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The Economics subject guide gives you access to useful library databases and trusted Web resources, relevant for researching many topics in economics or finance

Data. Statistics

There are numerous potential data resources in Economics, so please get in touch if you are not sure where to look!

Some of the main general sources are listed below. Links to more specialised data sources are provided by the geographical and topical tabs under More Resources.

A key database for most purposes is Datastream, which aggregates data from many sources. Please note, Datastream is a Library subscription database, and access to it is from the Library ground floor reading rooms only: 

International Agencies

The main international agencies are also fruitful sources of data:

Major datasets & publications from the IMF include:

Balance of Payment Statistics (BOPS) Database via IMF and via UKDS (1967-) 
Financial soundness indicators Database via IMF (2008-) useful for Tier 1 capital data at country level (see also SNL database or Datastream for data at bank level) and other measures of financial stability

Global financial stability report Online (2002-). Continuation of: International capital markets 1984-2001 HG 3881.I6 
Government finance statistics yearbook
 1977-2005 HG 1.G6 and Online (2001-), and as Database via IMF or UKDS (1990-)
IMF Article IV reports - great source of up to date economic reports by country
International financial statistics
 1950-1951, 1963-2011 HG 1.I7 and Database via IMF and via UKDS (1948-)
International financial statistics yearbook
 1979-2010 HG 1.I71 and Online (2000-)  
World economic outlook 1981-2007 HC 59.W6 and Online (1998-), and Database via IMF and via UKDS (1980-) offers forecast data

As of 1 January 2020 all IMF publications are available through its portal IMF eLibrary

National Accounts Main aggregates database from UN Data and UNSD  (time series data available from 1970 for all countries of the world).
For historical accounts data, see: Yearbook of national accounts statistics 1957-1981 HC 1.Y4  and National income statistics 1938-1947 HC 58 

Other longstanding flagship publications:
UN statistical yearbook 1931/32- HA 1.S7 and Online (1948-)  

World economic and social survey 1948-2006 (title varies) HC 59.A1 and Online (1948-) 

You can see a list of all the World Bank databases here

Flagship is the World Development Indicators database, but others include:

Country Policy & Institutional Assessment (CPIA)
Cross-Country Database on Fiscal Space - measures the ability of countries to service public debt (1990-2016)
Global Consumption Database
Global Financial Inclusion (Global Findex) - supported by the Gates Foundation, measures how people around the world manage their finances. Survey data at 3 year intervals, commencing 2011
Microdata Library - comprising datasets from sample surveys of people in developing countries: their institutions, environment, communities, and economies; focusing on specific characteristics such as households, business enterprises, facilities, farms or even geographical areas such as villages or towns 
Wealth Accounting - supplements GDP based measures of economic development with measures taking into account climate change & environment, energy & mining, human & social capital. Annual data 1970-


There are a number of portals which offer access to economic & financial data, notably:

General Sources

Other general data sources that are sometimes useful:

Financial & Company Data

For financial and company data the main databases are: