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Alliance for Democracy (AfD) -
The mission of the Alliance for Democracy is to free all people from corporate domination of politics, economics, the environment, culture
and information; to establish true democracy; and to create a just society with a sustainable, equitable economy.
Bank Information Center - An independent, non-profit, non-governmental organization that provides information
and strategic support to NGOs and social movements throughout the world on the projects, policies and practices of the World Bank and
other Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs).
Baseline Scenario, The - Dedicated to explaining some of the key issues in the global economy
and developing concrete policy proposals.
Beacon Economics - Specializes in economic and revenue forecasting, economic impact analysis, regional economic analysis, real estate market analysis, industry analysis, and economic policy analysis. Leveraging unique proprietary models, vast databases, proven methodologies, and sophisticated data processing, Beacon Economics' work has been used by a diverse array of private and public sector clients including the California State Controller's Office, Paulson & Company (one of Wall Street's leading hedge funds), major cities and counties across the western United States, Southern California Edison, City National Bank, Harrahs Rincon, and the Sacramento Kings basketball team.
Beige Book - Commonly known as the Beige Book, this report
is published eight times per year. Each Federal Reserve Bank gathers anecdotal information on current economic conditions in its District
through reports from Bank and Branch directors and interviews with key business contacts, economists, market experts, and other sources. The Beige
Book summarizes this information by District and sector. An overall summary of the twelve district reports is prepared by a designated Federal
Reserve Bank on a rotating basis.
Better Off Budget - The Congressional Progressive Caucus' Better Off Budget seeks to reverse the damage budget austerity inflicts on working families.
Big Picture, The - A compendium of what Wall Street money manager, Barry
Ritholtz, is looking at, thinking about, and writing on.
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System - The Federal Reserve System,
often referred to as the Federal Reserve or simply the Fed," is the central bank of the United States. The seven members of the Board of Governors are nominated by the President of the United States
and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Visit sections including:
Brandt 21 Forum - Carrying on the original work of the Brandt Commission. The
the Brandt Commission reports called for a full-scale restructuring of the global economy, along with a new approach to the problems of
development, including an emergency program to end poverty in developing nations.
BRICS Information Centre - Serves as a leading independent source of information and analysis on the BRICS interaction
and institutions. BRICS is the title of an association of emerging national economies: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.
With the possible exception of Russia, the BRICS members are all developing or newly industrialised countries, but they are distinguished
by their large, fast-growing economies and significant influence on regional and global affairs. See Wikipedia.
Bruegel - European think tank working in the field of international economics.
Business Leaders for Sensible Priorities - The goal of the Priorities campaign
is to reshape public debate about the Pentagon budget - currently a feeding ground for pork-barreling politicians, defense contractors, and their
Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA) - Public policy research institute
providing analysis on military strategy and policy, defense budgets and programs, weapon systems and critical technologies, military personnel and
readiness, military revolutions and future warfare, transformation of the military, defense industry.
Center of Concern - Through research, analysis, networking, public education and advocacy, the Center
works to advance more just, sustainable and authentically human development for all, especially for the marginalized and those in poverty.
Center for Budget and Policy Priorities - U.S. policy organization working at the federal and state
levels on fiscal policy and public programs that affect low- and moderate-income families and individuals.
Center for Continuing Study of the California Econmy (CCSCE) - Private economic research organization
specializing in the analysis and study of California. CCSCE activities include research projects on the California economy; CCSCE's
annual series of projection reports; customized long-term economic and demographic projections; database products; and senior management briefings,
presentations, and speeches. CCSCE also participates as a research partner in public policy projects related to economic and demographic
trends in California.
Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) - Conducts professional research and public education on the most important economic and social issues that affect people's lives. The professional research is oriented towards filling important gaps in the understanding of particular economic and social problems, or the impact of specific policies. The public education portion of CEPR's mission is to present the findings of professional research.
Center for Regional Analysis - Conducts research and analytical studies on economic, fiscal, demographic, housing,
and social and policy issues related to the current and future growth of the Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. areas.
Centre for Economic Performance (CEP) - Based at the London School of Economics and Political
Science, CEP is one of the leading academic research centers in Europe and a world leader in economic research. CEPR's office
is located in London but CEPR draws on academic research across Europe.
Chicago School of Economics - Essays here should serve not only as a readable
primer to the Chicago School of Economics, but to the field of economics as a whole.
Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) - CAGW's mission is to eliminate waste, mismanagement,
and inefficiency in the federal government. Founded in 1984 by the late industrialist J. Peter Grace and syndicated columnist Jack Anderson, CAGW is
the legacy of the President's Private Sector Survey on Cost Control, also known as the Grace Commission.
Clearspending - Takes data from federal reporting systems and compares it with just
the grants data found in USASpending.gov across three categories: Consistency, Completeness and Timeliness.
How close are the reported dollar amounts to the yearly estimates? How many of the required fields are filled out in each record? And how long did
it take the agency to report the money once it was allocated to a project?
Coalition on Human Needs (CHN) - An alliance of national organizations working together to promote
public policies which address the needs of low-income and other vulnerable populations. The Coalition's members include civil rights, religious,
labor and professional organizations and those concerned with the well being of children, women, the elderly and people with disabilities.
Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy - The purpose of
this site is to promote better understanding of globalization, world trade and economic development, including the forces, values, events, and ideas
that have shaped the present global economic system. Provides a complete netcast of the six-hour television program as originally broadcast by PBS --
in three two-hour episodes.
Community-Wealth - Brings together information about the broad range of community wealth
building activity. Community wealth strategies are designed to draw more dollars into the community - by raising the financial assets of individuals,
by increasing the level of 'common' assets within a community that are locally owned, and by leveraging the use of funds from institutions that are
based in the community (such as city governments and universities) for community-benefiting purposes.
Conference Board, The - A global, independent business membership and research association working
in the public interest. Conducts research and convenes business leaders in forums large and small, public and private. World-renowned economic data
and analyses. Also see The Conference Board Review.
Congressional Budget Office - Provide the Congress with objective, timely, nonpartisan analyses
needed for economic and budget decisions and with the information and estimates required for the Congressional budget process.
Conservative Nanny State, The - In this book, economist Dean Baker debunks
the myth that conservatives favor the market over government intervention. In fact, conservatives rely on a range of "nanny state" policies that
ensure the rich get richer while leaving most Americans worse off. Download as PDF.
Dean Baker - Economist and author Dean Baker is co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, DC. He writes a weekly column for the Guardian Unlimited (UK), the Huffington Post, TruthOut, and his blog, Beat the Press, features commentary on economic reporting. His analyses have appeared in many major publications, including the Atlantic Monthly, the Washington Post, the London Financial Times, and the New York Daily News.
Democracy Collaborative - Works to carry out a vision of a new economic system where shared ownership and control creates more equitable and inclusive outcomes, fosters ecological sustainability, and promotes flourishing democratic and community life.
Derivatives Study Center - Created to improve the public policy debate over financial and economic policy by conducting research into financial markets, their impact on the economy and the proper level of regulation and taxation of those markets.
Economic Indicators - The Economics and Statistics Administration
(ESA) releases 12 monthly and quarterly Principal Federal Economic Indicators collected by its constituent bureaus: the U.S.
Census Bureau and the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Businesses rely heavily upon these indicators
to make decisions every day. In their public comments, the Secretary and ESA's Under Secretary and Chief Economist put the indicators
into a national and global economic context.
Economic Information Systems (EIS) - Provides free analysis of economic conditions and trends
for the U.S, and for all 50 states and 60 metro areas, with data and charts that may be downloaded.
Economic Policy Institute (EPI) - The mission of the EPI is to provide high-quality research
and education in order to promote a prosperous, fair, and sustainable economy. The Institute stresses real world analysis and a concern
for the living standards of working people, and it makes its findings accessible to the general public, the media, and policy makers. Also see EPI's
blog Working Economics.
Economic Report of the President - Includes; 1) current and foreseeable trends and annual
numerical goals concerning topics such as employment, production, real income and Federal budget outlays; 2) employment objectives for significant
groups of the labor force; 3) annual numeric goals; and 4) a program for carrying out program objectives.
Economic Roundtable - A nonprofit urban research organization that creates knowledge for the common good. Carries out large-scale data analyses to identify actionable solutions to crucial social, economic and environmental problems facing communities, including economic growth, industry energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, raising the wage floor, affordable housing policy, and homelessness.
Economics of Happiness, The - A project by The International Society for Ecology and Culture (ISEC) which includes a blog and other social media, a full-length award-winning documentary film and discussion guide, and a series of international conferences. Publishes articles written by ISEC staff about a wide range of topics having to do with the worldwide movement for economic localization, and the need for systemic solutions to address shared social, ecological, and economic issues.
EconPapers - EconPapers provides access to RePEc, the worlds largest collection of on-line Economics working papers, journal articles and software.
EconoSpeak - Economics blog featuring Barkley Rosser, Peter Dorman, Michael
Perelman and others.
EDIRC - Economics departments, institutes and research centers around the world.
Education Opportunity Network - Teachers, students, and parents believe their schools are being deprived of the resources that are necessary to give students a quality education. They see that even the resources that are provided are very unfairly and inequitably spread. And they object to increasingly being disempowered and not having a voice in how their schools are governed.
Federal Reserve Bank: Economic Symposium - Each year since 1978,
the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City has sponsored a symposium on an important economic issue facing the U.S. and world economies. Symposium participants
include prominent central bankers, finance ministers, academics, and financial market participants from around the world. The participants convene
to discuss the economic issues, implications, and policy options pertaining to the symposium topic. The symposium proceedings include papers, commentary,
Federal Reserve Board - The Federal Reserve controls the three tools of monetary
policy - open market operations, the discount rate, and reserve requirements. The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve
System is responsible for the discount rate and reserve requirements, and the Federal Open Market Committee is responsible for open market operations. Using the three tools,
the Federal Reserve influences the demand for, and supply of, balances that depository institutions hold at Federal Reserve Banks and in this way alters the federal funds rate. The federal funds
rate is the interest rate at which depository institutions lend balances at the Federal Reserve to other depository institutions overnight.
Federal Reserve Economic Data (FRED) - The St. Louis Fed's FRED database has more than
140,000 economic time series available, due to the addition of the OECD's Main Economic Indicators. The data allow users to make cross-country
economic comparisons for the 34 OECD-member countries, plus Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, the Russian Federation and South Africa. These
data include granular employment data by age, status and gender; balance of payments data; monetary aggregates; and compensation.
Financial Management Service - Acting as Uncle Sam's money manager, FMS provides centralized payment, collection, and reporting services for the federal government.
Fiscal Commission - President Obama created the bipartisan National Commission
on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform to address US fiscal challenges. The Commission is charged with identifying policies to improve
the US fiscal situation in the medium term and to achieve fiscal sustainability over the long run. Specifically, the Commission will propose
recommendations designed to balance the budget, excluding interest payments on the debt, by 2015. In addition, the Commission will propose
recommendations that meaningfully improve the long-run fiscal outlook, including changes to address the growth of entitlement spending and the
gap between the projected revenues and expenditures of the Federal Government.
Federal Reserve Archival System for Economic Research (FRASER) - A project of the Center for Economic
Documents Digitization (CEDD) at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. The Center seeks to preserve and provide access
to the nation's economic history through digitization of original documents. The FRASER project is an important contribution to the long-standing
mission of the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis: to provide timely and convenient data to scholars, analysts,
students, and interested observers of the U.S. economy.
Fiscal Policy Institute (FPI) - An independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit research and education organization committed to improving public policies and private practices to better the economic and social conditions of all New Yorkers.
Gini Coefficient -
A measure of statistical dispersion, commonly used as a measure of inequality of income distribution or inequality of wealth distribution. It is defined as a ratio with values between 0
and 1: A low Gini coefficient indicates more equal income or wealth distribution, while a high Gini coefficient indicates more
unequal distribution. 0 corresponds to perfect equality (everyone having exactly the same income) and 1 corresponds to perfect inequality (where
one person has all the income, while everyone else has zero income). The Gini coefficient requires that no one have a negative net income
or wealth. Worldwide, Gini coefficients range from approximately 0.230 in Sweden to 0.707 in Namibia although not every country has been
Global Competitiveness Report - Comprehensive assessments of countries' competitiveness,
offering insights into the policies, institutions, and factors driving productivity. Provided by the World Economic Forum in collaboration with leading academics and a global network
of research institutes.
Global Issues That Affect Everyone - Over 3000 links to external articles, web sites reports
and analysis are used to provide credence to arguments made on arms trade, human rights, geopolitics, and environmental issues.
Global Rich List - Every year we gaze enviously at the lists of the richest people in
world. Wondering what it would be like to have that sort of cash. But where would you sit on one of those lists? Here's your chance to find out.
Growing Unequal? Income Distribution and Poverty
in OECD Countries - Brings together a range of analyses on the distribution of economic resources in OECD countries. The evidence on income distribution and poverty covers, for the first time, all 30 OECD countries
in the mid-2000s, while information on trends extending back to the mid-1980s is provided for around two-thirds of the countries. The report also
describes inequalities in a range of domains (such as household wealth, consumption patterns, in-kind public services) that are typically excluded
from conventional discussion about the distribution of economic resources among individuals and households.
Hoover Institution: International Monetary
Fund (IMF) - Information and analyis of the IMF and its role in the world economy. Many articles from the Hoover
Institution Press' publication The International Monetary Fund -- Financial Medic to the World? A Primer on Mission, Operations, and Public
Policy Issues can also be found on this website.
Hoover Institution - Stanford University public policy research center devoted to advanced
study of politics, economics, and political economy - both domestic and foreign - as well as international affairs.
Inequality - A network of
journalists, writers and researchers trying to look beyond conventional economics and its notions of prosperity and progress.
Institute for Local Self Reliance (ILSR) - The Institute's mission
is to provide the conceptual framework, strategies and information to aid the creation of ecologically sound and economically equitable communities.
To that end, ILSR works with citizens, activists, policymakers and entrepreneurs to design systems, policies and
enterprises that meet local or regional needs; to maximize human, material, natural and financial resources; and to ensure that the benefits of these
systems and resources accrue to all local citizens.
International Forum on Globalization (IFG) - An alliance of sixty leading activists, scholars, economists,
researchers and writers formed to stimulate new thinking, joint activity, and public education in response to economic globalization.
Ithaca HOURs Online - A local currency system that promotes local economic strength and community
self-reliance in ways which will support economic and social justice, ecology, community participation and human aspirations in and around Ithaca,
Jubilee USA Network - An alliance of more than 75 U.S. organizations, 300 faith communities and 50 Jubilee global partners. Working for an economy that serves, protects and promotes participation of the most vulnerable.
LAANE - Recognized as a national
leader in the effort to address the challenges of working poverty, inadequate health care and polluted communities. Combining a vision of social
justice with a practical approach to social change, LAANE has helped set in motion a broad movement to transform conditions in Los Angeles
LatinFocus - Information on Latin American economies, providing the latest available data from government
sources, economic forecasts, market analysis covering economic performance, political risk assessments and financial market developments.
Maryland Center on Economic Policy (MDCEP) - Engages in research, analysis, strategic communications, public education, and grassroots alliances promoting debate and greater public awareness of the policy choices Maryland residents face.
Measuring Worth - Compare the
purchasing power of money in the United States (or colonies) from 1665 to any other year including the present. This essay provides a methodology
for deciding which measure of worth is appropriate for the subject at hand.
Michael Hudson - Interviews, articles and publicatins by Michael Hudson, financial economist
Business Cycle Dating Committee [Recessions] - Maintains a chronology of the U.S.
business cycle. "The chronology comprises alternating dates of peaks and troughs in economic activity. A recession is a period between a peak
and a trough, and an expansion is a period between a trough and a peak. During a recession, a significant decline in economic activity spreads
across the economy and can last from a few months to more than a year. Similarly, during an expansion, economic activity rises substantially,
spreads across the economy, and usually lasts for several years."
Next System Project, The - Working to research, refine and publicize alternative political-economic system models that are different in fundamental ways from the failed systems of the past and capable of delivering superior social, economic and ecological outcomes.
NYCStat Stimulus Tracker - With the NYCStat Stimulus
Tracker, New Yorkers can track the City's use of federal stimulus/recovery funds provided through the American Recovery and Reinvestment
Act of 2009 (ARRA). This funding includes federal tax cuts, expansion of unemployment benefits and other social welfare provisions, and domestic
spending in education, health care, energy efficiency and infrastructure.
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
(OECD) - Promotes policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world. Provides a forum in which governments
can work together to share experiences and seek solutions to common problems. Decision-making power is vested in the OECD Council. It
is made up of one representative per member country, plus a representative of the European Commission. Representatives of the 34 OECD member
countries meet in specialised committees to advance ideas and review progress in specific policy areas, such as economics, trade, science, employment,
education or financial markets. Also see:
Our World in Data - Covers a wide range of topics and visualizes the empirical evidence of how living standards changed over the last decades, centuries, and millennia.
P2P Foundation - A global network of researchers, activists, and citizens monitoring and promoting actions geared towards a transition to a Commons-based society. Building an information-commons ecosystem for the growing P2P/Commons movement. Examines both the digital and the material worlds, their freedoms and restrictions, scarcities and abundances.
Perkins, John - As an economic
hit man (EHM), Perkin's job was to convince Third World countries to accept enormous loans for infrastructure development-loans
that were much larger than needed-and to guarantee that the development projects were contracted to U.S. corporations like Halliburton and Bechtel.
Once these countries were saddled with huge debts, the U.S. government and the international aid agencies allied with it were able to control these
economies and to ensure that oil and other resources were channeled to serve the interests of building a global empire. In his EHM capacity,
John traveled all over the world-to Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East-and was either a direct participant in or witness to
some of the most dramatic events in modern history, including the Saudi Arabian Money-laundering Affair, the fall of the Shah of Iran,
the assassination of Panama's President Omar Torrijos, the subsequent invasion of Panama, and events leading up to the 2003 invasion of
Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE) - A private, nonprofit, nonpartisan research institution
devoted to the study of international economic policy. Its audience includes government officials and legislators, business and labor leaders, management
and staff at international organizations, university-based scholars and their students, other research institutions and nongovernmental organizations,
the media, and the public at large.
Postive Money - Working to change the UK money system, in order to create a fairer society and a more stable economy. Believe that taking the power to create money away from banks could give us a more stable economy, more jobs, lower personal debt and affordable housing.
RAND - Research in national defense, education
and training, health care, criminal and civil justice, labor and population, science and technology, community development, international relations,
and regional studies.
Re:Public Project - Investing in youth driven campaigns to combat privatization in the educational system, economy, and the justice system
Recession Trends - A collaboration between the Russell Sage Foundation and the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality. Its purpose is to monitor and report on the economic and social effects of recession, offering 16 up-to-date Recession Briefs, each written by a top authority in the field, that document the effects of the downturn on wealth, consumption, the labor market, housing, poverty, the safety net, health, education, crime, attitudes, and a variety of other key domains.
REinFORM.nl - A political group of Greeks living in the Netherlands organizing and writing about the the "financial
crisis", its social implications and its origins.
Resolution Foundation - Conducts analytical research on living standards in the UK and produces policy solutions that help shape the debate on economic and social policy.
Responsible Wealth - A project of United for a Fair Economy, a national
non-profit devoted to highlighting the dangers of excessive inequality of income and wealth in the U.S.
Roosevelt Institute - Inspired by the legacy of Franklin and Eleanor, the Roosevelt Institute reimagines America as it should be: a place where hard work is rewarded, everyone participates, and everyone enjoys a fair share of our collective prosperity. It brings together thousands of thinkers and doers -- from a new generation of leaders in every state to Nobel laureate economists -- working to redefine the rules that guide our social and economic realities. The Insttitute rethinks and reshapes everything from local policy to federal legislation, orienting toward a new economic and political system: one built by many for the good of all.
Shadow Government Statistics - John Williams's Shadow Government Statistics is
an electronic newsletter that exposes and analyzes the flaws in current U.S. government economic data and reporting, as well as in certain private-sector
numbers, and provides an assessment of underlying economic conditions.
Shelterforce - Forum for organizers, activists, advocates, and policymakers in the affordable-housing, equitable economic development, neighborhood revitalization, and community organizing movements. Also, see ifts blog: Rooflines.
State of Working America, The - An ongoing analysis published since 1988 by the Economic
Policy Institute, includes a wide variety of data on family incomes, wages, jobs, unemployment, wealth, and poverty that allow for a
clear, unbiased understanding of the economy's effect on the living standards of working Americans.
Stateline - Provides news and facts on all 50 United States. Written by journalists for journalists,
policy makers and citizens, it's non-partisan, non-profit and funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts.
SumOfUs - A global movement of consumers, investors, and workers all around the world, standing together to
hold corporations accountable for their actions and forge a new, sustainable and just path for our global economy.
U.S. Financial Diaries (USFD) - USFD tracked more than 200 low- and moderate-income households over the course of a year to collect highly detailed data on how families manage their finances on a day-to-day basis. This research reveals aspects of the financial lives of working Americans, providing insight for the design of financial services policies, programs and products for a broad range of Americans.
Policy and Analysis Division (DPAD) - This is the main development research division of the UN secretariat. The Division's
research aims to contribute to a strengthening of international cooperation for the economic and social development of all countries and to foster
their effective integration into the world economy in the context of the UN Development Agenda.
UN National Accounts Section of the United Nations Statistics Division - The aim of United
Nations System of National Accounts (UNSNA) is to provide an integrated, complete system accounts enabling international comparisons of all
significant economic activity. The suggestion is that individual countries use UNSNA as a guide in constructing their own national accounting
systems, to promote international comparability.
UN World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) - A joint
product of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development and the five United
Nations regional commissions. It provides an overview of recent global economic performance and short-term prospects for the world economy and
of some key global economic policy and development issues. One of its purposes is to serve as a point of reference for discussions on economic, social
and related issues taking place in various United Nations entities during the year.
US SIF - The U.S. membership association for professionals, firms, institutions and organizations
engaged in socially responsible and sustainable investing. US SIF and its members advance investment practices that consider environmental,
social and corporate governance criteria to generate long-term competitive financial returns and positive societal impact.
information on the award including transaction type, funding agency, etc;
the location of the entity receiving the award; and
a unique identifier of the entity receiving the award.
Washington Center for Equitable Growth - A research and grantmaking organization founded to accelerate cutting-edge analysis into whether and how structural changes in the U.S. economy, particularly related to economic inequality, affect economic growth.
World Economic Forum (WEF) - Provides a collaborative framework for the world's leaders to address
global issues, engaging particularly its corporate members in global citizenship.
World Economic Outlook Reports - A survey by the IMF staff usually published twice a year. It presents IMF staff economists' analyses of global
economic developments during the near and medium term. Chapters give an overview as well as more detailed analysis of the world economy; consider
issues affecting industrial countries, developing countries, and economies in transition to market; and address topics of pressing current interest.
Annexes, boxes, charts, and an extensive statistical appendix augment the text.
World Income Inequality Database - Collects and stores information
on income inequality for developed, developing, and transition countries. The database and its documentation are available on this website.
KWSnet is an Internet subject directory providing special attention to U.S. national and international news, the arts, computing, culture, environment, law, literature, media, politics, science
and technology. Based in San Francisco, California, KWSnet contains over 150,000 annotated links to resources worldwide. Use Search KWSnet, located at the top of each page, to search within this site. Use Ctrl-F (Windows) or ⌘-F (Mac) to search
within individual pages.