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Reference Book Update: Economic Report of the President of the United States

On February 11, President Obama and the Council of Economic Advisers released the 2010 Economic Report of the President. According to the council's website, "The Economic Report of the President is an annual report written by the Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers. An important vehicle for presenting the Administration’s domestic and international economic policies, it provides an overview of the nation's economic progress with text and extensive data appendices." According to law, it “is transmitted to Congress no later than ten days after the submission of the Budget of the United States Government” (from the GPO Access website). We mentioned the release of this year's Budget of the United States Government here. We featured the Economic Report of the President as a Reference Book of the Week in 2008 here. That post provides a nice overview of what the Economic Report document does. I wanted to highlight this year's edition not only because it is a timely issue that may be of interest to some readers, but also I wanted to mention it because there are some new features this year that readers may appreciate.
  • You can find the complete report here. There are options to download the document as a PDF file or to put it on an e-book reader like a Nook (Barnes and Noble's product) or other reader. You can also just choose to download parts of the report if you wish. You can also find links to get previous reports via GPO Access.
  • Dr. Christina Romer, the Chair of President Obama's Council of Economic Advisers, has written an explanation and commentary on the report (link to White House press release). She posted "A Look Inside the Economic Report of the President" in the White House blog.
  • "The 2010 Economic Report pays particular attention to the evidence behind the economic policy recommendations.  It includes original research and, for the first time, 20 pages of references so that the underlying studies can be found easily" (from the press release).
  • "This is the first Economic Report to be published in color.  This allows figures to show more detail" (also from the press release).
The library currently has the 2009 edition in print for any interested readers. You can find it in the Ready Reference area (the small shelf behind the reference desk) with the call number HC106.5 .A272 2009. We should be getting a print copy of the 2010 edition soon. Also note that you can locate previous print editions of the report going back to 1982 in the library's General Collection (Third Floor Stacks). Just use the same call number (you can leave the year out so you can get to the shelf).
Published by root on 24 Feb

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