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Research Paper: Literature Review, Data Sources
Your assignment is a "Literature Review," using scholarly or peer-reviewed journal articles to get the views of academic economists or other professionals on the subject. You must also find quantitative data sources to support arguments you make in support of your thesis. Use the tabs above in this guide to find helpful sources and suggestions on how to use them.
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Background Information in Economics: Encyclopedias
Use these specialized topical sources to review concepts, in the early stages of research for topic selection, to find additional sources on a topic, etc.
New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics Online
Palgraves is the premier subject encyclopedia for the field. You will find it useful for getting definitive explanations of economic concepts, browsing for research paper topic selection, and locating additional sources for further reading from the article bibliographies. Covers all aspects of the field, including micro and macroeconomics, economic history, econometrics, international, urban, financial, monetary, public, and theoretical economics.
A Financial History of Modern U.S. Corporate Scandals from Enron to Reform
Includes an examination of the collapse of the Enron Corporation and other financial scandals that arose in the wake of the market downturn of 2000, examines the SEC's full disclosure system in corporate governance and the role of accountants in that system, chronicles numerous scandals, and covers the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.
A Financial History of the United States (2002; e-book)
Vol. I: From Christopher Columbus to the Robber Barons (1492-1900)
Vol. II: From J.P. Morgan to the Institutional Investor (1900-1970)
Vol. III: From the Age of Derivatives into the New Millennium (1970-2001)
The Blackwell Companion to the Economics of Housing: The Housing Wealth of Nations
Explores issues including volatility of home prices and the implications of such ‘booms and busts’ for the wider economy; the puzzling link between housing wealth and consumption; innovations in mortgage markets including sub-prime and the crisis it precipitated; the changing face of housing risk; and the challenge of mitigation.
An Encyclopedia of Macroeconomics
A reference source on macroeconomics, including definitions of terms and concepts, conflicting ideological approaches, and the contributions of major thinkers.
Guide to Economic Indicators
Provides access to current and reliable data on the major statistical measures of the U.S. economy, plus explanations of the meaning, use, and availability of macroeconomic indicators.
Handbook of Financial Intermediation and Banking
Treatments of the major financial markets, competition, and regulation.
Handbook of International Trade (Wiley)
This volume explores theories, policies, & issues in the field of International Trade. The chapters focus on four important areas: factor proportions theory, trade policy, investment, and new trade theory. Covers such topics as the Heckscher-Ohlin Trade Model and the Stolper-Samuelson Price Link, wages, antidumping, etc.
Handbook of International Trade: Economic and Legal Analyses of Trade Policy and Institutions (Wiley)
This 2nd volume focuses on the economic and legal analysis of international laws and institutions as they impact trade. Addresses central issues including labor, environmental rights, preferential trade agreements, antitrust policy, patent rights, antidumping, trade liberalization, and foreign direct investment.
Princeton Encyclopedia of the World Economy
Explains the key elements of the world economy with entries covering a wide range of topics in international trade, finance, production, and economic development.
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