CEPR Discussion Papers

The Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) is an independent, non-profit organisation, that was founded in 1983 “to enhance the quality of economic policy-making within Europe and beyond, by fostering high quality, policy-relevant economic research, and disseminating it widely to decision-makers in the public and private sectors.”

The CEPR’s network of Research Fellows and Affiliates includes more than 1,300 economists doing research on issues affecting the European economy.  The results of their research are disseminated via the CEPR Discussion Papers series.

The Centre produces more than 800 Discussion Papers each year.  These papers can be browsed either by year or by programme areas, which include: Labour Economics; Public Economics; Financial Economics; Development Economics; Monetary Economics and Macroeconomics.

Our suscription gives you full-text access to the latest CEPR Discussion Papers.  You will also be able to browse the CEPR’s archive of over 12,000 Discussion Papers from 1984 to present and download the documents in PDF format.

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Introducing World-Check Country Risk Ranking

The database World-Check Country Risk Ranking from Thomson Reuters is now available for use inside the library.

What does it do?

World-Check Country Risk Ranking provides a current ranking of countries based on political, economic and criminal factors from hundreds of independent sources and international organisations, including the World Bank, Financial Action Task Force, OECD and World Economic Forum.

World-Check Country Risk Ranking screenshot
World-Check Country Risk Ranking screenshot

Risk factors include:
• Type of governance
• Political stability
• Armed conflict
• Human Rights
• Debt
• Credit Sovereign Ratings
• Fraud
• Human trafficking
• Corruption

World-Check Country Ranking risk factors breakdown
World-Check Country Ranking risk factors breakdown

Ranking is updated when new source material is published. Ratings are transparent and linked directly to their sources.

World-Check Country Risk Ranking risk factors
Political factors


How can we get access it?

World-Check Country Risk Ranking can be accessed on networked computers at Northampton Square Library or Cass Learning Resource Centre. Users should ask at the helpdesk to get access. Please note only one user at a time can access it at each site.
Questions about World-Check Country Risk Ranking can be directed to Samantha Halford (samantha.halford.1@city.ac.uk) or Catie Tuttle (catie.tuttle.1@city.ac.uk).

Library Staff Love #7: Bloomberg

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No, not former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. I mean, it’s not that we don’t like him, he’s probably lovely: we’re just not acquainted.

No, we’re talking about Bloomberg: the business and financial resource. Which is exciting, as to use it you need to access special machines with all kinds of buttons and two screens (and there’s this really cool feature involving little ships).

Bloomberg is the latest selection for our Library Staff Love feature and was chosen by Catie our Subject Librarian for Undergraduate Business courses. Here’s Catie on Bloomberg:

“Do you ever wonder how Apple’s share price compared with the sales of the iPhone in the last year? We do too!

Bloomberg lets you get this information quickly and easily. It’s highly compatible with Microsoft Excel, and will give you the most up to date share prices available from any resource.

But wait, there’s more!

Get economic, industry, and historic currency and exchange rate data. With Bloomberg you can find career, salary and net worth information about key individuals and financials of publicly traded companies without having to read through hundreds of pages of financial statements. Bloomberg even lets you make restaurant reservations, shop for luxury goods, and find and connect with professionals in your chosen field.

To use it, just sign up on a Bloomberg terminal near you. Use Bloomberg in the Financial Resources Suite at Northampton Square Library or at Cass in the Bloomberg Dealing Room or the Financial Resources Zone. Book a database terminal now!”

If you would like more information on using Bloomberg, Catie has information on her Library Guides, as well as her contact details if you’ve got any more questions.

Thanks for the suggestion Catie!


Resource of the month – World Bank eLibrary

What is the World Bank eLibrary?

The World Bank eLibrary offers quick and easy access to nearly 9,000 World Bank books, reports, journals and working papers published since early 1990’s.

The Word Bank eLibrary is a very useful resource to find information on global issues such as development policy, climate change and poverty; it covers a broad range of subjects:  


How can I use it?

You can browse or use the Quick and Advance search option to search for a specific book title or a topic. 

The landing page, always displays the list of the most recent books, journal articles and working papers added to the World Bank eLibrary


You can view if the book has been mentioned on social media, and link to the blog post or tweet, and view a geographical and demographical breakdown of the tweeters.


Looking for data?  The eLibrary’s data collection contains 54 of the most popular World Development Indicators.  You can search for data by regions or by indicators.  You can select the years you require and save them in a spreadsheet.


World Bank eLibary, highligts and features at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6GLU4sF3Co and video tutorials at http://elibrary.worldbank.org/page/using_elib

Where can I access it? 

Find the link to the World Bank eLibrary in the A-Z list of databases http://libguides.city.ac.uk/az.php?a=w , then access with your IT username and password