April 2008 Bulletin



IGA/SSDS Web Site

IGA has a newly revamped web site—inaugurated last Fall. Information on quantitative research support is provided at www.iga.ucdavis.edu/QR. A listing of major data holdings, many with online access for campus users, can be found at www.iga.ucdavis.edu/LDA/Data-Resources. The new IGA web site also contains expanded information on human subjects requirements for social scientists who would like to use restricted-access data, http://www.iga.ucdavis.edu/LDA/restricted-access-data.


At SSDS, New UNIX System

During the summer of 2007, the SSDS received funding from the Division of Social Sciences to replace our aging central UNIX research server. The new server, “baker.ssds.ucdavis.edu,” is a Sun X4600 server with 8 dual-core AMD Opteron chips, effectively doubling the number of CPUs available. With 32GB of RAM and almost 2 terabytes of disk space, baker represents a major step up for SSDS-affiliated quantitative social science researchers. Faculty and graduate students in the departments of economics, political science, and sociology can request an account on the system at ssds.ucdavis.edu/computing/uaccount.html.


Expanded SSDS Seminars and Workshops

John Daniels of SSDS has long offered training workshops on topics of interest to users of SSDS systems. Due to the increased popularity of these workshops, SSDS will offer “Stata Basics” and “UNIX for Researchers” on April 25th and May 2nd, respectively. “Stata Basics” is an introductory course on Stata and “UNIX for researchers” is a basic tutorial on using the SSDS UNIX servers. For more information or to register, contact John Daniels.

Colin Cameron on Panel Data Using Stata

To complement John’s training workshops, IGA and SSDS are launching an expanded series of seminars and workshops by quantitative social scientists. The inaugural speaker in this series will be Colin Cameron on April 8 from 3:40 to 5:00 in the IGA Reading Room. Colin will speak on Panel data methods for microeconometrics using Stata. This presentation will provide an overview of the subset of methods for panel data and the associated Stata xt commands most commonly used by microeconometricians. The focus is on short panels, meaning data on many individual units and few time periods. The repeated measures aspect of panel data enables estimation of key marginal effects that can be interpreted as measuring causation rather than mere correlation and it enables analysis using dynamic models rather than static models. There will also be some discussion of nonlinear models and models for long panels with many periods of data.

IGA and SSDS would welcome suggestions for speakers and topics of interest. Feel free to contact John or Jean Stratford, with comments or suggestions.


IGA Data – New/Updated 2007-2008

Updates to Subscriptions

Title

Current Coverage

Updated

Access

China Data Online: Monthly Macro & Yearly National & Provincial Statistics

1952 – current

12/07

SSDS Lab

CPS Utilities: Annual Social & Economic (March)

1968 – 2007

03/08

DVD Copy

CPS Utilities: Education & Enrollment (October)

1968 – 2006

01/08

DVD Copy

CPS Utilities: Marriage & Fertility (June)

1971 – 2006

06/07

DVD Copy

CPS Utilities: Voting & Registration (November)

1972 – 2006

01/08

DVD Copy

CPS Utilities: Workplace Topics I (Jan/Feb)

1973 – 2006

01/08

DVD Copy

Direction of Trade Statistics (IMF)

1948 – Feb. 2008

03/08

SSDS Lab

Field (California) Polls

1956 – Dec. 2007

03/08

Download

UNIDO INDSTAT4 2007 ISIC Rev. 2

1981-2004

10/07

SSDS Lab

UNIDO INDSTAT4 2007 ISIC Rev. 3

1990-2004

10/07

SSDS Lab

USECON (Haver Analytics)

1946 – May 2007

06/07

Download



New Data from the U. S. Census Bureau

Title

Description

Received

Access

110th Congressional District Summary Files

Census 2000 data summaries for the newly defined boundaries of the 110th Congress

10/07

DVD Circ.

ECON02 Report Series 2002

2002 Economic Census – Final

07/07

DVD Circ.

ECON02Z Report Series 2002

2002 Economic Census – Zip Code Statistics

07/07

CD Circ.

NORC-GSS Cumulative Data File

General Social Survey, 1972-2006, Version 3

07/07

CD Circ.

State legislative district summary files (2 DVDs)

Census 2000 data summaries for two types of state legislative district (SLD) boundaries: upper and lower chambers

10/07

DVDs Circ.


New Data at the Roper Center for Public Opinion Archives

www.ropercenter.uconn.edu/center/whats_new.html

New Data at Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research

www.icpsr.umich.edu/access/recent.html

Recent acquisitions/updates include:

Terrorism & Preparedness Data Resource Center (TPDRC), www.icpsr.umich.edu/TPDRC

International Data Resource Center (IDRC), www.icpsr.umich.edu/IDRC

American National Election Studies, Cumulative Data File, 1948-2004, (updated 09/2007) www.icpsr.umich.edu/cocoon/ICPSR/STUDY/08475.xml

Consumer Expenditure Survey, 2006: Interview Survey and Detailed Expenditure Files, www.icpsr.umich.edu/cocoon/ICPSR/STUDY/22001.xml

County characteristics, 2000-2007, United States, www.icpsr.umich.edu/cocoon/ICPSR/STUDY/20660.xml


New Data Available from Other Campus Sources

WRDS (Wharton Research Data Services)

WRDS is now available to the campus through a subscription held by the Graduate School of Management. The subscription covers all UC Davis standing faculty, full-time research staff, and currently-enrolled PhD students. Users can request access at wrds.wharton.upenn.edu/wrdsauth/account_req.shtml.

WRDS includes the following databases:

· Bank Regulatory Databases: accounting data for Bank Holding Companies, Commercial Banks, Savings Banks, and Savings and Loans Institutions.

· Blockholders: standardized data for Blockholders of 1,913 companies.

· CBOE (Chicago Board Options Exchange) Volatility Index (VIX): key measure of market expectations of near-term volatility conveyed by S&P 500 stock index option prices.

· DMEF (Direct Marketing Educational Foundation): 4 data sets, each containing customer buying history for about 100,000 customers of nationally known catalog and non-profit database marketing businesses

· Fama-French Portfolios: constructed from the intersections of 2 portfolios formed on size, as measured by market equity (ME), and 3 portfolios using, as proxy for value, the ratio of book equity to market equity (BE/ME).

· Federal Reserve Bank Reports: 3 databases, foreign exchanges, interest rates, and coincident state indexes.

· Penn World Tables: national income accounts-type of variables converted to international prices.

· UCOM (United Currency Options Market): offers choice of expiration date, strike (exercise) price, premium payment and any combination of 10 currencies currently available for a total of 100 possible currency pairs.

· SEC Disclosure of Order Execution: monthly, electronic disclosures of basic information concerning market centers that trade national market system securities on a stock-by-stock basis.

· TRACE: transaction data for all eligible corporate bonds.

Global Financial Data

Global Financial Data is now available to the UC Davis campus as part of a CDL consortial license. Global Financial Data consists of four databases: Economic Database, Fixed Income Database, Equity Database, and Total Return Database. The GFDatabase is an unparalleled collection of financial and economic data covering more than 200 countries extending back to 1265.

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