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
- 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
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
- 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
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.
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.
(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).
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.
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
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
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
- 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
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.
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
may also be of interest.
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
An older version with coverage from 1950-1992 (and some variables
not yet available in the newest version) can be found at
- 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
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.
site (housed at the University of Amsterdam) offers links
to a large number of social and economic data archives around
- 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
There is also a CD version of the Statistical Abstract available in the Data Center.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bank Research Group--The WBRG holds numerous downloadable
datasets on various interntational trade, development, and
- 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.
Finance--A convenient source of market data. The site
also offers historical quotes that may be useful for time