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Economics Portal: Getting Started with Economics Research

Starting Point for Economics Research
Key Resources

Europe's Monetary Mistake 

Unwelcome monetary conditions hold sway in the Euro Area, where the European Central Bank has allowed money supply growth to fall precipitously. Americans should be concerned, too, because economic weakness in Europe means less demand for U.S. exports, according to Murray and Monti Professor of Economics Peter Ireland. E21.comTwo Boston College economists are part of a team of researchers among six finalist organizations competing for the 2014 Franz Edelman Prize, considered the world’s premier honor for the use of advanced analytics to solve significant business and humanitarian problems

Professors Tayfun Sönmez and Utku Ünver, together with colleagues at Stanford University and MIT, have spent several years developing matching mechanisms to connect donors and recipients for paired kidney exchange. The team’s work has supported the Alliance for Paired Donation, which is developing a nationwide program to better serve more than 88,000 people waiting for kidney transplants. For Sönmez, being named a finalist is an honor, but he’s most proud of the impact the team’s work has had improving the health of individuals suffering from kidney disease and damage.

The Economics of Hope

For people suffering from kidney disease, transplants are a matter of life or death, and the process is often complex. Fortunately, thanks to trailblazing research by Boston College economists Tayfun Sönmez and Utku Ünver, the road to renewed health is becoming easier.


New Resources
Amadeus (BC Community) Access is for one year only (6/2014-6/2015)
A database of comparable financial information for public and private companies across Europe. Note BC subscription includes very large companies, about 1 million. Access is also provided via WRDS.
Bankscope (BC Community) Access for one year only (4/2014-4/2015).
Bankscope contains detailed financial information for the following public and private banks: ••Top 8,000 European banks ••Top 14,000 North American banks ••1,000 Japanese banks ••1,200 Russian banks ••Over 5,000 other major banks ••The leading 35 supranational banking and financial organizations.  Each bank report contains a detailed consolidated and/or unconsolidated balance sheet, an income statement and interim reports with up to 16 years of information. Bankscope also provides ratings, rating reports, country risk ratings and reports, news and detailed ownership information and bank structures. Access is also provided via WRDS. (BC Community) Access is for one year only (4/2014-4/2015).
Market research reports in many industries including: service industries, consumer goods, demographics, food and beverage, heavy industry, life science, public sector and technology and medi

StateStats (BC Community)

Data coverage of each state including health care, crime, education and more. You'll find reliable, easy-to-use data from more than 80 different sources covering more than 15 years. When you find data you're interested in explore it using the mapping and graphing tools, compare it with other data sets, or export it to Excel.

Database Trials at Boston College
Check out databases on trial at BC. Includes many different subject areas.

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