Selected Resources for Studying the European Union:
Emory's Electronic Data Center (217 Woodruff Library)
http://einstein.library.emory.edu - The Data
Center home page
http://einstein.library.emory.edu/links.shtml - The Data Freeway, a thematically-organized collection of links
to on-line data sources
http://einstein.library.emory.edu/help_index.shtml - Help Pages for databases and data management
http://einstein.library.emory.edu/citation_guide.html - Guide for citation of electronic data sources
http://einstein.library.emory.edu/contact.shtml - Data Center contact information and hours
GENERAL DATA RESOURCES
Consortium for Political and Social Research)
The ICPSR is the largest collection of Social Science Data in the world. Topics included in the archive
include: economics, government, health care, crime, education, etc. This resource is also available via
Databases at Emory. The Data Center
also maintains an archive of ready-to-use ICPSR datasets which are accessible via the search engine on the Data
Center home page.
Europa:The European Union Online
European Union Internet Resources (UC Berkeley Library)
EUROPEAN UNION DATA RESOURCES
Angus Maddison On-line
Angus Maddison an economics professor whose recent books - Monitoring the World Economy and The World
Economy: A Millennial Perspective - are major works in the field of economic history. Dr. Maddison's site
contains links both to excerpts from his books and to much of the data within them. (His books are also available
Comparative Welfare States Data Set (CWSDS)
The CWSDS is a joint effort by comparative welfare-state scholars such as Evelyne Huber, Charles Ragin,
John D. Stephens, and Duane Swank. The data cover 18 OECD countries from 1960 onwards and include many
economic, political, and policy variables.
Eurostat is the statistical office of the European Union. Eurostat collects statistical information from the
member states of the EU. Much of their data are accessible on-line
here. The EDC also has a CD database with more extensive time-series coverage (see below).
International Labour Organization
The International Labour Organization is an excellent source for data on topics such as employment, wages, hours
worked, and strikes. The data available on-line extend back to 1969; the ILO's Yearbook of Labour Statistics
(HD7801 .I66) contains data going back to the inter-war years.
International Monetary Fund (IMF) International Financial
The IFS is a standard source of statistics on various aspects of international
and domestic finance. Please note that this site is restricted to the
Emory community. This resource is also available via
Databases at Emory. There is also a CD-ROM version of the IFS available in the
Penn World Tables
PWT is a good starting point for basic world economic data
during the period 1950-2004. The most recent version of the PWT is available
An older version with coverage from 1950-1992 (and some variables not
yet available in the newest version) can be found at http://datacentre.chass.utoronto.ca/pwt/.
SourceOECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development)
SourceOECD is an online service
that provides full-text access to OECD studies, periodicals, and statistics
(1960 forward). Included are annuals, outlooks, policy reviews, conference
proceedings, analytical reports, guidelines, working papers, all periodicals,
and 27 statistical databases. This resource is also available via
Databases at Emory.
World Development Indicators (World Bank)
The World Development Indicators Website provides convenient access to nearly 600
indicators on over 200 countries. Data is generally available from 1960 forward. This resource is also available
via Databases at Emory. There is
also a CD version of the WDI available in the Data Center.
Elections/Electoral Behavior, Governments, and Political Institutions:
Budge, Keenan, and Woldendorp
Data on national election results and governing coalitions in post-WWII Western Europe, up to 1995. Please refer to the
codebook in order to understand the Excel spreadsheet that contains the data.
Comparative Political Data Sets (CPDS)
The CPDS were produced by scholars at the University of Berne. They focus on
OECD countries and on post-communist countries and contain much data on the structure of political institutions, as well as data
on demographics, electoral results, and ideological compositions of governments. There are also variables for
female participation in parliament. Please note the preferred citation format.
Comparative Study of Electoral Systems
This site contains data and documentation for a cross-national collection of election studies. The CSES
combines microdata on respondents with data at different levels of geography (i.e. data on respondents' electoral
districts and on the political institutions of their countries) and focuses on themes such as how macro-level
variables such as electoral systems affect political attitudes.
Database of Political Institutions
This database was put together in part by Phillip Keefer at the World Bank and provides data on the political
institutions and structures of different countries in the world from 1975 to 2006. Additional documentation are also available
here. Please note the authors' preferred
format for citing their data.
Elections in Western Europe Since 1815 (Emory's Data Center)
Emory's Electronic Data Center provides instant access to Daniel Caramani's detailed collection of European election results. Election results are
available in a variety of different statistical formats for easy access and anlaysis.
Public Opinion and Survey Data:
The homepage for the Eurobarometer series of European public opinion polls. The European Union has been conducting
the Eurobarometer series amongst the publics of EU member-states since the early 1970's. They provide a dynamic measure
of European attitudes toward economic, political, and social attitudes within the European Union. The European
Commission provides access to a wide variety of reports produced from the Eurobarometer series of studies. The microdata for
many Eurobarometers are also available from the
ICPSR. The Data Center has an
collection of Eurobarometers, including studies conducted in Central and Eastern European countries. The Central Archive for Empirical Social Research
also has a search engine for locating Eurobarometers that might be applicable for your research; this engine is
International Social Survey Programme (ISSP)
The ISSP is an ongoing effort devoted to cross-national research on social attitudes. In addition to asking
general questions about attitudes towards various social issues, the ISSP series also includes special topic modules
focusing on matters such as national idenitity, the role of government, and gender roles. The Data Center has
many ISSP data files available
World Values Survey Series
The World Values Survey is "a worldwide investigation of sociocultural and political change. It is conducted by a
network of social scientist at leading universities all around world. The survey is performed on nationally
representative samples in almost 80 societies on all six inhabited continents." It is an excellent source for
cross-national survey data and is a widely-referenced resource. The Data Center has all four "waves" of the World
Values Survey available here.
CD-ROM/NON-WEB DATA RESOURCES
Banks Cross-National Time-Series (CNTS) Data Archive
The Banks CNTS Data Archive contains time-series data from 1815-2005 on
a wide range of political, economic, and social
indicators. An older version of the archive is available
Eurostat Statistics DVD
The Eurostat Statistics DVD is a very comprehensive source for economic and social data for EU members at both
the national and sub-national/regional level. Some of its databases also include data for countries in Central
and Eastern Europe. In addition to the DVD in the Data Center, there is also an
on-line interface. More recent
data from this database are also now available directly from the
Eurostat website. The Eurostat interface does not cover as many years as does the DVD, but it
will allow users to download data into spreadsheet formats. Please note that none of the interfaces is entirely
International Almanac of Electoral History, by Thomas Mackie and Richard Rose
Available in Woodruff Reference. The International Almanac of Electoral History provides national-level electoral
results for legislatures (and, where relevant, presidential elections) going back as far as the late 1800's.
International Historical Statistics: Europe, 1750-2000 by B.R. Mitchell
Available in Woodruff Reference (HA1107 .M5 2003). Mitchell's International Historical Statistics provides
a detailed set of historical statistics for European countries. Mitchell's text includes detailed measures of the
amount of investment in agriculture and investments in industry.
OECD Health 2008
The OECD Health 2008 database contains an extensive amount of data on health indicators, health-related lifestyle
matters, and health policy for developed countries.
A complete list of the Data Center's non-web databases is available
here. The databases are accessible
via the Data Center's public workstations.
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