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Economic Indicators: Data Sources


Statistical Abstract of the United States.  Start here for all your domestic statistical needs.  I suggest you use the index to find the char(s) you need, keeping in mind that the numbers listed there are chart numbers, not page numbers.  Need more detail?  Use the URL in the source which is listed below each chart.  The book is located behind the reference desk, and it's avialable online as well.

British Historical Statistics REF HA1134 .M58 1988

International Historical Statistics: Africa, Asia & Oceania, 1750-1993 REF HA4675. M55 1998

International Historical Statistics: Europe, 1750-2005 REF HA1107 .M5 2007

International Historical Statistics: the Americas, 1750-1993 REF HA175 .M52 1998

OECD Health Data
Covers health-related data for member OECD nations

World Bank - Global Development Finance
Presents data, by country, for national finances, total debt, debt service, etc.

World Bank - World Development Indicators
Presents data, by country, for balance of payments, national accounts, social indicators and more.

Data on the Web

  • Statistical Abstract of the United States 2004-2005 Ref HA202.U5
    This is an excellant starting point when searching for statistics. A print version is available in both Reference and Government Documents, as well as online.
  • The Dismal Scientist
    This site offers regional and national economic data and analysis on the U.S. economy. It also provides a CPI (consumer price indices) calculator, a PPI (producer price indices) calaculator, a dictionary of economic terms, and a calendar of upcoming economic releases.
  • EconData.Net
    This is an electronic source of regional data with links to Federal data.
  • Economic Research Service
    Statistics and research reports from the Dept. of Agriculture covering crop production and use as well as consumption.
  • EH.Net
    Economic History Services presents a variety of domestic statistics and an encyclopedia of economics on its site.
  • Executive Branch Web Sites
    Gateway to the websites of numerous Executive Branch departments and agencies, such as Dept of Agriculture, Dept of Commerce and Dept of Education.
  • FindLaw: Internet Legal Resources
    This is a free site that promotes legal research. You can search for case law or legal news. It has many of the capabilities that LexisNexis has, but you may find this to be more user friendly. Compare the two databases and see what you think!
    Portal to the many web sites and database of the Federal government.
  • Scout Report: Sign Post
    Indexes by Library of Congress Subject Heading (scroll to the bottom of the screen). Links to various scholarly web sites.
  • Statistical Resources on the Web
    "Meta-index to statistical web sites and individual statistical publications arranged by broad subject category from the University of Michigan Documents Center." Subjects covered include: agriculture; business and industry; consumer; cost of living; demographics; economics; education; energy; environment; finance and currency; foreign economics; foreign governments; foreign trade; U.S. government finances; health; housing; labor; military; politics; science; sociology; transportation; weather.
  • United Nations Statistics Division  The UN collects a broad array of data from around the world. 

Subject Guide

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