Best websites for Economic Data
The internet is full of economic data, if you know where to look for it. Below are links to some of the best sources of economic data published by various websites. You can get macro and micro datasets to use in economics and finance research. Much of the data listed below is free and can be very useful for research and empirical work.
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The Office for statistics at the University of Auckland provides excellent links to data either by region, country or subject. All in all it links to a huge range of resources including international organizations, central banks, statistical offices and finance ministries.
The Financial Soundness Indicators are devised by the IMF with the aim of supporting macro prudential analysis and assessing strengths and vulnerabilities of financial systems.. A range of statistics are available to look at the overall soundness of a country's financial system.
Market Access Map provides information about customs tariffs applied by 191 countries and faced by 239 countries. It also covers tariff rates, quotas, trade remedies, rules and certificates of origin, bound tariffs of WTO members, non-tariff measures and trade flows.
The OECD factbook is a great way to represent country data in graphs. You can rank all OECD countries by a given variable such as GDP, population, exports and so on for a given year. It generates excellent charts.
If you want to get the rate of inflation for a particular economy then this website probably has it. You can also plot graphs of the inflation rate.
This is a great resource for students and researchers. Once you sign in there is access to over 5 million economic, financial and social datasets. You can see a variety of sources where the data may exist and download and graph the data. A superb resource.
The National Bureau of Economics Research has links to many datasets. Includes macro data, industry productivity and digitization data, international trade data, hospital data, demographic data, patent/ scientific and other data.
The Bank of England provides an excellent statistical interactive database. There is a huge amount of useful financial, economic and banking data. The data covers both UK and foreign countries. The A to Z index is particularly helpful.
The Conference Board provides some very timely economic data on the business cycle, labor demand and
trends. It also publishes several barometers of consumer and business confidence, including the widely quoted Consumer Confidence Index and the Leading Economic Indicators.
This link give the world trade organization annual compilation of bound and applied tariffs. The data is prepared annually by the WTO, ITC and UNCTAD.
The World Bank's doing business website is a great way to find out how easy it is to set up and run a business in various countries. Each country is given a global rank. Each country is given a rank under each of 10 criteria.
The International Trade Center collects masses of useful trade statistics and also details of the products which each country exports and imports.
The Geohive website is full of statistics on things like population, global economic data such as GDP per capital, agricultural production and energy production and consumption. There are also useful links to where to find relevant country data.
The World bank trade and integration statistics cover trade policy, trade in services, international migration, labor and poverty, trade costs and facilitation and technology and productivity.