The Business and Economics Librarians at University of Chicago will be offering an orientation for new students in The College planning on studying economics on Friday, September 25. If you are majoring in economics, this is a can’t miss 60-minute session. Learn about all the services the Library can provide to aid your research, from accessing the major relevant newspapers and journals (think The Economist and The Wall Street Journal) to finding economics articles and papers. An introduction to some of the best sources for economics data will also be provided. The session will begin promptly on the hour.
Where: The Joseph Regenstein Library, Room 523
When: Friday, September 25 at 11am
Questions? Ask a Librarian
The Business & Economics Librarians at University of Chicago Library are now providing research services and support on Twitter and Facebook. Follow and like these accounts for updates on resources, research recommendations and more. The Business & Economics Librarians will also be available to answer research questions through both platforms.
This week’s “Black Monday” market crash clearly demonstrates how interconnected China’s economy is with the rest of the world’s economies. The Economist‘s online article The Causes and Consequences of China’s Market Crash provides insight into what seems to have been the cause. Chinese markets have remained volatile since the devaluation of the yuan on August 11. The continued decline last week of the Shanghai Composite Index is suggesting that China’s industrial activity is slowing. University of Chicago researchers interested in diving into China’s industry data to form their own analysis can do so with China Data Online. Data for over 30 industry categories are available for general analysis going back until 1999. Monthly statistics on output and production, top enterprises and market analysis by city and region are available as well, including statistics from 2015.
University of Chicago researchers can also search Factiva and EconLit for articles discussing business in China.
Questions? Ask a Librarian.
Citation: (2015, August 24). The causes and consequences of China’s market crash. The Economist. Retrieved from http://www.economist.com/news/business-and-finance/21662092-china-sneezing-rest-world-rightly-nervous-causes-and-consequences-chinas
Emily Treptow joined the University of Chicago Library on June 1 as the new Business & Economics Librarian for Instruction & Outreach. She came to us from Michigan State University where she was a Business Reference Librarian from November 2012 to May 2015.
Below, Emily has answered questions about her plans for her work at the University of Chicago
How do you envision working with faculty and students in your new role here?
I am very excited about my new role, which is also a brand new position at the library. It was created with leeway for me to spend time outside the library to meet with students and faculty at the locations most convenient for them. I will be available to travel to Booth’s Harper Center and Gleacher Center and to the Economics Department in Saieh Hall to provide research assistance via office hours and instruction. I also envision leveraging this flexibility by attending relevant discussions and workshops on campus to better equip myself to build a program of outreach that will provide the research services that faculty and students need. I hope to be involved in orientation sessions for new Booth and Economics students, in addition to providing increased point of need services and instruction.
Do you have a sense of what you’d like to accomplish in your first year at University of Chicago?
In my first year, I would like to spend time meeting with Booth and Economics students, staff and faculty to learn more about their needs and how I can create services to meet those needs. I would also like use social media as another means for building these connections.
UChicago faculty and students are encouraged to contact Emily with questions or requests for assistance with business & economics research, teaching and learning. You can reach Emily at firstname.lastname@example.org or 773.834.3415.
Earlier this year, the question What is the value of a brand? was answered on The Big Question, a video series created by Booth’s research magazine Capital Ideas. An expert panel consisting of Professor Ann L. McGill and Professor Pradeep K. Chintagunta as well as Ann Mukherjee, the president of global snacks and global insights at PepsiCo, discussed the function of brands, building a brand, and measuring and increasing brand value.
University of Chicago researchers can learn more about brand value using the following resources:
- eMarketer provides rankings by brand value across different different industries based on overall financial return to an organization’s investors, the brand’s influence on the generation of demand through choice, and the ability of the brand to create loyalty and keep generating demand and profit into the future.
- Factiva allows you easily filter your search for content in the subject area of Branding.
- Passport GMID covers a range of topics including brand divestment and provides international brand share statistics and brand analysis.
Questions? Ask a Librarian.
The International Monetary Fund recently announced that all of their data sets are now free to everyone. Previously, IMF data were only available through Library subscriptions. The subscription interface is still available, but will be discontinued in the near future. The new open platform allows registered users to download entire data sets in addition to data query results.
Access the new data portal at
Extensive help files are available at
If you created an account on the old system, your login credentials should work at the new site. Saved data queries will not be transferred, however.
Amy Merick’s article “Why words are the new numbers: the coming revolution of data analysis” appears in the latest issue of Chicago Booth’s Capital Ideas. The article highlights the research of many Chicago Booth faculty in the area of text analysis. The references will take you directly to a sample of related faculty publications.
For a complete list of faculty publications with links please refer to the library guide Selected Bibliographies of Business and Economics Faculty.