National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
The National Bureau of Economic Research was founded in 1920 and is
"dedicated to promoting a greater understanding of how the economy
works. The NBER is committed to undertaking and disseminating
unbiased economic research among public policymakers, business
professionals, and the academic community." Today, some 600
academics are NBER researchers, and they focus on "four types of
empirical research: developing new statistical measurements,
estimating quantitative models of economic behavior, assessing the
effects of public policies on the U.S. economy, and projecting the
effects of alternative policy proposals." One of their best known
projects is the dating of U.S. recessions and expansions.
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purchased. Papers from before the "Internet era" are available too,
and were recently reduced in size to speed their download.
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as is their NBER's Macro-Historical Database
, and New Ph.D.s in Economics (NBER)
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their varied programs.