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Econ. Resources on the Internet [20 of 20]

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   Resources for Economists on the Internet, Vol. 4, No. 2, September, 1999

             Editor: Bill Goffe <>
             Editorial Assistant: Elise Braden <>

                            Part 20 of 20

   This guide, sponsored by the American Economic Association, lists
   more than 1,000 resources on the Internet of interest to academic and
   practicing economists, and those interested in economics. Almost all
   resources are also described.

   Resources for Economists on the Internet (RFE) is a copyrighted work
   of the American Economic Association (the "AEA"). Permission to make
   digital, electronic or hard copies of part or all of RFE for personal
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   "Resources for Economists on the Internet (RFE), Copyright 1999
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   For distribution via Usenet, this FAQ is split into 20 parts as large
   files don't travel well on Usenet. For other locations of this guide,
   see the section titled "1.5 Where to Obtain This Guide" in part 2.

15.0 Neat Stuff

15.1 JokEc: Jokes About Economists and Economics

   This page, by Pasi Kuoppamakki and part of NetEc, lists a number of
   jokes about our profession. As some appear to be relatively uncommon
   (at least in my experience), I thought others might be interested. I
   am sure that the author would like additional ones.

   # Information: Pasi Kuoppamakki <>

15.2 One Line Economics

   This page, by Hiroyuki Kawakatsu, is full of on-liners on scholarly
   research, economics, and econometrics that are frequently trenchant.


15.3 Apache Web Server Project

   [market leading web-server software (freely available)]

   According to one survey, this web server (i.e. the software that web
   browsers like Netscape Navigator and Microsoft Internet Explorer
   connect to) has more than a majority market share -- this is more
   than Microsoft and Netscape's products put together. Interestingly,
   this software is freely available and put together by volunteers, and
   IBM now sells it and contributes to the project.


15.4 Ask-A-Geologist

   [ask specific questions about geology]

   This service, sponsored by the U.S. Geological Survey, allows the
   general public to ask geologists questions about geology. I've found
   it to be a very useful service -- I frequently use it after trips to
   ask about geological features I've come across.


15.5 Center For Responsive Politics' "Open Secrets"

   [data on political contributions]

   This organization offers numerous databases in the political arena.
   It includes contributions to political campaigns, lobbyists, etc.


15.6 Center for Economic Studies Video Lecture Service

   [on-line video talks by famous economists]

   The Center for Economic Studies, in Munich, has a number of famous
   speakers give talks. They have kindly put these talks on-line.
   Currently, their talks include ones by James Buchanan and Richard
   Musgrave, Rüdiger Dornbusch, Robert Haveman and Barbara Wolfe, and
   Jeremy Edwards. One can easily imagine this becoming a much more
   common communication method.


15.7 Cyberian Outpost

   [international computer sales]

   While there are a number of computer retailers on the net, this one
   appears to be unique in that they market and will ship most anywhere
   in the world. Currently, this site offers navigation and takes orders
   in 12 languages. As computer prices are often higher outside the U.S.
   , they should do well.


15.8 EDSAC Simulator

   [simulation of the first modern computer]

   EDSAC was the first stored-memory computer (the more famous ENIAC had
   to be physically programmed by re-plugging wires). EDSAC, at
   Cambridge University, ran its first program on May 6, 1949. At this
   site, you can download a simulator of this ancestor of the computers
   we use today. Doubtless the simulator is at least several orders of
   magnitude faster than the original machine.


15.9 Galileo Solid State Imaging Full Data Releases

   [data archive in another field]

   This site illustrates how another profession, space science, uses the
   Internet to distribute data. In this case, data is images from NASA's
   Galileo mission to Jupiter and its Galilean moons. The findings from
   this mission have led to planning for a mission to Jupiter's moon
   Europa, which appears to have ice floating on a liquid or slushy
   ocean. There is speculation that there might be life in this ocean.


15.10 Interactive Marine Observations

   [want to know the current weather in the middle of the Pacific?]

   This site offers real-time and near real-time weather observations
   from buoys around the world. If you want to know the current weather
   in the middle of the Pacific, this is the place to go.


15.11 Mapquest

   [need a map?]

   Besides generating maps of most anywhere in the U.S., it can also
   operate as an adjustable sized atlas (i.e. you can start with a map
   of anywhere in the world, and then zoom in). It also has a database
   of places useful for travelers and it can give driving directions.


15.12 Mission Statement Generator

   [need a mission statement?]

   This site, part of the "Dilbert Zone" for the popular comic strip,
   will automatically generate a mission statement. These seem quite
   popular in business schools these days; perhaps this could save them
   some time.


15.13 Microsoft TerraServer

   [view places on the Earth from space]

   This site is sponsored by Microsoft to demonstrate its database
   technologies. Here you can find pictures orbital pictures of many
   spots on the Earth (I found my home). It is an interesting way to
   waste valuable time...


15.14 Photo Collection of Famous Economists

   [pictures of famous economists]

   This page, run by Hak Choi of Chinese University of Hong Kong, offers
   "Photo collection of Great Classical Economists" and "Photo
   collection of Great Economists After Keynes." If you've ever wondered
   what some of these people looked like, now you can find out.


15.15 Travel with Bicycles (Air/Rail/Other)

   [the Internet brings together people of varied interests]

   While much is made of the commercial possibilities of the Internet
   today, it also lets people of common interests gather together and
   exchange information they find important. This site offers
   information on how to travel with your bicycle -- there is
   information on navigation airports, airlines, trains, etc.


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