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Econ Data & Links

Gives the current value of economic statistic in table format. It provides quick access to a variety of up-to-date statistics. When it was feasible the links in the table were chosen so the user has access to time series or data for other areas and to related data.

Economic Working Papers

NetEc is an international academic effort to improve the communication of economics via electronic media. It consists of: information on printed working papers on BibEc, data about electronic working papers on WoPEc, code for economics and econometrics on CodEc, World Wide Web resources in economics on WebEc, home page papers in economics on HoPEc, jokes about economists and economics on JokEc.

Resources for Economists on the Internet

This guide lists more than 900 resources on the Internet to those interested in economics.

International Economic Conditions

Annual Report of the Bank of International Settlements

The BIS's predominant tasks are "to promote the cooperation of central banks and to provide additional facilities for international financial operations". The annual report contains data on industrial and emerging markets.

Demographic Yearbook (United Nations)

Standardized annual data relating to population and social concerns from nearly every nation in the world.

Monthly Bulletin of Statistics Online (United Nations)

Current economic statistics from most nations of the world.


Membership in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) consists of countries committed to democracy and the market economy. The organization is engaged in many programs relating to economic development and world trade. Click on “Statistics” to enter the OECD Statistics Portal to access detailed country data relating to 26 main topics.

Statistical Agencies (International) – U.S. Census Bureau

Information on National Statistical Systems – United Nations

The two resources, above, provide links to national statistical offices worldwide, arranged by region. Most data is offered in the official languages of each nation, with English occasionally given as an alternative language.

World Development Indicators

Time series statistics on national accounts, international transactions, manufacturing, andmonetary indicators are provided for World Bank member countries.

U.S. Economic Indicators

Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC)

The FOMC controls U.S. monetary policy through open market sale of Treasury securities, regulation of the interest rate charged on loans to commercial banks and other depository institutions, and regulation of amount of funds depository institutions must have on hand against depository liabilities. Policy decisions are made in response to economic dynamics across the U.S. Regional economic conditions are assessed by each Federal Reserve Bank District and reported in the Beige Book: Summary of Commentary on Current Economic Conditions.

Federal Reserve Economic Data (FRED)

Created by St. Louis Federal Reserve District, FRED provides historical U.S. economic and financial data, including daily U.S. interest rates, monetary and business indicators, exchange rates, balance of payments and regional economic data.

Monthly Labor Review

Contains articles as well as a monthly statistics section on employment and earnings. Covers less detail but a longer range of years than Employment and Earnings.

Statistical Abstract of the United States

A well indexed, comprehensive collection of statistics in tabular format. Includes basic statistics for a wide range of economic indicators. The index leads to specific table numbers. Each table lists the source of the statistics for further reference.

Survey of Current Business

Includes monthly and quarterly cyclical indicator statistics. Tables of economic indicators cover such statistics as personal income, industrial productivity, business sales and inventories, commodity prices, producer prices, labor force, and earnings. Statistical series usually give monthly statistics for the last year and annual statistics for the previous two years.

Treasury Bulletin

This report of federal fiscal operations includes details of federal debt, bonds, notes, market yield, and other federal financial obligations. Positions of major foreign currencies are included, along with a profile of the domestic economy including growth of GDP, federal deficit, and rate of personal savings.

Last updated: 03/28/08
Previously maintained by:
Dennis Smith, University of Pittsburgh, and Elisabeth Leonard, University of California, San Diego
Kevin Harwell, Penn State University
List originally compiled by Jennifer Boettcher, Georgetown University

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