- 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
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
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
- 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.
Exchange Rates--This site holds the largest foreign exchange
rate database available on the internet.
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
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
- 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.
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
- 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.
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.
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.
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
- 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.
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
- 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/
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
is a very comprehensive list of datasets and other resources pertaining to international and internal
conflict. The UCDP houses a database of its own
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.
Bank Research Group--The WBRG holds numerous downloadable
datasets on various interntational trade, development, and
- 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
- 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.