The handbook of economic and financial measures Essay

The editors of this handbook seek to close an information gap they
perceive between increasing sophistication of economic and financial
reporting on the one hand and the lack of commonly understood
definitions of economic and financial concepts on the other. They asked
professionals from Government agencies, academia, and the private sector
to define and explain 21 measures of economic and financial activity,
from gross national product to consumer confidence and from monetary
aggregates to interest rates.



Included in the volume are comprehensive discussions of
“Unemployment and Associated Measures,” by Commissioner of
Labor Statistics Janet L. Norwood; “Measures of Recession and
Expansion,” by Geoffrey H. Moore, a former Commissioner of Labor
Statistics, now at Columbia University; and of “Measures of
Inflation,” by Joel Popkin of Joel Popkin and Co., former assistant
BLS commissioner in charge of price programs.



The book includes both subject and author indexes. Publications
received Economic and social statistics



Ahrne, Goran and Erik Olin Wright, Classes in the United States and
Sweden: A Comparison, Reprinted from Acta Sociologica, Vol. 26, Nos.
3-4, 1983, pp. 211-35. Madison, WI, University of Wisconsin, Institute
for Research on Poverty, 1984. (IRP) Reprint Series, 483.)



Lazear, Edward P., Raids and Offer-Matching. Cambridge, MA,
National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc., 1984, 37 pp. (NBER Working
Paper Series, 1419.) $1.50, paper.


Menchik, Paul L. and Martin David, Income Distribution, Lifetime
Savings, and Bequests. Reprinted from the American Economic Review,
September 1983, pp. 672-90. Madison, WI, University of Wisconsin,
Institute for Research on Poverty, 1984. (IRP Series, 480.)



Moffitt, Robert, An Economic Model of Welfare Stigma. Reprinted
from the American Economic Review, December 1983, pp. 1023-35. Madison,
WI, University of Wisconsin, Institute for Research on Poverty, 1984.
(IRP Reprint Series, 482.)



Sorensen, Aage B., Processes of Allocation to Open and Closed
Positions in Social Structure. Reprinted from Zeitschrift fur
Soziologie, July 1983, pp. 203-24. Madison, WI, University of
Wisconsin, Institute for Research on Poverty, 1984. (IRP Series, 485.)



Vetter, Betty M. and Eleanor L. Babco, Professional Women and
Minorities: A Manpower Data Resource Service. 5th ed. Washington,
Scientific Manpower Commission, 1984, 280 pp. $70, paper.



Zarozny, Sharon and Monica Horner, The Federal Data Base Finder.
Potomac, MD, Information USA, Inc., 1984, 368 pp. $95. Economic growth
and development



Austen, A. D. and R. H. Neale, eds., Managing Construction
Projects: A Guide to Processes and Procedures. Geneva, International
Labour Organization, 1984, 158 pp., bibliography. Available in the
United States from the Washington Branch of ILO.



Frisch, Helmut, Theories of Inflation. New York, Cambridge
University Press, 1983, 262 pp., bibliography. $39.50, cloth; $12.50,
paper.



Meier, Gerald M., Emerging From Poverty: The Economics That Really
Matters. New York, Oxford University Press, 1984, 258 pp. $29.95.
Education



National Academy of Sciences, High Schools and the Changing
Workplace: The Employers’ View. Washington, National Academy of
Sciences, 1984, 50 pp. $5.25, single copy, paper, National Academy
Press, Washington 20418.



National Education Association, Today’s Education, 1984-85
Annual Edition, The Journal of the National Education Association.
Washington, 1984, 184 pp.



Weiss, Andrew, Testing the Sorting Model of Education. Cambridge,
MA, National Burea of Economic Research. Inc., 1984, 51 pp. (NBER
Working Paper Series, 1420.) $1.50. Health and safety



Christoffel, Tom, “Using Roadblocks to Reduce Drunk Driving:
Public Health or Law and Order?” American Journal of Public
Health, September 1984, pp. 1028-30.


Torrens, Ian M., “What Goes Up Must Come Down: The Acid Rain
Problem,” The OECD Observer, July 1984, pp. 9-15.



U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Evaluating Your Firm’s
Injury and Illness Record: 1982, Manufacturing Industries. Prepared by
Ilma Rosskopf. Washington, 1984, 29 pp. (Report 706.) Industrial
relations



Aboud, Antone, ed., Plant Closing Legislation. Ithaca, NY, Cornell
University, New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations,
1984, 60 pp. (key Issues, 27).) $6, ILR Press, Ithaca, NY.



Briggs, Steven, The Municipal Grievance Process. Los Angeles, CA,
University of California, Institute of Industrial Relations, 1984, 185
pp., bibliography. (Monograph and Research Series, 36.)



Bussey, Ellen M., ed., Federal Civil Service Law and Procedures: A
Basic Guide. Washington, The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc., 1984,
348 pp. $25, BNA Books, Distribution Center, 9435 Key West Avenue,
Rockville, MD, 20850-3397.



Clarke, Oliver, “Collective Bargaining and the Economic
Recovery,” The OECD Observer, July 1984, pp. 19-22.



Ferman, Luis A., ed., The Future of American Unionism: “Trade
Unionism from Roosevelt to Reagan,” by Jack Barbash; “The
Future Demographics of American Unionism,” by Markley Roberts;
“Collective Bargaining: The Next Twenty Years,” by Doris B.
McLaughlin in consultation with Douglas A. Fraser; “Labor and
Politics in the 1980s,” by Charles M. Rehmus; “The Future of
American Unionism: A Comparative Perspective,” by Everett M.
Kassalow; “The Changing of the Guard: The New American Labor
Leader,” by Arthur R. Schwartz and Michele M. Hoyman;
“Labor-Management Cooperation in American Communities: Whaths In It
for the Unions?” by Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld; “Work Place
Democracy and Quality of Work Life: Problems and Prospects,” by Hy
Kornbluh; “Union Organizing: New Challenges and Prospects,” by
Alan Kistler, “Changing Concepts of Worker Rights in the Work
Place,” by Theodore J. St. Antoine; “The Changing Work
Place,” by Sar A. Levitan and Clifford M. Johnson; “Employee
Ownership and the Future of Unions,” by William Foote Whyte and
Joseph R. Blasi; “New Directions for American Unionism,” by
Rudy Oswald; “Trade Unions and Productivity; Some New Evidence on
an Old Issue,” by Richard B. Freeman and James L. Medoff; “A
Look Ahead at Public Employee Unionism,” by James L. Stern;
“Will the New Industrial Relations Last? Implications for the
American Labor Movement,” by Thomas A. Kochan and Michael J. Piore,
The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, May
1984, p. 11-189.



Hanami, Tadashi and Roger Blanpain, eds, Industrial Conflict
Resolution in Market Economies: A Study of Australia, the Federal
Republic of Germany, Italy, Japan, and the USA. Deventer, The
Netherlands, Kluwer Law and Taxation Publishers, 1984, 321 pp. $50,
paper. Kluwer Law and Taxation Publishers, Higham, MA.



Hanson, Charles and Paul Rathkey, “Industrial Democracy: A
Post-Bullock Shopfloor View,” British Journal of Industrial
Relations, July 1984, pp. 154-68.



Industrial Relations Research Association, Proceedings of the 1984
Spring Meeting of the Industrial Relations Research Association, held
May 2-4, 1984 in Cleveland, Ohio. Edited by Barbara D. Dennis. Madison,
WI, University of Wisconsin, Industrial Relations Research Association,
1984, 70 pp.



Katz, Harry C., “The U.S. Automobile Collective Bargaining
System in Transition,” British Journal of Industrial Relations,
July 1984, pp. 205-17.



Kelly, James, “Management Strategy and the Reform of
Collective Bargaining: Cases from the British Steel Corporation,”
British Journal of Industrial Relations, July 1984, pp. 135-53.



Narad, Susan, “Labor Woos Women,” Dun’s Business
Month, September 1984, beginning on p. 83.



Papademetriou, Demetrois G. and Mark J. Miller, eds., The
Unavoidable Issue: U.S. Immigration Policy in the 1980s. Philadelphia,
PA, Institute for the Study of Human Issues, 1983, 305 pp.



Perry, Charles R., Collective Bargaining and the Decline of the
United Mine Workers. Philadelphia, PA, University of Pennsylvania, The
Wharton School, Industrial Research Unit, 1984, 273 pp. (Major
Industrial Research Unit Studies, 60.) $30.



Swabe, A. I. R. and Patricia Price, “Building a Permanent
Association? The Development of Staff Associations in the Building
Societies,” British Journal of Industrial Relations, July 1984, pp.
195-204.



“The Status of Statutes Containing Legislative Veto Provisions
After Chadha–Does the EEOC Have the Authority to Enforce the Equal Pay
Act and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act?” Washington Law
Review, July 1984. pp. 549-64.



U.S. Department of Labor, A Conference on Quality of Work Life:
Issues Affecting the State-of-the-Art. Washington, U.S. Department of
Labor, Office of Labor-Management Relations Services, 1984, 32 pp.



–A Working Woman’s Guide to Her Job Rights. Washington, U.S.
Department of Labor, Women’s Bureau, 1984, 56 pp. (Leaflet 55.)
Stock No. 029-002-0069-0. $2.25, Superintendent of Documents,
Washington 20402. Industry and government organization



Altshuler, Alan and others, The Future of the Automobile: The
Report of MIT’s International Automobile Program. Cambridge, MA,
The MIT Press, 1984, 321 pp. $16.95.



Allman, Dale N., “The 1978-83 Increase in U.S. Business
Failures,” Economic Review, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City,
July-August 2984, pp. 32-38. International economics



Haley, John O., “Antitrust Sanctions and Remedies: A
Comparative Study of German and Japanese Law,” Washington Law
Review, July 1984, pp. 471-508.



“Ministers Discuss Trade, Finance and Economic Recovery,”



The OECD Observer, July 1984, pp. 3-8.



Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Long-Term Plan for Tokyo Metropolis:
“My Town Tokyo”–Heading into the 21st Century. Tokyo, Japan,
1984, 279 pp. (TMG Municipal Library, 18.) Labor and economic history



Barkan, Joanne, Visions of Emancipation: The Italian Workers’
Movement Since 1945. New York, Praeger Publishers, 1984, 265 pp.
$24.95.



“Canada,” Current History, May 1984, pp 193-233.



Rockoff, Hugh, Drastic Measures: A History of Wage and Price
Controls in the United States. New York, Cambridge University Press,
1984, 289 pp., bibliography. Labor force



Dooley, Martin D. and Peter Gottschalk, Earnings Inequality among
Males in the United States: Trends and the Effect of Labor Force Growth.
Reprinted from the Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 92, No. 1, pp.
59-89. Madison, WI, University of Wisconsin, Institute for Research on
Poverty, 1984. (IRP Reprint Series, 481.)



Holzer, Harry J., On the Rationality of Black Youth Unemployement.
Cambridge, MA, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc., 1984, 18 pp.
(NBER Working Paper Series, 1411.) $1.50, paper.



Mare, Robert D. And Christopher Winship, The Paradox of Lessening
Racial Inequality and Joblessness among Black Youth: Enrollment,
Enlistment, and Employment, 1964-1981. Reprinted from the American
Sociological Review, February 1984, pp. 39-55. Madison, WI, University
of Wisconsin, Institute for Research on Poverty, 1984. (IRP Reprint
Series, 484.)



National Council on Employment Policy, Investing America’s
Future. Washington, 1984, 42 pp.



Sorensen, Aage, Sociological Research on the Labor Market:
Conceptual and Methodological Issues. Reprinted from Work and
Occupations, Vol. 10, No. 3, 1983, pp. 261-87. Madison, WI,
University of Wisconsin, Institute for Research on Poverty, 1984. (IRP
Reprint Series, 486.)



U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment in Perspective:
Minority Workers. Washington, 1984, 4 pp. (Report 712.)



Work in American Institute, Inc., A Work in America Institute
Report, 1984-85. Scarsdale, NY, 1984, 23 pp. Management and
organization theory



Bromage, Mary C., Writing Audit Reports. 2d ed. New York,
McGraw-hill Book Co., 1984, 213 pp. $29.95.



Gunn, Christopher Eaton, Workers’ Self-Management in the
United States. Ithaca, NY, Cornell University Press, 1984, 251 pp.,
bibliography. $25.



Winkler, John, Bargaining for Results, New York, Facts on File
Publications, 1984 194 pp. $16.95. Monetary and fiscal policy



Black, Robert P., “The Fed’s Mandate: Help or
Hindrance?” Economic Review, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond,
July-August 1984, pp. 3-7.



McCarthy, F. Ward, Jr., “A Review of Bank Performance in the
Fifth District, 1983,” Economic review, Federal Reserve Bank of
Richmond, July-August 1984, pp. 21-29.



Mehra, Yash, “The Tax Effect, and Recent Behavior of the After
Tax Rate: Is it too High?” Economic Review, Federal reserve Bank
of Richmond, July-August 1984, pp. 8-20. Welfare programs and social
insurance



Berlin, Sharon B, and Linda E. Jones, Life After Welfare: AFDC Termination Among Long-Term Recipients. Reprinted from Social Service
Review, September 1983, pp. 378-402. Madison, WI, University of
Wisconsin, Institute for Research on Poverty, 1984. (IRP Reprint Series,
478.)



Danziger, Sheldon and Peter Gottschalk, The Measurement of Poverty:
Implications for Antipoverty Policy. Reprinted from American Behavioral
Scientist, July-August 1983, pp. 739-56. Madison, WI, University of
Wisconsin, Institute for Research on Poverty, 1984. (IRP Reprint Series,
476.)



Employee Benefit Research Institute, “The World of Pensions
Ten Years after ERISA,” EBRI Issue Brief, Employee Benefit Research
Research Institute, September 1984, pp. 1-22.



Haveman, Robert A. and Barbara L. Wolfe, Disability and Work
Effort: A Probabilistic Choice Analysis of the Labor Supply Decisions of
Older Men. Reprinted from Social Insurance, Lars Soderstrom, ed., pp.
187-205. Madison, WI, University of Wisconsin, Institute for Research
on Poverty, 1984. (IRP Reprint Series, 479.)



Warlick, Jennifer, Aged Women: A Problem Without a Solution?
Reprinted from Aging and Public Policy: The Politics of Growing Old in
America, William P. Brown and Laura Katz Olsen, eds. Madison, WI,
University of Wisconsin, Institute for Research on Poverty, 1984. (IRP
Reprint Series. 477.)