Data Sources

African Development Bank
The African Development Bank (AfDB) Group’s mission is to help reduce poverty, improve living conditions for Africans and mobilize resources for the continent’s economic and social development. Here you can find information, news, and data on every African country and their economies, and  projects and operations in which the AfDB is involved.

Asian Development Bank
Established in 1966, the Asian Development Bank is a major source of development financing for the Asia and Pacific region.The Asian Development Bank aims for an Asia and Pacific free from poverty. With more than $17.5 billion in approved financing, and 2,800 employees from 59 countries, ADB – in partnership with member governments, independent specialists and other financial institutions – is focused on delivering projects that create economic and development impact. On their website, you can find news and events, data, research, publications, statistics, seminars and lectures, and information about their projects.

Bureau of Economic Analysis
The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) is one of the world’s leading statistical agencies. BEA produces some of the most closely watched economic statistics that influence the decisions made by government officials, business people, households, and individuals. It produces economic accounts statistics that enable government and business decision-makers, researchers, and the American public to follow and understand the performance of the Nation’s economy. BEA prepares national, regional, industry, and international accounts that present essential information on such key issues as economic growth, regional economic development, interindustry relationships, and the Nation’s position in the world economy.

Bureau of Labor Statistics
The Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor is the principal Federal agency responsible for measuring labor market activity, working conditions, and price changes in the economy. Here you can find information on inflation and prices, pay and benefits, spending and time use, employment and unemployment, productivity, and international information as well as data retrieval tools, publications, and economic releases.

China Health and Nutrition Survey
The China Health and Nutrition Survey (CHNS), an ongoing open cohort, international collaborative project between the Carolina Population Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the National Institute of Nutrition and Food Safety at the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, was designed to examine the effects of the health, nutrition, and family planning policies and programs implemented by national and local governments and to see how the social and economic transformation of Chinese society is affecting the health and nutritional status of its population. Here you can find the data, research methods and publications associated with the study.

CIA World Factbook
The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities. The Reference tab includes: maps of the major world regions, as well as Flags of the World, a Physical Map of the World, a Political Map of the World, and a Standard Time Zones of the World map.

Congressional Budget Office
Congressional Budget Office produces independent, nonpartisan, timely analysis of economic and budgetary issues to support the Congressional budget process. Here you can find publications and data relating to agriculture, budget, cbo operations, disaster relief, economy, education, employment and labor markets, energy and natural resources, finance, healthcare, social security, housing, immigration, infrastructure and transportation, national security, poverty and income security, retirement, science and r&d, state and local governments, taxes, and veterans’ issues.

CPI Calculator
This link takes you to the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, where on the right side of the page, you can find a CPI Calculator. You can also find news, research, publications, and information about the economy.

Currency Converter
This website allows you access to their currency convertor widget and also to information about past historical currency rates.

Current Population Survey
The Current Population Survey (CPS), sponsored jointly by the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), is the primary source of labor force statistics for the population of the United States. The CPS is the source of numerous high-profile economic statistics, including the national unemployment rate, and provides data on a wide range of issues relating to employment and earnings. The CPS also collects extensive demographic data that complement and enhance our understanding of labor market conditions in the nation overall, among many different population groups, in the states and in substate areas.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) collects, analyzes, and disseminates independent and impartial energy information to promote sound policymaking, efficient markets, and public understanding of energy and its interaction with the economy and the environment. EIA provides a wide range of information and data products covering energy production, stocks, demand, imports, exports, and prices; and prepares analyses and special reports on topics of current interest.

This website offers over  200,000 time series for which data and custom charts can be retrieved. The majority of the data is USA data. The core data sets involve US macroeconomic data (that is, for the whole US), but the bulk of the data is employment data by local area — state, county, MSA, and many cities and towns. All the series can be accessed as Excel files.

Economic Report of the President
The Economic Report of the President is an annual report written by the Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors. It overviews the nation’s economic progress using text and extensive data appendices. The Economic Report of the President is transmitted to Congress no later than ten days after the submission of the Budget of the United States Government. Supplementary reports can be issued to the Congress which contain additional and/or revised recommendations. Documents are available in ASCII text and Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF), with many of the tables also available for separate viewing and downloading as spreadsheets in xls and comma delimited formats.

Federal Reserve Board of Governors
The Federal Reserve is the central bank of the United States, providing a stable monetary and financial system. You can find information, data and publications on monetary policy, banking and regulation, community development, economic research and data, and consumer information.

FedStats provides access to the full range of official statistical information produced by the Federal Government. With convenient searching and linking capablilties to more than 100 agencies that provide data and trend information on such topics as economic and population trends, crime, education, health care, aviation safety, energy use, farm production and more, FedStats is your one location for access to the full breadth of Federal statistical information.

Gansu Survey of Children and Families (China) 
The Gansu Survey of Children and Families (GSCF) is a longitudinal, multi-level study of rural children’s welfare outcomes, including education, health, and psycho-social development. Data have been collected in 2000, 2004, 2007, and 2009.  The study focuses on the following issues:

  • children’s academic achievement, educational attitudes, behaviors, and experiences, psycho-social development, and physical health
  • attitudes and practices of children, families, and teachers about parenting and schooling
  • the mechanisms (home, community, school) linking poverty to children’s welfare outcomes
  • rural children’s human capital acquisition and subsequent labor outcomes, including migration choices and experiences

Health and Retirement Survey
The University of Michigan Health and Retirement Study (HRS) is a longitudinal panel study that surveys a representative sample of more than 26,000 Americans over the age of 50 every two years. The HRS explores the changes in labor force participation and the health transitions that individuals undergo toward the end of their work lives and in the years that follow. The study has collected information about income, work, assets, pension plans, health insurance, disability, physical health and functioning, cognitive functioning, and health care expenditures. Through its unique and in-depth interviews, the HRS provides an invaluable and growing body of multidisciplinary data that researchers can use to address important questions about the challenges and opportunities of aging.

Inter-American Development Bank
The Inter-American Development Bank support efforts by Latin America and the Caribbean countries to reduce poverty and inequality. Its aim is to bring about development in a sustainable, climate-friendly way. Here you can find find news, videos, research, data, publications, and information about the bank’s events.

International Food Policy Research Institute 
The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks sustainable solutions for ending hunger and poverty. IFPRI is one of 15 centers supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research, an alliance of 64 governments, private foundations, and international and regional organizations. You can find the IFPRI’s datasets, journals, publications, and library catalog here.

Internal Revenue Service
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS)’s website offers information about its services. You can find tax forms and tax information for individuals, business, and non-profit organizations.

International Monetary Fund
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is an organization of 187 countries, working to foster global monetary cooperation, secure financial stability, facilitate international trade, promote high employment and sustainable economic growth, and reduce poverty around the world. Its website offers publications, research, data, videos, and country information.

International Trade Commission
The United States International Trade Commission is an independent, quasijudicial Federal agency with broad investigative responsibilities on matters of trade. The agency investigates the effects of dumped and subsidized imports on domestic industries and conducts global safeguard investigations. The Commission also adjudicates cases involving imports that allegedly infringe intellectual property rights. Through such proceedings, the agency facilitates a rules-based international trading system. The Commission also serves as a Federal resource where trade data and other trade policy-related information are gathered and analyzed. The information and analysis are provided to the President, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), and Congress to facilitate the development of sound and informed U.S. trade policy.

Iowa Electronic Markets
The Iowa Electronic Markets are operated by faculty at the University of Iowa Henry B. Tippie College of Business as part of our research and teaching mission. These markets are small-scale, real-money futures markets where contract payoffs depend on economic and political events such as elections.

Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research
The ICPSR contains a data archive of over 500,000 files of research in the social sciences. Disciplines represented include political science, sociology, demography, economics, history, gerontology, criminal justice, public health, foreign policy, terrorism, health and medical care, early education, education, racial and ethnic minorities, psychology, law, substance abuse and mental health, and more.

Maine Department of Labor
The Maine Department of Labor promotes the safety and economic well being of all individuals and businesses in Maine by promoting independence and life long learning, by fostering economic stability and by ensuring the safe and fair treatment of all people on the job. Here you can find workforce research and statistics, employment laws, and various forms.

Maine State Planning Office
The State Planning Office is part of the Executive Department that provides planning assistance, policy development, program management, and technical assistance to build a sustainable future for Maine’s communities, businesses, and residents. Created in 1968, the office provides independent analysis to the Governor and Legislature on the development of the state’s economy and conservation of its natural resources. The Maine State Planning Office strives to integrate the development of the State’s economy with the conservation of its natural resources. This involves coordinating a long-range view of state policies; including the development of economic, natural resource, energy, land use, and fiscal and regulatory policy. The State Planning Office identifies and assists with issues of long-term significance to the State, particularly those that involve multiple agencies. The State Planning Office also provides a wide range of technical and financial assistance to Maine communities.

Malaysian Family Life Surveys 
The First and Second Malaysian Family Life Surveys (MFLS-1 and MFLS-2) comprise a pair of surveys with partially overlapping samples, designed by RAND and administered in Peninsular Malaysia in 1976-1977 (MFLS-1) and 1988-1989 (MFLS-2). Survey Research Malaysia, Sdn. Bhd. carried out the fieldwork for MFLS-1 and the National Population and Family Development Board of Malaysia carried out the fieldwork for MFLS-2. Each survey collected detailed current and retrospective information on family structure, fertility, economic status, education/training, transfers, migration, and many other topics. Each survey also collected community-level data.

Matlab Health and Socio-Economic Survey (Bangladesh) 
In 1996, a major family and community survey entitled the Matlab Health and Socio-Economic Survey, or MHSS, was carried out in Matlab, a region of rural Bangladesh in which there is an ongoing prospective Demographic Surveillance System, under the aegis of the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR,B).The MHSS addresses the following broad areas of concern to the rural adults and the elderly: the effect of socio-economic and behavioral factors on adult and elderly health status, and health care utilization; the linkages between adult/elderly well-being, social and kin network characteristics and resource flows; and the impact of community services and infrastructure on adult/elderly health and other human capital acquisition. This survey was funded by P01 Grant P01AG11952 from the National Institute on Aging and its principal investigator is Dr. Omar Rahman, M.D., D.Sc., Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Demography at the Harvard School of Public Health. The MHSS is a collaborative effort of RAND, the Harvard School of Public Health, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Colorado at Boulder, Brown University, Mitra and Associates and the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR,B).

Measuring Worth
This website offers links to essays in measures of worth, calculators for historical GDP, growth rates, purchasing power, relative values, inflation rates etc, graphs, and data sets for GDP, CPI, Interest rates etc.

National Longitudinal Surveys 
The National Longitudinal Surveys (NLS) are a set of surveys designed to gather information at multiple points in time on the labor market activities and other significant life events of several groups of men and women. For more than 4 decades, NLS data have served as an important tool for economists, sociologists, and other researchers.

National Marine Fisheries Service
The Fisheries Statistics Division of the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has automated data summary programs that anyone can use to rapidly and easily summarize U.S. commercial fisheries landings.These programs allow you to query our commercial fishery data bases and summarize United States domestic commercial landings in several formats. Domestic fishery landings are those fish and shellfish that are landed and sold in the 50 states by U.S. fishermen and do not include landings made in U.S. territories or by foreign fishermen. You can summarize the pounds and dollar value of commercial landings by your choice of years, months, states and species for the years 1990 onwards. The volume and value of 1950 onwards landings can be summarized by: years, states and species; by years, states, species and fishing gears; or years, states, species, finfish or shellfish groups, and price per pound.

National Opinion Research Center
The NORC at the University of Chicago, is an independent research organization known for excellence, innovation, and effective collaboration.  Working with NORC experts, clients obtain the data and analysis needed to drive evidence-based decisions and improve public policy in fields such as health, education, economics, crime, justice, energy, security, and the environment. Dedicated to the public interest for 70 years, NORC has helped a wide range of clients identify and address society’s most urgent challenges.

The OFFSTATS database provides access to free statistics from official sources on the web. Some specialised databases are only available to the University of Auckland staff and students. Web links are arranged by country, region or subject. The database can be searched by a single category, or a combination of categories.

Organization for Economics Co-op and Development 
The mission of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world.The OECD provides a forum in which governments can work together to share experiences and seek solutions to common problems. We work with governments to understand what drives economic, social and environmental change. We measure productivity and global flows of trade and investment. We analyse and compare data to predict future trends. We set international standards on a wide range of things, from agriculture and tax to the safety of chemicals. We look, too, at issues that directly affect the lives of ordinary people, like how much they pay in taxes and social security, and how much leisure time they can take. We compare how different countries’ school systems are readying their young people for modern life, and how different countries’ pension systems will look after their citizens in old age.

Panel Study of Income Dynamics
The Panel Study of Income Dynamics – PSID – is the longest running longitudinal household survey in the world. The study began in 1968 with a nationally representative sample of over 18,000 individuals living in 5,000 families in the United States. Information on these individuals and their descendants has been collected continuously, including data covering employment, income, wealth, expenditures, health, marriage, childbearing, child development, philanthropy, education, and numerous other topics. The PSID is directed by faculty at the University of Michigan, and the data are available on this website without cost to researchers and analysts.

Penn World Tables
The Penn World Table provides purchasing power parity and national income accounts converted to international prices for 189 countries/territories for some or all of the years 1950-2009. The European Union or the OECD provide more detailed purchasing power and real product estimates for their countries and the World Bank makes current price estimates for most PWT countries at the GDP level.

Regional Federal Reserve Banks
This website will link you to the 12 regional Federal Reserve Banks, which gives information, data and publications on the news, economy, community, and research of each of the regional banks.

Securities and Exchange Commission
The mission of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is to protect investors, maintain fair, orderly, and efficient markets, and facilitate capital formation. The SEC oversees the key participants in the securities world, including securities exchanges, securities brokers and dealers, investment advisors, and mutual funds. Here the SEC is concerned primarily with promoting the disclosure of important market-related information, maintaining fair dealing, and protecting against fraud.

Social Security Administration
We deliver services through a nationwide network of over 1,400 offices that include regional offices, field offices, card centers, teleservice centers, processing centers, hearing offices, the Appeals Council, and our State and territorial partners, the Disability Determination Services. We also have a presence in U.S. embassies around the globe. For the public, we are the “face of the government.” The rich diversity of our employees mirrors the public we serve.

United Nations
The United Nations is an international organization founded in 1945 after the Second World War by 51 countries committed to maintaining international peace and security, developing friendly relations among nations and promoting social progress, better living standards and human rights.

The UN has 4 main purposes

  • To keep peace throughout the world;
  • To develop friendly relations among nations;
  • To help nations work together to improve the lives of poor people, to conquer hunger, disease and illiteracy, and to encourage respect for each other’s rights and freedoms;
  • To be a centre for harmonizing the actions of nations to achieve these goals.

US Census Bureau
The US Census Bureau is the government agency that is responsible for the United States Census. It also gathers other national demographic and economic data. As part of the United States Department of Commerce, the Census Bureau serves as a leading source of data about America’s people and economy. Here, you can find data on all aspects of the US public, business sector, and geography.

The White House
The White House’s website offers information on the white house, the administration, and the government as well as information about issues like civil rights, defense, the economy, immigration etc. You can also find weekly addresses, press statements, speeches, press briefings etc.

World Bank
The World Bank is an international financial institution that provides loans to developing countries for capital programs. The World Bank’s official goal is the reduction of poverty. According to the World Bank’s Articles of Agreement, all of its decisions must be guided by a commitment to promote foreign investment, international trade and facilitate capital investment. You can find the World Bank’s data, research, projects, operations, and publications.

World Bank LSMS
The Living Standards Measurement Study (LSMS) was established by the Development Research Group to explore ways of improving the type and quality of household data collected by statistical offices in developing countries. Its goal is to foster increased use of household data as a basis for policy decisionmaking. Specifically, the LSMS is working to develop new methods to monitor progress in raising levels of living, to identify the consequences for households of past and proposed government policies, and to improve communications between survey statisticians, analysts, and policy makers.

This site can

    • Provide tools to managers who would like to design new surveys
    • Provide tools to users to help in the analyses of the household survey data
    • Provide users with actual household survey data for analyses
    • Provide a link to reports and research done using LSMS data


World Investment Reports
Established in 1964, UNCTAD promotes the development-friendly integration of developing countries into the world economy. UNCTAD has progressively evolved into an authoritative knowledge-based institution whose work aims to help shape current policy debates and thinking on development, with a particular focus on ensuring that domestic policies and international action are mutually supportive in bringing about sustainable development.

The organization works to fulfil this mandate by carrying out three key functions:

  • It functions as a forum for intergovernmental deliberations, supported by discussions with experts and exchanges of experience, aimed at consensus building.
  • It undertakes research, policy analysis and data collectionfor the debates of government representatives and experts.
  • It provides technical assistance tailored to the specific requirements of developing countries, with special attention to the needs of the least developed countries and of economies in transition. When appropriate, UNCTAD cooperates with other organizations and donor countries in the delivery of technical assistance.

World Trade Organization
The World Trade Organization (WTO) is an organization that intends to supervise and liberalize international trade. The organization officially commenced on January 1, 1995 under the Marrakech Agreement, replacing the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), which commenced in 1948. The organization deals with regulation of trade between participating countries; it provides a framework for negotiating and formalizing trade agreements, and a dispute resolution process aimed at enforcing participants’ adherence to WTO agreements which are signed by representatives of member governments and ratified by their parliaments. Most of the issues that the WTO focuses on derive from previous trade negotiations, especially from the Uruguay Round. Their website offers trade information, news, events, documents and resources.