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Subject: Econ. Resources on the Internet [8 of 20]
This article was archived around: 10 Nov 1999 23:31:43 -0000
Posted-By: auto-faq 3.3 (Perl 5.005)
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 8 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"). Permission to make
digital, electronic or hard copies of part or all of RFE for personal
or classroom use, Usenet distribution, or mailing lists is granted,
provided that copies are not made or distributed for profit or direct
commercial advantage and that whole copies show the following notice:
"Resources for Economists on the Internet (RFE), Copyright 1999
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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.
5.0 General Interest
5.1 The Dismal Scientist
[macro and regional data with analysis plus general commentary]
This site, part of "Regional Financial Associates," a consulting
firm, bills itself as "The Best Free Lunch on the Web." On the macro
side, they offer not only current releases of many macro series, but
also analysis of each release, and analyses of the economy in general
on a monthly basis. They do the same for regional data. They offer
nearly 130 series on the states, and 60 on 257 metropolitan areas. In
a nice twist, you can sort states and metropolitan areas by these
series (surprisingly interesting). They also offer analyses in the
"Thoughts" section; current sections include the Asian crisis,
financial markets, industry analysis, regional, and the U.S. economy.
There are also macro and regional forecasts, and finally, there is a
useful dictionary and calendar of data releases.
* 5.2 About.com
[topical focus (nice on new econ material on the Internet)]
This economics guide, run by John Irons, is part of the About.com web
* site (formerly the Mining Company), which provides "expert guides
to help you find/learn/share" information on the Internet (there are
several hundred guides, typically in areas of general interest). This
particular guide addresses two "markets:" very topical subjects, and
general interest (of course, much of this is of interest to
professional economists). It is updated several times a month, and
does a good job of covering new economic events on the Internet. For
instance, there is a section dealing with economics articles in
on-line magazines ("Econ in Online Mags"), and newly added economic
resources on the Internet ("Net Finds"). There are also short essays
and reviews on topical areas. Finally, there are sections dealing
with less topical areas as well: "Books, Economics Community, Data,
Government, News, Newsletter, Archives, Organizations, Resources, and
5.3 Dr. Ed Yardeni's Economics Network
[macro and international charts and analysis]
Ed Yardeni is chief economist of Deutsche Morgan Grenfell (North
America). His site offers a wealth of analysis and data (much of the
later in a very convenient form). It includes "Weekly Economic
Analyses" ("explore the latest economic and financial controversies")
and "Weekly Economic Briefings" ("focus on a key issue each week").
The most recent versions are restricted to customers of his firm. He
also offers "Topical Studies," which cover most any economic topic.
Other material of interest includes macro forecasts of Deutsch Morgan
Grenfell, stock market valuation information, many "Chart Rooms" with
data from markets, the U.S., and the global economy (they are
remarkably insightful and well chosen). Other areas of interest
include "Slide Shows" (of financial and economic charts), a section
on monetary and fiscal policy, and demography and marketing. In the
"Center for CyberEconomics," the interplay between economics and
computing is examined. The current focus is the Year 2000 computer
problem, which Yardeni thinks has a better than even chance of
causing a recession in 2000. Finally, there is a area of links to
useful Internet tools and sites. Almost all the data and analysis is
in PDF format.