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ECONOMICS AND FINANCE LINKS
 

This page intents to provide links to pages that have some type of economic content and I have found usefull and interesting. I will keep adding links and try to organize this page, so I welcome all comments and suggestions.
 

General economic pages
I would suggest anyone to start his/hers search on economics through the WebEc which is a part of the NetEc group. WebEc is supported by the Economics Department at Helsinki University. One of the first general econ pages, very well-informed, searchable and easy to use. Another well-informed page is the "Resources for Economists on The Internet" compiled by Bill Goffe, Dept. of Economics and International Business University of Southern Mississippi. A very useful page on economics is the "Useful Information For Economists" page of the Department of Economics, University of Victoria . This page provides description of all links that contains. Another interesting general page, in point format, is the "Economics Information Sources, Resources for economists" compiled by Andrew and Judy Cameron @ U of Michigan.

International Institutions
The Europa Homepage gives you access to many interesting pages regarding the European union's policies, research, etc. Another interesting page is that of the United Nations. The World Bank has a nicely organized page giving access to its various departments. The World Trade Organization (WTO) has a very interesting page with some emphasis on economic research. The publications of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) are also available.

Lists of Universities
There is a number of Universities lists available. However, I have only had to use one. This is the "College and University Home Pages - Geographical Listing" compiled by Christina DeMello. The site lists Universities and Colleges in U.S., Canada as well as another 70-80 countries around the world. However, there are lists of Economic departments if you want to get directly there. Christian Zimmerman's list of Economics Departments, Institutes and Research Centers, and Lief Bluck and David Giles's list Economics Departments on WWW from the University of Victoria Economics Department are the most informed and both coming from Canada (however, don't try to find Canadian colleges or university collegies through these lists).

My Research Interests and the Net:
Industrial Organization, Regulatory Economics
Visit the Industrial Organization section of EconWPA to find some working papers in the area. A related subject area is networks and you can visit Nicholas Economidis page on the topic. There is the Centre for Industrial Economics coming from Denmark. You can check Steve Berry's I/O resources on the net.
Game theory
Paul Walker has compiled a short history of game theory.
Competition Policy
The Antitrust Policy page avery well organized page, offering a wide variety of resources on competition policy as well as discussion on actual cases. On the Canadian side,you can visit the home of the Competition Tribunal and the Bureau of Competition Policy. The Canadian Competition Policy Page supported by Pacific at UBC, offers a variety of links. The Canadian Bar Association has a page on Competition Law as well as there is the Canadian Antitrust Law page coming from McMillan Binch Barristers and Solicitors.
Environmental Economics
There is the Best environmental directories offering a huge list of environmental-related sites. Not all economic-related but some very usefull. The Association of Environmental and Resource Economists AERE home page contains a history of the association and the voluntary membership directory. You can visit the European Union nature conservation legislation to have a view at EU's nature conservation legislation. You can visit the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists EAERE. Their home page is hosted in FEEM's home page. FEEM is located in Milano, Italy and its page is worth visitng for a number of reasons, among which getting the abstracts of its very good working paper series on environmental and resource issues. Another institute that also offers abstracts of its working papers on environmental economics is GREEN. GREEN is in Quebec city. You can visit the Centre for Economic and Social Studies for the Environment (CESSE) @ Université Libre de Bruxelles. You can express your opinion on issues that make you worry, burn -- or act at Environmental Forum.

Publishers
Most of the publishing houses are out on the Internet right now. Following are some of them that I used over time.
McGraw-Hill College Division
Blackwell Publishers Homepage - Journals
Springer Wien New York
The MIT Press Home Page
BLACKWELL Economics Articles Index
Elsevier/North-Holland
Kluwer Academic Publishers Home Page
Welcome to Richard D. Irwin

Internet Resources for Basic Economic 

Internet Resources for B.C. Economy 

Internet Resources for Business Economics 

Internet Resources for Cost Benefit Analysis 

Cost/Benefit in Environmental Studies: Slide Show

Internet Resources for Environmental Economics 

Internet Resources for Finance

    Finance Sites

Internet Resources for Forecasting 

Internet Resources for International Economics 

Internet Resources for Industrial Economics 

Internet Resources for Macreconomics 

MACROECONOMICS


    Introduction to Macroeconomics 
    The author of the following article, J. Fallows, from the Atlantic Monthly examines and compares the North American and Asian macroeconomic system and policy objectives. 
  • What Is an Economy For?
    The next site provides a brief introduction to the major schools of economic thought and the biography of major economists. 
  • Major Schools of Economic Theory
    The following Statistics Canada site provides up to date information on the Canadian Economy. Statistics on Canada’s economic conditions, international trade, and industries.
    Current Canadian Economic Conditions

    Gross Domestic Product 
    Statistics Canada provides information on the market value of all goods and services produced domestically in a given year as well as the distribution of income among factors of production.  
  • Canadian GDP at market prices: Expenditure and Income
    The world bank has has developed a new measure of a nation’s wealth. The new measure includes social and environmental dimensions instead of using only the traditional GDP measure. Read more about it: 

    Inflation

    Statistics Canada provides recent information on the inflation rate as measured by the consumer price index. 
     

  • Inflation Rate in Canada
  • Does the CPI seriously overstate the true increase in the cost of living? What factors affect the upward and downward bias in the CPI? If the CPI overstates the inflation rate should the government reduce payouts and ease the path of deficit reduction? Click below and find out the answers: 
     

  • The Inflated Case Against the CPI by D. Baker
  • Paul Krugman, in the following article argues that monetary policy of either a zero inflation policy or the opposite of a fast growth policy should be rejected. He proposes a shibboleth-free policy: 
     

  • Stable Prices and Fast Growth by P. Krugman
  • The following article meaures the cost of maintaining a zero inflation rate policy at a 1 to 3% percent permanent drop in employment 
     

  • Low inflation or No Inflation: Should the Federal Reserve Pursue Complete Price Stability? by G. Akerlof, W Dickens and G. Perry
  • The following brief from Davies, Glyn book “A history of money from ancient times to the present day” discusses several episodes of inflation occuring in the past and identifies several causes. 
     

  • Quantity versus Quality of Money by G. Davies

    Unemployment 

    Statistics Canada provides recent information on the unemployment, employment and partcipation rate in the following internet site 
     

  • Unemployment, Employment and Participation Rate in Canada
  • R. Topel, is providing a few reasons why the natural rate of unemployment has been increasing in U.S.. He claims that the unemployment is now an “unskilled” phenomenon. 
     

  • Why the Natural Rate of Unemployment has Risen? by R. Topel
  • Eisner, argues that there is no foundation for the economic reasoning that low unemployment rates endanger intensifying inflation. His alternative model is consistent with both low unemployment and inflation. 
     

  • Our NAIRU Limit by R. Eisner
  • Gross world income per capita has increased by about twenty percent while per capita employment dropped by one percent over the last two decades. Even though this job-less growth occurs some people have too little time, while others have too much time at their disposal. How should society allocate time? Explore the time dimension with R. Gilman and J. Smith 
     

  • A New Relationship with Time by R. Gilman and Wasted Time, Wastd Wealth by J.W. Smith

    Economic Growth
    Today, the income gap between the richest and poorest nations is roughly 60 to 1. This ratio is also consistent within a nation between the richest and poorest individuals. Read more about the socioeconomic impact of population growth in the following article: 

    From the Facing the Future Organization: 
     

  • Economic and Social Impacts of Population Growth
  • Want to find out what time it is? Is our society encountering ecological limits? What alterations need to be established in areas of technology, industrial output and population in order to move our system to a sustainable future? What type of regulations will lead to a sustainable development? Views from R. Gilman: 
     

  • Limits to Economic Growth

    Money, Banking and Monetary Policy
  • Canadian Money Market Indicators
  • If your interested in figuring out what is money, the functions of money, causes of the development of money, forms of money, the invention of banking and coinage, Greek coinage, money exchange and credit transfer, the monopoly of minting, and the relationship between money and warfare, then click below: 
     

  • Origins of Money and of Banking by G. Davies
  • "Just as fiat money replaced specie-backed paper currencies, electronically initiated debits and credits will become the dominant payment modes, creating the potential for private money to compete with government-issued currencies." Jerry L. Jordan, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

  • The Future of Money in the Information Age: Papers presented at the Cato Institute, May 23, 1996
  • Monetary policy and management of Debt from the Central Bank’s prospective. Check out the inflation control targets set by the monetary authority.  
     

  • Monetary Policy and Debt Management from the Bank of Canada
  • The strongest proponent of monetarism and free markets, Milton Friedman, is interviewed on his ideas about government intervention, the role of the federal reserve bank, inflation, deposit insurance policy, monetary unions, the New School of Classical Economics, and the unsolved economic problems of the day. 
     

  • Interview with Milton Friedman

    Major Macroeconomic Theories 

    What does Newtonian Physics have to do with Classical Economics? Relativity Theory and Monetary Economics? Curious? Click below and find out: 
     

  • Keynes, Einstein and Scientific Revolution by J. Galbraith
  • The Region of the Federal Reserve of Minneapolis decided to interview Adam Smith the architect of modern economics. However, interviewing Mr. Smith is bit of a problem as we all are aware. To solve the problem The Region, asked an expert, Professor E. West, to serve as a medium: 
     

  • Interview with Adam Smith 


    The Great Depression 

    The following site provides a chronological order of events taking place during the prosperous 20s and the Great Depression era.  
     

  • Timelines of the Great Depression 
  • Gary H. Stern, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, reviews, provides alternative explanations and recommends policies in order to avoid the economic instability of the Great Depression. 
     

  • Achieving Economic Stability: Lessons from the Crash of 1929 

    Economic Policy Debates  

    The following three economists argue that certain markets cannot allocate resources efficiently and sometimes government intervention is needed. Find out what they think about how economic policy should be conducted. 
     

  • K. Arrow, J. Galbraith and J. Tobin
  • The next three economists give a different view on economic policy. They belong to the new classical economic school of thought. All three advocate for minimal government intervention to smooth the business cycles. 
     

  • Robert Lucas , Thomas Sargent and E. Prerscott
  • Monetary policy and economic objectives directly from previous Board of Governers of the U.S. Federal Reserve. 
     

  • P. Volcker, A. Blinder and J. Yellen
  • What does Rational Expectation mean? What role do these expectations have in decision making? In designing Economic Policy? The following article provides some views from a New Classical Prospective. 

    Rational Expectation and Economic Policy, by C. Nelson


    The following article compares and contrasts floating and fixed exchange rate regimes. The authors conclude that fixing exchange rates provides benefits in terms of eliminating exchange rate uncertainty that exceed the costs of coordinating monetary policies. 
     
  • A Case for Fixing Exchange Rates by A. Rolnick and W. Weber
  • Two famous international institutions with valuable information 
     

  • International Monetary Fund and the World Bank

    Budget Deficit and National Debt 

    Information on the 1997 federal budget and the deficit from CBC newsworld: 
     

  • The Federal Budget 1997
  • Click below and see our debt clock but do not forget that there is also a GDP clock working at the same time 
     

  • The National Debt Clock
  • Economists' Statement opposing a Balance Budget Amendment 
     

  • Balancing the Budget 

Economic Magazines on the Internet
Internet Resources for Microeconomics 
Internet Resources for Money and Banking 
Internet Resources for Public Economics