Monday, February 13, 2012

Biblophile: Enough Canadiana to Bury You Alive Pt II

And we're back, with Part II of the Day Canadian Entries Destroyed Bibliophile. Join me in more fun.

I really don't feel like getting into every single title here, so we'll take a summary approach, where I name the basic categories as they turn up. Thus... we've got pension discussions... disabilities in the workplace...Canadian housing trends...(A LOT on housing trends, from rural availability to the effects of the Olympics on Vancouver housing) the Canadian immigrant labor market...agricultural economics...(from tobacco to hemp to dairy)... Canadian energy management (another big topic, from how "consumers are cheated at the pump" is a myth to Saskatchewan oil sands)... prescription drug prices...manufacturing... foresting...transportation (urban transit and national highways system, maritime and rail)... broadcast television... international trade...(A lot on the US, which you'd expect, up a really high number of papers on Canada and China as well)

And finally, there is something that appeals to me, as a representative of the book nerd group:
Who buys books in Canada?: a statistical analysis based on household spending data. Hill Strategies Research, c2005.
52% of Canadians bought no books at all; of the 48% who did, average spending was $196. 17% of those surveyed had been to a poetry or literary reading in the last year (really?), and 2/3 had read a book in the last year. The data was gathered in 2001, so I expect the numbers now are somewhat less, given all our digital doodads and geegaws.

Then there's mortgage rates... and then this:
Once on the lips, forever on the hips : a benefit-cost analysis of fiscal stimulus in OECD countries / Bev Dahlby. Toronto, Ont. : C.D. Howe Institute, 2009
I have no idea what this book is about, but the title is a win.

Next, we have tax reform... And finally, a subject that's mildly interesting to me, social media. With such topics as sharing wireless in urban neighborhoods, and Canadian Internet use. And then we're back into the fray, with Canadian social issues, ranging from the Gang of Six to Station 20 West (there's a local Saskatchewan issue).

Sex, teen pregnancies, STDs, and beer prices: empirical evidence from Canada / Anindya Sen, May Luong.
As the author says: "We evaluate the effects of higher beer prices on gonorrhea, chlamydia, and teen pregnancy rates by pooling data across Canadian provinces over time. Higher real beer prices are significantly correlated with a reduction in both gonorrhea and chlamydia rates with price elasticities ranging from -0.6 to -1.4. In contrast, an increase in the minimum legal drinking age is significantly associated with a reduction in teen pregnancies as well as births." So now we know.

This is followed by numerous reports on sexuality, family, and social justice issues. And that goes into youth issues in general.

Recreating Japanese men / edited by Sabine Frühstück and Anne Walthall. Berkeley : University of California Press, c2011.
And now for something different. It's an anthology with a historic perspective, with an examination from ancient Japan to modern examinations of anime and robots. I was hoping for something related to videogames, but I'll take what I can get.

We've now moved into neighborhood zoning and city planning. Then social welfare and assistance programs. And the next thing you know, we're at 8000. Halfway there! Go team!

Later Days.

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