Posted by Subhasis Bera on May 20, 2008
Jeffrey T. Macher and David C. Mowery, Editors, Committee on the Competitiveness and Workforce Needs of U.S. Industry, National Research Council
This book is published by The National Academies Press
The debate over offshoring of production, transfer of technological capabilities, and potential loss of U.S. competitiveness is a long-running one. Prevailing thinking is that the world is flat that is, innovative capacity is spreading uniformly; as new centers of manufacturing emerge, research and development and new product development follow.
Innovation in Global Industries challenges this thinking. The book, a collection of individually authored studies, examines in detail structural changes in the innovation process in 10 service as well as manufacturing industries: personal computers; semiconductors; flat-panel displays; software; lighting; biotechnology; pharmaceuticals; financial services; logistics; and venture capital. There is no doubt that overall there has been an acceleration in global sourcing of innovation and an emergence of new locations of research capacity and advanced technical skills, but the patterns are highly variable. Many industries and some firms in nearly all industries retain leading-edge capacity in the United States. However, the book concludes that is no reason for complacency about the future outlook. Innovation deserves more emphasis in firm performance measures and more sustained support in public policy.
Innovation in Global Industries will be of special interest to business people and government policy makers as well as professors, students, and other researchers of economics, management, international affairs, and political science.
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Posted by Subhasis Bera on May 9, 2008
The World Economic Outlook (WEO) database contains selected macroeconomic data series from the statistical appendix of the World Economic Outlook report, which presents the IMF staff’s analysis and projections of economic developments at the global level, in major country groups and in many individual countries. The WEO is released in April and September each year.
Use this database to find data on national accounts, inflation, unemployment rates, balance of payments, fiscal indicators, trade for countries and country groups (aggregates), and commodity prices whose data are reported by the IMF.
Data are available from 1980 to the present, and projections are given for the next two years. Additionally, medium-term projections are available for selected indicators. For some countries, data are incomplete or unavailable for certain years.
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Posted by Subhasis Bera on May 4, 2008
EstaPlus is a free statistical software -freeware- focused on descriptive statistics developed by Alejandro Vergara Massa that can analyze and plot using data distributed in one-dimensional or two-dimensional variables, in discreet or continuous mode.
The following are its main features:
- Lots of data formats
- One-dimensional or two-dimensional variables
- Discreet (grouped in intervals) or continuous variables
- Quantitative and qualitative data
- Introduction of tabular or not tabular data
- Storage features
- Save and print data tables
- Save and print analysis reports
- Import tables from spreadsheets (using Tabulator Delimited Spreadsheet format)
- Edition features
- Automatic error checking during data introduction
- Automatic filling of data tables
- Full control of the edition of data tables
- Detailed analysis of data table
- Measures of central tendency
- Characteristic of dispersion
- Characteristic of form
- Identification of outliers
- Functional dependence
- Analysis of regression
- Measures of statistical dependence
- Analysis of percentiles
- Analysis of moments
- Other features
- On line help that includes definitions of statistical formulas
- Probability wizard
- Windows and Linux PC editions
It requires Windows 98, ME, NT 4, 2000, XP and upper. It can work with Windows 95 with the appropriate libraries. Minimum resolution of 800×600.
To install this version, simply run the downloaded file.
EstaPlus V2.2.1 for Linux (620 KB)
It requires a distribution based on RedHat 6.2 for x86 and upper, like RedHat 7.1 or Mandrake 8.0. It can work with other distributions.
To install this version, expand the downloaded file in a temporary directory. Once expanded, run from this directory ./install
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Posted by Subhasis Bera on May 4, 2008
Freedom in the World, Freedom House’s flagship publication, is the standard-setting comparative assessment of global political rights and civil liberties. Published annually since 1972, the survey ratings and narrative reports on 193 countries and 15 related and disputed territories are used by policymakers, the media, international corporations, civic activists, and human rights defenders to monitor trends in democracy and track improvements and setbacks in freedom worldwide. The Freedom in the World DATA and REPORTS are available in their entirety on the Freedom House website.
Comparative scores for all countries from 1973 to 2006
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