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How can I register to use IDEAS?
There is no need to register! Some providers of online material, however, require that you register with them. Information on how to proceed is usually provided.
I want to read this paper, how do I know whether I can download it?
If we were given the information that it is downloadable, we put it towards the bottom of the page. If there is nothing about this, then it is to our knowledge, not downloadable. But there are still things you can do to find it: track it in a downloadable form on the home page of the provider of the paper (this is not IDEAS, but the provider of the working paper series listed towards the bottom of the page), or you can request a hard copy, again at the provider (and not IDEAS). More about this below.
I want to read this paper, but it is not downloadable!
Maybe it is downloadable, but we do not have this information in our database. Ask the author(s) (the email address maybe available if you click on the name) or the institution providing the paper. Its name is towards the bottom of the bibliographic file. If the name does not lead to a homepage, you can try to find it through EDIRC. Its address may also appear at the top of the file that lists all papers of the series. Click on the working paper series name to see that, or search for the series handle in the search page. Do not ask me, I do not have that paper, I only relay the information about it.
I have downloaded the file with the full text, but I cannot read it!
This is probably because you need a viewer for this type of file. Many can be downloaded for free for many platforms. Please consult our list of viewers. If you still encounter a problem, something maybe wrong with the file, please contact the author(s) or their working paper coordinators, not me.
I want to contact the author(s) of a particular paper
If the author name is highlighted, then you should be able to find the email address by clicking on the name. Otherwise, you may want to browse through several directories, like RePEc author registration, or the membership of a relevant association. Your best bet is probably to look up the homepage of the author's institution, to be found next to the author's name or at the bottom of the entry, which is most probably recorded in EDIRC.
I went through the JEL classification, but I could not find a paper on my topic!
Not all paper come with the JEL classification. It is always a good idea to perform a search.
Can you tell me what else is available on this topic?
No, but you can look through other databases, like Econlit, which contains many journal articles (300-400'000). There is a fee, however.

Other items of interest are available through the FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions).

Only if your questions could not be answered here or in the FAQ, feel free to send comments to Christian Zimmermann.

This information is provided to you by IDEAS at the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis using RePEc data.