Univ.) This project is jointly sponsored by the Mann Library at Cornell University, the USDA's Economic Research Service, the National Agricultural Statistics Service, and World Agricultural Outlook Board. It contains more than 300 reports and data sets from the economic agencies of the USDA. By subject area, they are # Agricultural Baseline Projections # Farm Sector Economics # Field Crops # Food # Inputs, Technology, and Weather # International Agriculture # Land, Water, and Conservation # Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry # Miscellaneous # Rural Affairs # Specialty Agriculture # Trade Issues These data sets cover a very wide range of agricultural topics, and even include international and climate data. The are categorized in a number of different ways. They are frequently quite detailed, and can be viewed using a spreadsheets and occasionally with dBase. # http://usda.mannlib.cornell.edu