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Volume 9, Issue 1, 1995


Royal Economic Society Conference, Computing Sessions

Chris Birchenhall has again organised several computing sessions for the annual RES conference, which this year takes place at the University of Kent in Canterbury from 27th to 30th March. All computing sessions are to be held on Tuesday 28th March. The provsional timetable is as follows: 9.00 - 11.00 am Two parallel sessions A. World Wide Web Demonstration and discussion (Chair: C.R. Birchenhall). B GAUSS and add-in libraries (Chair: Ray O'Brien). 2.00 - 3.30 pm Launch and Hands-on Session for WinEcon. (Economics Consortium). 4.00 - 5.15 pm National Data Services: MIDAS and Essex Archive (Chair: Chris Birchenhall). For further information about the conference conatct Alan Carruth in the Department of Economics at the University of Kent.

The Eastern Economics Association (USA)

This year's meetings are being held this year in New York City from 17th to 19th March. Professor Thomas Hamer of Rowan College New Jersey has organised a session on "The Internet and Computer-Aided Learning: Uses and Experiences!. For further information you can contact him at

One Day Workshop - An Introduction to STATA

The first of two workshops organised by the CTI Centre for Economics (with sponsorship from the ESRC) on the statistics / econometrics package STATA is to be held on 14th March at the University of London Computing Centre. A second - advanced workshop will be held early in May. Details will be released shortly.

The Workshop sessions will be taken by Dr. James Banks (Institute for Fiscal Studies). The emphasis of the workshop will be gaining hands on experience of the package. Each participant will have access to a workstation.

Places on the workshop are strictly limited so early booking is advised.The fee for the workshop (inclusive of lunch and refreshments) is 50.

ESRC Postgraduate students are entitled to attend the workshop at no charge (please let us have proof of eligibility with the booking form). Full payment should accompany the booking form - cheques should be made payable to the "University of Bristol". Accomodation for the 13th or 14th March may be available at local hotels at the participants own expense. Please include a note with your booking form if you would like to be sent details of accomodation.

Booking forms may be obtained from: Centre for Computing in Economics, Department of Economics, University of Bristol, 8 Woodland Road, Bristol, BS8 1TN. Tel: 0117 928 8478; Fax: 0117 928 8577; Email:

One Day Workshop - The Internet for Economists

The CTI Centre for Economics, in collaboration with the ESRC Networked Information Office at the Centre for Computing in Economics has organised a one day workshop on The Internet for Economists to be held on 22nd March 1995. The workshop will include hands-on sessions taken by Nicky Ferguson and Debra Hiom and will cover Internet basics, e-mail and e-mail lists, the World Wide Web and File Transfer Protocol. The fee for the workshop (including lunch and refreshments) is 50 (ESRC Postgraduate students free of charge on proof of eligibility). Further information and booking forms from the Centre for Computing in Economics.

WWW 95

The Third International World Wide Web conference will be held at the Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics in Darmstadt, Germany from April 10th to 14th. The conference will feature a demonstration session and a "poster forum". For more information look at

CompEco '95

The First International Conference of the Society on Computational Economics is to be held from May 21st to 24th at Austin, Texas. The theme for the conference will be "Computing in Economics and Finance". The conference will be jointly sponsored by the University of Texas at Austin IC2 Institute, the College and Graduate School of Business Center for Information Systems Management, the Department of Economics at Austin, the National Science Foundation, the IEEE Computer Society and the RGK Foundation. The keynote lecture by Ken Judd will be titled "Computational Economics and Economic Thoery: Substitutes or Complements?" Other presenters include Hal Varian, John Geweke, Berc Rustem, Chris Birchenhall, Tom Sargent, Bill Goffe, Bob Parks and David Kendrick. Further information on the conference program from Andy Whinston on (0101) 512 471 8879 and on conference registration from Melissa Brown at the RGK Foundation on (0101) 512 474-9298.


The Third International Conference on Neural Networks in the Capital Markets will be held at the Langham Hilton, London from the 12th to 13th October 1995. In addition a day of introductory tutorials (Wednesday 11th October) will be included to familiarise audiences of different backgrounds with the financial engineering, neural networks and mathematical aspects of the field. For further information contact Ms Busola Oguntula, London Business School, Sussex Place, Regent's Park, London NW1 4SA. Phone (+44) (0171) 262 50 50;fax (+44) (0171) 724 78 75; e-mail

Sixth International CGE Modelling Conference

The Sixth International CGE Modelling Conference will be held at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada from 26th to 28th October 1995. Contact Professor Trien Nguyen for more infomation (

Elsevier/North-Holland Electronic Literature Services for Economists on the Internet

Elsevier/North-Holland has upgraded its services for economists on the Internet.

ECONbase is an interactive and searchable database that allows you to obtain up-to-date information on new and published articles in the 32 Elsevier/North-Holland economics journals. The database covers all articles published since January 1 1994 and currently covers about 2000 articles. Contents Alert Economics provides information on recent and forthcoming articles in the 32 journals.

To subscribe to Contents Alert Economics e-mail econbase- putting in the subject line.

For more information put in the subject line (in both cases omit the < > brackets. For more information about ECONbase gopher to and select economics electronic followed by about ECONbase.

NetEc on the Web

NetEc, the information system on Economics working papers and programs is now available on the World Wide Web. The URL is (watch the capitals). For further information on NetEc mail the enquiry point at and give as your subject.

Pc-Give Professional 8.0

Chapman & Hall have taken over the publication, distribution and marketing of PcGive (from International Thomson Publishing). You can contact them at Chapman & Hall Ltd, 2-6 Boundary Row, London SE1 8HN. Tel 0171 865 0066; Fax 0171 552 9623; e-mail (NB 3 May 1995 revision: the email address shown in the printed version has been changed - from the Webmaster)

Economic Journal Software Reviews Section

Forthcoming reviews include:

May 1995 PcGive Professional 8.0 and PcGive Student 8.0 (Guy Judge and R.Id. Harris); BivoProb : Computer Program for Maximum Likelihood estimation of Bivariate Ordered Probit Models for Censored data (Robert A. Wright); Genetic Algorithms, Classifier Systems and Genetic Programming (Chris Birchenhall). July 1995 Econometric Views (Jennifer Roberts); RATS Version 4.20 and RATS for Windows (Ivonia Rebelo); EconTutor/EconEducator (Ken Randall).

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