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Database highlight: Not just for economists

Peggy Teich

The library now subscribes to the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) Working Papers database. According to their website, NBER, “founded in 1920, (is) a private, non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to conducting economic research and to disseminating research findings among academics, public policy makers, and business professionals.” 

Paper example, The earnings of undocumented immigrants

Working papers are written by scholars and experts in a field, prior to submitting those papers to peer-reviewed journals or book editors. They typically contain extensive datasets including time-series data on a wide variety of topics. They also include comprehensive bibliographies.

While the papers found in this database are primarily socio-economic, their scope is in fact much broader. Working papers can be found on topics such as criminal justice, public administration, political science, history, demographics and education. 

For example, a simple search on the term immigrants pulled up papers with an expected economic bent such as:

  • The Earnings of Undocumented Immigrants
  • Are Immigrants a Shot in the Arm for the Local Economy?

But the search also retrieved papers on the following cultural, historical, sociological, and demographic topics:

  • The Educational Attainment of Immigrants: Trends and Implications
  • Immigrants and Gender Roles: Assimilation vs. Culture
  • Intergenerational Persistence of Health in the U.S.: Do Immigrants Get Healthier as they Assimilate? 

Give NBER a try!


November 2017

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