Economics: Gray Literature

An introduction to economic resources.

What is Grey Literature?

Grey literature is information that falls outside of the normal publishing realm.

Examples of grey literature include technical reports, patents, dissertations,  theses, pre-prints, some conference proceedings, as well as working papers.

Because grey literature is produced directly by researchers in the field, it is often scientific or technical, since it is written for a very specific audience.  And since grey literature doesn't go through the normally lengthy publication cycle, it may be more up-to-date than information published in more traditional formats. 

Sources listed to the right will provide access to grey literature.

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