• Online Resources for Economics Information and Data

  • Government Sites

    The Federal Reserve performs key functions in the public interest to promote the health of the U.S. economy and the stability of the U.S. financial system.

    The first BLS Commissioner, Carroll D. Wright, described the Bureau’s mandate as “the fearless publication of the facts.” See our history page for a BLS historical timeline and pictures through the years. Just the Facts: “Is the glass half empty or half full?” At BLS we see an 8-ounce glass containing 4 ounces of liquid.  Complete transparency: We document the design and methods of our programs throughout our website. For example, see our Handbook of Methods, which documents every statistical program. Plus, see our Policies page.  Confidentiality: All respondent data are completely confidential and used for statistical purposes only. See our data integrity guidelines, our confidentiality pledge and laws, and our statement on protecting online privacy.  Gold-standard data: BLS data are accurate, objective, relevant, timely, and accessible. See the Information Quality Guidelines for more information

    The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis is your source of accurate and objective data about the nation's economy.  BEA's economists produce some of the world's most closely watched statistics, including U.S. gross domestic product, better known as GDP. We do state and local numbers, too, plus foreign trade and investment stats and industry data.

    Industry and Analysis trade and industry experts produce the world’s most innovative, high-quality, in-depth trade analyses and develop strategies that define the future of international trade, investment, supply chains, and export promotion.

    The World Factbook provides basic intelligence on the history, people, government, economy, energy, geography, environment, communications, transportation, military, terrorism, and transnational issues for 266 world entities.

  • Organization/Non Government Sites

    The World Bank is like a cooperative, made up of 189 member countries. These member countries, or shareholders, are represented by a Board of Governors, who are the ultimate policymakers at the World Bank. Has a Getting Started page for searching as well as thorough archives.

    The NBER data collection here is an eclectic mix of public use economic, demographic, and enterprise data obtained over the years to satisfy the specific requests of NBER affiliated researchers for particular projects. There are also files created as the output of NBER projects and intended for wider use. Where allowed by the sources, we offer access to these files that may be useful to other researchers or in aid of replication studies. Files here are often in more convenient formats than at the original data source and may remain here while no longer available from that source. However, files that receive periodic updates at the source may not be updated here.

    The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is an organization of 190 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.

    DataHub began as a project by Datopian and Open Knowledge International. For over a decade we’ve been creating tools and applications for data. We built CKAN, the world’s leading data portal platform that powers sites like data.gov and data.gov.uk. We’ve worked for companies and organizations like Google. We’ve helped create the open data movement from the ground up.

    The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is an international organisation that works to build better policies for better lives. Our goal is to shape policies that foster prosperity, equality, opportunity and well-being for all. We draw on 60 years of experience and insights to better prepare the world of tomorrow.  Together with governments, policy makers and citizens, we work on establishing evidence-based international standards and finding solutions to a range of social, economic and environmental challenges. 

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