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Economics: Websites and Data Sources

Use this guide to help start your research in Economics

International/Non-US Data

Other Key Websites for Economic Information

American Economic Association
Organization and membership information. Updates on meetings and publications.

Central Bank Websites
A list of links to the web sites of central banks (U.S. Federal Reserve, Deutsche Bundesbank, etc.), from the Bank for International Settlements. Many of these have free online access to statistical publications and working papers.

International Government Statistical Agencies

JOLIS (Joint IMF-World Bank Library)
Search the holdings of these libraries and get information about visiting them or borrowing from them.

National Bureau of Economic Research
NBER promotes and distributes "unbiased economic research among public policymakers, business professionals, and the academic community." Its four goals are to develop new statistical measurements, estimate quantitative models of economic behavior, analyze the effects of public policies on the US economy, and predict the effects of alternative policy proposals. Especially useful is their Data Page and Working Paper Archive.

Resources for Economists on the Internet (RFE) 
A comprehensive guide to economists' resources on the Internet compiled by Bill Goffe at SUNY, Oswego.

US Economic Data

Links to statistical data portals on U.S. federal government agency statistical websites.
Repository of raw empirical datasets from participating US federal agencies.

FRED (Federal Reserve Economic Data)
A wealth of empirical data on the US economy.  Lots of long time series.  Also links to Alfred (ArchivaL Federal Reserve Economic Data) and other related collections of Fed data and publications.

NBER (National Bureau of Economic Research)
Datasets available from the NBER or otherwise associated with the NBER research program. NBER's Other Data Collections links to government departments and agencies, all branches of the Federal Reserve, and a variety of other sources for statistical data.

ICPSR (Inter-University Consortium For Political And Social Research) Organization at the University of Michigan that collects data from individual researchers, polling agencies, and and governmental and international agencies. Data is often in ASCII delimited format with documentation such as codebooks and sometimes auxiliary files to use in SPSS or SAS.
Lots of long time series, especially from US government agencies (Federal Reserve Board, Bureau of Labor Statistics, etc.).

Statistical Abstracts of the United States

The Statistical Abstract of the United States, published from 1878 to 2012, is the authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States.