New Acquisitions (Books), December 2014


Handbook on climate change and agriculture / edited by Ariel Dinar and Robert Mendelsohn. Cheltenham, [England] : Edward Elgar, c2011. S 589.75 H36 2011

This book explores the interaction between climate change and the agriculture sector. Agriculture is essential to the livelihood of people and nations, especially in the developing world; therefore, any impact on it will have significant economic, social, and political ramifications. Scholars from around the world and from various fields have been brought together to explore this important topic. (Continue reading at

Selected statistics on agriculture, 2014. Quezon City : PSA, 2014. HD 2087 P5383 2014 (FI)

This is a handy publication that contains a comprehensive set of selected agricultural statistics on crops, livestock, poultry and fishery; including foreign trade, and other macroeconomic indicators related to agriculture sector.





2012 full year official poverty statistics. Makati City : National Statistical Coordination Board, 2013. HA 4611 P43a 2013 (FI)

The 2012 Full Year Official Poverty Statistics presents the official poverty statistics for 2012 released to the public by the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) on 9 December 2013, in accordance with Executive Order No. 352, Designation of Statistical Activities that Will Generate Critical Data for Decision-making of the Government and Private Sector. This report followed the release of the very first set of first semester official poverty
statistics for the years 2006, 2009 and 2012 last 23 April 2013, cognizant of the urgent need and demand for more timely statistics.


America’s new swing region : changing politics and demographics in the Mountain West / Ruy Teixeira, editor. Washington, D.C. : Brookings Institution, 2012. JK 2271 A44 2012

The Mountain West—Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah—has become the new swing region in American politics. All signs point to these states, especially Colorado, Nevada and New Mexico, being crucial in the 2012 election. Unfortunately, the rise of this region has been underreported in the media, and many political observers have only the most superficial understanding of the profound economic, political, and social changes that continue to reshape the Mountain West.America’s New Swing Region is the remedy. (Continue reading at


Keuzenkamp, Hugo A.

Probability, econometrics and truth : the methodology of econometrics / Hugo A.     Keuzenkamp. Cambridge, [England] : Cambridge University Press, 2000. HB 139 K48 2000

When John Maynard Keynes likened Jan Tinbergen’s early work in econometrics to black magic and alchemy, he was expressing a widely held view of a new discipline. However, even after half a century of practical work and theorizing by some of the most accomplished social scientists, Keynes’ comments are still repeated today. This book assesses the foundations and development of econometrics and sets out a basis for the reconstruction of the foundations of econometric inference by examining the various interpretations of probability theory that underlie econometrics.

Non-parametric econometrics / Ibrahim Ahamada, Emmanuel Flachaire ; translated by Andrew Clark. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2010. HB 139 A44 2010

This book allows those with a basic knowledge of econometrics to learn the main nonparametric and semiparametric techniques used in econometric modelling, and how to apply them correctly. It looks at kernel density estimation, kernel regression, splines, wavelets, and mixture models, and provides useful empirical examples throughout. Using empirical application, several economic topics are addressed, including income distribution, wage equation, economic convergence, the Phillips curve, interest rate dynamics, returns volatility, and housing prices. A helpful appendix also explains how to implement the methods using R. This useful book will appeal to practitioners and researchers who need an accessible introduction to nonparametric and semiparametric econometrics. The practical approach provides an overview of the main techniques without including too much focus on mathematical formulas. It also serves as an accompanying textbook for a basic course, typically at undergraduate or graduate level.


Appalachian legacy : economic opportunity after the war on poverty / James P. Ziliak, editor. Washington, D.C. : Brookings Institution Press, c2012. HC 107 A127 A67 2012

In 1964, President Lyndon Johnson went to Kentucky’s Martin County to declare war on poverty. The following year he signed the Appalachian Regional Development Act (ARDA), creating a state-federal partnership to improve the region’s economic prospects through better job opportunities, greater human capital, and enhanced transportation. As the focal point of domestic antipoverty efforts, Appalachia took on special symbolic and well as economic importance. Nearly a half century later, what are the results? In Appalachian Legacy, prominent economists and demographers map out the region’s current status. James Ziliak spearheads the investigation into questions such as: How has Appalachia fared since 1965, and how does it now compare to the nation as a whole, in key areas such as education, employment, and health? Was ARDA an effective place-based policy for ameliorating hardship in a troubled region, or is Appalachia still mired in a poverty trap? And what lessons can we draw from the Appalachian experience? This important research will help analysts, policymakers, scholars, and regional experts discern what works in fighting poverty and why. It is also an important contribution to the economic history of the eastern United States.



Empirical post Keynesian economics : looking at the real world / edited by Richard P.F. Holt and Steven Pressman. Armonk, N.Y. : M.E. Sharpe, c2007. HB 171 E55 2007

This text highlights the major empirical questions and issues facing Post Keynesian economics today. Featuring contributions by leading Post Keynesian economists, it focuses on public policy and real-life analysis of this vibrant and dynamic economic theory. In language that is accessible to upper-level undergraduate and graduate students, professional economists, and public policy makers, each of the chapters takes on a specific issue of concern to all professional economists, provides empirical analysis of the issue, and then discusses the Post Keynesian view on the topic and contrasts it with the orthodox perspective. The topics covered are grouped into three main categories: empirical studies of consumption; empirical studies of business investment; and empirical studies of international economic relations.

Robison, Lindon J.

Relationship economics : the social capital paradigm and it’s application to business, politics and other transactions / Lindon J. Robison and Bryan K. Ritchie. Farnham, England : Gower, c2010. HM 548 R63 2010

In a 24/7 world and a global economy, there is no doubt that relationships impact virtually every economic transaction. In “Relationship Economics”, Lindon Robison and Bryan Ritchie argue that what needs to be understood is not just whether relationships matter (which, of course, they do), but also, how much, and in what circumstances they should matter. Providing a rigorous and measurable definition of the way that relationships among individuals create a capital, social capital, that can be saved, spent, and used like other forms of capital, Robison and Ritchie use numerous examples and insightful analysis, to explain how social capital shapes our ability to reduce poverty, understand corruption, encourage democracy, facilitate income equality, and respond to globalization. The first part of the book explains how social capital can be manipulated, stored, expended, and invested. The second part explores how levels of social capital within relationships influence economic transactions both positively and negatively, which in turn shape poverty levels, economic efficiency, levels and types of political participation, and institutional structures.

Social dynamics / edited by Steven N. Durlauf and H. Peyton Young. Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution Press, 2001. HM 1111 S64 2001

Economists have traditionally studied aggregate behavior as the outcome of individual decisions made interactively, while sociologists have focused on the role of social influences on individual behavior. Over the past decade, however, the barriers between the disciplines have broken down, resulting in the new area of social economics. Social economics is based on the assumption that individuals are directly influenced by the choices and characteristics of others, creating a feedback loop from the past choices of some people to the current social context and hence future choices of others. The essays in this book, by some of the creators of the field, provide an overview of social economics and represent a variety of approaches, including theoretical model-building, empirical studies, statistical analyses, and philosophical reflections.

Ziliak, Stephen Thomas

The cult of statistical significance : how the standard error costs us jobs, justice, and   lives / by Stephen T. Ziliak and Deirdre N. McCloskey. Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, c2008. HB 137 Z55 2008

The Cult of Statistical Significance shows, field by field, how “statistical significance,” a technique that dominates many sciences, has been a huge mistake. The authors find that researchers in a broad spectrum of fields, from agronomy to zoology, employ “testing” that doesn’t test and “estimating” that doesn’t estimate. The facts will startle the outside reader: how could a group of brilliant scientists wander so far from scientific magnitudes? This study will encourage scientists who want to know how to get the statistical sciences back on track and fulfill their quantitative promise. The book shows for the first time how wide the disaster is, and how bad for science, and it traces the problem to its historical, sociological, and philosophical roots.


Economics of environmental law / edited by Richard R.W. Brooks, Nathaniel O. Keohane and  Douglas A. Kysar. 2 v. Cheltenham, [England] : Edward Elgar, 2009. K 3585 E295 2009

he economic approach to environmental law and policy has become the dominant framework for analyzing pollution, resource management and many other environmental challenges throughout the world. This two-volume set presents essential articles from both the leading edge of methodological innovation in environmental law and economics and the bedrock of theory upon which all such innovations are built. The editors’ extensive introduction contextualizes the selected papers, highlighting the central theoretical and empirical challenges facing future advancement of this discipline. An impressive collection that is indispensable to policymakers, scholars and those with an interest in the developments in this ever-important field.

Environmental efficiency, innovation and economic performances / edited by Masimiliano  Mazzanti and Anna Montini. London : Routledge, c2010. HD 30.255 E57 2010

Eco-innovation is becoming a conceptual reference point for many regional and international public policies and management strategies. This field of research has been focusing on how environmental innovation is particularly related to the intensity of emissions and economic performance. There are two reasons for this growing interest. The first is that environmental performance is one of the main economic policy goals of European countries, thanks to its relevance to the Lisbon Strategy and the Goteborg priorities for sustainable development. The second, which is partly linked to the first, is related to the growing impact of environmental regulation on private sector activity in many European countries. (Continue reading at


Bodie, Zvi

Pearson custom business resources / compiled by Financial economics, second edition, Zvi Bodie, Robert C. Merton, David Cleeton. Boston, MA : Pearson Learning Solutions, c2012. HG 173 B633 2012

Handbook of behavioral finance / edited by Brian Bruce. Cheltenham, [England] : Edward Elgar, c2010. HG 4515.15 H36 2010          

The Handbook of Behavioral Finance is a comprehensive, topical and concise source of cutting-edge research on recent developments in behavioral finance. The Handbook is divided into three areas of interest. The first – Behavioral Biases – includes discussions on herding in the market, information processing and the disposition effect in investment decisions. In the second section – Behavior in the Investment Process – topics explored include the effects of higher transaction costs on traders’ behavior, investor sentiment, overconfidence and active management, and behavior effects on forecasts. The final section – Global Behavior – looks at the effects of various aspects of behavioral finance in international markets including Malaysia, Finland, Australia and Brazil. Consolidating a colossal amount of research into one volume, this Handbook will stimulate new interdisciplinary research for academics, build a body of knowledge about psychological influences on market behavior for finance students, and give practitioners a better understanding of psychological influences on the markets in order to improve investment decision making.

Ryder, Nicholas

Financial crime in the 21st century : law and policy / Nicholas Ryder. Cheltenham, [England] : Edward Elgar, c2011. HV 6771 G7 R93 2011

This book focuses on the financial crime policies adopted by the international community and how these have been implemented in the United Kingdom and the United States of America. Nicholas Ryder also considers the appropriateness of confiscation and forfeiture of the proceeds of crime as well as the financial crime agencies in both jurisdictions and the effectiveness of their sentencing policies towards financial crime. The author recommends a ‘model financial crime policy’ based on a detailed analysis of the measures discussed in this book. Financial Crime in the 21st Century is aimed at those specialising in the fields of; international financial crime, commercial fraud, corporate and financial crime, money laundering and white-collar crime, amongst others. It is also of great use to undergraduate and postgraduate students undertaking modules within these areas.


A handbook of transport economics / edited by Andre de Palma… [et al.]. Cheltenham, [England] : Edward Elgar, c2011. HE 151 H35 2011

Bringing together insights and perspectives from close to 70 of the world’s leading experts in the field, this timely Handbook provides an up-to-date guide to the most recent and state-of-the-art advances in transport economics. The comprehensive coverage includes topics such as the relationship between transport and the spatial economy, recent advances in travel demand analysis, the external costs of transport, investment appraisal, pricing, equity issues, competition and regulation, the role of public – private partnerships and the development of policy in local bus services, rail, air and maritime transport. This Handbook is designed both for use on postgraduate and advanced undergraduate courses and as a reference for anyone working in the field. It also complements the textbook Principles of Transport Economics.

Button, Kenneth

 Transport economics / Kenneth Button. Cheltenham, [England] : Elgar, c2010. HE 151 B88 2010

Each chapter has been carefully reworked and includes new material dealing with the regulation of transport markets. The theoretical content is supported with considerable empirical evidence drawn from a wide range of international sources. Although aimed primarily at university students, this volume is accessible to non-specialists who have an interest in transport economics. It has no modal bias but rather examines in general terms the many aspects of the demand for, and supply of, transport together with the various methods of government intervention needed to ensure that social and environmental criteria are attained. This successful and widely adopted textbook has been meticulously revised and updated for the third edition. As the best intermediate text currently available, it will be welcomed by students, policymakers and all those concerned with the supply of transport services.


The Gravity model in international trade : advances and applications / edited by Peter A.G.  van Bergeijk and Steven Brakman. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2010. HF 1379 G726 2010

How do borders affect trade? Are cultural and institutional differences important for trade? Is environmental policy relevant to trade? How does one’s income or wage relate to the fact that trade partners are nearby or far away? These are just some of the important questions that can be answered using the gravity model of international trade. This model predicts and explains bilateral trade flows in terms of the economic size and distance between trading partners (e.g. states, regions, countries, trading blocs). In recent years, there has been a surge of interest in this model and it is now one of the most widely applied tools in applied international economics. This book traces the history of the gravity model and takes stock of recent methodological and theoretical advances, including new approximations for multilateral trade resistance, insightful analyses of the measurement of economic distance and analyses of foreign direct investment.

PJEPA: strengthening the foundation for regional cooperation and economic integration / edited by Erlinda M. Medalla. Makati City : Philippine Institute for Development Studies, 2013. HF 1600.5 J3 P54 2013 (FI)

This two-volume publication of the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) and the Philippine APEC Study Center Network (PASCN) is composed of 17 studies that assess the potential impact of the Philippines-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (PJEPA) on the Philippine macroeconomy and key sectors, which include agriculture, manufacturing and trade, small and medium enterprises, and tourism. Jointly conducted in 2003 by the PIDS, PASCN, and the Department of Trade and Industry, these studies aided Philippine representatives during the negotiations for the agreement with Japan from 2004 to 2006.


Di Gropello, Emanuela

Skills for the labor market in the Philippines. Washington, D.C. : The World Bank, c2010. HF 5381.6 D54 2010 (FI)

The Filipino economy has experienced overall growth over the last 20 years, but the growth of the manufacturing sector has been sluggish, and the country has lost innovation capacity. Regaining momentum will depend on many factors, but skills have a key role to play in supporting the growing service sector, improving the competitiveness of the manufacturing sector, and enhancing the long-term ability of the country to innovate and adapt and assimilate new technologies. ‘Skills for the Labor Market in the Philippines’ analyzes the functional skills with which workers need to be equipped to be employable and support firms’ competitiveness and productivity, and evaluates the role of the education and training system in providing these skills. Based on an innovative survey of employers, this book is the most comprehensive attempt thus far to review the skills that matter for the labor market. The book reveals that a dramatic increase in educational attainment occurred in just under two decades in the Philippines. However, in light of the growing demand for skills, the authors also make it clear that there are indications of emerging skills gaps, suggesting that skills are becoming a constraining factor for economic growth. The authors flesh out several policy implications, which should provide a valuable contribution to improving the country’s education and training system. The book is primarily intended for the policy makers and researchers who shape the delivery of education and training in the Philippines and other middle-income countries.

Philippines. Department of Labor and Employment

Handbook on workers’ statutory  monetary benefits / Bureau of Working Conditions, Department of Labor and employment. – 2014 edition. – Manila: Bureau of Working Conditions, Department of  Labor and Employment, 2014. HD 4928 N62 P6 P45 2014 (FI)

The Handbook on Workers’ Statutory Monetary Benefits provides a comprehenive outline of the mandatory benefits that workers are entitled to receive under the Labor Code and other existing laws. Pertinent provisions from existing legislations have been condensed in a single material to provide not only labor law enforcers, employees and employers but also teachers, students, researchers and the general public a clear grasp of minimum legal requirements concerning the workers’ monetary and non-monetary benefits.


The Regulation of genetically modified organisms : comparative approaches / edited by Luc Bodiguel and Michael Cardwell. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2010. K 3927 R44 2010

The regulation of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) continues to generate controversy. On the one hand, they are actively promoted by the biotechnology industry as vital to ensuring food security. Yet, on the other hand, consumer resistance persists, not least in the European Union, and such lack of confidence extends not just to GM food itself but also to the regulatory regime, where legal issues are inextricably linked with economics and politics. This edited collection provides a novel contribution to the ongoing debate, recognizing that the legislative environment is complicated by forces as varied as national public opinion and world trade commitments. The book is divided into four parts. The first of these addresses the influence in this context of both civil society and economic imperatives. The second part is directed more specifically to the measures that have been implemented in the European Union, considering multi-level governance, wider aspects of food law, co-existence with conventional and organic crops, and environmental liability. The third part is comparative in focus, with chapters covering the diverse regimes implemented in Africa, Australia, North America and South America. The book concludes with chapters on world trade and international considerations, including analysis of the Biotech case.


Bosworth, Barry

The decline in saving : a threat to America’s prosperity? / Barry P. Bosworth. Washington, D.C. : Brookings Institution, c2012. HC 110 S3 B67 2012

Longtime Brookings economist and former presidential adviser Barry Bosworth examines why saving rates in the United States have fallen so precipitously over the past quarter century, why the initial consequences were surprisingly benign, and how reduced saving will affect the future well-being of Americans. The Decline in Saving provides an extensive and unparalleled account of the complexity of present saving patterns, an issue made even more serious by the 2008–09 global economic and financial crises. It objectively examines saving at both the individual household and the aggregate economy levels to understand whether the U.S. decline in saving is truly a threat to American prosperity.

Handbook on the economics of happiness / edited by Luigino Bruni and Pier Luigi Porta. Cheltenham, [England] : Edward Elgar, 2007. HB 74 P8 H372 2007

This book is a welcome consolidation and extension of the recent expanding debates on happiness and economics. Happiness and economics, as a new field for research, is now of pivotal interest particularly to welfare economists and psychologists.

Why poverty persists : poverty dynamics in Asia and Africa / edited by Bob Baulch. Cheltenham, [England] : Edward Elgar, c2011. HC 79 P6 W49 2011

This edited book analyzes what traps people in chronic poverty, and what allows them to escape from it, using long-term panel surveys from six Asian and African countries. The distinguishing feature of these studies, which were commissioned by the Chronic Poverty Research Centre, is they span longer periods or have more survey waves than most developing country panels. This allows a detailed account of the maintainers of chronic poverty and drivers of poverty dynamics. Many of the studies (from Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Nepal, Pakistan, South Africa and Vietnam) are written by leading development economists, and all pay careful attention to the difficult issues of attrition, measurement error and tracking. The book’s comparative perspective highlights the common factors which cause people to fall into chronic poverty and allow them to break-free from it. A number of promising policies and interventions for reducing chronic poverty are identified. This up-to-date book will be an excellent resource for international development agencies, academics specialising in development economics and development studies, and researchers in international NGOs. Graduate students of development economics and development studies will also find much to interest them.


Balance of payments statistics, yearbook 2011 / prepared by IMF Statistics Department. Washington, D.C. : International Monetary Fund, c2011. HG 3882 B35 2011

The Balance of Payments Statistics Yearbook, usually published in December, contains balance of payments statistics for most of the world, compiled in accordance with the IMF’s Balance of Payments Manual. Part 1 includes aggregate as well as detailed information in the form of analytical and standard component presentations for countries. Part 2 provides tables of data, featuring area and world totals of balance of payments components and aggregates. Part 3 presents descriptions of methodologies, compilation practices, and data sources used by individual member countries in compiling their balance of payments and international investment position statistics.

The Economics of consumer credit / Giuseppe Bertola, Richard Disney, and Charles Grant, editors. Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, c2006. HG 3755 E26 2006

Academic research and policy discussions of credit markets usually focus on borrowing by firms and producers rather than by households, which are typically analyzed in terms of their savings and portfolio choices. The Economics of Consumer Credit brings together leading international researchers to focus specifically on consumer debt, presenting current empirical and theoretical research crucial to ongoing policy debates on such topics as privacy rules, the regulation of contractual responsibilities, financial stability, and overindebtedness.The rapidly developing consumer credit industry in the United States is mirrored by that in Europe, and this volume is noteworthy for its cross-national perspective. Several chapters compare the use of credit markets by households in different countries, while others focus on single country case studies–including consumer credit dynamics in Italy, the role of housing expenditure in the cyclical pattern of borrowing in the United Kingdom, and the use of credit cards by U.S. consumers–to illustrate general insights. Other chapters draw policy lessons from the U.S. experience with bankruptcy regulation and the development of the credit counseling industry. Finally, the book reviews historical, theoretical, and empirical aspects of information sharing, of particular interest in light of the integration of European Union credit markets.

Insufficient funds : savings, assets, credit, and banking among low-income households / edited by Rebecca M. Blank and Michael S. Barr.  New York : Russell Sage Foundation,  c2009. HG 1601 I57 2009

One in four American adults doesn’t have a bank account. Low-income families lack access to many of the basic financial services middle-class families take for granted and are particularly susceptible to financial emergencies, unemployment, loss of a home, and uninsured medical problems. Insufficient Funds explores how institutional constraints and individual decisions combine to produce this striking disparity and recommends policies to help alleviate the problem. (Continue reading at

 Volz, Ulrich

Prospects for monetary cooperation and integration in East Asia / Ulrich Volz.  Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, c2010. HG 1270.5 V65 2010

East Asian countries were notably uninterested in regional monetary integration until the late 1990s, when the Asian financial crisis revealed the fragility of the region’s exchange rate arrangements and highlighted the need for a stronger regional financial architecture. Since then, the countries of East Asia have begun taking steps to explore monetary and financial cooperation, establishing such initiatives as regular consultations among finance ministers and central bank governors and the pooling of foreign exchange reserves. (Continue reading


Partisan appointees and public servants : an international analysis of the role of the political  adviser / edited by Chris Eichbaum, Richard Shaw. Cheltenham, [England] : Edward Elgar Pub., c2010. JF 1525 C6 P37 2010

This comparative collection of original contributions examines the role of political staff in executive government and the consequences for policy-making and governance. The leading contributors reveal that good governance is about governments getting the advice that they need to hear as well as the advice that they want to hear. They highlight the importance of ensuring that the advice is appropriately responsive to the policy priorities of the government of the day. In countries such as the United States, and in some European democracies, political appointments to senior administrative positions are not a new development. However, in recent years a third element – the political adviser – has also become a feature of policy-making and political management in Westminster-styled systems. This authoritative work seeks to illuminate the drivers behind the advent of political staff in executive government, and the consequences for policy-making and governance. This unique book includes case studies from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the Republic of Ireland, the United Kingdom and the United States. Academics and postgraduates researching in public administration and management as well as political science will find this book invaluable. Policymakers in agencies responsible for public service leadership will also find much to interest them in this important book.

Rabinovich, Itamar  

The lingering conflict : Israel, the Arabs, and the Middle East, 1948-2011 / Itamar Rabinovich. Washington, D.C. : Brookings Institution Press, c2011. DS 119.76 R33 2011

In The Lingering Conflict Itamar Rabinovich, a former chief negotiator for Israel, provides unique and authoritative insight into the prospects for genuine peace in the Middle East. His presentation includes a detailed insider account of the peace processes of 1992–96 and a frank dissection of the more dispiriting record since then. (Continue reading at