Last Updated: May 7, 2015
EXPERT TIP: You can search articles and books to determine sources of statistical data used by the authors. Alternatively, some databases in the Statistical Data section below also include narrative/textual analysis (e.g., IMF e-Library, OECD iLibrary).
EXPERT TIP: Many sources of US economic data are provided free by government agencies rather than from the subscribed databases below. See our research guide to US economic data.
Includes major UN databases and those of several related IGO's
- Data Catalog [World Bank]
Empirical data from the World Bank, some back to 1960
- IMF e-Library
Contains the International Financial Statistics (IFS) database and other IMF databases and books
- Global Financial Data (GFD)
Focuses on long time series of stock and bond indices and macroeconomic data.
- Historical Statistics of the United States
Good for long statistical time series relating to the USA, mostly derived from government data
- OECD iLibrary
Text of OECD publications since 1998 plus key statistical databases (e.g., Intl. Trade by Commodity Statistics; IEA data)
- ProQuest Statistical Insight
Indexes government, IGO, and private sources of empirical data (usually online or on microfiche in Perkins Public Docs.)
- UN Comtrade
Detailed commodity-level trade data from the UN Statistics Division
- Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS)
Portal to datasets providing financial, accounting, economic, management, marketing, banking and insurance data