Major Research Tools



Collection of national-level data relating to globalization, sustainability and human development.

IMF eLibrary data


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



Unified interface to statistical data from the United Nations. Offers customized data displays and downloads in a variety of formats.

World Databank

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.

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China Data Center


Collection of major Chinese governmental data on the national, provincial, city, and county levels. Includes areas such as population, employment, industry, education, agriculture, trade, public health, and much more.

Europa World

Data, Full-Text

Up-to-date profiles of countries of the world. Includes political histories, economic statistics, and directory-style information on politics, media, and business. A "comparative statistics" section can be used to generate tables of comparative data on countries in formats suitable for exporting into Excel or SPSS.



Detailed statistical information on the European Union and EU member states, provided by the European Union. Freedom in the World

Data, Full-Text

Full text of annual reports (2002 to present) detailing political and civil rights in countries and territories of the world. Includes "ratings of freedom" for each country from 1973 to present. Also includes reports and rankings on freedom of the press in various countries.

Gender Data Portal


A database of international gender statistics. From the World Bank.

Global Commodities

Data, Full-Text

Primary sources such as manuscripts/diaries, rare books, maps, paintings, advertisements, company records, etc., covering the global history of 15 major commodities: chocolate, coffee, cotton, fur, energy, opium, porcelain, silver & gold, spices, sugar, tea, timber, tobacco, wheat, wine & spirits. Also includes data on energy production, consumption, and reserves by country from 1965 to the present.

Histpop - The Online Historical Population Reports Website


Detailed population data for the British Isles from 1801 to 1937. Includes data on births, marriages, and deaths, plus supplementary essays.

ILOSTAT Database


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

International Data Base


U.S. Census Bureau data bank containing demographic data for all countries of the world.

International Energy Agency

Data, Gateway

Statistics, news and publications from the International Energy Agency

International Social Survey Programme


Cross-national, collaborative program offers survey data intended for international comparisons on issues including the environment, religion, national identity, the family and changing gender roles. Includes more than 40 countries. Collaborates with the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago for U.S. data. Offers raw data and basic support materials free of charge.

Migration Information Source

Data, Full-Text

Data on international migration and refugee trends by country. Includes country profiles with discussions of migration policies and patterns and detailed data on foreign-born residents of the U.S.

National Statistical Offices


Links to principal national statistical agency sites from around the world.

OECD Economic Outlook Statistics and Projections

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.

Penn World Table


Coverage: 1950-2019

Times series, national accounts data for countries around the world. Provides data in a way that allows for meaningful comparisons between countries and over time.

Population Reference Bureau Datafinder


Global and country-specific data covering population, education, employment, the environment, and health.

QWIDS: Query Wizard for International Development Statistics


Data on the volume, origin, and types of aid and resource flows to over 150 developing countries and territories. From the OECD.

SIPRI Databases


A set of databases covering international conflict and peacekeeping. Includes summaries of conflicts and data on military expenditures, arms production, and nuclear capabilities. From the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).



Statistics and studies gathered by market researchers, trade organizations, scientific publications, and government sources on over 600 industries

Statistical Sites on the Web


Links to principal U.S. (and international) statistical agency sites. From the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

U.S. and World Population Clock

Up-to-the-minute projections of U.S. and world population. From the U.S. Census Bureau.

UNCTAD Handbook of Statistics


Country-level data covering trade and investment. Includes data on exports and imports by commodity, foreign investments, balance of payments, etc.

VassarStats: Statistical Computation Web Site

Easy-to-use site for learning and performing statistical computations including the T-test, Chi-Square Test of Association, and ANOVA. Fun, fun, fun!

World Drug Report


Annual report with data on illegal drug production, trafficking, and use in countries worldwide. From the UN Office on Drugs and Crime.

World Values Survey


Survey conducted by a global network of social scientists on the basic values and beliefs in more than 80 societies around the world. Offers data files, questionnaires used 1990 to present, as well as some summary data.