Welcome to the Economics Web Sites of Juan A. Castañer

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The main purpose of this page is to share with colleagues, students, researchers, and other interested parties in Puerto Rico and elsewhere, economic sites that I have found to be very useful and important in my everyday work, by providing easy access to the links in one single place. Also, and this is directed more to users outside Puerto Rico, links to official sites with economic and statistical information on Puerto Rico. Much has to be done in this area but still, there is useful information. I hope to have a Spanish version of this page soon.

A disclaimer: The links included here were active at the time. No guaranty is made on the accuracy given the dynamics of the Web, but I will try to keep it up to date.

Send your comments and suggestions to the address at the bottom of the page.


Of related interest:

Páginas Amarillas de Puerto Rico (Puerto Rico's Yellow Pages)

Puerto Rico's Business Register


Economic Sources

This list contains some well-known and not so well-known sources of economic data and references in general, on international trade, finance, Latin America and the Caribbean, the U.S. economy, on electronic commerce and the New Economy. Still, the most comprehensive list in economics is that of Bill Goffe (RFE) included below.

AmericasNet--Summit of the Americas Center LA y Caribe - Site administered by Florida International University, which includes information on the progress of Hemispheric Regional Integration.

Asia Crisis Home Page - Comprehensive site on the subject of the Asian Crisis, with links to the sources. All in one site.

Association of Caribbean States. - Website of this regional organization. Provides national statistics and other information on member countries.

Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo - Home Page of the BID, it includes a data base on member countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, plus some of their reports.

Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve - Access to member bank's pages, information, reports, historical data and the tables of their monthly journal. Historical data can be downloaded.

Bureau of Economic Analysis Home Page - The place to obtain information on the National income and product accounts of the U.S., methodologies. Their Survey of Current Business is also available. Statistics on international trade too.

Bureau of Labor Statistics - Site for all data on producer and consumer price indexes, employment and unemployment, productivity and related data. Access to historical data as well as the most recent one. You can also access their journal, Monthly Labor Review.

Center for Economic Policy Analysis - CEPA is a research institution of the New School for Social Research. They make available on their page information about their research projects and working papers on economic theory, policy, international trade and capital markets. Some of the reports are available on-line.

Census Bureau Home Page - Home Page of this organization which includes access to census data, and economic data from other federal government agencies.

Comisión Económica para América Latina (ECLAC) - Home Page for this regional organization with socio-economic information on member countries, including a data base, reports. There is a Spanish version.

CommerceNet Research Center - Source for Internet Statistics, specially Internet usage world-wide.

Consolidated Federal Funds Reports - Site of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve Bank, it presents their estimates of the flow of funds.
Countries Economic Statistics Agencies. - List of statistical agencies by countries, including the US.

Consumer Price Indexes Home Page - Page in the BLS's web site, with the statistics and historical data on consumer price indexes.

Digital Economy - For reports on this subject, including the recent one, Falling Through the Net , check this site of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. The reports can be downloaded in pdf format. Check also Understanding the Digital Economy.

Dr. Ed Yardeni's Economics Network - This site contains a good deal of economic and financial information, graphical reports prepared by him, information on international economic conditions.

E-Commerce Times Home Page - Newsletter on electronic commerce.

ECONLinks - Source of economic information from journals, business magazines, government publications. It also presents current economic indicators of the U.S. economy.

Economic Growth Research - Page of the Economic Growth Research Department of The World Bank. Presents the papers and reports which contains the results of their research, plus links to related pages.

Economic Growth Resources - Directory of sources and references on the subject of economic growth.

Economic Committee. Site of the Joint Economic Committe of the U.S. Senate. Includes statistics and reports by the Committee.

Economic Report of the President 1999 - Site with all the statistical tables, including previous report, that can be downloaded as wk4 files.

Economics - Source for articles, news, forums, on economics and finance, with links to related sites.

ECONOMICS Working Paper Archive - This is a useful directory of economic papers available on the Net, by source.

EDGAR - Source for financial information on U.S. companies through the reports they submit to the SEC. You can access individual companies.

Electronic Commerce Policy - Site maintained by the Secretariat for Electronic Commerce of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Contains government reports and news on the subject, plus links to related sites.

EUROPA (European Union) - Site with information on the European Union.

Fairmodel - Created by professor Ray C. Fair, it is a computer-based economic forecasting system of the U.S. economy, including actual and predicted economic data covering the years 1952 to 2001. You can generate your own forecasts.

Federal Expenditures - Page of the U.S. Census Home Page with information from three reports on Federal funds disbursements and grants, including Puerto Rico, and Federal Government Finance data.

FDF Financial Data Finder - Source for databases of web sites targeted mostly for finance researchers.

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation - This site provides quite enough information on the U.S. banking and financial institutions, by state and Puerto Rico. Presents comparative and regional analyses.

Federal Reserve Statistical Release G.17 - Data Retrieval - Page of the Web site that presents the information on capacity utilization and index of industrial production.

Financial Times Group - Home Page for the Financial Times of London.

FINWeb - Web site on financial economics, provides information on economics and finance-related topics. Includes and excellent page of databases.

Foreign Trade Information System - SICE - Trade information on member countries of the Organization of American States. Provides full-text of trade agreements, investment treaties, and trade regulations and economic.

General Accounting Office - Home Page of the GAO. You can have access to their reports, order or download them. You can also subscribe to their daily mailing list.

Global Issues That Affect Everyone. - Over 3,000 links to external articles, reports, Web sites, and anlysis on Human Rights Issues, Trade Related Issues, and Environmental Isues.

IFC Economics Department Databases - This site contains the data sets for countries maintained by the Economics Department of the International Finance Corporation, specially in the area of investment for the period 1970-97. The data can be downloaded as self-extracting files for Windows or Mac.

IMF World Economic Outlook - Quarterly report that you can download, also the separate tables. You can access their quarterly journal in Spanish or English, Finance & Development.

Inomics, Internet Site for Economists - Intents to present a single stop source on the Net for economists for most of the information they need, including job openings and conference announcements.

Instituto Nacional de Estadística Geográfica e Informática - INEGI - Main source for official economic information on Mexico.

International Trade Bookmarks - References of articles and reports. Not very comprehensive and updated, but useful, by the U.S. Census Bureau.

International Trade Resources on the Internet. -List of sources and references from the U.S. International Trade Commission.

International Trade Statistics - Foreign Trade Division - Page presents U.S. international trade statistics, by country, by industry, and a summary of the current month's trade statistics. The data can de downloaded.

Internet Resources for Latin America - Directory of sources by subject maintained by North Michigan State University.

ITA Office Of Trade & Analysis - This site includes statistics on U.S. international trade, by state and other related data that you can download. Some times it is not up to date.

Latin World - Links to economic and general information on Latin American and Caribbean countries, including Puerto Rico.

Lex Mercatoria -International Commercial Law and E-Commerce - Directory of sources and documents by subject on international law, trade, and e-commerce, including trade agreements signed world-wide.

Library of Congress WWW Home Page - Site for this excellent source of references and information.

List of economics journals on the Internet. - As the name indicates, a directory of economic journals available in the Net.You can also try WebEc.

Mainichi (Tokyo) - Home Page of this well-known Japanese newspaper.

Michael Alexander's Economics Web Pages. - This Web site provides links to pges or sites organized into seven categories, from organizations, economic models, to economic literature.

Morgan Stanley Global Economics - Web site that present some of their reports and country analyses.

NAFTAnet Home Page -Sources on the North American Free Trade Agreement and member countries.

NAICS--North American Industry Classification System - Page within the U.S. Bureau of the Census web site, which presents this new industrial classification, including a database for easy conversion from and to SIC codes. Becoming familiar with it is important since by 2002 most of the U.S. economic data will be using this classification, including Puerto Rico, as will be Mexico and Canada.

National Bureau of Economic Research Database - This page of their site include their Macrohistory Database that can be downloaded in Micro-TSP .dbf format. The data set has some coverage of France, Germany and the United Kingdom.

NetEc homepage - Directory of sources and references by subject and sources.

NIPA Visualization Page - Maintained by the University of Virginia, presents in simple graphical form the evolution of the National income and product accounts of the U.S. from 1959 to the most recent quarter.

Organización Mundial del Comercio -(WTO) - Site of this international trade organization, with statistics (limited) and reports on international trade. There is a page on electronic commerce.

Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) - Home Page of this international organization. They have an excellent section on economic and financial statistics, access to some reports, and a page on electronic commerce.

Penn World Tables 5.6 - Site for the same-name project, consist of access to data for 152 countries and 29 subjects. The information can be downloaded.

Producer Price Indexes - Page of the BLS with access to recent and historical data, publications and documentation.

Regional Outlook - Electronic version of this quarterly report from the FDIC. Presents discussions of events and trends affecting banking institutions and consumers in each of the eight regions of the FDIC. Puerto Rico is included in the regional report for New York. The printed report is free.

Resources for Economists (RFE). - Edited by Bill Goffe, the best in-one place source. List more than 900 resources on the Internet, arranged by subject. It is updated periodically.

Resources for Economists via World-Wide Web. - List of sources including gophers servers, journals, papers and finance data.

Singapore Business Times - Financial paper from Singapore. Good source of economic and financial information from Asia.

Sistema Económico Latinoamericano (SELA) - Site of their journal Revista Capítulos del Sela and documents. You can download selected articles.

SOSIG - Social Science Information Gateway. - An Internet catalog that provides access to sites on the Internet relevant to the Social Sciences.

SSDC University of California, San Diego - Source for information on Social Sciences on the Net.

Statistical Abstract US - Site for the tables of this publicaction that can be downloaded in wk4 files.

Statistical Data Locators - A very comprehensive linked directory of statistical sources by geographic regions, by country and by subject. The site has 19 pages. I suggest you save the page as text, then open it in the recent version of MSW. That way you''ll save the URL's as links within the saved document in your computer with direct access to them.

Statistical Resources on the Web - Catalog of documents and sources by subject, such as consumers, cost of living, labor, demographics, with links to the sources. Maintained by the University of Michigan.

Statistics Canada - Statistique Canada - Official organization of Canada with economic and financial statistics.

The Conference Board Indicators - This site includes the leading economic indicators and related composite indexes, with the methodology.

The Caribbean Homepage Internet Directory. - Directory of websites and related information in the region, by country and area of interest.

The Economist - Web site of this business magazine, with selected access to articles and news.

The Federal Reserve's Beige Book - Provides a summary of economic conditions in each of the Federal Reserve's Districts.

The Information Economy - Web site maintained by Dr. Hal R. Varian, includes by subject within the economics of the Internet areas such as electronic commerce, intellectual property and pricing in the Internet.

The Library of Congress Country Studies - This on-line series contains studies of 91 countries. Information on some countries might not be up to date.

The Livingston Survey - Maintained by the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, it is the oldest survey on economists expectations of the U.S. economy, done in June and December of every year. You can also access their historical database.

The New Economy Index - Information and reports on structural changes in the U.S. economy. Reports can be downloaded in pdf format.

The World Bank Home Page - Check its Latin American and the Caribbean Technical Department page. There is a Spanish version.

THOMAS: Legislative Information on the Internet - Page of The Library of Congress, presents detailed information on recently enacted Laws, pending projects, their status, plus their text. It allows for searches by subject, topic, name or other indicator.

University of Maryland, INFORUM EconData - This site presents a comprehensive databank on the U.S. economy.

UT-LANIC Home Page - Information service on Latin America and the Caribbean arranged by subject. Administered by the University of Texas at Austin.

WebEc- WWW Resources in Economics - Directory of links by subject of sources, including papers. An excellent effort in categorizing free information in economics on the Web.

Welcome to Hoover's Online! - Web site from which you can obtain capsules of financial information on U.S. companies.

What's New on the USTR Homepage - Home Page of the U.S. Trade Representative. It includes information on trade agreements, some reports.

World-Wide Web Resources- Economics - Directory of sources and references organized by source.

Sources on Puerto Rico

The information provided in these links comprise both, general information and documentation, and statistics. The initial point of departure can be the Home Page for PR StarNet, from which you can have access to the sites of several government agencies. For economic statistics check the web site of the Puerto Rico Planning Board; for government financial data that of the Department of Treasury (Hacienda) and the Office of Management and Budget (OGP). Check El Nuevo Día for local news.

Government Development Bank - The GDB is the fiscal agent for the Goverment of Puerto Rico. It handles the public debt and other financial responsibilities of the Central Government and its corporations. Information on public debt can be obtained from their web site, as other economic indicators.

Progreso Económico - Quarterly economic newsletter from Banco Popular de Puerto Rico. In Spanish and English.

Puerto Rico Business Review. - Economic newsletter from the Government Development Bank for Puerto Rico. Subscription is free, send email to gdbcomm@gdb.prstar.net

Puerto Rico Planning Board - The PRPB is the official agency for most of the macroeconomic data and indicators.It is responsible for preparing the Economic Accounts and Balance of Payments estimates, plus enforcing public law with respect to physical planning and zoning laws. Its two most important reports in the economic area are the Informe Económico al Gobernador and the Statistical Appendix to the Informe Económico al Gobernador. The latter is available on disquette. Published information can be made available by email or fax.

Puerto Rico's Public Debt - This site presents a useful 1999 report on Puerto Rico's public debt . It includes information since 1997 with some projections for the year 2000. The report is in Spanish.

PR Star.Net - Directory of web sites of government agencies, with links to them. It also contains economic information, government documents and information on the Government of Puerto Rico.

Suggested Readings......

This list consist of a mix sort of books, articles and papers on different topics that I think might be of interest or relevance to economists in general. I will try to add as often as possible. Suggestions are welcome.

Aldo Ferrer."La globalización, la crisis financiera y América Latina." Comercio Exterior (Mexico), Vol. 49, No. 6, June 1999.

Ann Weston and Usha Viswanathan, eds.Jamaica after Nafta: Trade Options and Sectoral Strategies. Critical Issues in Caribbean Development; no. 4. Kingston: Ian Randle Publishers, 1998.

Anthony T. Bryan and Roget V. Bryan. The New Face of Regionalization in the Caribbean: The Western Hemisphere Dynamic. University of Miami, North-South Center, Agenda Paper, March 1999.

Bruce Maxwell.How to Access the Federal Government on the Internet 1998. Washington, D.C.: Congressional Quarterly, 1998.*

Carl Shapiro and Hal R. Varian.Information Rules: A Strategic Guide to the Network Economy. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Business School Press, 1999.*

Christopher Engholm and Scott Grimes. The Prentice Hall Directory of Online Business Information 1998. Paramus, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1998.*

Dale T. Mathews. El Libre Comercio y sus Implicaciones para el Futuro de las Industrias de Zona Franca de Exportación en la República Dominicana. San Juan, 1999. dmathew@rrpac.upr.clu.edu

Dani Rodrik. Has Globalization Gone Too Far? Washington, D.C.: Institute for International Economics, 1997.*

Daniel Yergin and Joseph Stanislaw. The Commanding Heights: The Battle Between Government and the Marketplace that is Remaking the Modern World. New York: Touchstone Books, 1998.*

Eamonn Fingleton. In Praise of Hard Industries: Why Manufacturing, Not the Information Economy, is the Key to Future Prosperity. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1999.*

Edwin Melendez and Angel L. Ruíz.Economic Effects of the Political Options for Puerto Rico. San German: Interamerican University of Puerto Rico, 1998.

Francisco Martínez, comp. Futuro Económico de Puerto Rico: Antología de Ensayos del Proyecto Universitario Sobre el Futuro Económico de Puerto Rico. San Juan: Editorial de la Universidad de Puerto Rico, 1999.

Francisco L. Rivera Batiz and Carlos E. Santiago.Island Paradox: Puerto Rico in the 1990's. New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 1996.

General Accounting Office. WWW Sites Reported by Federal Organizations. GAO/GGD-97-865. Washington, D.C: GPO, 1997.

Helen I. Safa.De Mantenidas a Proveedoras: Mujeres e Industrialización en el Caribe. San Juan: Editorial de la Universidad de Puerto Rico, 1998.

Héctor A. Ríos Maury.Privatización: Formas, Mitos y Aspectos Gerenciales. San Juan: Ediciones Nueva Aurora, 1998.

Juan A. Castañer and Angel L. Ruíz. The Importance of Trade to an Export-led Economy in the Present Context of Free Trade Agreements in the Western Hemisphere: A Quantitative Analysis for the Puerto Rican Economy. Ensayos y Monografías No. 81, enero 1997, Unidad de Investigaciones Económicas, Departamento de Economía, Universidad de Puerto Rico. economia@upracd.upr.clu.edu

Kevin Kelly. New Rules for the New Economy: 10 Radical Strategies for a Connected World. New York: Viking, 1998.*

Lester C. Thurow. "Building wealth."The Atlantic Monthly (June 1999).

Orlando Sotomayor.Poverty and Income Inequality in Puerto Rico, 1970-1990. Centro de Investigaciones Sociales, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Río Piedras, 1998.

Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.Internet Infrastructure Indicators. DSTI/ICCP/TISP(98)7/Final (Paris: OECD, 1998).

Puerto Rico Planning Board. Informe Económico al Gobernador 1998. San Juan: Economic and Social Planning Area, Bureau of Economic Analysis, June 1999. Tables are in Spanish and English.

Puerto Rico Planning Board. Apéndice Estadístico 1998. San Juan: Economic and Social Planning Area, Bureau of Economic Analysis, February 1999. Tables are in Spanish and English.

Robert Rowthorn and Ramana Ramaswamy."Growth, Trade, and Deindustrialization." IMF Staff Papers Vol.46, No. 1 (March 1999).

Robert D. Atkinson, Randolph H. Court, and Joseph M. Ward. The State New Economy Index: Benchmarking Economic Transformation in the States.Progressive Policy Institute, Washington, D.C., July, 1999.

Stephen Herzenberg, John A. Alic and Howard Wial. New Rules for a New Economy: Employment and Opportunity in Post-industrial America. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1998.*

Steve Lawrence and C. Lee Giles. "Accesibility of information on the web."Nature Vol. 400 (July 8, 1999), pp. 107-109.

U.S. Department of Commerce. Economics and Statistics Administration. The Emerging Digital Economy II. Washington, D.C: Office of Policy Development, June 1999.

U.S. Department of Commerce. National Telecommunications and Information Administration.Falling Through the Net: Defining the Digital Divide Washington, D.C: NTIA, July 1999.

*You can get them in Amazon.com.

Juan A. Castañer
P.O. Box 21911
San Juan, Puerto Rico 00931-1911
Fax: 1+ 787.758.0257
Last updated: 21 November, 1999

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