Chicago Booth professor’s new book on sports and the statistics behind them

Tobias Moskowitz, Fama Family Professor of Finance, recently published Scorecasting: The Hidden Influences Behind How Sports Are Played and Games Are Won

Scorecasting looks into the statistics behind sports and challenges notions such as home field advantage, “defense wins championships” and why the Cubs are (or aren’t) cursed. The book is currently on 24 hour reserve at Regenstein Library.  A selected bibliography of Professor Moskowitz’s work is available here.

You can find similar research in journal articles indexed in EconLit. “Sports and incentives” is a good starting point.


Researching demographic diversity in the United States

The United States Census Bureau continues to issue results and reports related to the 2010 national census.  The latest report is titled Overview of Race and Hispanic Origin: 2010.

The library has a detailed research guide, Finding Census Data that provides links to online data as well as listing our print holdings for both the population and economic censuses.

Social Explorer is a user friendly database for both downloading and mapping US Census data.  Social Explorer contains census data from 1790 to present (as the database announced that 2010 Census is now available as of March 25th).

If you are looking to compare United States demographics with other countries, try Passport GMID (Global Market Information Database) produced by Euromonitor.  We especially recommend the Consumer Lifestyles reports, which give detailed information on consumer demographics in over 70 countries.


Discontinuation of the Statistical Abstract of the United States

Continental United States Population Map (NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio)

The U.S. Census Bureau has announced that it is going to discontinue the publishing of the print and online versions of the Statistical Abstract of the United States (first published in 1879). The proposed Federal 2012 budget does not include funding for the Statistical Compendia Branch which would mean the elimination of not only the Statistical Abstract, but all titles produced by that branch (State and Metropolitan Area Data Book, County and City Data Book, etc.).  Confirmation from the Census Bureau is listed at GPO Access under the topic “Statistical Abstract and the Consolidated Federal Funds Report, and other noted publications from the Statistical Compendia Branch (Census Bureau).”

The Statistical Abstract is a heavily used starting point for finding statistical information.   To see a 45 second video prepared by librarians at the University of Texas at San Antonio explaining what you can find in the Statistical Abstract, access

Anheuser-Busch takes over Goose Island

The Chicago Tribune reported on March 28 that Anheuser-Busch is taking over Goose Island.  To find out more about Anheuer-Busch and the beer industry, try out a few of the library databases found on the Business and Economics Research Guide.

To see a full history of the acquisitions of Anheuser-Busch, take a look in Mergent Online using the ticker symbol BUD. Mergent Online provides company financials and complete corporate histories of publicly traded companies.

Another source of information is market reports within Business Source Complete (BSC).  For example you can read the 102 page Breweries & Beer-Making Industry Report for 2011 that was found in BSC.

Gender studies data available in OECD iLibrary

The University of Chicago Library subscribes to OECD iLibrary, formerly known as SourceOECD.  The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)  online library for books, papers and statistics.

By simply entering the term gender in the OECD iLibrary search box you will see a surprising amount of socioeconomic information on gender issues around the world.   Here are just a few examples:

Atlas of Gender and Development

Gender equality: Factors reducing women’s quality of life, scale 0 to 1

Gender, Institutions and Development

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) is made up of 34 member countries from around the world with a mission “to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world.”

You may access OECD iLibrary via our Database Finder, Lens, or the Library Catalog.

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