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Economic Trade Data & Statistics

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Overview

This page provides numerous resources that include international economic, and trade data and statistics. These sources provide country, regional and global data. The global data and statistical resources listed in this section consist of data from government agencies, academic and independent research institutions, and international organizations.

Selected Print Resources

The Global Competitiveness Report. Geneva: World Economic Forum.
LC Call Number:HF1414 .G559
LC Catalog Record: sn 98032289
Publisher's website External Link

An annual study that monitors the competitive condition of economies worldwide. The publication has expanded it geographic coverage and now assess 117 economies. The report is intended to enhance the understanding of key aspects of economic growth and prosperity.

International Financial Statistics. Washington, D.C.: International Monetary Fund.
LC Call Number: HG3881 .I626
LC Catalog Record: 49022514

Publisher's Summary: "A monthly publication that serves as a source of international statistics on all aspects of international and domestic finance. It reports, for most countries of the world, current data needed in the analysis of problems of international payments and of inflation and deflation, i.e., data on exchange rates, international liquidity, money and banking, interest rates, prices, production,
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Issue 7/8: Winter 2006/Spring 2007
Updated December 2013

International Economics & Trade

Table of Contents

Introduction
World Economic History
International Trade & Global Commerce
International Finance & Global Commerce
Foreign Exchange Market
Trade Policy, Treaties, & Law
International Organizations & Economic Development
Country Data
Economic Trade Data & Statistics
U.S. Government Resources
Online Periodicals
Encyclopedias & Dictionaries

Hanjin company container ship at port in the Port of Vancouver
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Hanjin company container ship at port in the Port of Vancouver
Courtesy of Joseph Sams.
international transactions, government accounts, and national accounts. Information is presented in country tables and in tables of area and world aggregates. The IMF also publishes an annual version, International Financial Statistics Yearbook".
Note: Data is also available in the IMF eLibrary Data subscription database.

International Merchandise Trade Statistics: Compilers Manual. . New York: Dept. of Economic and Social Affairs, Statistics Division, United Nations, 2004.
LC Call Number: HF1379 .I597 2004
LC Catalog Record: 2004301842
Table of Contents

Publisher's Description: A compilation trade statistics that also serves as a guide to users who wish to better understand the nature of trade data. The Manual discusses in detail the conceptual and institutional framework of data collection, the sources of data, methods of data compilation, and data dissemination, reconciliation and exchange.

International Statistics Yearbook. New York: Dept. of Economic and Social Affairs, Statistics Division, United Nations. (Annual)
LC Call Number: HF91 .U473
LC Catalog Record: 86648144

Publisher's Description: Provides basic information on the external trade of individual countries. The yearbook includes the value of trade, and volume price, the importance of trading partners and significance of the exporting and importing of individual commodities.

International Trade Statistics. Geneva: The World Trade Organization. (Annual)
http://www.wto.org/english/res_e/statis_e/statis_e.htm External Link
LC Call Number: HF1371 .I584
LC Catalog Record: 2001252309

Annual publication that provides a compilation of world trade statistics and data, broken down by country, region, and sector. World trade developments, prospects and long-terms trends are also discussed in the publication.

National Accounts of OECD Countries, Main Aggregates. Volume 1. 2006 edition. Paris: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.
LC Call Number: HC79.I79 N375
LC Catalog Record: 00242071
Publisher's Web Site External Link

Publisher's Summary: "The Main Aggregates, Volume 1 covers expenditures, output, and disposable income based GDP, savings and net lending, population and employment. It also includes comparative tables based on purchasing power parity. Data are shown for 30 OECD countries dating back to 1993."
Note: Data is also available online from the publisher as part of the subscription product OECD iLibrary .

National Accounts for OECD Countries, Detailed Tables. Volume II. 2006
edition. Paris: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.
LC Call Number: HC79.I5 N376
LC Catalog Record: 2001252189
Publisher's Web Site External Link

In addition to main aggregates, Volume II covers detailed national accounts data for most OECD countries. This volume provides statistical data for three main sectors, general government, corporations, and households.
Note: Data is also available online from the publisher as part of the subscription product OECD iLibrary .

National Accounts for OECD Countries. Volume IIIa. 2006 edition. Paris:
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.
LC Call Number: HG4028.B2 N38
LC Catalog Record: 2004242044
Publisher's Web Site External Link

Publisher's Summary: Volume IIIa covers financial accounts of OECD countries and includes financial transactions (both net acquisition of financial assets and net incurrence of liabilities), by institutional sector (Non-financial corporations (S11), Financial corporations (S12), General government (S13), Central Government (S1311), Households and Non-profit institutions serving households - NPISH (S14-S15), Total economy (S1) and Rest of the World (S2)) and by financial instrument. Data are shown for 23 of the 30 OECD countries for the period from 1993 to 2004 in the paper version and for 24 OECD countries from 1970 onwards in the electronic version, depending on data availability.
Note: Data is also available online from the publisher as part of the subscription product OECD iLibrary.

National Accounts for OECD Countries. Volume IIIb, 1993-2004. 2006 edition. Paris:
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.
LC Call Number: HG4028.B2 N382
LC Catalog Number: 2004242045
Publisher's Web Site External Link

Publisher's Summary: Volume IIIb covers financial balance sheets of OECD countries and includes financial stocks (both financial assets and liabilities), by institutional sector (Non-financial corporations (S11), Financial corporations (S12), General government (S13), Central Government (S1311), Households and Non-profit institutions serving households - NPISH (S14-S15), Total economy (S1) and Rest of the World (S2)) and by financial instrument. Data are shown for 21 of the 30 OECD countries for the period from 1993 to 2004 in the paper version and for 22 OECD countries from 1970 onwards in the electronic version, depending on data availability.

Note: Data is also available online from the publisher as part of the subscription product OECD iLibrary.

OECD Statistics on International Trade in Services. A Joint Publication of OECD and Eurostat. Paris: OECD Publications. (Annual)
LC Call Number: HD9980.4 .S47
LC Catalog Record: 2001252486

Publisher's Summary: This publication provides partner country breakdowns for trade in services as a whole, transport services, travel, other commercial services and government services (balance of payments basis). Service transactions between residents of the reporting country and non-residents are broken down by partner country for 27 OECD member countries plus Hong Kong, China, the European Union, European Union institutions and euro area.

World Economic Outlook: A Survey by the Staff of the International Monetary Fund.
Washington, D.C.: International Monetary Fund. Semi-annual. 1980 - present.
LC Call Number: HC10 .W7979
LC Catalog Record: 84640155
Online Edition External Link

Publisher's Description: The World Economic Outlook presents the IMF staff's analysis and projections of economic developments at the global level, in major country groups (classified by region, stage of development, etc.), and in many individual countries. Selected series from the publication are available in a database format.External Link

Selected Internet Resources

Bureau of Labor Statistics International (BLS) U.S. Department of Labor.
http://www.bls.gov/bls/international.htm

The Bureau of Labor Statistics produces international data on international trade and labor. The web site provides links to Import and Export Prices, Foreign Labor Statistics and to the International Labor Statistics Center.

Foreign Trade Statistics, U.S. Bureau of Census - Foreign Trade Division.
http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/www/

This web site provides statistical information on international trade, state export data, profiles of exporting companies access to the USA Trade portal, and other trade statistical information.

Geohive, Global Statistics.
http://www.geohive.com/ External Link

Site provides global statistics, geopolitical data, and population statistics. The economic data includes statistics on wealth, infrastructure, and macroeconomic indicators. Individual country statistics are also available on this web site.

International Monetary Fund Statistical Topics.
http://www.imf.org/external/np/sta/index.htm External Link

The web page consist of links to numerous IMF statistical resources and publications. Statistical resources on this site include: An Update of Methodological Guidelines in Macroeconomic Datasets; Balance of Payments and International Investment Position (IIP) Statistics; Currency Composition of Official Foreign Exchange Reserves (COFER); Direction of Trade Statistics (DOT); Export and Import Price Indices Manual; External Debt Statistics; Financial Soundness Indicators; Government Finance Statistics; Integrated Correspondence System (ICS); International Financial Statistics (IFS) Online Service; International Reserves and Foreign Currency Liquidity; Joint BIS-IMF-OECD-World Bank Statistics on External Debt; Monetary and Financial Statistics Manual; Compilation Guide for Monetary and Financial Statistics Draft; National Accounts Discussion Forum; Producer Price Index Manual; Quarterly National Accounts Manual; World Economic Outlook Database, and other statistical information resources.

ITA: Data and Analysis. International Trade Administration, U.S. Dept. of Commerce.
http://www.trade.gov/data.asp

ITA's statistics page that provides access to import/export statistics, data and analytical reports by industry and trade data and analysis.

Journal of Commerce
http://www.joc.com External Link

Since 1827, The JOC has been and information and marketing services provider for the domestic and international containerized cargo community. This is a news publication whose readership is very interested in international trade. The site can be searched but the Channels (maritime, ports, trucking, logistics, air cargo, rail/intermodal, etc) can be a quick way to limit a researchers universe. There are White Papers which can be free but you do have to provide your information. Under the quick link are Data Stores which are a quick way to get to stories that the publication has indicated have statistics. There are also videos, podcasts, and web casts. Some content and articles are free others are available to subscribers. Part of the JOC Group.

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Statistics Portal.
http://www.oecd.org/statsportal/ External Link

OECD's Statistics Portal has links to many resources which include, the OECD Statistics Catalogue, Statistics Working Papers, The Statistics Newsletter, Statistics Brief, OECD Factbook, OECD Observer Databank, and access to other statistical resources and data arranged by topic.

OECD Factbook, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.
https://www.oecd.org/site/ External Link

The OECD Factbook provides a global overview of world economic, social and environmental trends. The publication examines 100 indicators considered essential for evaluating OECD member countries.

OECD Statistics
http://stats.oecd.org/ External Link

Includes data and metadata for OECD countries and selected non-member economies. Data covers demographic, economic, health, labor, prices, productivity, educations, development, science/technology, etc. More detailed information is available via their subscription database OECD iLibrary.External Link

Penn World Tables, University of Pennsylvania.
http://pwt.econ.upenn.edu/ External Link

Provides purchasing power parity and national income accounts converted to international prices for 189 countries for the years 1950-2010. Includes tables and charts. Additional information (covering 167 countries between 1950- 2011) can be located at the web page of Groningen Growth and Development Centre External Link at the University of Groningen a long-time partner of the Center for International Comparisons at the University of Pennsylvania (CICUP).
Penn World Tables, 6.1 - CHASS Data Center, University of Toronto.
http://datacentre2.chass.utoronto.ca/pwt/ External Link
This version of Penn World Tables covers 179 countries for some or all of the years 1950-2000. This version provides access to data by a list of countries and regions, as well as to other documents containing economic and demographic statistics and data.

PIERS
http://www.piers.com/ External Link

PIERS now part of the Journal of Commerce Group (JOC Group) is a long time collector and producer of trade related data. They have several different products/modules. At the heart is information on Importers and Exporters (related to their Directory of United States Importers and Directory of United States Exporters) and data from bills of lading (import & export shipments records). The data and information available though PIERS is for subscribers.

Statistical Agencies (International). U.S. Census Bureau.
http://www.census.gov/aboutus/stat_int.html

This Census Bureau web page contains links to national and state statistical agencies of over 150 countries. The web site also includes links to statistical sources of several international organizations and InfoNation, a United Nations web resource that provides up-to-date comparative statistical data on UN member nations.

United Nations Statistics Division.
http://unstats.un.org/unsd/default.htm External Link

The UN Statistics Division web page provides access to statistical resources consisting of Economic Statistics, Demographic & Social Statistics, Environment & Energy Statistics, Development of National Statistical Systems, Statistical Databases, and links to the latest publications published by the UN Statistics Division.

U.S. Census Bureau International Data Base (IDB).
http://www.census.gov/population/international/data/idb/informationGateway.php

The International Database (IDB) is a computerized data bank of containing statistics and tables of demographic and socioeconomic data for 227 countries and areas of the world. Also includes world population statistics.

World Bank, Data & Statistics.
http://data.worldbank.org/ External Link

A portal to World Bank data and statistics publications and products. Key products are World Bank Development Indicators, Global Development Finance, Global Economic Prospects, World Development Reports, and Quarterly External Debt Statistics.

World Statistics.
http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0004372.html External Link

An almanac that provides links to a wide body of global statistics. The type of statistics consist of General World Statistics, Population Statistics, Population Statistics, Health and Social Statistics, Economic Statistics, Political Statistics, Worldwide Conflicts and Wars, as well as other country statistical resources.

World Trade Organization (WTO), International Trade Statistics.
http://www.wto.org/english/res_e/statis_e/statis_e.htm External Link

This web page includes a statistics database with up-to-date WTO trade statistics, links to the WTO's annual International Trade Statistics publication, country trade profiles, national statistical offices, national sources, international organizations and other statistics and economic information.

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Library of Congress Catalog Searches

Additional sources of statistics on this topic in the Library of Congress may be identified< by searching the Online Catalog under appropriate Library of Congress subject headings. Choose the topics you wish to search from the following list of Library of Congress subject headings to link directly to the Catalog and automatically execute a search for the subject selected. Please be aware that during periods of heavy use you may encounter delays in accessing the catalog. Please see the individual sections of this guide for catalog searches relating to those topics. For assistance in locating other subject headings which relate to this subject, please consult a reference librarian.

Balance of trade--United States--Statistics       Imports--United States--Statistics
Competition, international--Statistics       International finance--Statistics
Debts, external--Statistics       International trade--Statistics
Exports--United States--Statistics       National income--Accounting--Statistics
Foreign economic relations--Statistics       National income--Statistics

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