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   Resources for Economists on the Internet, Vol. 4, No. 2, September, 1999

             Editor: Bill Goffe <>
             Editorial Assistant: Elise Braden <>

                            Part 5 of 20

   This guide, sponsored by the American Economic Association, lists
   more than 1,000 resources on the Internet of interest to academic and
   practicing economists, and those interested in economics. Almost all
   resources are also described.

   Resources for Economists on the Internet (RFE) is a copyrighted work
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   For distribution via Usenet, this FAQ is split into 20 parts as large
   files don't travel well on Usenet. For other locations of this guide,
   see the section titled "1.5 Where to Obtain This Guide" in part 2.

2.3.0 World and Non-U.S. Data

2.3.1 Alta Plana International Economics Gateway

   [various international and non-U.S. entities]

   This site, run by Seth Grimes, has a number of links to sites with
   non-U.S. data. Specifically, he lists "Resource Pages and Data
   Archives" (for general economic resources), "International
   Organization Pages," "National Government Pages," and "Corporate
   Servers" (of many varied types that economists are likely to find


2.3.2 Central Bank Resource Center

   [both central banks and ministries of finance]

   This site, run by Mark Bernkopf, deals with all aspects of central
   banking. This includes an extensive list of central banks and
   ministries of finance. There are numerous other items of interest,
   including currency boards, conferences in the area, multilateral
   financial institutions, monetary research institutes and
   consultancies, central bank research departments, and other


2.3.3 Econ. Departments, Institutes and Research Centers in the World
      (EDIRC): Statistical Offices

   [very many listings]

   This section of this very useful resource contains a section on
   "Statistical Offices." In all, EDIRC lists more than 4,000 sites.


2.3.4 Econ. Departments, Institutes and Research Centers in the World
      (EDIRC): Central Banks and Monetary Authorities

   [very many listings]

   This section of this very useful resource contains a section on
   "Central Banks and Monetary Authorities." In all, EDIRC lists more
   than 4,000 sites.


2.3.5 Statistical Data Locators

   [directory of international stat sites]

   This site, part of the library at Nanyang Technological University in
   Singapore, offers a very extensive list of international data sites
   on the Internet (as one might expect, its first listing is
   Singapore). It is organized by region: "Asia, Oceania, North America,
   Europe, Africa, International, Latin America, and Others."


2.3.6 CIA World Factbook 1998

   [well-known summary data and analysis]

   This well-known reference has wide-ranging summary data on 263
   countries and other similar entities from around the world. While the
   economic information is of the snapshot variety, it includes a
   written overview and some 20 current observations of key economic
   values. There is also extensive information on geographical,
   demographic, government, communications, transportation, military,
   and "transnational issues" for each country.


+  2.3.7 EIU CountryData
+  [271 mostly quarterly series from 116 countries]
+  This dataset comes from the "Economist Intelligence Unit," which of
+  course is affiliated with "The Economist" magazine. EIU CountryData
+  results from a partnership between the EIU and Bureau van Dijk:  the
+  data is collected by the EIU and the software is developed by Bureau
+  van Dijk. The data comes from a variety of sources, and it covers
+  116 countries from 1980 with some 271 variables (for most countries,
+  the data is quarterly). Forecasts are available to five years in the
+  future. The data is updated monthly, although data on each country
+  is updated four times each year. The discounted annual cost for a
+  standard, single academic user is $7,800 (with higher group rates).
+  Data can also be purchased by geographic region. For non-academic
+  pricing and regional rates, call 1-888-797-7120.
+  A key feature of this dataset is the very feature-laden interface. It
+  could well eliminate the need for pre-processing with a spreadsheet
+  or other programs. They also provide extensive support, and one can
+  communicate with those responsible for collating the data. Trial
+  subscriptions can also be arranged.
+  #

+  2.3.8 GlobalMetrix
+  [very extensive international and trade data]
+  This firm sells a great variety of data from a number of
+  international organizations and packages them in easy-to-use formats.
+  Specifically, data is available from 72 countries (which can be
+  purchased by country, region, or the world), and some 64 industries,
+  including 80 internationally traded commodity groups with an initial
+  date of 1980, and forecasts to 2017. Quoting from their material
+  (with some editing for brevity) they offer:
+  # Global Consumer Spending - 16 spending categories
+  # Gross Fixed Investments - 64 industry and service sector
+    expenditures
+  # Global Government Expenditures - 10 categories
+  # Global Industry and Services Output - 64 industry and service
+    sector gross-outputs
+  # Global Employment and Occupation - number of employees in 64
+    industry and service sectors
+  # Global Wage and Salary - annual wage and salary per employee in 64
+    industry categories
+  # Global Pollution - estimates of toxic waste release by 64
+    industries for 300 noxious substances
+  # Global Commodity Trade - covers 80 commodities, produced by 50
+    industries, showing bilateral trade between 65 countries and
+    regions worldwide (4,225 trade routes)
+  # AirFlow - covers air freight volume between 65 countries and
+    regions worldwide (4,225 trade routes)
+  # SeaFlow - covers ocean freight volume between 65 countries and
+    regions worldwide (4,225 trade routes)
+  # PaxFlow - includes passenger traffic for 50 major route corridors
+    worldwide.
+  The data can be purchased in many different increments -- it can be
+  purchased by county, region, or country. As one would guess, the cost
+  per observation decreases as they size of the purchase increases.
+  In addition, "Intelligence Reports" "of a particular country,
+  economic sector or trading relationship" are also available for
+  purchase. They are updated every six months. Finally, "Customized
+  Models" can be created at a customer's request.
+  #

2.3.9 Luxembourg Income Study (LIS)

   [households survey from 25 countries and macro data from OECD

   This project brings together household surveys from 25 countries
   (surveys from four other countries are under negotiation) into a
   common database to make studies of international economic comparisons
   easier. For instance, it includes Current Population Surveys from the
   U.S., French Surveys of Income, and a Hungarian Income Study. To
   maintain confidentiality and restrictions on use, the data remains on
   the host computer in Luxembourg and researchers run jobs remotely on
   that system through electronic mail. Users must first register to use
   the database.
   They also have a database (Institutional Database, IDB) of annual
   macro indicators on all OECD countries. This database also contains
   rules on taxes and transfers in each country to make international
   comparisons possible. This dataset is available on floppy disks.
   This site also includes the Comparative Welfare State Database, which
   focuses on a wide range of indicators of welfare state development,
   its causes, and its outcomes on an annual basis for the period
   The purpose of the LES project "is to construct a databank containing
   Labour Force Surveys from the early nineties from countries with
   quite different labour market structures. These surveys provide
   detailed information on areas like job search, employment
   characteristics, comparable occupations, investment in education,
   migration, etc." The micro data from the labour force surveys has
   been standardized to facilitate comparative research.
   The datasets are well documented, and workshops and newsletters help
   the researcher to use this complex database. They also offer working

   # Tim Smeeding, Overall Project Director: <tmsmeeding@maxwell.syr.
   # Kati Foley, Administrative Assistant (U.S.): <lisaa@maxwell.syr.
   # Caroline de Tombeur, Administrative Assistant (Europe):
   # Koen Vleminckx, Technical Questions <>
   # Tim Smeeding, Overall Project Director: <tmsmeeding@maxwell.syr.
   # Inge O'Connor, Administrative Assistant (U.S.): <lisaa@maxwell.syr.
   # Caroline de Tombeur, Administrative Assistant (Europe):

2.3.10 OANDA

   [current and historical exchange rates]

   This organization is owned by "Olsen & Associates" which is said to
   be a leader in financial and especially foreign exchange studies and
   forecasts. Here they make their foreign exchange data available. Both
   current and historical rates can be found for some 164 countries.
   Daily historical data is available from 1990, and a single table can
   have as many as 2,000 observations. Forecasts are also available, as
   are various specialized features.


2.3.11 PACIFIC Exchange Rate Service Retrieval Interface

   [current and historical exchange rates]

   This offering, run by Werner Antweiler of the Policy Analysis
   Division, Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration, University
   of British Columbia (and named PACIFIC for Policy Analysis Computing
   & and Information Faculty in Computing) offers two types of exchange
   rate data: current and historical. In both cases daily data is
   available, and from many countries (65 countries are updated daily,
   and about 200 are updated at least weekly; not all countries have
   historical data). It also provides a list of all currencies of the
   world and each country's exchange-rate arrangements, as well as
   analysis and trend projections of the Canadian Dollar. The data comes
   from Xenon Laboratories.


2.3.12 Penn World Tables (Univ. of Toronto)

   [valid cross-country comparisons (data ends in 1992, however)]

   This organization, which for a fee also makes available the Canadian
   CANSIM database, demonstrates how the web can make it very easy to
   retrieve economic data across the Internet. With your browser, you
   can very easily select and retrieve individual or multiple series
   from this database (in formats for most any statistical program), or
   plot them interactively. It sets the standard for data retrieval on
   the Internet.
   This dataset covers 152 countries with 29 time series. They are
   carefully adjusted to make comparisons meaningful.


2.3.13 PRS Online Country Data

   [purchase current and historical data from 144 countries]

   This firm takes data from the World Bank, IMF, OECD, the CIA and
   others and resells it here on-line. They offer data from 144
   countries, and for each country they have some 50 annual series from
   the last 10 years. Coverage includes domestic economic conditions,
   international transactions, geographical and political data, and
   various social indicators. They also offer risk ratings and macro
   While being a subscriber is more efficient for bulk purchases, it is
   possible to purchase one series or a group of series. A single series
   is $5, and and all data for a country is $50.


2.3.14 Resource Centre for Access to Data on Europe (rcade)

   [data from Eurostat can be purchased here]

   This organization currently sells access to datasets from three
   different organizations: Eurostat, ILO (International Labor
   Organization), and UNESCO. They are an official host of Eurostat, and
   the data includes all of the "New Cronos" database, which is a fairly
   comprehensive dataset; it has detailed agricultural, energy,
   economic, industrial, and demographic information (some of the data
   is available down to the NUTS 3 level). The ILO data contains
   information on labor conditions from around the world (such as
   injuries, unemployment, wages, hours, strikes, etc.). Perhaps the
   most interesting part of UNESCO data is the educational material.
   This organization has a variety of pricing models, including reduced
   rates for academics. Bills can be paid by credit card.


2.3.15 Asian Development Bank

   This site describes all aspects of this bank's work. This not only
   included information about themselves, but also includes business
   opportunities, news releases, extensive information on their
   projects, and their work with law and development. There is also
   extensive material on their publications.
   For many countries in the region, they offer fairly lengthy time
   series data on national accounts, the financial system, trade, and
   other indicators. Data is also available in spreadsheet format.


2.3.16 Eurostat

   This organization, which covers economic activity for the European
   Union, currently offers press releases, information about itself,
   information on products and EU-specific CD-ROMs and databases,
   on-line indicators, on-line catalogs, and statistical news.


2.3.17 Inter-American Development Bank

   This sites describes many aspects of the bank's work. It also has
   extensive information on their projects, press releases,
   publications, some information on business opportunities, information
   on their private sector projects, and information on the
   Inter-American Investment Corporation, Multilateral Investment Fund,
   and Regional Fund for Agricultural Technology.
   They also have fairly extensive summary statistical data on their
   member countries.


2.3.18 International Trade Centre UNCTAD/WTO (ITC)

   This organization, jointly operated by the UN and WTO, deals with
   international trade (particularly with developing and transitional
   countries). Besides detailed information on their mission and
   programs, they offer considerable data on-line (and even more is
   available on their CD-ROM products). Their COMTRADE database contains
   detailed import and export statistics from 1962 for more than 100
   countries. This data is available on a CD-ROM product. In addition, a
   subset of this data is available on-line. It identifies the largest
   and most dynamic import and export countries and highlights the most
   important import/export products (3 digits level) of the Standard
   International Trade Classification Revision 3.


2.3.19 Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

   You can read extensive information on the the OECD's activities,
   publications, and their data products here. The "Statistics" section
   offer a variety of socio-economic indicators. Of particular interest
   are "Economic Statistics," which offers some recent summary data for
   OECD countries. "Latest short-term indicators" and "Frequently
   requested statistics" provide much of the most useful data (the
   former is basically the last quarter's data, while the latter
   includes GDP, GDP per capita, unemployment, and the like). However,
   there are no publically available long length time series. There is
   also some analysis of current economic conditions. News releases and
   newsletters can be found in the "News and Events" area.


2.3.20 International Monetary Fund (IMF)

   The IMF has responded to recent complaints about their operations by
   becoming more transparent itself. At this site, you can read a great
   deal about the IMF (including its annual report and extensive
   material on its structure), their fact sheets on a number of topics,
   press releases, news briefs, speeches from the managing director, and
   details from their publications catalog. Among data, they offer
   currency exchange rates. Among publications, they offer the "IMF
   Survey" (which "provides topical coverage of the IMF's activities,
   policies, and research in the context of global economic and
   financial developments") and the full text of IMF Working Papers,
   Staff Country Reports, and Papers on Policy Analysis and Assessment.
   They also offer "Letters of Intent, Economic Programs, Memoranda of
   Economic and Financial Policies and Policy Framework Papers" for the
   various countries that they deal with. Finally, their "Dissemination
   Standards Bulletin Board" is available here. The Special Standard and
   its associated bulletin board provide access to international capital
   markets and their economic and financial data with equal and ready
   access for all users. For many countries, it lists where most any
   sort of macro data can be obtained (including on the Internet) from
   countries that participate in this program. For just the U.S., this
   is a very useful resource as it says who generates various series and
   how they are collected.


2.3.21 U.N. Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

   This part of the U.N. has the major responsibilities for trade and
   development. Here, they offer extensive information on the
   organization (including its "basic documents"), its many varied
   projects, its upcoming meetings and events, and press releases. There
   are links to its "Debt Management and Financial Analysis System,"
   newsletters on the "Generalized System of Preferences" and "Trade
   Facilitation and Multimodal Transport," and summary information on
   their publications, including "Trade and Development Report," "World
   Investment Report," "Least Developed Countries Report," "Handbook of
   International Trade and Development Statistics," and "Review of
   Maritime Transport."


2.3.22 U.N. Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO)

   This organization's mission is well described by its title. Perhaps
   most useful to economists is their extensive collection of
   agricultural, fisheries, forestry, economics, and nutrition data from
   around the world. This site provides information on WAICENT, the
   World Agricultural Information Center. It also offers FAOSTAT, an
   online and multilingual database which currently contains 1 million
   time-series records on international statistics. Besides data, there
   are a number of items of additional interest and links to other


2.3.23 U.N. Statistics Division/DESIPA

   This section of the U.N. collects various statistical information.
   Perhaps of greatest interest is data from the "Monthly Bulletin of
   Statistics," which is now available on-line for a fee (currently $295
   for academic users, and $525 for the "for profit" sector). Data
   includes national accounts, labour force, prices, forestry, industry,
   mining, energy, manufacturing, construction, finance, international
   economic relations, transport, and population. There is also snapshot
   cross country data for many socio-economic indicators.


2.3.24 World Trade Organization (WTO)

   This organization oversees international trade. Their web site has
   three main sections: general information about WTO, trade topics, and
   international trade resources. You can register for e-mail
   notification of "new developments, updates, publications, reports
   etc." They offer information on goods, services, intellectual
   property, environment, development, policy reviews, dispute
   settlements, government procurements, legal texts, and international
   trade. They also offer working papers and information on the economic
   research and analysis division (ERAD). Their "Document Dissemination
   Facility" (DDF) that offers "selected documents" (such as those that
   established the WTO). Finally, they have news releases (including an
   area of restricted access for the news media).


2.3.25 India 1997-98 Budget

   This site has information on the 1998 budget of India, with many
   details. Also presents information on past budgets, Exim Policy,
   Credit Policy, analyses and opinions, and EcoSurvey 98.


+  2.3.26 Statistics Indonesia
+  This site provides information about this Indonesian governmental
+  agency, as well as listing information on the country's statistics by
+  both subject and region; summaries of new statistics; macroeconomic
+  statistics; census summaries; abstracts, papers, and research;
+  publications, and a statistical glossary. The macroeconomic
+  statistics are reported monthly and can be downloaded with Adobe
+  Acrobat Reader. Information includes charts on inflation, consumer
+  price index, wholesale price index, exports and imports, and tourism.
+  Where statistics are organized by subjects, one can find explanations
+  and definitions of each subject, the methods used to gather
+  statistical information, publications, and statistical tables.
+  The subjects featured are population, employment, social welfare,
+  wages, agriculture, manufacturing, mining, energy, construction,
+  tourism, foreign trade, transportation, communication, public
+  finance, consumer price index, wholesale price index, consumption and
+  expenditure, and national and regional accounts. If tables are not
+  available on the site, they can be requested through Data
+  Dissemination Services.
+  #

2.3.27 Bank of Japan

   Besides information about the bank, they offer extensive information
   on their publications (including CD-ROMs), a list of dates for press
   releases as well as press releases and speeches, current exchange
   rates, reports (including the "Monthly Report of Recent Economic and
   Financial Developments," "Quarterly Economic Outlook," the "Annual
   Review of Monetary and Economic Developments," the "Monthly Economic
   Review," and the "Flow of Funds." Data (including long time series)
   includes the money stock, TANKAN Outline ("Short-Term Economic Survey
   of Enterprises in Japan"), various price indices and interest rates,
   foreign exchange rates, and data from financial institutions.


2.3.28 Japanese Macro Data

   This site contains some 20,000 macro series from Nikkei Needs. It has
   been reformatted into the ASCII format used by the BCI Data Manager.
   When you first use this site, be sure to read the warnings concerning
   some oddities in the data and details on how to search for it (the
   data is located in this database with a WAIS search).


2.3.29 Kokumin Keizai Research Institute

   "Kokumin Keizai Research Institute (KKRI) is an independent,
   nonprofit organization which conducts economic and policy research."
   Founded in 1945, it has more than 700 members. It generates forecasts
   for the Japanese economy (available here), and studies of industries,
   regions, Asia, and various public policy issues. A simplified version
   of their macro model can be obtained here (it requires either Eviews
   or the FAIRMODEL).


+  2.3.30 National Statistical Office of Korea
+  This site provides information on the National Statistical Office of
+  Korea, its statistical database (KOSIS), statistical reports, graphs,
+  publications, and surveys. Recent graphical data on land and
+  population; agriculture; mining and manufacturing; energy;
+  construction; wholesale, retail trade and services; transportation
+  and communication; labor and wages; prices and household economy;
+  money and banking; finance; national accounts; balance of payments
+  and economic cooperation; education, science and health; society
+  tourism and environment; and international statistics is provided on
+  the site. However, the statistical report section provides an
+  economic and financial data link to the Bank of Korea, where one can
+  find statistics dating back to 1970.
+  #

2.3.31 Canadian Industry Statistics

   This site provides details of various aspects of Canadian economic
   activity, emphasizing economics, employment, international trade,
   investment, public equity financing, growth indices, and other
   business-related information. The Canadian Industry Statistics site
   is comprised of 5 main components:  The CIS Classic, Public Equity
   Financing, Growth Trends, Industry Overview, and other World Wide
   Links. The CIS Classic offers data on 230 Canadian manufacturing
   industries, focusing on variables such as wages and salaries, number
   of employees, operational costs, manufacturing shipments, imports,
   exports, and performance by establishment size. It is also possible
   to make comparisons across Canadian national averages in various
   statistics for each manufacturing industry. This information is
   available for downloading in WordPerfect format. The Industry
   Overview serves as a complementary function to CIS Classic by
   providing an analysis of Canadian industry trends in production,
   investment, research and development, employment, and trade. The
   section also provides comparative analyses of Canadian and U.S.


2.3.32 Statistics Canada

   Currently, Statistics Canada, the Canadian national statistical
   agency, provides information from their daily report, the "Daily," on
   this site. It contains substantial summary macro information for the
   last few quarters. Previous issues of the "Daily" are available as
   well. It also contains information on Canadian statistics, census
   data, ordering their publications, lists of offices, their
   classification systems, subscription information on their listserv,
   and ordering information on their database, CANSIM (which has more
   than 650,000 time series on Canada).
   Another entry of this guide deals with "Statistics Canada CANSIM" , a
   fee-based collection of Canadian statistical data.

   # Information: Michael Thoen <>

2.3.33 Statistics Canada CANSIM

   This extremely extensive database (it has more than 650,000 time
   series) covers a very wide variety of social and economic data in
   Canada. Unfortunately, the data is not freely available, although
   customers can retrieve the data over the Internet through an
   agreement with the University of Toronto, or you can purchase
   individual data on-line. For academic users, the database costs $995,
   though discounts are possible in some situations.

   # Information:  Bill Graham, Statistics Canada <>
   # Information:  Chris Leowski, University of Toronto <chris@chass.>
   # Information: Bill Graham, Statistics Canada <>
   # Information: Chris Leowski, University of Toronto <chris@epas.>

2.3.34 Austrian and Eastern European Economic Data (WIFO)

   This site is run by the Austrian Institute of Economic Research, and
   it offers two datasets. The first is a comprehensive dataset of the
   Austrian economy with more than 20,000 time series (there is an
   emphasis on long time series). The second dataset has some 5,000 time
   series of "Central Europe and the former Soviet Republics: Bulgaria,
   Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia,
   Slovenia, Russia and Ukraine" starting with 1989. Data must be
   purchased, but it is available on-line.


+  2.3.35 Hungarian Central Statistical Office
+  This statistical office focuses on "designing and conducting surveys,
+  recording, processing and storing data, data analyses, and
+  dissemination, protection of individual data."  This site provides
+  links to the professional and scientific institutes of the Hungarian
+  Central Statistical Office; publications, periodicals, and major
+  surveys conducted by the Hungarian Central Statistical Office; press
+  releases; a glossary of statistical terms; current statistical
+  figures, including geography, road, population, employment, incomes,
+  consumption, dwellings, education, GDP, tourism, and financial;
+  recent Office reports; annual figures; and subscription information
+  for the data of HCSO STADAT.
+  #

2.3.36 Research Institute of the Finnish Economy (ETLA)

   This private organization offers information on their forecasting
   activities (they produce a number of publications) and general
   economic studies. They also offer a substantial amount of data,
   including international data and thousands of time series on the
   Finnish economy, but one must register to use it.


+  2.3.37 Statistics Finland
+  This site provides information on Finland's main center for
+  statistical information, recent statistical news, the Library of
+  Statistics, statistical databases and other electronic products, and
+  statistical data. The economic statistics section focuses on GDP,
+  employment and unemployment, and industrial production dating back to
+  1991, and consumer price inflation since 1996; recent information on
+  population, families, education, employment, income, and electoral
+  participation; and main economic indicators from Europe and the
+  Pacific Region. Online databases include FINREGION--a regional
+  database that provides about 6000 short time series for every region
+  included; FINSERIES--a long time series database which covers the
+  production, consumption, trends, employment and other economic
+  information for the whole country; and the Bulletin of Statistics,
+  which is a diskette produced monthly containing both monthly and
+  quarterly updated economic statistics. Information on obtaining the
+  online products is provided.
+  #

+  2.3.38 National Institute of Statistical and Economic Studies
+  This site contains information on the National Institute of
+  Statistics and Economic Studies (INSEE), its products and services,
+  and key figures for the French economy. Tables provide numeric
+  information on twenty-five key figures, with all but seven dating
+  back to 1970. This data includes information on important economic
+  statistics such as income, labor, employment, consumer prices,
+  businesses, GDP, production, and financial markets.
+  #

2.3.39 Bundesbank

   The central bank of the Federal Republic of Germany offers extensive
   information about itself at this site. Other items of interest are
   their press releases and speeches. Of greater interest is their
   "Monthly Report," which includes extensive macroeconomic and
   financial data on Germany (though for recent years). They even offer
   daily updates for some of the data (mostly financial data). You can
   also find a list of their publications.


2.3.40 German Federal Statistical Office

   This site offers information about itself (including helplines),
   extensive press releases, short term economic indicators (GDP and the
   like for recent years), basic statistical figures, time series (only
   in German at the moment), and book and media store (including on-line


2.3.41 Statistik Regional (German Regional Stats)

   This site provides extracts from the "Statistik regional" dataset
   published by the federal and regional statistics offices of Germany.
   It covers population, health, education, employment, agriculture and
   forestry, industry, construction, tourism, transport, social
   services, financial statistics and taxes, national accounting,
   environmental data and election results. It has the complete coverage
   of themes of the full version but the level of disaggregation is not
   as deep. (As I do not read German, Thomas Krichel kindly wrote this
   for me.)


+  2.3.42 Statec
+  This site provides information on the Central Service for Statistics
+  and Economic Studies in Luxembourg (Statec), its role as the national
+  statistical institution of Luxembourg, and its products and services.
+  The statistical information presented on this site consists of
+  economic data, including tables dating back to the early 1980s for
+  employment, population, national accounts, and the budget; and dating
+  back to the early 1990s for producer price index, activity indices
+  for industry, and consumer price index.
+  #

2.3.43 Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis (CPB)

   The CPB is a research center for the Netherlands which provides macro
   analyses and forecasts. It is also the budgetary and economic policy
   accounting center for the Netherlands. This site provides general
   information about the CPB; member information; press releases (mostly
   in Dutch); job openings and seminar listings; publications, with both
   Dutch and English reports of the outlook for the Dutch economy;
   information on the current research agenda, highlighting the most
   important projects of the year; and downloadable economic data in the
   form of spreadsheet files (mostly in Dutch).


2.3.44 Netherlands Central Bank

   At this site, this central banks offers information on itself, its
   banknotes, news releases, details of its supervisory duties, and
   monetary and financial statistics (relatively long time series are
   available). Information on the research department is available, and
   there is extensive information on their research papers. In addition,
   they offer some software, "Fysioen," which illustrates macro
   principles, which are derived from "MORKMON," their macro econometric
   model of the Dutch economy.


2.3.45 Statistics Netherlands

   This site contains current information on the Dutch economy. There is
   also summary demographic and social information on the Netherlands,
   information on the institution, and press releases. There appear to
   be no long term time series. This site also provides access to
   StatLine, which is the statistical database on the Netherlands.


+  2.3.46 Statistics Sweden
+  This site provides information on Statistics Sweden, its products and
+  services, databases, press releases, statistical fields, recent news,
+  and statistics. The statistics section consists of economic
+  statistics; population; research and development; information
+  technology; construction; housing and settlement; and education. For
+  economic statistics, there are graphics for economic indicators such
+  as inflation rate, trade, employment, GDP, and others, dating on
+  average to the early 1990s. Also provides consumer price index data
+  dating back to 1949 and net price index data dating to 1959.
+  #

2.3.47 Bank of England

   Founded in 1694, this central banks offers on-line information about
   itself and its various functions. Of specific interest are its
   extensive set of publications; many of them are on-line, including
   the "Monetary Policy Committee Minutes" (which supersedes the
   "Minutes of Monthly Chancellor/Governor Meetings"), the "Inflation
   Report," and reports on the gilt market (debt securities issued by HM
   Treasury) and on the Euro. Other reports, "Fact Sheets," and speeches
   are available, as is information on British banknotes and its "Centre
   for Central Banking Studies."


2.3.48 BizEd Net: CSO Data (U.K.)

   BizEd (Business Education) Net is designed for students and faculty
   members, and others interested in obtaining data. They currently
   offer the Penn World Tables, and perhaps more importantly, some data
   from the Office for National Statistics of the U.K., which is a
   substantial resource with economic datasets and labor market data.
   Also offered are MIDAS (Manchester Information Datasets Associated
   Services), summary demographic data from the U.S. Census Bureau,
   Extel Data (Which has substantial financial data for 500 well-known
   companies), Company Report Browser, and Company Report Profiler.


2.3.49 ESRC Data Archive

   This UK archive, funded by the University of Essex, the Economic and
   Social Research Council, and the Joint Education Systems Committee,
   is the largest social sciences and humanities archive in the United
   Kingdom. It holds nearly 7,000 social science computer datasets, both
   historical and contemporary, that are in some way related to the U.K.
   (about the U.K., conducted by U.K. investigators, or of interest to
   U.K. users). For economists, datasets of particular interest include
   the CSO Macroeconomic Databank, the Family Expenditure Survey, and
   the Labour Force Survey. In addition, some of datasets contain
   multi-country surveys, so other countries are frequently included.
   Thus, this archive is of interest even to non-U.K. economists. Since
   the datasets are held under agreement with the depositors, one must
   contact the archive for information on how to obtain the data, some
   of which is available on-line (other formats include CD-ROMs and
   tapes, diskette, and DAT).


2.3.50 HM Treasury

   This site contains extensive information on the U.K. budget (both
   proposed and past ones). Other information includes the "National
   Assets Register," the "Debt Management Report" from recent years,
   fiscal policy papers, forecasts for the U.K. economy (both
   independent and from the "The Financial Statement and Budget Report
   (FSBR)" (also known as the "Red Book"), and information on the Euro.
   There are also press releases, statements by the Chancellor (and
   speeches by him and others), a list of print publications, and
   extensive information on the Treasury.
   Two mailing lists (one on press releases, the other on new Internet
   offerings by the H.M. Treasury) are described in the mailing list
   section titled "E - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics" .

   # Information: <>
   # Suggestions: <>

2.3.51 Manchester Information Datasets and Associated Services (MIDAS)

   This site offers a variety of services for U.K. users. In particular,
   it offers the National Dataset Service that has, or will soon have,
   many datasets of interest to economists. Datasets for registered
   users include the IMF's International Finance Statistics (with 24,000
   time series from 196 countries), Balance of Payments Statistics
   (35,000 time series from 160 countries), Direction of Trade
   Statistics (61,000 time series from 184 countries), and Government
   Finance Statistics Yearbook (19,000 time series from 145 countries);
   the 1991 U.K. Census in various forms; the General Household Survey;
   the National Labour Force Survey; the Family Expenditure Survey; the
   British Household Panel Study; Office of National Statistics
   Macro-econ Databank (with 3000 U.K. time series); the OECD's Main
   Economic Indicators (with more than 2500 time series).
   Some of this data is from the ESRC Data Archive at the University of


+  2.3.52 Office of National Statistics
+  This site provides information on the U.K. Office of National
+  Statistics, press releases, statistics, products and services, and
+  the Census. The statistical data includes economic and financial
+  trends, the purchasing power of the pound, employment, output of
+  industries, and national accounts. Also available on this site is
+  information about both the DataBank Subscription Service (which
+  provides monthly, quarterly and annual macroeconomic time series
+  data) and StatBase (which is the official on-line government database
+  of key statistics).
+  #

2.3.53 Scottish Economic History Database, 1550 - 1780

   This database has data on crop yields, demographic data, price
   series, wage series, and weather statistics for the time period
   1550-1780. Detailed information on this dataset is on-line here, and
   is also in AJS Gibson and TC Smout, "Scottish food, wages and prices,
   1550 - 1780," Cambridge University Press, 1994. They ask that any
   users report use of this database to further the financial support
   for it, and that users cite its use.


2.3.54 Israel Central Bureau of Statistics

   Besides a listing of the CBS' publications, dates of press releases,
   and information about itself, this site offers a substantial amount
   of on-line information. This includes data from the "Monthly Bulletin
   of Statistics" (available in several formats) which has 18 different
   categories from climate to public order (most of the categories are
   economic, such as national accounts, balance of payments, foreign
   trade, finance, prices, labor and wages, industry, etc.). In
   addition, there is a very useful search engine.


2.3.55 Praedicta: Israeli Economic Data

   This company specializes in a wide range of data on Israeli and world
   economy; in all, more than 50,000 series are available. Of interest
   to economists is their economic data, which includes demographic
   information, national accounts, balance of payments, foreign trade,
   finance and taxes, price indices and exchange rates, the labor
   market, and many other areas. It is a fee-based service.


2.3.56 Central Bank of Turkey

   This site offers a wealth of economic information on Turkey with 43
   different data groups. Data includes Outstanding External Debt, Daily
   Exchange Rates, Interest Rates on Deposits, Treasury Wholesale
   Prices, Treasury Istanbul Wage Earners Index, SIS Wholesale Prices
   Index, SIS Consumer price Index, Consolidated Budget, Balance of
   payments, Weekly Monetary Aggregates, GNP at Fixed Prices, and SIS
   Monthly Industrial Production. This site also offers information on
   the bank history and functions, as well as information on


2.3.57 Australian Bureau of Statistics

   This site provides information on the ABS; media releases; products
   and services, including its catalog of publications; and statistical
   data. Data includes key national indicators (national accounts,
   international accounts, consumption and investment production,
   prices, labor, income, and financial markets) and Census information.


2.3.58 New Zealand Treasury

   Currently, this site offers material on recent budgets, and a
   substantial amount of information on general fiscal issues and New
   Zealand, such as their annual report, an overview of the country's
   financial and economic framework, some regulatory issues, etc. It
   also contains working papers and educational resources.


2.3.59 Reserve Bank of New Zealand

   This central bank offers information about itself, its most recent
   "Monetary Policy Statement," its forecasts, a summary of recent New
   Zealand economic policy, some of its "Information Pamphlets," and
   recent press releases and speeches. The "Reserve Bank of New Zealand
   Bulletin" is offered online at no charge. Finally, they offer
   information on bank regulation.

   # World Bank World Bank

   [wealth of development info with summary country data]

   Besides a considerable amount of information on itself and on topical
   issues (including news releases, speeches, and summaries of new
   projects), the World Bank offers a wealth of information on
   development and growth topics. Their "Country Data" <http://www.> (part of the "Data"
   area) offers "Country Briefs" (several thousand word descriptions of
   economic policies and events) and "Country-at-a-Glance" (summary
   statistical information, with many cross-country comparisons). They
   also offer "World Development Sources (WDS)" <http://www-wds.> which has some 6,000 searchable World Bank reports
   (the search engine is quite sophisticated).
   In "Development Topics," there are many items of interest for
   economists. They include "Economics & Trade:"
   # AIDS Economics
   # Central Capital Markets
   # Economic Growth Research
   # Economic Management and Policy Courses
   # Environmental Economics and Indicators
   # International Financial Architecture
   # IFC Loan Syndications
   # Prospects for Development
   "Finance & Private Sector Development" offers
   # Investment Information (IPAnet) and Privatization Opportunities
   # Microfinance - Sustainable Banking with the Poor
   # Private Sector Development
   # Resource Mobilization and Cofinancing
   The "Research" <> area includes
   # Abstracts of Current Studies
   # Policy Research Working Papers
   # Topic-Specific Research Sites
   # Annual Bank Conference on Development Economics (ABCDE)
   # Evaluations of Research
   # Frequently Asked Questions
   # Speeches of the Chief Economist
   Also available are various well-known publications (some portions or
   even all of some of them are on-line, and some back issues are
   available as well):
   # The World Development Report
   # Assessing Aid
   # Confronting Aids
   # Global Economic Prospects
   # World Development Indicators
   # World Bank Journals
   # Development Economics Newsletters
   # World Bank Policy and Research Bulletin
   # Various "Policy Research Reports"
   Other parts of the web site include "Partnerships," which lists those
   who do similar work (by regions and by subject areas), "Regional
   Focus," with resources by geographical region, and the "Development
   Forum" which uses electronic methods (mailing lists and such) to
   discuss development issues. It is described as "Where the development
   community meets to share knowledge and experiences." Finally, their
   "InfoShop" brings their on-line bookstore and public information
   center (PIC) together.

   # Economic Growth Research

   This project, sponsored by the Macroeconomics and Growth Division of
   the Policy Research Department of the World Bank, and the
   International Center for Economic Growth (San Francisco) examines
   "the relationship between national policies and economic growth." It
   offers two basic resources: abstracts and especially data from
   articles, and abstracts and data on World Bank working papers on this
   subject. It also offers links to a newsletters registry and weekly
   seminar information.

   # Finance & Development

   This quarterly magazine is published by the IMF. The publication
   ended a co-publisher arrangement with the World Bank on June 1998.
   Publication covers a wide range of important issues for both the
   international monetary system and the global economy. Currently, the
   online issues begin with the March, 1996 issue.

   # Living Standards Measurement (LSMS)

   This section of the World Banks studies poverty in developing
   countries. The information here includes an overview of LSMS survey
   and datasets, specific information from several surveys, (including
   some data), reports that use the data, and information for managers
   of new surveys.


2.4.0 Finance and Financial Markets

2.4.1 Bond Market Association

   [material on this important market]

   While much of this site is devoted to material of interest to this
   industry trade group, they do offer interesting annual data on this
   market, which of course has an important macro impact. For instance,
   in their "Research Desk" you can find find the percent of U.S.
   Treasury securities held outside the U.S.


2.4.2 Center for Research in Security Prices (CRSP)

   [key security price data set]

   This very well-known data set tracks security prices from the New
   York Stock Exchange, American Stock Exchange, and the NASDAQ Stock
   Markets from 1926. Here you can read about how to buy this data, as
   well as obtain support.


2.4.3 CRSP Data Access and Analysis

   [suggestions on using CRSP]

   This site doesn't offer CRSP data, but it does offer a number of
   guides and links to using it. The sponsor of this site, Don Cram, has
   also written a paper on accessing this dataset.


2.4.4 Financial Data Finder at Ohio State

   [lists numerous financial data sets]

   This site provides a number of pointers to financial datasets and
   other financial information both on and off the Internet. In
   addition, it lists information about on-line business libraries.


2.4.5 Finance Area (Top Services International)

   [lists some 6,000 finance sites]

   This site, with something of a European emphasis, is said to list
   some 6,000 sites in finance. Major headings include companies,
   markets, the EU Market, stocks, valuables, vademecum (for travelers),
   offshore, equity, analysis, and miscellaneous.


2.4.6 FINWeb

   [lists finance sites]

   "The primary objective of FINWeb is to list Internet resources
   providing substantive information concerning economics and
   finance-related topics." To this end, resources are broken up into
   the following categories: electronic publishing (both journals and
   working papers), databases, other servers in finance and economics,
   miscellaneous topics, and highly recommended general resources. It is
   another good place to look for financial market information.


2.4.7 Global Financial Data

   [historical finance data]

   To quote from Brian Taylor, who is the President of this service: "We
   offer extensive historical financial data. On our site we provide
   free over 700 years of inflation data, and 200 years of data on
   exchange rates, interest rates and the stock market. We also provide
   long-term data on stock market returns and inflation rates for almost
   40 countries. Our database includes data on over 50 countries and
   includes monthly data back to the 1690s."
   To quote from their offerings:
   The Long-term Monthly Database includes over 500 series of monthly
   data on stock markets back to 1693, exchange rates back to 1624 and
   inflation rates back to 1748. Over 50 countries are included in the
   The United States Interest Rate Database includes 70 series of weekly
   interest rate data. Data begin in 1835 on a monthly basis and in 1872
   on a weekly basis.
   The Foreign Interest Rate Database includes over 400 series of
   monthly foreign interest rate data from 50 countries. Monthly data
   begin in 1700 and go back to the 1800s for most major economies.
   Discount rates, interbank rates, money market rates, government bond
   yields and treasury bond yields are included.
   The United States Daily Stock Market Indices Database includes 75
   series of daily stock market data. All major United States stock
   market indices are complete back to their beginning. Daily data begin
   in 1885.
   The Foreign Daily Stock Market Indices Database includes over 200
   series of daily stock market data from 45 world stock markets. Daily
   data begin in 1930.
   The United States Stock Market Sector Database includes over 350
   series of weekly sector data back to 1918. Monthly data go back to
   The Foreign Stock Market Sector Database includes over 1300 series of
   monthly sector data for 25 countries. Data begin in the 1920s or
   earlier for the world's major stock markets.
   Some of these series, and summary information on the rest, is offered
   for free, and the rest can be purchased. As appropriate, there are
   frequent updates.


2.4.8 Investment FAQ

   [Usenet FAQ on finance]

   This document is the FAQ for the newsgroup misc.invest. As such, it
   covers a wide variety of material for individual investors, such as
   mutual funds, the tax code, financial planning, trading, technical
   analysis, and much more.


2.4.9 OSU Virtual Finance Library

   [nice listing of finance sites for academics]

   This listing of finance resources on the Internet is quite
   wide-ranging. It breaks finance sites up into the following set of
   # New Links
   # Popular Sites
   # Banks
   # Exchanges
   # World Market
   # Insurers
   # Investment Banks
   # Current Quotes
   # Market News
   # For Investors
   # For Researchers
   # For Students
   # For Executives
   # For Educators
   The "For Researchers" area is particularly extensive (though densely
   packed with information).


2.4.10 Public Domain Financial Data

   [various freely-available data sets]

   This site allows those with financial data they would like to share
   to place it at a common site. Thus, some caution might be advised
   since the data may not be "official." Details about this site can be
   found in the "README" file.


2.4.11 SEC EDGAR

   [electronic filings with the SEC]

   This database opened in January of 1994. It covers public filings by
   U.S. public companies made to the SEC from that data, this includes
   such things as 10K, 10Q, annual, quarterly reports, and many other
   Previously, this database was available only through Mead Data in
   either inconvenient locations or at very considerable expense. In an
   experiment, it was available at no cost over the Internet. The
   experiment was deemed a success, and now the SEC itself makes the
   data available.
   This database only covers filings made from 1994 on, for public
   consumption, and when made electronically by the filing company.
   Thus, it does not cover earlier years, current paper fillings, or
   non-public ones.
   There are a number of utilities that make using this large database
   easier. Some help you easily search for material, and another formats
   EDGAR fillings into WordPerfect format.


2.4.12 Wall Street Directory

   [listing of finance sites]

   This directory claims to list nearly 10,000 separate web pages
   organized separate ways for different uses.


2.5.0 Journal Data and Program Archives

2.5.1 Economic Journal Datasets Online

   Datasets from articles from the "Economic Journal" can be found here.
   Data is from papers from 1995 to the present, where not restricted by
   copyright or technical issues.


2.5.2 Journal of Applied Econometrics

   Authors of papers accepted after 1994 are required to put the data
   from their paper here unless there is a very good reason (such as
   excessive size or confidentiality considerations). There is some data
   from earlier papers.

   # Information: James MacKinnon <>

2.5.3 Journal of Business and Economic Statistics

   Programs and data from publications in this journal can found here.
   Current authors are expected to place their data and program here.


2.5.4 Journal of Money, Credit and Banking

   This journal, which may have well started economists' interest in
   data archiving, now offers data and programs from empirical articles
   since the start of 1996. The only exception is proprietary data and
   exceptional circumstances.


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