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Data Resources and Support: Economics

Support for locating and working with datasets, statistical information, and geographic data.

Economic and Financial

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 an excellent source for macroeconomic data, with a focus on national accounts - GDP and its components such as income, consumption, investment, and government expenditure. It also provides much data on employment and compensation by industry. Data are available at the national, state, and local levels, in annual, quarterly and (in some cases) monthly increments. Some industry-level data and balance-of-payments data are also available. See for direct access to the data.

Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)--The BLS contains much data on employment, wages, and prices, at both the national and sub-national levels. See for a topical breakdown of the BLS' data holdings, and see for a summary of data availability by level of geography. Be warned that the website is not always easy to navigate.

Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS)--The Bureau of Transportation Statistics is an extensive source for data collections and statistical information for various modes and aspects of transportation, from highway safety to airline performance and traffic to border crossings. The Transtats Database may be of particular use. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Office of Policy Information in the Federal Highway Adminsitration are related sources for data and statistics on travel.

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 U.S. aggregate time series data documenting historical labor market trends at both the national and state/regional levels.

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 time-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.

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 Balance of Payments Statistics (via the IMF's eLibrary)--The BOPS contains detailed data on countries' international economic transactions in their current accounts, capital accounts, and financial accounts. Topics covered include trade in goods and services, foreign direct investment, portfolio investment, and holdings of reserve assets. Also available as ICPSR Study #8623. The BOPS is also accessible via Databases at Emory and on CD-ROM in the Data Center.

IMF Direction of Trade Statistics (via the IMF's eLibrary)--The DOTS is available on-line and in the Electronic Data Center on the public workstations. It contains contains monthly, quarterly, and yearly data on countries' exports and imports, broken down by individual trade partners. The DOTS is also accessible via Databases at Emory and on CD-ROM in the Data Center.

IMF Government Finance Statistics (via the IMF's eLibrary)--The GFS 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. The GFS is also accessible via Databases at Emory and on CD-ROM in the Data Center. The "historic" GFS data for 1990 and earlier are also available on CD-ROM in the Data Center.

IMF International Financial Statistics (via the IMF's eLibrary)--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 2010.

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

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 activity/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.

OECD iLibrary--The OECD's iLibrary 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 several statistical databases. OECD iLibrary is also accessible via Databases at Emory.

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 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 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.

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 2006.

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.

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.

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-, county-, and city-level indicators. More recent statistics are available from the Census Bureau.

World Bank World Development Indicators (WDI)--The WDI provides convenient access to hundreds indicators on over 200 countries and territories. Data are available annually from 1960 forward, with variation across countries and indicators. The database is part of the Bank's Data Catalog of statistical databases and other data collections. 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 pertaining to topics such as international trade, development, and finance.

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 1988-2005 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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