Economics and Finance

United States

 Bureau of Economic Analysis

  • Time period: 1925- (varies by dataset)
  • Geographic coverage: mostly US, some international
  • Geographic unit(s): county, metropolitan area, state, nation
  • Unit of observation: monthly, quarterly, annual; industry
  • The BEA provides microeconomic data, along with reports, maps and other publications. Use the Interactive Data to navigate through national, regional, industry and international data in various categories such as GDP, income, employment, saving and investment, fixed assets, input-output, international transactions, and many more.

Bureau of Labor Statistics

  • Geographic coverage: mostly US, some international comparisons
  • Geographic unit(s): city, county, metropolitan area, state, division, region, nation
  • The BLS contains much data on subjects such as inflation & prices, employment, spending & time use, pay & benefits, productivity, and more. See the subject area categories or try the BLS Data Finder.

Congressional Budget Office

  • Time period: 1991-
  • Geographic coverage: US
  • Geographic unit(s): nation
  • Official site for historical economic and budget data and projections, such as 10-year budget projections, 10-year trust fund projections, spending projections, estimates of automatic stabilizers.

Data-Planet

  • Time period: varies by dataset
  • Geographic coverage: US and international
  • Geographic unit(s): varies by dataset
  • Unit of observation: statistics
  • Provides easy access to an extensive repository of statistics and data sources in various subjects. Find key economic indicators such as unemployment rate, oil price, exchange rates, gold fixing, GDP, job openings, S&P 500 index, and more. Browse by subject to explore in other related topics such as Banking, Finance & Insurance, Industry & Commerce, and Labor & Employment.

Economagic

  • Time period: varies by geographic units
  • Geographic coverage: US and international
  • Geographic unit(s): MSA, state, nation
  • This website contains an extensive collection of economic time series data from U.S. government sources, as well as data of other countries. Find data on GDP, S&P 500 total return, income, consumer price, exchange rate, real personal expenditures, and many more. These datasets can be manipulated to produce forecasts, regression analyses and charts or downloaded to Excel spreadsheets.

FRED Economic Data (FRED2)

  • Time period: mostly 1947 onward, some 1785 onward
  • Geographic coverage: US and international
  • Geographic unit(s): MSA, county, state, nation
  • FRED Economic Data provides time series data in categories such as money, banking & finance (e.g., interest rates, exchange rates, financial indicators, business lending), population, employment & labor markets (e.g., CPS-household survey, employment, income, jobs), national accounts, production & business activity, prices and more. Many microdata can be downloaded to Excel spreadsheets.

Gallup Analytics

  • Time period: U.S. Dailies: 2008-present; World Poll: 2006-present; Gallup Brain: 1935-present
  • Geographic coverage: US, 160+ other countries
  • Geographic unit(s): nation, state, MSA
  • Unit of observation: statistics
  • Gallup Analytics offers economic, well-being, and political polling data collected daily in the US since 2008, and the data can be broken down by state or MSA. Gallup also provides the World Poll, which captures economic, social, and well-being data for 160+ countries going back to 2006. Gallup Brain presents historical public opinion polling going back to 1935.

Historical Statistics of the United States

  • Time period: 1790-2000
  • Geographic coverage: US
  • Geographic unit(s): mostly nation
  • Unit of observation: statistics
  • This is the standard source for quantitative indicators of American history. HSUS contains time series tables that cover the demographic, economic, social, political, and institutional history of the U.S. Find information of economic structure and performance (e.g., income, product, prices, consumer expenditures, financial markets and institutions) and economic sectors (e.g., agriculture, manufacturing, distribution, and transportation). The tables can be downloaded in Excel. The introductory essays provide guidance on sources and reliability and interpretation.

IPUMS-CPS: Current Population Survey (CPS)

  • Time period: 1962-2015
  • Geographic coverage: US
  • Geographic unit(s): city, MSA, county, state
  • Unit of observation: individual, household
  • IPUMS-CPS is a project dedicated to integrating and disseminating data from the Current Population Survey (CPS). The CPS is a monthly survey, conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the U.S. Census Bureau, which collects socio-demographic information and labor force characteristics. Economic variables include income, housing, subsidy, tax, job and work. For help of using IPUMS-CPS extract system, watch their short tutorial videos. The CPS data are also accessible at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) site here.

National Bureau of Economic Research

  • Time period: varies
  • Geographic coverage: varies
  • Geographic unit(s): varies
  • Unit of observation: varies
  • The National Bureau of Economic Research data site points to data available from NBER or otherwise associated with the NBER research program.  Includes macro data; industry, productivity, and digitization data; international finance and trade data; individual data; healthcare data; demographic and vital statistics; patent and scientific papers data; and “other” data.

National Longitudinal Surveys

  • Time period: birth year cohorts 1906-21, 1922-37, 1941-52, 1943-53, 1957-64, 1980-84
  • Geographic coverage: US
  • Geographic unit(s): (restricted use geocode data) ZIP code, tract, MSA, county, state
  • Unit of observation: individual
  • The National Longitudinal Surveys is a program of the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. The surveys contain a wide array of topics, e.g., labor market activity, schooling, fertility, health and more. Find economic information such as employment, income, assets and participation in government assistance programs.

PolicyMap

  • Time period: mostly 2000-
  • Geographic coverage: US
  • Geographic unit(s): block group, tract, city, county, state, ZIP code, congressional district
  • Unit of observation: varied
  • PolicyMap is an online data and mapping tool that enables researchers to access data about communities and markets across the United States. It contains over 15,000 continuously updated datasets related to demographics, economy, health, education, quality of life and more. Find economic and financial information such as jobs and industries, employment, work force, incomes & spending, housing, and lending.

Statistical Abstract of the United States

  • Time period: 1940-present (2013-2016 editions)
  • Geographic coverage: US
  • Geographic unit(s): mostly state and region
  • Unit of observation: statistics
  • The Statistical Abstract of the United States provides comprehensive summary of statistics on economic and financial topics such as labor force, employment and earnings, income, expenditures, poverty and wealth, prices, business enterprise, federal government finances and employment, foreign commerce and aid, as well as banking, finance and insurance. The source notes can be used to find more detailed tables and machine-readable datasets.
International

China Data Online

  • Time period: 1947-2014 (varies by index)
  • Geographic coverage: China
  • Geographic unit(s): city, county, provincial and national
  • Unit of observation: statistics
  • This database provides access to various statistical yearbooks published by the National Bureau of Statistics of China. For economic and financial information, our current subscription includes national accounts (e.g., GDP), investment, price indices, wages, government finance and banking, agriculture, industry, construction as well as transport, post and telecommunication services statistics at various geographic levels.

Data-Planet

  • Time period: varies by dataset
  • Geographic coverage: US and international
  • Geographic unit(s): varies by dataset
  • Unit of observation: statistics
  • Provides easy access to an extensive repository of statistics and data sources in various subjects. Find key economic indicators such as unemployment rate, oil price, exchange rates, gold fixing, GDP, job openings, S&P 500 index, and more. Browse by subject to explore in other related topics such as Banking, Finance & Insurance, Industry & Commerce, and Labor & Employment.

Economagic

  • Time period: varies by geographic units
  • Geographic coverage: US and international
  • Geographic unit(s): MSA, state, nation
  • This website contains an extensive collection of economic time series data from U.S. government sources, as well as data of other countries. Find data on GDP, S&P 500 total return, income, consumer price, exchange rate, real personal expenditures, and many more. These datasets can be manipulated to produce forecasts, regression analyses and charts or downloaded to Excel spreadsheets.

ECRI Lending to Households in Europe

  • Time period: 1995-2014
  • Geographic coverage: US and international
  • Geographic unit(s): country
  • This dataset contains information on lending to households in the 28 EU Member states, 2 EU candidate states, EFTA countries, as well as United States, Australia, Canada, Japan, Russia, and India.  These data include consumer credit, housing and other loans, and allows users to make comparisons between countries.

EuroStat

  • Geographic coverage: Europe
  • Geographic unit(s): city, nation, EU
  • EuroStat contains databases and statistics of Europe on many themes. Find economic and financial statistics such as national and European sector accounts, government finance, exchange rates, interest rates, consumer prices, PPPs, and balance of payments.

FAOSTAT

  • Time period: 1961-
  • Geographic coverage: international
  • Geographic unit(s): country
  • Unit of observation: statistics
  • The FAOSTAT database of the UN Food and Agricultural Organization provides statistics on a variety of domains. Find economic and financial information of food and agriculture such as production, prices, investment, and trade.

FRED Economic Data (FRED2)

  • Time period: mostly 1947 onward, some 1785 onward
  • Geographic coverage: US and international
  • Geographic unit(s): MSA, county, state, nation
  • FRED Economic Data provides time series data in categories such as money, banking & finance (e.g., interest rates, exchange rates, financial indicators, business lending), population, employment & labor markets (e.g., CPS-household survey, employment, income, jobs), national accounts, production & business activity, prices and more. Many microdata can be downloaded to Excel spreadsheets.

ILOSTAT

  • Geographic coverage: international
  • Geographic unit(s): country
  • Unit of observation: statistics
  • ILOSTAT is the International Labour Organization’s central statistics database of the labour market, which provides more than 100 indicators covering more than 230 countries. Subjects include population, labour force, (un)employment, working time, earnings & income, occupational injuries, labour inspection, consumer prices, and more. Access other databases of the ILO at their statistics and databases page.

IMF Data

  • Time period: varies by datasets
  • Geographic coverage: international
  • Geographic unit(s): mostly nation
  • Unit of observation: aggregated
  • The IMF publishes a range of economic and financial data across time and countries. Find data on IMF lending, exchange rates and many other economic and financial indicators in their numerous datasets such as World Economy Outlook (WEO), International Financial Statistics (IFS), Balance of Payments Statistics (BOPS), Direction of Trade Statistics (DOTS), Government Finance Statistics (GFS), and many more. See what can be found in their online sources.

International Historical Statistics

  • Time period: 1750-2010
  • Geographic coverage: international
  • Geographic unit(s): country
  • Unit of observation: statistics
  • IHS is a collection of statistics covering a wide range of socio-economic topics. Find economic and financial information such as agriculture, labour force, finance (e.g., currency, money supply, government expenditure and revenue), prices, industry, and national accounts. Content is divided into three geographical areas: (1) Africa, Asia, Oceania, (2) Americas, and (3) Europe. Tables can be downloaded in Excel format.

ProQuest Statistical Insight

  • Time period: 1973-present (US); 1983-present (international)
  • Geographic coverage: US; International
  • Geographic unit(s): varies by source
  • Unit of observation: statistics
  • Summary: ProQuest Statistical Insight provides federal, state and international statistics in many subjects. Find statistics on economic and financial topics, such as labor and employment, prices and cost of living, banking, finance, insurance, stock exchanges, industry and commerce.

UNData

  • Time period: varies
  • Geographic coverage: International
  • Geographic unit(s): varies by source
  • UN Data is a portal for finding data from the UN, OECD, IMF, and more.  Databases related to Economics and Finance include: International Financial Statistics, World Bank World Development Indicators, and National Accounts Official Country Data.

UNIDO Industrial Statistics

  • Time period: 1963-2010
  • Geographic coverage: international
  • Geographic unit(s): nation
  • Unit of observation: nation, industry (ISIC Rev.3)
  • The three databases–INDSTAT2, INDSTAT4, and Industrial Demand-Supply Balance Database (IDSB)–contain statistical data on the manufacturing sector of countries based on the International Standard Industrial Classification of all Economic Activities (ISIC) Revision 3. Users must download and install the software on a computer with Microsoft Windows. The software enables users to select and export data across time and countries on the manufacturing sector’s indicators such as number of establishments, employment, wages and salaries, output, value added.

World Bank Open Data

  • Geographic coverage: international
  • Geographic unit(s): mostly country
  • Unit of observation: statistics; household, business establishment, other facility
  • World Bank Open Data provides free and open access to data in countries around the globe. Find economic and financial relevant indicators and data under topics such as Economy & Growth, External Debt, Financial Sector, Public Sector, and Private Sector. Use the World DataBank to query and download data.