Archive-name: econ-resources-faq
Sci-econ-research-archive-name: econ-resources-faq
Last-modified 1993/10/26
Version: 3


                        Bill Goffe

        Dept. of Economics and International Business
             University of Southern Mississippi
                   Hattiesburg, MS 39406

                      October 26, 1993

                     TABLE OF CONTENTS

*      A. Economic Bulletin Board (EBB)
*      B. EconData
       C. New England Electronic Economic Data Center (NEEEDc)
       A. Luxembourg Income Study (LIS)
       B. National Archives Center for Electronic Records
       C. Social Security Administration (OSS-IS)
+      D. FedWorld
+      E. Public Domain Financial Data
+      F. Census
+      G. EDGAR
*      A. NetEc (BibEc & WoPEc)
*      B. Working Paper Archive (Wash. Univ., St. Louis)
+      C. Feminist Economists Discussion Group Archive
*      A. Economics Gopher at Sam Houston State University
       B. Computational Economics Gopher
       C. ClioNet (Cliometric Society)
*      D. National Bureau of Economic Research Gopher
       E. Academe This Week (Chronicle of Higher Education)
+      F. Washington Univ. at St. Louis Econ. Dept.
+      G. RiceInfo
+      H. University of Michigan Economics Dre
+      I. Communications for a Sustainable Future
+      J. SunSITE
+      B. Library of Congress
*      A. Netlib
       B. Statlib
*      C. Univ. of Illinois at Chicago Statistical Library
*      A. Iowa Electronic Markets


   This is my third stab at this document. I am very interested
   in any corrections, suggestions, omissions, and hints anyone
   might ha Hopefully, a refined version will be appearing in
   The Journal of Economic Perspectives along with a description of
   the Internet and the tools used to access it. Thus, any
   suggestions you might have may reach a large audience.

   While relatively few economists use the Internet, there is a
   surprising amount of very useful information on it. For instance,
   there are two very extensive sets of macro data, a bibliography
   of some 20,000 working papers in economics, household surveys
*  from 21 countries, three interactive electronic markets, 34 maili
*  lists and two Usenet newsgroups. By the end of this year, it should
*  include the SEC EDGAR database.

   I apologize for any crosslistings. However, it appears that
   economists use many different lists, so to reach the broadest
   audience, crosspostings are unavoidable.

   Some of the information is not as complete as I would wish.
   Further, some of the resources I have not investigated
   thoroughly and I cannot vouch for them. While I catalog many
   mailing lists, I have little information about the volume and
   types of discussions.

   Most of the resources I was able to find deal with the United
   States. Leads on information on other countries would be

+  I would like to acknowledge many ple who have commented and
+  made suggestioon previous versions of this document. Without
+  their help, there would be fewer resources listed and the existing
+  descriptions would be more difficult to read.

    - Items in " " are typed directly as commands.

-nless otherwise stated, FTP means anonymous FTP.

    - I give directions for gopher in what I call direct and
      indirect methods. Some gopher client software allows you
      to "point" at a gopher site (the direct method), while other
      software does not, soou have to navigate through
      gopherspace (the indirect method). With the indirect
      method, you must first find the gopher directory devoted
      to what is usually titled "Other Gophers" (generally in the
      top or next to top menu).

    - Many of the gophers devoted to economics are interconnected;
      no mention is made of this below since it would take a lot
      of space to say who is connected to whom. The gophers at Sam
      Houston State University, the Economics Department at
      Washington University in St. Louis and RiceInfo seem to have
      the great neof interconnections.

*   - For both gophers and anonymous FTP sites, the location is
*     given as host:directory. Thus, in the directions for EconData,
*    u'll see the FTP site given as
*     This means that you do an anonymous ftp to and
*     change to the /info/EconData directory (be sure to preserve
*     case when typing).

*   - Information about compressed files, converting binary files
*     to text so they can be emailed and converted back to binary,
*     and locations on gopher software can be found in the section

*     This document, and its successors, can be found in
*     several places. They include, via ftp,
* and, via
*     gopher, at the Economics Working Paper Archive at
*     Washington University at St. Louis and the Economics
*     Gopher at Sam Houston State University. Finally, I'd be
*     happy to send it out via email to all who request it.


+     New resources in this draft are denoted with a + in the first
+     column, while changes to resources metioned previously are denoted
+     with a * in the first column.


*  A. Economic Bulletin Board (EBB)

      This service is an outgrowth of a dial-up bulletin board
      offered by the U.S. Department of Commerce. It contains
      more than 2,000 files from the Departments of Commerce,
      Labor and Treasury, the Federal Reserve and other agencies.
      The EBB is currently offered on thenrnet in two places.
      The first is a telnet interface to the EBB at the Department
      of Commerce, and the second is at a library gopher at the
      University of Michigan.

      EBB at the Commerce Department

*     This resource began charging for their services on Oct. 1.
*     Charges for Internet telnet access follow.
*       Timed Charges:
*         Annual subscription fee     $45
*         Credit for connect charges  $20
*         8AM - noon (Eastern)        $24/hour
*         noon - 6PM                  $18/hour
*         6PM - 8AM (& holidays,       $6/hour
*                    weekends)
*       Flat Fees
*         Up to 1 hour/day           $250/year
*         Up to 4 hours/day          $400/year

      The current telent interface is basically that used for the dial-
      up bulletin board. Thus, one must capture on the information
      from the screen or use a bulletin board type download (such
    rmit). I have not tried the later and can offer no advice.
      To capture all screen data on a Unix system, one can do
      "telnet | tee"
      where tee takes the screen data and places it in the file

*     FTP and gopher access may be available at this time; plans
*     were to charge by the amount transferred.

*     Limited guest accounts are available, use "gu"s the
*     password. You are limited to 20 minutes of connection time
*     and not all files are available.

      Most information is in four areas: the bulletin system (which
      describes how to use the system), the file system (which
      contains files), the trade promotion system,and the utilities
      system (which sets passwords, terminal types, etc.) Basic
      information on the system can be found in the bulletin system
      (entered by typing "B") under "3", while a listing of files can
      be found in the file listing system (entered by typing "L")
      under 17.

      Data comes in several formats. Some comes in DOS self
      extracting files, some in .PRN (so it can be used in
      spreadsheets or software that can import spreadsheet data),
      and some in a specialized format.


      EBB at the University of Michigan Library Gopher

      The University manually downloads files daily from the dial-
      up EBB. It is said to contain 700 files; I have no information
      on the different numbers of files contained by the two
      versions of the EBB. Information on file formats and the
      system in general can be found under the heading "Current
      Business Statistics" and "EBB and Agency Information and
      misc. files." As with the Commerce Department location,
      data comes in several different forms. A convenient listing of
      all directories for the EBB can be found in a file called
      "Contents of the Ulibrary Gopher" at the "University of
      Michigan Libraries" (described below).

      One good educational use of this gopher is recent press
      releases concerning economic statistics. I frequently use
      it just before class to check the most recent numbers.

      The directory directly above EBB at the University of Michigan
      contains a variety of useful information.

      TELNET: (login as "gopher" and move
              to /Social Science Resources/Economics)
      GOPHER (direct): /socsci/Economics
      GOPHER (indirect): USA/Michigan/University of Michigan
             Libraries/Social Science Resources/Economics

*  B. EconData

      This database, collected by INFORUM, a project building an
      inter-industry model of the U.S. economy, processes a wide
      variety of macro data and places it in a common format. Data
      includes the National Income and Product Accounts, balance
      of payments, flow of funds, CPI, PPI, the Penn World Trade
      Tables (permission needed), International Financial Statistics
      (if your organization is a member of the Inter-University
      Consortium for Political and Social Research), blue pages
      from the Survey of Current Business, and state and local data
      including employment, earnings, GSP and state personal

      The data is accessed by programs (only for Pcs) provided by
      this project and it can easily be output to ASCII or into a
      spreadsheet format. The data is also compressed with pkzip,
      and they provide this and similar programs as well.

      For introductory information, see "Instruction/contents.doc"
      and "Instructions/guide.doc".

      The program that retrieves data (PDG) is relatively
*     straightforward, but let me add my own experiences. First,
*     you may need to change the path to the help files in the
*     g.cfg file.  Assuming that you're in a directory with one
      of the unzipped data files, start the program by typing
      "pdg". Then, a return will allow you to start normally.
      The command "look" allows one to survey the data in that
      file (additional commands are found on the bottom of the
      screen that allow you to print the data to the screen or
      graph it). One leaves the look command with an escape. To
      print the data to an external file in columns, use the
      "matty" command.  After typing "matty" and the full file
      name you choose, you'll be prompted for the series names
      that can be obtained with "look". Don't separate series
      names with commas and be sure to end the command with a
      semicolon. The output of matty lists dates in the first
      column, but you'll need to modify the fractions used to
*     denote months and quarters. Finally, you can easily plot
*     data to the screen to get an approximate idea of what it
*     looks like.

      TELNET: (login as "gopher" and move to
              /Educational Resources/Economic Data)
      GOPHER (direct):
             Resources/Economic Data
      GOPHER (indirect): USA/Maryland/University of Maryland
             /Resources/Economic Data

   C. New England Electronic Economic Data Center (NEEEDc)

      This database specializes in data on the New England
      economy. It carries all historical data published in the
      Federal Reserve Bank of Boston's New England Economic
      Indicators (some 90 vables from 1969 for all states and
      some metropolitan areas) and GSP data for the New England
      area from the Bureau of Economic Analysis. The data is in
      .PRN format, so it can be read directly by Lotus or

      INFORMATION:  Jim Breece (


   A. Luxembourg Income Study (LIS)

      This project brings together 66 household surveys from 21
      countries into a common database to make studies of
      international economic comparisons easier. For instance,
      it includes Current Population Surveys from the U.S.,
      French Surveys of Income, and a Hungarian Income Study.
      The average survey has approximately 9,000 households with
      more than 20,000 members. To maintain confidentiality and
      restrictions on use, the data remains on the host computer
      in Luxembourg and researchers run jobs remotely on that
      system through electronic mail. Users must first register
      to use the database.

      They also have an annual database of 100 macro indicators
      available on floppy disks to put the household surveys in
      context. This database also contains rules on taxes and
      transfers in each country to make international comparison
      mengf.      The datasets are well documented, and workshops and
      newsletters help the researcher to use this complex

      INFORMATION: Tim Smeeding (smeeding@suvm.bitnet)
                   Caroline de Tombeur (eplisjr@luxcep11.bitnet)

   B. National Archives Center for Electronic Records

      The National Archives has a branch devoted to the storage
      of electronic records from many federal entities. Of
      interest to economists are records from the Bureaus of the
      Census, Economic Analysis, and Labor Statistics, the Civil
      Aeronautics Board, Department of Transportation, IRS, SEC,
      and Social Security Administration. While the records are
      not available over the Internet (at least not yet),
      detailed information about them, including a listing of
      "data files" and ordering information for the data files
      (generally available only on 9-track tape reels or 3480
      tape cartridges) are available. Currently, some 6,200 data
      files out of more than 14,000 available are listed in a
      rapidly growing list. Some of the data files are old,
      while some are relatively recent. Some entities have only
      a small selectio ta, while for others, the listings
      are more complete.  Unfortunately, the tapes are
      relatively expensive at either $80.75 or $90.00 (depending
      upon the medium) with additional tapes at $24.50. One can
      hope that a less expensive on-line database is not too far
      in the future. Since a comprehensive list of files here is
      impossible, the interested researcher should examine
      them.  Much more information about this service can be
      found in the directory listed below.

           Directions: anonymous FTP, but press
           the return key for the password

   C. Social Security Administration (S-IS)

      The Social Security Administration Office Support System
      Information Server (OSS-IS) recently has placed their
      internal system on the Internet as an experiment. Data
      includes monthly benefits, current operating statistics,
      history of benefits paid and income datothe aged. Key
      files are "index" which describes the files available,
      and  "orsindex_txt," which describes files from the SSA's
      Office of Research and Statistics, which are likely to be
      of the most interest for economists. Using these files,
      one can fairly quickly locate the desired data.

      The e-mail interface comes from Netlib, so an introduction
      can be obtained by sending e-mail to the address listed
      below with "send index" in the body of the message. For
      FTP, the files "index" and "orsindex_txt" are available in
      the "pub" directory.


+  D. FedWorld
+     This site provides an entry-way from the Internet to many
+     U.S. Government Bulletin Board Systems (BBS) that one
+     usually contacts via a phone and modem. While there is
+     relatively little material directly related to economics
+     that cannot be obtained more directly, it is a useful
+     connection to many databases. Access is only through telnet.
+     TELNET: (new address; the old one is

+  E. Public Domain Financial Data
+     This site allows those with financial data they would like
+     to share to place it at a common site.  Thus, some caution
+     might be advised since the data may not be "official."
+     Details about this site can be found in the README file
+     and a list of the extensive set of files at this site can
+     be found in the file named "ls-lR".
+     FTP:

+  F. Census
+     A common site for U.S. and some Canadian Census
+     information is located at this gopher. This gopher
+     provides links to other gophers that actually contain the
+     data.  The material is not coordinated, so some searching
+     may be in order. I was particularly impressed with the
+     collection at the University of Missouri - they have data
+     for all U.S. counties and cities.
+     GOPHER (direct):
+                      by Subject Area/Census
+     GOPHER (indirect): USA/Texas/RiceInfo

+     This database, an expanding one, covers fillings by U.S.
+     public compan de to the SEC. It covers such things as
+     10K, 10Q, annual, and quarterly reports. In all, the SEC
+     receives 10 million pages a year of such data. Plans are
+     for 3,000 companies to file electronically into this
+     database by the end of this year, with all 15,000 companies
+     required to file with the SEC eventually required to file
+     into EDGAR.
+     Currently, this database is available through Mead Data in
+     either inconvenient locations or at very considerable
+     expense. By the end of this year (according to the New York
+     Times), it will be available at no cost over the Internet.
+     This service will be provided and funded by the NSF, the
+     NYU Stern School of Business, and Internet Multicasting
+     Service, run by Carl Malamud, an economist at the Board of
+     Governors.
+     While not yet available, such a resource stands to be an
+     extremely valuable resource for some economists. As more
+     information becomes available, I'll report it here.


*  A. NetEc

      This gopher site has two parts: BibEc, a bibliography of
      working papers in economics, and WoPEc, an electronic
      collection of working paper. BibEc includes some 20,000
      entries from 243 different working papers series. These
      series include those major of major universities and
      research institutions. Coverage dates from 1988, with the
      exception of NBER working papers (all are cove), D
  from 1981, and the Centre for Economic Policy Research in
      London from 1991. Searches can be made by keywords.  This is
      one of the most valuable resources for economists on the
*     Internet. Fethy Mili, a librarian at the University of
*     Montreal, is to be commended for entering the data, as is
*     Thomas Krichel, for making it available.

      WoPEc contains a collection of working papers, which can be
*     retrieved electronically.  All are Unix compressed PostScript
*     files.

*     Finally, the FTP site has the Backus and Kohoe data from
*     the AER, '92 (see the pub/NetEc/DatEc directory).

*     TELNET (login as "netec" and change to
      GOPHER (direct):
      GOPHER (indirect): Europe/United Kingdom/University of
*     FTP:

*  B. Working Paper Archive (econ-wp)

      This electronic archive of working papers in ecmics is
      set up by the Economics Department of Washington University
      in St. Louis. It uses software developed at Los Alamos
      National Laboratory, where literally thousands of working
      papers in physics are stored. This archive is best accessed
*     through gopher, although email and FTP access is possible as
*     well. Papers are grouped in 21 subject areas with abstracts
      and different methods of searching for papers are available.
*     Papers may be submitted in any format via e-mail and binary
*     files can be submitted via FTP. Currently, there are relatively
      few papers in the archive, but its ease of use should encourage
      more entries.

      The parent gopher, the gopher of the Economics Department of
      Washington University at St. Louis, contains a wealth of
*     interesting material. It is the next to last entry on econ-wp's

      TELNET: (login as "gopher")
      GOPHER (direct):
*     GOPHER (indirect): USA/Missouri/Washington University -
                         St. Louis/Washington University in
                         St. Louis Departmental Gopher Servers
                         /Economics Department/Economics
                         Working Paper Archive
             Directions: in the subject of the letter,
             "help" will obtain introductortion

+  C. Feminist Economists Discussion Group Archive
+     The mailing list of this group, described below, has an
+     archive of working papers, bibliographies and old
+     discussions. It is reached only via email. For an index of
+     material, send email to the listed site with "index
+     femecon-l" in the body of the letter, while "get femecon-l
+     guide", sent the same way, will list the services
+     available. Finally, "help" will cause a general guide to
+     using listserv to be sent to you.
+     EMAIL:

*  A. Economics Gopher at Sam Houston State University

      This gopher contains a variety of material that might be
      useful for teaching, such as summaries of the 1990 Census,
      the proposed U.S. budget for 1994, and the CIA World
      Factbook. Further, it contains an extensive of connections to
*     data sources and in particular to all other known economics
*     gophers. As a result, it is THE gopher one should search first.
* Itso includes a list of economists and their email addresses.
*     Finally, it has a very extensive collection of TeX information.

      GOPHER (direct):
      GOPHER (indirect):  USA/Texas/Sam Houston State

   B. Computational Economics Gopher

      This gopher is affiliated with the journal Computational
      Economics. It contains connections to other economics
      gophers, information on a few books and some working
      papers. It also contains information on submitting papers
      electronically to the journal.

 GOPHER (direct): Economics
      GOPHER (indirect): Europe/Netherlands/SARA/
                         Computational Economics

   C. ClioNet

      Sponsored by the Cliometric Society, this gopher contains
      information of interest to economic historians. It features an
      electronic directory of the memberships of a variety of business
      and economic history organizations.  It also contains a
      collection of more than 50 course syllabi from economic history
      courses, abstracts from Cliometric sessions at ASSA meetings, a
      list of papers presented at Cliometrics Conferences (1961-1993),
      and a growing set of historical data series. Early in 1993, the
      Society plans to create an expanded server with multiple topical
      listservs, "real time" conferences and expanded data sets. Thi     
seer will offer spial concentration on issues related to the
      historical economic impact on glal change.  (Sam Williamson,
      who runs ClioNet, kindly provided this description.)

      TELNET: (login as "gopher")
      GOPHER (direct):
      INFORMATION:  lliamson

*  D. National Bureau of Economic Research Gopher

      Currently, this gopher contains several things of
*     interest: the Penn World Trade Tables (versions 5 and
*     5.5), the Survey of Consumer Finance (which will fit on
*     three floppies), trade and immigration data from Abowd and
*     Freeman, and a list of NBER working papers and reprints
      (which must first be uudecoded then uncompressed; the
      ultimate size is some 2.5 megabytes). The later is also
      available at BibEc.

      One can only hope that someday NBER working papers will be
*     available here or at another working paper archive.

      TELNET: (login as "gopher")
      GOPHER (direct):

   E. Academe This Week

      This electronic version of the Chronicle of Higher
      Education is available via gopher. Perhaps the most useful
      item is the full listings of all job advertisements from
      the Chronicle, but it also summarizes the articles in the
      print version, and contains various miscellaneous items.

      GOPHER (direct):
      GOPHER (indirect): USA/General (also directly on more
                         than 60 university gophers)

+  F. Washington Univ. at St. Louis Econ. Dept.
+     This gopher is closely tied to the Working Paper Archive
+     at Washington Univ. It contains a number of links to other
+     useful gophers, both economic and of interest to economists,
+     such as the Federal Register, archives of mailing lists on
+     SAS and statistics, access to the UIC Stat archives (described
+     below) and many Internet resources.
+     GOPHER (direct): port 671
+     GOPHER (indirect): USA/Missouri/Washington University -
+                        St. Louis/Washington University in
+                        St. Louis Departmental Gopher Servers
+                        /Economics Department/Economics

+  G. RiceInfo
+     This gopher is part of a project to link together gopher materials
+     in a number of subject areas. One area of interest to economists
+     is a section titled "Economics and Business". While many other
+     economic gophers list roughly the same information, this may be
+     of interest. Note that this same gopher has substantial Census
+     information listed in another area (and described above).
+     GOPHER (direct):
+            by Subject Area/Economics and Business
+     GOPHER (indirect): USA/Texas/RiceInfo

+  H. University of Michigan Economics Department
+     This gopher is run by Hal Varian and Jeff MacKie-Mason and
+     it contains a variety of information, such as addresses of
+     economists (including email ones), some bibliographies,
+     data (particularly Dow-Jones and the U.S. Dept. of
+     Agriculture), errata to some Varian books and working
+     papers on the economics of the Internet.
+     GOPHER (direct):
+     GOPHER (indirect): USA/Michigan/University of Michigan
+                        Libraries/Other Gophers/University
+                        of Michigan/Economics Department

+  I. Communications foa Sustainable Future
+     This gopher contains two directories that might be of
+     interest: Post-Keynesian Thought and Economic Forum.
+     The former contains material of interest to researchers
+     in that field and the later is more general, but in the
+     general theme of this gopher. It contains a directory
+     titled "Dollars-and-Sense", but it is currently empty.
+     GOPHER (direct):
+     GOPHER (indirect): USA/Colorado/Communications for a
+                        Sustainable Future

+  J. SunSITE
+   This site (sponsored in part by Sun Microsystems) contains
+     current government documents that might be useful for policy
+     analysis. Examples include information on NAFTA, the
+     Administration's health care plan, White House Press Releases,
+     reinventing government, and the proposed federal budget. Most
+     of this material will be found in "Sunsite Archives" and others
+     in "US and World Politics", which is in "Sunsite Archives".
+     GOPHER (direct):
+     GOPHER (indirect): USA/North Carolina/University of North
+                        Carolina at Chapel Hill (Ogphre/SUNsite
+                        archives)
+     TELNET: (login as "gopher"; you may need
+                                  to supply your terminal type)


*  A. Research Libraries in General

      The most current list of libraries accessible over the Internet
*     is maintained by Billy Barron (who started it), Marie-Christine
*     Mahe, Lou Rosenfeld and Barry Bouwsma. It lists roughly 450
      such libraries.

      Note that many libraries can also be reached via gopher (typically
      under a title like "Libraries"). The following files describe how
      the libraries can be reached via telnet and the type of indexing
      software they use.

*     FTP: (see files "About-
*          Library-Guide" and "Instructions" and directory "")
*     GOPHER (direct): On-Line Catalogs
*     GOPHER (indirect): USA/Texas/University of Texas - Dallas

+  B. Library of Congress
+     The Library of Congress has set up a gopher that includes
+     a wealth of information, which includes their card
+     catalog. Theysf  tensive set of links to
+     other resources (the economics oriented ones are generally
+     described elsewhere here) and substantial information on
+     the U.S. Government, including Congress. It _appears_ one
+     can ushr photocopy service long distance.
+     GOPHER (direct):
+     GOPHER (indirect): USA/Washington DC/Library of Congress
+     TELNET: (login as "gopher")


*  A. Netlib

      Netlib is a numerical software library with approximately 50
      megabytes of code. The routines, mostly in Fortran, are
      generally of high quality (many were developed at U.S.
      national labs or by professional numerical analysts). Packages
      include Linpack, Eispack, and their new successor, Lapack.

*     Netlib is available via e-mail and FTP and even on some
*     economics gophers. For introductory material on Netlib,
      use the e-mail method by writing "send index" in the body
      of your message addressed to one of the sites listed
      below. You will receive an introduction to Netlib and its
      libraries and how to obtain routines from them.

      GOPHER: (described above)
              niord.shsud/ftGeways to Economics Information
              (described above)

*            (U.S.)      (U.S.)  (Europe)   (Pacific)

      E-MAIL:              (U.S.)      (U.S.)      (Europe)                (Europe)   (Pacific)

   B. Statlib

      Statlib is a system similar to Netlib (in fact, ises
      roughly the same software) for statistical software. Major
      holding include algorithms from Applied Statistics,
      numerous classic datasets (although few are economic),
      software for Minitab and S, and a variety of other
      software under a heading labeled "general."

  For the email interface, send the phrase "send index" in
      the body of your message.

      GOPHER (direct):
      GOPHER (indirect): USA/Pennsylvania/Statlib (also listed
                         directly on some gophers)

*  C. University of Illinois at Chicago Statistical Library
*     (UICSTAT)

      This statistics library contains a variety of software
      (much of it in SAS), but it lacks an up to date inx,
*     making searching it a bit difficult. However, an index
*     can be reached at the Washington Univ. Economics Gopher
*     (described above) undere heading "UIC Stat Archive"
*     and files can be transferred from there as well.

*     FTP:
           Directions: must do a "cd" to uicmv
           before a directory listing is shown
*     GOPHER: via Washington Univ. at St. Louis Econ. Dept.
*             (described above)
*     INFORMATION: Barry Grau (


*  A. Iowa Electronic Markets

      This service is run by the Accounting and Economics
      Departments of the University of Iowa. It currently
      consists of three electronic exchanges: the Iowa Earnings
      Market (which trades contracts on the EPS of five
      corporations), the Iowa Economic Indicators Market (which
      trades contracts on the CPI and the US$/Mexican peso
*     exchange rate), and one on the passage of NAFTA.  In the
      past, these departments ran the well known 1992 Iowa
      Political Stock Market, which traded contracts based on
      the outcoohe 1 Printi Election. The
      liquidation value of all contracts is determined by the
      value of the underlying fundamental on a set date.

      This excellent teaching tool is open only to university
      and college staff, faculty and students.  While the
      purpose is education and research, trades require actual
      money (f $5 to $500 may be invested). The developers
      feel that by using real money for trades, there is an
      increased motivation to learn about the underlying
      fundamentals.  There are no commissions or fees and
      trading is continuous.

      FTP: (Trader's Manual)
                   "               "    /q&a.txt (Short Introduction)
             Directions: mail addressed here will
             send the Trader's Manual to you.


*   Usenet is a decentralized discussion system running on
    tens of thousands of cooperating computers around the world
    (much of the traffic runs over the Internet). It covers
    almost 2,000 subjects in areas called newsgroups. The
    estimated number of readers ranges in the low millions and
    traffic each day is approaching 50 megabytes. Some mailing
    lists "mirror" Usenet newsgroups and vice-versa.

    In many ways, Usenet has it own culture and the new user is
    wise to read carefully before posting messages. The
    newsgroups news.announce.newusers and
    news.newusers.questions are for those new to Usenet. Since
    it runs on a variety of systems, consult your local site for
    information on how to access it.

         Newsgroup         Topic comp.soft-sys.spss     comp.soft-sys.shazam          Statistics and Edu (these groups
      sci.stat.math         Statistics and Math       |  are new and may
      sci.stat.consult      Statistics and            |  be hard to find)
      sci.math.stat         Statistics Discussion (may be eliminated
                                                   due to the new
                                                   sci.stat groups)
      sci.op-research       Operations Research
      sci.econ.research     in Economics (Moderated)
      sci.econ              Discussions in Economics (often
                            dominated by current political
                            economy questions; a good place for
                            economic education if you're

[   Mailing lists work as follows. Software on a computer run by
    the organizer (or moderator) of the list sends mail to all
    members of the list when it receives mail.  For obvious
    reasons, the term mail exploder is sometimes used for such
    software.  On some lists, the moderator will approve mail to
    be sent to all list members.  Thus, to send mail to all
    members, you need only write to one address: the list

+   When using a mailing list, please follow "netiquette:"
+   * Use a meaningful subject line. A subject of "help",
+     particularly when received by those on more than one
+     list, is not likely to elicit much of a response.
+   * If you're responding to a previous post, quote accordingly,
+     but judiciously. This helps put your comments in context,
+     yet avoids messages that are too long.
+   * Enclose a short note (or "signature") at the bottom with at
+     least your email address. Some mailing systems mangle the
+     information in the head with your address.
+   * If you have a response, consider responding directly via
+     email if you think no one on the list will be interested.
+   * Watch your temper. Email sometimes makes tempers flare. If
+     you think you should wait or tone down your note, you most
+     likely should.

    While not part of netiquette, the value of mailing lists
    should be approached like other many other sources of
    information, such as a newspaper or a journal. Much of the
    material may not be of interest, but occasionally something
    very useful may cross your path.

    #  Note that in ALL cases, you subscribe and unsubscribe from a   #
    #  list NOT by sending e-mail to the list itself (which means it  #
    #  goes to ALL the members of the list), but to some special      #
    #  address that deals with subscriptions. Sending mail to the     #
    #  list itself marks you as a novice who hasn't taken time to     #
    #  carefully read directions. It also irritates list members      #
    #  (numbering into the hundreds) who receive useless mail. One    #
    #  hint: when subscribing to a list, you'll receive information   #
    #  on how to unsubscribe. Keep it and use it.                     #

    The following is a list of e-mail discussion groups. I have
    organized the following mailing lists around the type of
    software (listserv, majordomo, mailserv, mailbase and
    Internet-style) used to run them so that directions can be
    put in one place.

    In general, I know little about these lists other than the
    fact that they exist (in fact, this list is basically an
    edited sion of the e-mail I received in acknowledgment
    when I subscribed to the lists).  Traffic varies; in fact,
    on some, it is very close to zero and on others, it vas   bstantially.
 Where I do know something more, I've added
    it beneath the name of the list and its address.


    To subscribe to a list run by listserv, send an e-mail
    message to LISTSERV@wherever, _NOT_ to the list itself. If
    you send mail to the list itself, it will be sent in turn to
    all members of the list. This, obviously, should be reserved
    for messages you want all members of the list  read and
    potentially respond to.

    For example, to subscribe tt CARECON, you'd send
    e-mail to LISTSERV@YORKVM1.BITNET (or

    In the body of your e-mail message, you should write the one
    line message:
    subscribe CARECON your name
    Note that your name is typically your first and last name.

    To cancel a subscription, use signoff list where list is the
    name of the list. Again, e-mail should be sent to listserv
    at the site that houses the list. Finally, help on these and
*   other commands can be obtained by sending a one line message
*   with "help" in it.

    Messages to the list itself should be sent to
    CARECON@YORKVM1.BITNET, for example. Any such message will
    be sent to all members of the list.

      List of  the Society  of Computational Economics
      Has a number of announcements of meetings and some
      calls for papers.

      List of the Faculty of Economics, University of Amsterdam, NL.

      Caribbean Economy

      Research in Economic Education

      A discussion of teaching and research in economic history

      Discussao sobre economia brasileira

      The Electronic Journal of Finance

      Economic Nonlinear Dynamics List

      Workshop on Information Systems Economics

      Eastern Europe Business Network

      Post-Keynesian Thought

      Community and Rural Economic Development Interests

      Economic Problems in Less Developed Countries

      Political Economy
      Pol-Econ@SHSU.BITNET (or
*     Discussions from Usenet's sci.econ.research are
*     "gatewayed" to this group.

      Labor Economics

      Gophers devoted on Economics
      Egopher@SHSU.BITNET (

      Business Libraries Discussion List
      Traffic is said to be heavy.

      Regional Science Information Exchange

*     Feminist Economics Discussion List

*     SAS Discussion
*     A high volume list that would appear
*     to be quite useful to SAS users.

*     SAS Public Access Consortium (deals with Census data)

*     PEN-L (Progressive  Economists Network)

*     MEMSNET  (Mineral Economics and Mgmt  Society)

*     Net-Happenings
*     While not related to economics, this list is a good
*     description to what is happening on the Internet. I
*     came across some items on this list here.


    Majordomo is another program that organizes mailing lists.
*   Commands for subscribing and unsubscribing are similar to
*   those used with a listserv except that thees n given
*   at the end of the subscription line. Further, rather than sending
    e-mail to listserv at the site that houses the list, it
    should be sent to

      Local Economic Development
      A rather philosophical list with fairly heavy traffic.

      Texts prepared by the Brazilian Institute of Social
      and Economic Analyses

*     RISKNet - Discussion of Risk and Insurance issues.


    When using a mailserv, requests for a subscription or canceling a
    subscription should be sent to mailserv@wherever. To subscribe, write
    subscribe list
    in the body of your note where list is the name of the list
    you wish to subscribe to. To cancel a subscription, use
    unsubscribe list

      International Political Economy


    When using a mailbase, send your e-mail to mailbase@wherever and use
    join list your name
    in the body of the text to join a list, and use
    leave list
    to c a scrii.   CTentre for Computing in Economics list for academic

*     Economic History E-mail Conference

*     Experimental Economics


    With Internet style lists, one sends requests to sign up and
    leave a list to the list maintainer. Simply add the suffix
*   "-request the list name and e-mail it.

      Teaching of Economics (not research in economic education)

+     Communications Privatization
+     This list discusses issues concerning the privatization of
+     the Internet. This is an area in which economists might have
+     a substantial impact.

+      A. Books
+         "The Whole Internet User's Guide and Catalog," Ed Krol,
+         O'Reilly and Associates (1-800-998-9938), Sebastopol CA,
+         ISBN 1-56592-025-2, $24.95, 376 pages. This may be the most
+         complete book on the Internet. The resource section in the
+         back is quite useful. Highly recommended. Can be found in
+         many bookstores.
+         "The Internet Companion," Tracy LaQuey with Jeanne C. Ryer,
+         Addison-Wesley, Reading MA, ISBN 0-201-62224-6, $10.95 196
+         pages. This lighter introduction to the Internet assumes less
+         than Krol. Can also be found in many bookstores.
+         "The Internet Guide for New Users," Daniel Dern, McGraw
+         Hill,ISBN 0-07-016511-4, $27.95, 570 pages. I have not read
+         this new book, but have seen generally positive reviews of it.
+         Since Dern is the editor of Internet World magazine, it should
+         be knowledgeable. Given its length, it may be more mplete
+         than Krol.
+         "Navigating the Internet," Richard Smith and Mark Gibbs,
+         SAMS Publishing, ISBN 0-672-30362-0. This is another book I
+         have not see, but I have read positive reviews about it.
+         The authors have considerable Internet experience.
+         "The Internet Passport: NorthWestNet's Guide to Our World Online,"
+         Jonathan Kochmer and NorthWestNet, NorthWestNet, $29.95, 515 pages.
+         Once again, I have not read this book but have read positive reviews
+         concerning it.
+      B. Software
+         Gopher client software
+         Gopher is a very popular tool on the Internet and is much
+         more efficient than accessing gopher sites with telnet.
+         Further, file transfer is much easier with client software.
+         Packages for many different hosts can be found here.
+         FTP:
+         uuencode/uudecode
+         This pair of programs are very useful when used in conjunction
+         with email. Uuencode takes a binary file (such as a word
+         processing file or a program) and converts it to text so that
+         it can be emailed. Uudecode than converts it back to binary.
+         Using this pair of programs, researchers can collaborate by
+         emailing binary data or word processing files. If one host
+         is an IBM mainframe, be sure to use the -x option.
+         FTP:
+         GOPHER: Sam Houston State Economics (described above):
+                 /Network Are Tools/uue
+    gzip:
+         This new program can uncompress many files (note that this
+         is typically denoted by a .Z suffix) found on the Internet.
+         More information on this topic can be found below in the
+         document by David Lemson.
+         FTP:
+         GOPHER: Sam Houston State Economics (described above):
+                 /Network Archive Tools/gzip
+      C. Resources
+       Scott Yanoff's "Internet Services List"
+         Scott Yanoff produces a list of interesting resources on
+         the Internet. While few of them are economics (and those
+         that are covered above) many are quite interesting
+         and useful. One I find particularly interesting is the
+         University of Illinois weather gopher -- you can find
+         weather forecasts for any part of the country. Another
+         interesting resource is, a bookstore on the
+         Internet. For those that live in rather small towns like
+         me, this is a very valuable service.
+         Yanoff's list is well worth lookingor those new
+      to the Internet.
+         FTP:
+         John December's "Information Sources: the Internet
+         and Computer-Mediated Communication"
+         This document has a broader concept than Yanoff's;
+         rather than listing just resources, December lists a
+         number of documents as well, such as electronic guides
+         to the Internet, and software sites. The breadth is quite
+         remarkable. Like Yanoff's list, those new to the Internet
+         will find it quite useful.
+         FTP: ftp.rpi.e/pub/communications/internet-cmc.txt
+         File Compression, Archiving, and Text<->Binary Formats:
+         This document, by David Lemson ( details
+         the numerous methods of file compression used on the
+         Internet and elsewhere.
+         FTP:

+  13. Non-Internet Resources
+      A. Introduction
+      While this document is primarily about resources on the Internet
+      of interest to economists, there are several resources not on the
+      Internet that might be of interest. I hasten to add that I have
+      not tried any of these and am only reporting what I have read
+      elsewhere.
+      B. Federal Reserve Bank Bulletin Boards
+         Dallas       214) 0169
+ neapos   (612) 340-2489
+         St. Louis     (314) 62124
+         I understand that the St. Louis Fed has a wealth of historical
+         data (including money data, obviously), while the Minneapolis
+         Fed has FOMC minutes, and speeches and testimony of Fed officials.
+      C. Electronic JEL Index
+         I understand that though CompuServe's Knowledge Index and
+         IQuest (they offer a number of sometimes overlapping databases),
+         the Economic Literature Index is available after hours. It is
+         available during working hours through Dialog, but it is
+         quite expensive. One hopes that someday membership in the AEA
+         will privileges and members won't have to pay for access
+         to this databsase.

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