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Term Paper Resources

1)      How to write a term paper

a)      Tomas Dvorak: http://minerva.union.edu/dvorakt/43/sample_paper.htm

b)      Donald N. McCloskey, The Writing of Economics, Macmillan, 1987

c)      Donald N. McCloskey, Economical Writing, Economic Inquiry, April 1985 (http://www.deirdremccloskey.com/docs/pdf/Article_86.pdf )

2)      @ Boston College:

a)      Library:

i)        Databases: http://databases.bc.edu/V/?func=find-db-1

ii)       e journals: http://metaquest.bc.edu:4000/sfx_local/az

iii)     Bloomberg terminal: http://libguides.bc.edu/Bloomberg

iv)     Barbara Mento:

(1)   http://libguides.bc.edu/profile.php?uid=293

(2)   http://libguides.bc.edu/economics

b)      Economics departments:

i)        http://fmwww.bc.edu/ec-p/data/ecfindata.php

ii)       SUNY Oswego: http://www.oswego.edu/~economic/data.htm

iii)     Steven Lehrer’s webpage: http://post.queensu.ca/~lehrers/econlink.htm

iv)     Williams College: http://econ.williams.edu/students/online-resources

3)      The Press and the Web

a)      The press: Forbes, BusinessWeek, WSJ, Barrons, NYTimes, TheEconomist, Science, LexisNexis, etc etc

b)      Google Scholar: http://scholar.google.com/

i)        … access through the BC internet makes lots available

4)      Journals … there are zillions, but to name a few:

a)      American Economic Review

b)      Journal of Political Economy

c)      Journal of Economic Perspectives

d)      Journal of Economic Literature

e)      Journal of ABC Economics (ABC = Health, Labor, Sports, Urban, Law and, Education, Financial, Population, Regulatory, Agricultural and Resource, Environmental, etc etc etc)

5)      General

a)      WebEc Guide to Economics Data: http://www.helsinki.fi/WebEc/webecc8d.html

b)      EcEdWeb (Economic Education Web): http://ecedweb.unomaha.edu/econinfo.cfm

c)      AEA's Resources for Economists: www.rfe.org

d)      National Bureau of Economic Research: www.nber.org

e)      Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research: http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/

f)        Data & Information Services Center: http://dpls.dacc.wisc.edu/newcatalog/browse.asp

g)      html Integrated Public Use Microdata Series (Census data): http://www.ipums.umn.edu/usa/index

h)      Economic Time Series Data: http://www.economagic.com/

i)        Journalist's Toolbox: http://www.journaliststoolbox.org/

6)      Policy Research Groups:

a)      AEI: www.aei.org/

b)      Brookings Institution: www.brookings.edu/

c)      CATO Institute: www.cato.org/

d)      Institute for Public Policy and Social Research: www.ippsr.msu.edu/

e)      Mathematica Policy Research: www.mathematica-mpr.com/

f)        Rand: www.rand.org/

g)      Urban Institute: www.urban.org/

h)      And research papers from staff at different government agencies, including FED/FRB, FTC, DOJ, DOE, FCC, EPA, DOT, EPA, HHS, etc etc

7)      Major US Government data sources

a)      Federal Digital System (FDSys): http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/

b)      NTA’s US Databases: http://www.ntanet.org/tax-resources/us-databases.html

c)      FedStats (links to over 100 gov’t agencies): http://www.fedstats.gov/

d)      Bureau of Economic Analysis: http://www.bea.gov/

e)      Bureau of Labor Statistics: www.bls.gov

f)        Census Bureau: www.census.gov

i)        US Counties Data

(1)        Quickfacts: http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/25000.html

(2)        All Data Files: http://www.census.gov/support/USACdataDownloads.html

ii)        Survey of Income and Program Participation: http://www.census.gov/sipp/

g)      The U.S. Department of Commerce: http://www.commerce.gov/

h)      St. Louis Federal Reserve Economic Data (FRED): http://research.stlouisfed.org/fred2/

i)        Federal Reserve Board of Governors: http://www.federalreserve.gov/econresdata/default.htm

i)        Survey of Consumer Finances: http://www.federalreserve.gov/econresdata/scf/scfindex.htm

j)        Statistical Abstract of the United States: http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/

k)      Data.gov: http://www.data.gov/

l)        USA.gov: http://www.usa.gov/Topics/Reference_Shelf/Data.shtml

8)      Industry associations and trade publications

a)      There are lots of them… and almost all of them make data available to the public

Some Specific Sectors … a sampling at best

1)      Airwaves

a)      FCC: http://www.fcc.gov/

i)        and data: http://www.fcc.gov/data

b)      FCC spectrum auction data: http://capcp.psu.edu/FCC/

2)      Banking:

a)      FDIC: http://www.fdic.gov/

i)        Bank Data Guide: http://www.fdic.gov/bank/statistical/guide/index.html

b)      FRB San Francisco: http://www.frbsf.org/banking/data/index.html

c)      and see the Federal Reserve Bank links above

3)      Education

a)      National Center for Education Statistics: www.nces.ed.gov

b)      US Department of Education: http://www.ed.gov/

c)      Education Policy and Data Center: http://epdc.org/

d)      Center for Data-Driven Reform in Education: http://www.cddre.org/

e)      State Data ... many many states... here are a few:

i)        Massachusetts: http://www.doe.mass.edu/mcas/results.html

ii)       Texas: http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index3.aspx?id=3631&menu_id=793

iii)     California: http://star.cde.ca.gov/

iv)     Indiana: http://www.doe.in.gov/data/

v)      North Carolina: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/data/reports/

vi)     New Jersey: http://www.state.nj.us/education/data/

f)        World Bank EdStats: http://data.worldbank.org/topic/education

g)        Educational Testing Service (ETS): http://www.ets.org/

h)        College Board - SAT Data and Reports: http://professionals.collegeboard.com/data-reports-research/sat

4)      Environmental

a)      EPA: http://www.epa.gov/

b)      Air Pollution:

i)        EPA: http://www.epa.gov/ttn/airs/airsaqs/

ii)       California: http://www.arb.ca.gov/aqd/aqdcd/aqdcd.htm

c)      Temperature and Precipitation:

i)        Worldwide: http://climate.geog.udel.edu/~climate/html_pages/Global_ts_2007/README.global.p_ts_2007.html

ii)       NOAA: http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/ghcnm/v2.php

iii)     Berkeley Earth surface temperature: http://www.berkeleyearth.org/

d)      NatureServe data resources: http://www.natureserve.org/getData/dataResources.jsp

e)      Oil spills:

i)        ITOPF: http://www.itopf.com/information-services/data-and-statistics/statistics/

ii)       National Response Center: http://www.nrc.uscg.mil/download.html

iii)     Deepwater Horizon: http://energy.gov/about-us/open-government/data-deepwater-horizon

5)      Financial

a)      Through the BC library: http://databases.bc.edu/V/?func=find-db-1

i)        Go to Subject: Economics

(1)   Center for Research in Securities Prices (CRSP)

(2)   Compustat

(3)   Interactive Data Corporation (IDC)

(4)   WRDS

b)      Financial Data Finder: http://www.fisher.osu.edu/fin/fdf/osudata.htm

c)      SEC’s EDGAR (filings and forms): http://www.sec.gov/edgar.shtml

d)      Shiller’s data page: http://www.econ.yale.edu/~shiller/data.htm

e)      French’s data page: http://mba.tuck.dartmouth.edu/pages/faculty/ken.french/data_library.html

6)      Health

a)      CDC WONDER: http://wonder.cdc.gov/

b)      Department of Health and Human Services: http://www.hhs.gov/

c)      National Health Statistics: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/

i)        and at the state level: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/datawh/stprofiles.htm

d)      National Inpatient Sample: http://www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/nisoverview.jsp

e)      Medicare: http://data.medicare.gov/

f)        Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: https://www.cms.gov/home/rsds.asp

g)      Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: www.ahrq.gov/

h)      National Library of Medicine: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/hsrinfo/datasites.html

i)        World Health Organization: http://www.who.int/health_topics/en/

j)        Health and Retirement Study: http://hrsonline.isr.umich.edu/

k)      Mathematica: http://www.mathematica-mpr.com/

l)        UCLA Center: www.healthpolicy.ucla.edu/

7)      Housing

a)      Department of Housing and Urban Development: http://portal.hud.gov/portal/page/portal/HUD

b)      Case Shiller Housing Price Indices: http://www.standardandpoors.com/indices/sp-case-shiller-home-price-indices/en/us/?indexId=spusa-cashpidff--p-us----

i)        Also see Shiller’s data page above:

c)      US Census: http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/housing.html

i)        American Housing Survey: http://www.census.gov/housing/ahs/

d)      Federal Housing Finance Agency: http://www.fhfa.gov/Default.aspx?Page=14

e)      National Association of Home Builders: http://www.nahb.org/page.aspx/landing/sectionID=113

f)        GeoLytics: http://www.geolytics.com/

g)      Zillow: http://www.zillow.com/

8)      International/Development

a)      International Monetary Fund: http://www.imf.org/external/data.htm

b)      OECD: www.oecd.org

c)      United Nations: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/methods/inter-natlinks/sd_natstat.htm

d)      World Bank: http://data.worldbank.org/

i)        Doing Business: http://www.doingbusiness.org/

e)      Poverty Action Lab: http://www.povertyactionlab.org/

i)        Dataverse: http://dvn.iq.harvard.edu/dvn/dv/jpal

f)        Penn World Table: http://pwt.econ.upenn.edu/php_site/pwt_index.php

g)      International Relations Data site: http://www.paulhensel.org/data.html

h)      CIA World Factbook: https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/

9)      Labor

a)      Bureau of Labor Statistics: www.bls.gov

i)        Consumer Expenditure Survey: http://www.bls.gov/cex/ and http://www.nber.org/data/ces_cbo.html

ii)       National Longitudinal surveys: http://www.bls.gov/nls/

b)      Panel study of income Dynamics: http://psidonline.isr.umich.edu/

10)  Law/Crime

a)      Bureau of Justice Statistics: http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/

b)      FBI Uniform Crime Reports: http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/ucr

c)      National archive of Criminal Justice Data: http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/NACJD/

d)      Justin Wolfers - Death Penalty Studies: http://bpp.wharton.upenn.edu/jwolfers/DeathPenalty.shtml

e)      Empirical legal Studies (links to databases): http://www.elsblog.org/

f)        Gun Control

i)        John Lott’s data: http://www.johnlott.org/

ii)       Carlisle Moody’s data: http://cemood.people.wm.edu/research.html

iii)     Stephen Rafael’s data:

11)  Sports

a)      Rodney Fort: http://www.rodneyfort.com/SportsData/BizFrame.htm

b)      John Vrooman: http://www.vanderbilt.edu/Econ/faculty/Vrooman/sports.htm

c)      cMax:

i)        MLB: http://cmaxxsports.com/Misc/MLBResources.html

ii)       NBA: http://cmaxxsports.com/Misc/NBAResources.html

iii)     NFL: http://cmaxxsports.com/Misc/NFLResources.html

iv)     NCAA: http://cmaxxsports.com/Misc/NCAAResources.html

v)      Forbes Valuations: http://cmaxxsports.com/Misc/ForbesResources.html

12)  Taxation and Income Inequality

a)      Tax Policy Center: http://slfdqs.taxpolicycenter.org/

b)      World Tax Database: http://www.bus.umich.edu/otpr/otpr/default.asp

c)      Top Incomes Database: http://g-mond.parisschoolofeconomics.eu/topincomes/

d)      OECD data

i)        Cara McDaniel: http://www.caramcdaniel.com/researchpapers

ii)       Peter Lindert: http://lindert.econ.ucdavis.edu/index.cfm?employeeid=17&currentNav=2

e)      Collecting Taxes: http://www.fiscalreform.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=759&Itemid=134

f)        World Income Inequality databases:

i)        UNU-WIDER: http://www.wider.unu.edu/research/Database/en_GB/database/

ii)       Solt’s Standardized Database: http://www.siuc.edu/~fsolt/swiid/swiid.html

13)  Trade

a)      IRS Tax Stats: http://www.irs.gov/taxstats/

b)      International Trade Commission: http://www.usitc.gov/

c)      ITC trade and tariff database: http://dataweb.usitc.gov/

d)      International trade Data System: http://www.itds.gov/

e)      Foreign Trade: http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/

f)        World Trade Organization: http://www.wto.org/english/res_e/statis_e/statis_e.htm

14)  Transportation

a)      Department of Transportation: http://www.dot.gov/

b)      FAA: http://www.faa.gov/data_research/

c)      Bureau of Transportation Statistics: www.bts.gov

d)      Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS) (CA 2001 - 2010): http://www.chp.ca.gov/switrs/

e)      BTA/Airlines - Database Directory: http://www.transtats.bts.gov/DataIndex.asp

i)      Transtats Homepage: http://www.transtats.bts.gov/homepage.asp

ii)      Airline Information: http://www.bts.gov/programs/airline_information/

iii)      Origin and Destination Survey (10% Sample): http://www.transtats.bts.gov/DatabaseInfo.asp?DB_ID=125&DB_Short_Name=Origin%20and%20Destination%20Survey&DB_Name=Airline%20Origin%20and%20Destination%20Survey%20%28DB1B%29&Link=0

f)      BTA/Freight: http://www.bts.gov/programs/freight_transportation/

g)      MIT's Airline Data Project: http://web.mit.edu/airlinedata/www/default.html

Questions or broken links: maxwellc@bc.edu