International Relations and Political Economy Resources


  • Africa Research Program-- The Africa Research Program at Harvard University houses several datasets relevant to the political economy of sub-Saharan Africa, including data on internal violence and on domestic political institutions.
  • 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.
  • CIA World Factbook-Excellent source of general data on all countries in the world. There are data on numerous subjects including demographics, social/political indicators, economics/political economy and geography.
  • Comparative Political Data Sets (CPDS)--The CPDS were produced by scholars at the University of Berne. They are similar to the Database of Political Institutions dataset (see below) but focus on OECD countries and post-communist countries and have more emphasis on demographics, electoral results, and ideological compositions of governments. Please note the preferred citation format.
  • 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.
  • Correlates of War (COW) Project--This is a great source for some of the most popular conflict datasets, such as the Militarized International Disputes (MID) and National Material Capabilities datasets.
  • Currency Exchange Rates--This site holds the largest foreign exchange rate database available on the internet.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • EIU Country Reports--The Economist Intelligence Unit has numerous country reports online in both HTML and PDF formats. There is a wealth of economic, social, and political information on each country. There are many useful statistical reference tables in each report.
  • 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.
  • FIRST-SIPRI Databases--Facts on International Relations and Security Trends (FIRST) and SIPRI (the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute) have compiled a collection of databases, with a focus on military data (e.g. arms trade and production).
  • 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.
  • Paul Hensel's Data Page--This site is run by a professor at FSU and is a good source for data on international conflicts, economic relations, international organizations, and general political data.
  • IMF Government Finance Statistics (GFS)--The GFS is available in the Electronic Data Center on the public workstations. It breaks down government expenditures and revenues by various categories from 1991 onwards. We recommend that patrons use this dataset 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.
  • 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 International Data Base--The International Data Base (IDB) contains statistical tables of demographic and socio-economic data for 227 countries and areas/regions of the world.
  • International Labour Organization (ILO)--The ILO is the main international labor-rights advocacy group in the world and has brought together a variety of information and statistics about labor issues in general (e.g. employment, wages). 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.
  • International Studies Association Data Archive--The ISA has several replication datasets available for download on their site.
  • Issue Correlates of War (ICOW) Project Data Archive--The ICOW Project is, to quote the website, "a research project that is attempting to collect systematic data on contentious issues in world politics."
  • 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.
  • Minorities at Risk (MAR) Project--The MAR Project is affiliated with the Integrated Network for Societal Conflict Research and the Center for International Development and Conflict Research at the University of Maryland. The project tracks the status of nearly 300 "politically-active communal groups" and the MAR data are used extensively by scholars of ethnic conflict.
  • 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/ .
  • Political Constraint Index (POLCON) Dataset--The POLCON dataset is managed by Professor Witold Henisz at the Wharton School of Management. The dataset measures political constraints on the executive in the form of multiple political actors (e.g. legislative chambers, courts). The dataset and codebook are downloadable upon provision of contact details.
  • Polity IV Database Homepage--The Polity database contains information on regime type and political structures of independent states in the world system since 1800.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • SocioSite--This site (housed at the University of Amsterdam) offers links to a large number of social and economic data sites 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.
  • Statistical Yearbook for Latin America and the Caribbean--This site provides useful social and economic indicators for the countries of this region.
  • UNCTAD Foreign Direct Investment Statistics--The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) maintains a good databases on FDI statistics, including flows, stocks, and participation in international investment-related agreements. It covers the years 1970 onward and allows users to download data into Microsoft Excel. Registration is necessary (click on the "registration form" link) but is free to the user.
  • 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.
  • United Nations General Assembly Votes--This site, which is maintained by Erik Voeten at Georgetown, contains data for votes on UN General Assembly resolutions.
  • United Nations Statistical Division--Portal for links to numerous international economic, trade, demographic, social, and political statistics from various United Nations groups and divisions. The United Nations Common Database may be of particular interest.
  • The Uppsala Conflict Data Program (UCDP)--The Uppsala Conflict Data Conflict Program is run by scholars at Uppsala University in Sweden. Their catalog is a very comprehensive list of datasets and other resources pertaining to international and internal conflict. The UCDP houses a database of its own here. In addition, the UCDP and the International Peace Research Institute in Oslo have collaborated to produce the Armed Conflict 1946-2006 dataset available here.
  • World Bank Africa Database (WBAD)--The WBAD is available in the Electronic Data Center on the public machines. It is similar to the World Development Indicators, but with a focus on African countries.
  • World Bank Governance Data--The World Bank hosts a website devoted to data on governance and institutional quality and their relevance for economic development and performance. In addition to the main data page, the Bank also has a web inventory of data pertaining to institutional quality.
  • World Bank Research Group--The WBRG holds numerous downloadable datasets on various interntational trade, development, and finance issues.
  • World Bank Topics in Development--This site is a thematically-organized portal for data and bibliographic resources available at the World Bank's website. The Bank has another such site here.
  • World Bank World Development Indicators--The World Development Indicators Website provides convenient access to over 800 indicators on over 200 countries. Data is generally available from 1960 forward. The WDI is also accessible via Databases at Emory and on CD-ROM in the Data Center.

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