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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
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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
Your best bet is probably to look up the homepage of the author's
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.
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