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Economic Indicators

Economic Indicators Social sciences Reference Reviews Volume 31 · Number 1 · 2017 · 15-21 subject encyclopaedias, are included in this goods (wood, nonmetallic, primary and fabricated), resource. metals, all sorts of machinery, followed by detailed Barbara J. Mann information about nondurable goods (food, beverage Head Librarian, Reese Library, University and textiles), as well as commodities. Increases, Libraries, Georgia Regents University, decreases, seasonally adjusted numbers are all here. A Augusta, Georgia, USA tab allows users to study the calendar of data releases. All libraries that serve business, economics or RR 2017/008 political science scholars should make this resource readily available. Kellian Clink United States Census Bureau Reference Librarian, Minnesota State University Washington, DC Mankato, Mankato, Minnesota, USA URL: www.census.gov/economic-indicators/ Last visited August 2016 RR 2017/009 Gratis Economic Policy Institute Keywords Economic trends, Statistics, United States of America Washington, DC Review DOI 10.1108/RR-08-2016-0212 URL: www.epi.org/ Last visited August 2016 While numerical data can seem dry, it is what drives Gratis decision-making by policymakers that respond to and act on individuals’ lives. The US Census Bureau’s Keywords Standard of living, Statistics, Economic Indicators is the enumeration of United States of America homeownership, manufactured goods, wholesale Review DOI 10.1108/RR-08-2016-0199 inventories and international trade, amongst others. Scholars needing to understand economic trends The Economic Policy Institute (EPI) studies public come here or sign up for RSS feeds or email updates policy that impacts low- and middle-income working to get this important intelligence. Americans. They believe that “every working person The user can glance at the economic picture of deserves a good job with fair pay, affordable health America by just viewing the first page. With icons care, and retirement security”. To that end, they do and words, the topics are articulated, then the release research on issues that include living standards, date of the latest report and a brief statistic that reveal public investment and trade and globalization that a quick increase or decrease in retail inventories, they present to policymakers at the national, state construction spending and rental vacancies rates, to and local levels. This site provides the most current name but a few, in reverse chronological order. It is analysis of the interplay between big picture policy easy to click on the historical studies from this first issues and the resulting living conditions of average page, as well. The Time Series/Time Charts link citizens. The works of the EPI are quoted in tens of takes the user to a place to choose the range of thousands of articles, books and dissertations. years, the survey, and one item from the survey (if The tab labelled Areas of Research takes the you like), and the geographic level. For example, user to 16 broad areas such as minimum wage, choose housing vacancies, 2008-2016, Northeast, inequality and poverty, and trade and and retrieve a document, or an Excel file, a bar globalization. Below these broad topics are links chart or a line chart. From this page, tabs take the to about 100 narrower topics, from carbon tax user to search boxes to look by state, metro areas, to Ferguson to young workers. Clicking on trade counties, cities or zip codes. It is easy to see the agreements leads to a number of different blog number of permits granted and any subsets of the pieces, reports and economic snapshots, many of indicators (by units or valuation) in cities by them about the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The month or by annual enumerations. blog pieces link out to significant reports, such While difficult, perhaps, to discern the meaning of as, in one instance, a report from the the numbers, a quick search of the Wall Street Journal International Trade Commission, a Center for on the Bureau’s Economic Indicators and the keyword Economic and Policy Research paper and an reliability yields many articles noting that these are Economic Policy Institute Briefing Paper. the most reliable indicators of how the economy is Another link takes the user directly to waxing and waning, if not how the numbers are publications. The default view is a listing of all impacting individual lives. The user can look at a publications starting with the most recent (on the day brief report or by clicking on the Excel icon yield the I searched, there were several items from the past same report with pages of detailed data. For example, week, including one report, one economic snapshot, searching for Full Report on Manufacturers’ one news item and a policy memo). One of the items Shipments, Inventories and Orders, the Excel sheet is a commentary of a recently released report from has eight pages with very detailed data on durable the Bureau of Labor Statistics on state http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Reference Reviews Emerald Publishing

Economic Indicators

Reference Reviews , Volume 31 (1): 1 – Jan 16, 2017

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Social sciences Reference Reviews Volume 31 · Number 1 · 2017 · 15-21 subject encyclopaedias, are included in this goods (wood, nonmetallic, primary and fabricated), resource. metals, all sorts of machinery, followed by detailed Barbara J. Mann information about nondurable goods (food, beverage Head Librarian, Reese Library, University and textiles), as well as commodities. Increases, Libraries, Georgia Regents University, decreases, seasonally adjusted numbers are all here. A Augusta, Georgia, USA tab allows users to study the calendar of data releases. All libraries that serve business, economics or RR 2017/008 political science scholars should make this resource readily available. Kellian Clink United States Census Bureau Reference Librarian, Minnesota State University Washington, DC Mankato, Mankato, Minnesota, USA URL: www.census.gov/economic-indicators/ Last visited August 2016 RR 2017/009 Gratis Economic Policy Institute Keywords Economic trends, Statistics, United States of America Washington, DC Review DOI 10.1108/RR-08-2016-0212 URL: www.epi.org/ Last visited August 2016 While numerical data can seem dry, it is what drives Gratis decision-making by policymakers that respond to and act on individuals’ lives. The US Census Bureau’s Keywords Standard of living, Statistics, Economic Indicators is the enumeration of United States of America homeownership, manufactured goods, wholesale Review DOI 10.1108/RR-08-2016-0199 inventories and international trade, amongst others. Scholars needing to understand economic trends The Economic Policy Institute (EPI) studies public come here or sign up for RSS feeds or email updates policy that impacts low- and middle-income working to get this important intelligence. Americans. They believe that “every working person The user can glance at the economic picture of deserves a good job with fair pay, affordable health America by just viewing the first page. With icons care, and retirement security”. To that end, they do and words, the topics are articulated, then the release research on issues that include living standards, date of the latest report and a brief statistic that reveal public investment and trade and globalization that a quick increase or decrease in retail inventories, they present to policymakers at the national, state construction spending and rental vacancies rates, to and local levels. This site provides the most current name but a few, in reverse chronological order. It is analysis of the interplay between big picture policy easy to click on the historical studies from this first issues and the resulting living conditions of average page, as well. The Time Series/Time Charts link citizens. The works of the EPI are quoted in tens of takes the user to a place to choose the range of thousands of articles, books and dissertations. years, the survey, and one item from the survey (if The tab labelled Areas of Research takes the you like), and the geographic level. For example, user to 16 broad areas such as minimum wage, choose housing vacancies, 2008-2016, Northeast, inequality and poverty, and trade and and retrieve a document, or an Excel file, a bar globalization. Below these broad topics are links chart or a line chart. From this page, tabs take the to about 100 narrower topics, from carbon tax user to search boxes to look by state, metro areas, to Ferguson to young workers. Clicking on trade counties, cities or zip codes. It is easy to see the agreements leads to a number of different blog number of permits granted and any subsets of the pieces, reports and economic snapshots, many of indicators (by units or valuation) in cities by them about the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The month or by annual enumerations. blog pieces link out to significant reports, such While difficult, perhaps, to discern the meaning of as, in one instance, a report from the the numbers, a quick search of the Wall Street Journal International Trade Commission, a Center for on the Bureau’s Economic Indicators and the keyword Economic and Policy Research paper and an reliability yields many articles noting that these are Economic Policy Institute Briefing Paper. the most reliable indicators of how the economy is Another link takes the user directly to waxing and waning, if not how the numbers are publications. The default view is a listing of all impacting individual lives. The user can look at a publications starting with the most recent (on the day brief report or by clicking on the Excel icon yield the I searched, there were several items from the past same report with pages of detailed data. For example, week, including one report, one economic snapshot, searching for Full Report on Manufacturers’ one news item and a policy memo). One of the items Shipments, Inventories and Orders, the Excel sheet is a commentary of a recently released report from has eight pages with very detailed data on durable the Bureau of Labor Statistics on state

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