Major Research Tools

Blue Chip Economic Indicators

Data, Full-Text
Coverage: Past 3 years plus the current year

Monthly publication with forecasts of U.S. economic growth, inflation, interest rates, and indicators of future business activity. Available as both pdf and Excel files.


FRED Economic Data

Data

Rich database of U.S. economic and financial data.


IMF eLibrary data

Data

Time series data on the financial and monetary conditions of countries around the world. From the International Monetary Fund.


Morningstar Investment Research Center

Data, Full-Text

Comprehensive stock database that includes company financial data and research reports, data and analyst reports on mutual, closed-end, and exchange-traded funds, and investment tools such as portfolio builders, savings calculators, and risk analyzers.


Resources for Economists: Data

Gateway

Links to sources of data of interest to economists. Sponsored by the American Economic Association.


Other Suggested Research Tools

Atlas of Rural and Small-Town America

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Create and save maps illustrating over 60 socioeconomic indicators on people, jobs, agriculture and other county data. Sources include the American Community Survey, economic reports from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the latest Census of Agriculture. You may also download your data into a spreadsheet for use in Excel or other statistical software.


Bureau of Economic Analysis

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GDP and economic accounts, data, and publications. Includes historical and current National Income & Product Accounts (NIPA) tables, state and county personal income data, and full text of Survey of Current Business.


Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Employment, price, and productivity data plus regional economic reports.


County Business Patterns

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Annual reports of state and county-level economic data (business establishments, employees, and payroll) by industry, from the U.S. Census Bureau.


Economic Indicators

Data

Quick source of information on the latest key economic indicators with links to some time-series data.


Economic Policy Institute Research Data

Data

Time series data from The State of Working America on jobs, wages, and family earnings, and Economy Track data including unemployment, underemployment, and labor force participation. In PDF and Excel formats.


Economic Report of the President Transmitted to the Congress.

Data, Full-Text
Tables in back of volume include U.S. economic statistics for the past 40-50 years.

Economic Research Initiative on the Uninsured

Data, Full-Text

Includes the "Health Insurance Literature Database," working papers, and links to datasets on the uninsured in the United States. From the University of Michigan.


Fedspending.org

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Data on U.S. federal contract spending and assistance to states. Includes breakdowns by congressional districts, contractors, types of assistance, etc.


Food Environment Atlas

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Create and save maps illustrating 168 indicators on the food environment covering food choices, health and well-being, and community characteristics in U.S. states or counties. Indicators include store/restaurant proximity, food prices, and food and nutrition assistance programs. Data is drawn from numerous sources including the Decennial Census, County Business Patterns, and Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.


Foreign Direct Investment in the United States

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A variety of statistics on U.S. affiliates of foreign multinational enterprises


FRASER: Federal Reserve Archival System for Economic Research

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Database of scanned images of publications with historical economic statistics. Designed to provide access to older data heretofore only available in print publications. From the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.


Historical Statistics of the United States

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Demographic, economic, and social statistics of the United States from colonial times to the end of the 20th century. Data can be searched, downloaded, and graphed.


ICPSR

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Social science datasets available for download and analysis in statistical software. Datasets are made available through the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research at the University of Michigan.


ILOSTAT Database

Data

Time series data on labor and employment for over 200 countries. From the International Labour Office.


Insurance Handbook

Data

Recent data on various types of insurance. From the Insurance Information Institute.


Measuring Worth: Relative Worth Calculator and Data Sets

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Source of historical values for U.S., British, and Australian inflation rates, GDP, CPI, etc. that can be used to compare and measure the relative worth of things.


Minerals Information: Commodity Statistics and Information

Data, Full-Text

Statistics and information on the worldwide supply of, demand for, and flow of minerals and materials essential to the U.S. economy. Includes some pricing information.


National Charity Reports

Full-Text

Information on programs, governance, and finances of charitable organizations. From the Better Business Bureau.


Occupational Outlook Handbook

Full-Text

Information on occupations, including working conditions, education and training requirements, and job prospects. From the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.


OECD Economic Outlook Statistics and Projections

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Coverage: 1970-two years into future

Extensive macroeconomic time series data for OECD countries and non-OECD zones. Includes historical statistics as well as projections extending two years beyond the current date.


SAGE Stats (formerly State Stats)

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Collection of historical and current state-level data covering health care, crime, education, economy, and many more.


Statistical Computing (UCLA)

Full-Text, Reference

From UCLA's Academic Technology Services, resources to help you learn and use STATA, SPSS, and SAS statistical software packages. The Learning Modules are especially handy for figuring out the correct programming syntax to use.


Tax Statistics

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Detailed data from individual and business tax filings. From the Statistics of Income Division of the IRS.


TV by the Numbers

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Current television ratings. Includes top prime time network programs, cable programs, syndicated series, and sports events for current week.


USA Today Sports Salary Databases

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Contains year-by-year listings of salaries for NBA, MLB, NFL, and NHL players. Search options offer salaries for specific players plus median and total salaries for each team.


USDA Economics, Statistics, and Market Information System

Data, Full-Text

Reports and datasets from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Includes production and prices of crops and food. Some international coverage.


World Databank

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Coverage: 1960-present

Country-level, time series data from the World Bank. Topics covered include demographics, the economy, the environment, health, and education. Data may be saved as Excel or ASCII files.


World Inequality Database

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Data on the distribution of income and wealth, both within countries and between countries.