Economic and Financial Data Resources


  • Angus Maddison On-line--Angus Maddison is 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 and contain much historical data on GDP, GDP/capita, and population for countries throughout the world. Dr. Maddison's site contains links both to excerpts from his books and to much of the data within them.
  • Bureau of Economic Analysis--The BEA is a good source for U.S. economic data on topics such as GDP, income, and employment, at national, state, and local levels. There is also a section for data on U.S. international economic transactions (e.g. trade, foreign direct investment).
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) --The BLS provides a variety of data pertaining to employment and wages and prices at various levels (national, state, local). Be warned that the site is not well-organized and that the time coverage can vary greatly.
  • Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS)--The BTS is a very good source for data on modes of transportation (e.g. air, rail, highway) and related subjects (e.g. safety, airline performance, and energy consumption).
  • 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.
  • Congressional Budget Office (US)--Official site for current and historical budget data for the US.
  • County Business Patterns (CBP)--The CBP is a Census Bureau publication with detailed business data down to the county level. The homepage allows users to access data from recent editions of the CBP. Other datafiles are available here. The Geostat Center at UVa also hosts a very accessible site for CBP datafiles here.
  • Current Population Survey--This is a joint project between the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the US Census Bureau. The CPS is a monthly survey that collects basic socio-demographic information and labor force characteristics. To access CPS data files, users can go through the Data Ferrett (see below). Alternately, they can go to the National Bureau of Economic Research's CPS site here or to the IPUMS CPS site here.
  • Data Ferrett--Data Ferrett is ideal for extracting a relatively small number of variables from a dataset or creating your own cross tabs or frequencies. Data Ferrett contains data from various Current Population Surveys, income studies, and health surveys. Alternately, users can use the DataFerrett application that is available on workstations in the Data Center.
  • Datastream--Datastream provides a vast array of corporate, government, and intergovernmental data. Access is available through the public workstations in the Electronic Data Center and the Goizueta Business Library only. There is also a User Guide to Datastream.
  • DataZone (The Economic Policy Institute)--This site contains US aggregate time series data documenting historical labor market trends at both the national and state/regional levels.
  • Davidson Data Center & Network (DDCN)--The William Davidson Institute's DDCN is an excellent portal for both macro- and micro-level data from various sources (some free, some fee-based).
  • Dow Jones Averages--This site contains current and historical data for various Dow Jones indexes (e.g. the Dow Jones Industrial Average). Note that data for other indexes are also available here - see "Indexes" at the upper left.
  • EIU Country Reports--The Economist Intelligence Unit has numerous country reports online in both HTML and PDF formats. There is a wealth of information on each country including economic, political, and social indicators. There are many statistical reference tables in each report.
  • EconData--This is an excellent starting place for time-series economic data. Data on exchange rates, GDP, trade, finance, etc. are available for the U.S. at both the national and state levels and at different frequencies (annual, quarterly, or monthly).
  • Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture--ERS provides economic and other information and analysis on agriculture, food, natural resources, and rural America.
  • Economagic Economic Time Series Page--This resource contains times-series data from many different federal agencies (e.g. Census Bureau, the BLS). Although the site is primarily geared towards the U.S., there are are also a good number of series available from Japan and Australia on the site.
  • Eurostat Statistics DVD--This database provides a variety of economic and social data on EU members at the national and regional levels. In addition to the on-line interface, it is available on all public workstations in the Data Center. More recent data are available via Eurostat's website.
  • Federal Reserve Economic Data (FREDII)--FRED II includes time-series data for variables such as GDP, interest rates, exchange rates, consumer prices, and banking. Most of the data are from the 1950's onwards, though some series extend back prior to WWII.
  • FEDSTATS--FEDSTATS is a good starting place for data on the U.S. and contains links to statistical resources produced by the federal government.
  • Foreign Labor Statistics--This site, which is hosted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, allows for international comparisons of unemployment, compensation, and other indicators.
  • Global Market Information Database (GMID)--GMID is produced by Euromonitor International and contains time-series data (1977-present) on a very wide range of economic and social indicators such as income, GDP, consumer expenditures, and population demographics. The data are available through both Excel-ready spreadsheets and .pdf reports. GMID is also accessible via Databases at Emory.
  • Groningen Growth and Development Centre (GGDC)-- The GGDC is run by the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. It offers a variety of downloadable datasets with economic data for both developed and developing countries (although the most detailed data are for developed countries). Users can access the data here.
  • IMF Government Finance Statistics (GFS)--The GFS is available in the Data Center via CD-ROM on the public workstations. It breaks down government expenditures and revenues by various categories. We recommend that patrons use these data in conjunction with print editions of the Government Finance Statistics, which are available in Woodruff Library. Also available as ICPSR Study #8624.
  • IMF International Financial Statistics--The IFS is a standard source of statistics on various aspects of international and domestic finance. The IFS is also accessible via Databases at Emory and on CD-ROM in the Data Center.
  • Internal Revenue Service Tax Statistics--This site from the IRS contains both reports and spreadsheets on various categories of taxes and income.
  • Indiastat--Indiastat focuses on India specifically and contains data on a very wide range of social, economic, and political topics. When trying to download data, users should click on "IP Access User click Here for login" to access the files.
  • The Inflation Calculator--This site contains a calculator that adjusts any given amount of money for inflation, according to the Consumer Price Index, from 1800 to 2006.
  • International Labour Organization--The ILO is the main international labor-rights advocacy group in the world and has brought together a variety of information about labor rights and working conditions internationally. You can access their databases directly at http://www.ilo.org/public/english/support/lib/dblist.htm
  • International Price Indexes--This site, which is hosted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, contains data on prices of goods and services traded between the U.S. and the rest of the world.
  • Joint External Debt Hub (JEDH)--The JEDH is a very detailed site on external debt with time-series data going back to the early 1990's. The database is a joint project of the BIS, the IMF, the OECD, and the World Bank. Users can create subsets of the database and save them into Excel. This site is a replacement for the Joint BIS-IMF-OECD-WB Statistics on External Debt.
  • National Bureau of Economic Research--The NBER is a private research institution with various resources in terms of data, links, and working papers. The NBER is a great starting place for finding macro-level and micro-level economic data on such subjects as international trade, patents, and industrial activitity/output.
  • National Science Foundation IRIS Database--The NSF's IRIS (Industrial Research and Development Information System) Database contains a great deal of data on research and development spending within industry in the United States. Topics include both R&D spending (by industry, by source, and by function) and R&D personnel. The data are time-series data, with coverage varying by table. The appendices to the NSF's Science and Engineering Indicators publication accessible here and the compilation of "Detailed Statistical Tables" available here may also be of interest.
  • The Panel Study of Income Dynamics--The PSID is a longitudinal study of economic and demographic behavior among different social groups in the US.
  • 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 at http://pwt.econ.upenn.edu/. 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/.
  • PovertyNet - Data on Poverty --PovertyNet is a World Bank site with many resources relevant for research on poverty, including links to several international/comparative datasets on the topic.
  • Private Participation in Infrastructure Projects--This is a World Bank site with a database on privatization in infrastructure sectors (energy, telecommunications, transport, and water/sewage). Users can create and download extracts from the database.
  • Resources for Economists--This site is hosted by the American Economics Association (AEA). The site is an excellent starting point for locating data sources on US and international economic issues and analysis.
  • SimplyMap--SimplyMap is an Internet-based mapping application that enables users to develop interactive thematic maps and reports using thousands of demographic, business, and marketing data variables. Users can download data in spreadsheet-friendly formats and also use data with GIS software. Go here for a quick guide to SimplyMap. SimplyMap is also availabe via Databases at Emory.
  • SocioSite--This site (housed at the University of Amsterdam) offers links to a large number of social and economic data archives around the world.
  • SourceOECD--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. SourceOECD is also accessible via Databases at Emory.
  • State Politics and Policy Quarterly Data Sources--This site has time-series data for the American states on basic economic, political, and social information. Depending on the variable, the data coverage is from 1975 to 2001. The data are also available at a mirror site here.
  • Statistical Abstract of the United States--Electronic version of the popular resource. The Statistical Abstract contains a wealth of information on numerous socio-economic and demographic indicators for the US. Historical data tables taken from the Statistical Abstract are available here. There is also a CD version of the Statistical Abstract available in the Data Center.
  • StatUSA--StatUSA compiles and provides statistics from the U.S. Government from 1973 onwards (varying by topic) and also provides some limited international data. The data are available in .pdf and/or Excel format. StatUSA is also availabe via Databases at Emory.
  • Statistical Yearbook for Latin America and the Caribbean--This site provides social and economic indicators for the countries in this region.
  • UNCTAD Handbook of Statistics -- UNCTAD's on-line Handbook of Statistics contains a variety of data related to international trade, investment, and development. The temporal coverage is somewhat limited, but users can download data into Microsoft Excel. Registration is required (click on "UNCTAD Handbook of Statistics On-line: Database") but is free to the user.
  • U.S. County and City Data Book (University of Virginia)--The 1988, 1994, and 2000 electronic editions are available here. These data books contain a substantial amount of information on a variety of state-level socio-economic and demographic indicators.
  • World Bank World Development Indicators (WDI)--The WDI provides convenient access to over 500 indicators on over 200 countries. Data are, in theory, available from 1960 forward. The WDI is also accessible via Databases at Emory and on CD-ROM in the Data Center.
  • World Bank Research Group--The WBRG holds numerous downloadable datasets on various interntational trade, development, and finance issues.
  • World Trade Analyzer (WTA)--The WTA contains data on bilateral trade flows from 1980 to 1999 in specific products down to the 4-digit SITC code. The WTA is available on the machines in the Electronic Data Center as well as in the Goizueta Business Library. A more recent version of the WTA covers the years 1987-2004 and includes data on post-communist countries in Eastern Europe. Both versions are available in the Data Center.
  • Yahoo! Finance--A convenient source of market data. The site also offers historical quotes that may be useful for time series studies.

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