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This guide is UST Libraries primary resource for tips on locating statistics for general use and for support of the economics & business courses. Useful for all disciplines, but also for Econ 311 & Econ 315.
Euromonitor Global Market Information database has excellent statistical data. Best strategy to find statistics is to either 1) keyword search on country/indicator (e.g. germany unemployment), or 2) click Search>Menu search, and drill in to browse categories of data, select it, then pick geography. Often has up to 40 years data, easily converts to common currency or per capita measures. Interface can be tough to search, so ask an Economics or Business Librarian for help. Restricted to UST students, faculty, and staff. Even on campus you must log in with your UST username/password. Euromonitor GMID provides market research on countries, markets and companies. It includes country demographics and economic conditions; consumer lifestyle profiles; sales volume, value and forecasts for 350 retail products; information on major brands and companies. Data can be downloaded into Excel spreadsheets.
Sponsored by the International Monetary Fund, IFS is a standard source of economic and financial data for most countries of the world. Includes many macroeconomic indicators including measures of money supply, exchange rates, trade/balance of payments, prices/inflation, interest rates, employment, and national income & product accounts. Useful for international economics and business statistical data needs. Can search for indicators & countries and download to Excel.
IHS contains a vast array of statistical data for the countries of the world from 1750-2010.Data series include population, economic, infrastructure, media, education, etc. Frequency and coverage of data vary by series and country. View or download in PDF or MS Excel formats.
CNTS contains annual time series data on 196 political, economic, and business variables from 1815 to the present for over 200 countries. Also includes domestic conflict event data on terrorism and guerrilla warfare, assassinations, revolutions, etc., with links to web articles describing the events. Download the entire dataset in Excel, with separate files for the event links and data documentation.
CNTSDATA.xlsx is the main dataset file. The Events Data LINKS files are separate by year. Be sure to consult the User Manual and the Codebook for data definitions and usage tips.
The U.S. government's complete geographical handbook, featuring 268 full-color maps and flags of all nations and geographical entities. Each country profile tracks such demographics as population, ethnicity and literacy rates, as well as political, geographical and economic data. Free web site.
Statistical abstracts complete with infographics of World Bank indicators relevant to climate change and its impacts including exposure to climate change impacts, greenhouse gas emissions and energy use, etc. For a quick overview of the many indicators available in the vast Data-Planet repository relevant to climate, search on the keyword "climate".
Note: off-campus, copy and paste this prefix:
in front of the individual DOI links within this guide.
The main statistical data search page for the United Nations. Retrieves information across disparate UN databases, from countries around the world. See the "Metadata" link to see information about data sets, and the "More" link to see an advanced search and an "Explorer" view that allows you to browse by data set, source, or topic.
"The World Development Indicators (WDI) provides a comprehensive selection of economic, social and environmental indicators, drawing on data from the World Bank and more than 30 partner agencies. The database covers more than 900 indicators for 210 economies with data back to 1960."
The new WDI 2010 focuses its attention on the world’s progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The MDG targets are a framework for measuring progress set forth by United Nations and have been adopted by 189 nations. The introductory essays in the WDI 2010 highlight progress towards achieving these goals, which include eradicating poverty, reducing child mortality, ensuring environmental sustainability, and developing a global partnership for development.
World Development Indicators (the statistical portion) presents selected social, economic, and demographic data on 180 countries. This report is published by the World Bank on a different topic each year.
Selected macroeconomic data series including national accounts, inflation, unemployment rates, balance of payments, fiscal indicators, trade for countries and country groups (aggregates), and commodity prices. Data is available from 1980 to present. From the International Monetary Fund.
Other Data Finder sites
Use these sites as pointers to sources of statistical data from countries and international organizations.
Data-Planet allows users to retrieve statistics & data, and create tables, charts, & maps from a variety of sources. Holdings for the United States are significant, with some data available at state, county, or local geographies, including daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, and annual time series varying by metric. International data are at the country level, and include the enhanced China Data Center. Data are organized by subject and source; users can browse by folders or keyword search.
Subject categories include: Banking, Finance, and Insurance; Criminal Justice and Law; Education; Energy Resources and Demand; Food and Agriculture; Government and Politics; Health and Vital Statistics; Housing and Construction; Industry and Commerce; International; Labor and Employment; Natural Resources and Environment; Population and Income; Prices and Cost of Living; Stocks and Commodities; Transportation and Travel. Java must be enabled to use this database.
Aims to provide open and convenient access to the most extensive available database on the historical evolution of the world distribution of income and wealth, both within countries and between countries.
"The goal of the Standardized World Income Inequality Database (SWIID) is to meet the needs of those engaged in broadly cross-national research by maximizing the comparability of income inequality data while maintaining the widest possible coverage across countries and over time." Maintained by U of Iowa professor Frederick Solt.
OECD Economics iLibrary is the online library of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Our subscription is limited to their Economics content and it contains journals, analytical reports, and statistical data from OECD and other international agencies. Includes the OECD Economic Outlook, OECD Economic Surveys, and their Factbook.
European Union portal site. Contains information about the governing body and member nations such as statistics, opinion polls, financial and advisory boards, links to institutions, and current legislation.