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Global economic prospects. Washington, DC : World Bank, c2003-
LC Call Number: HC59.69 .G58
LC Catalog Record: 2003242182
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Includes global economic outlook and regional outlooks that cover recent developments, outlook, risks and policy challenges. The publication is full of figures and charts from various international data sources that effectively illustrate the narrative.

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Index to international statistics: IIS. Washington, DC, USA : Congressional Information Service, c1983- Vol. 1, no. 1 (Jan. 1983)-
LC Call Number: Z7552 .I53 HA155
LC Catalog Record: 83644889
Indexed in ProQuest Statistical Insight database. (Access limited to onsite patrons and other subscribers.)

Index to International Statistics (IIS) provides current coverage of statistical publications from all major international intergovernmental organizations (IGOs). Each monthly IIS issue identifies IGO statistical publications; catalogs them, providing full bibliographic and availability information; describes the statistical contents; and indexes the information in full subject and geographic detail.

The International Financial Statistics Locator : A Research and Information Guide / Domenica M. Barbuto. New York : Garland Publishing, Inc., c1995.
LC Call Number: HG151.7.B37 1995
LC Catalog Record: 94019999

The publication identifies statistical information sources and provides access to 22 various resources including print and electronic sources that contain current and historical financial and economic statistics. Sources cover key financial and economic statistical information on established international markets.

International Financial Statistics Yearbook. Washington, D.C. : International Monetary Fund.
LC Call Number: HG61.I57
LC Catalog Record: 79644619

The annual issue of International Financial Statistics consists of country pages and world tables which includes data on country exchange rates, money and banking, international liquidity, interests rates, production, prices, and country balance of payments report. The introduction also includes definitions and descriptions of international financial and economic terms.

International yearbook of industrial statistics. Vienna : United Nations Industrial Development Organization ; Aldershot, England ; Brookfield, Vt., USA : Edward Elgar, 1995- 1995-
LC Call Number: HC10 .I673
LC Catalog Record: 95648426

The main purpose of the Yearbook is to provide statistical indicators to facilitate international comparisons relating to the manufacturing sector. Part I deals with the manufacturing sector as a whole and with its divisions while Part II consists of a series of country/area-specific tables showing detailed data on selected basic statistics reported by national statistical offices such as number of establishments, number of employees, wages and salaries paid to employees, output, value added, gross fixed capital formation and index numbers of industrial production. The industrial activity data is presented in accordance with Revision 3 and Revision 4 of ISIC.

The world economic factbook. London : Euromonitor, c1993-
LC Call Number: HC59.15 .W675
LC Catalog Record: 98659599

Provides political and economic information on 206 countries of the world as well as series of rankings showing the position of each country by a variety of criteria including land area, population, GDP, inflation, etc. The countries section offers a textual summary and statistical data for each country including export and import.

UNCTAD handbook of statistics / United Nations Conference on Trade and Development = Manuel de statistiques de la CNUCED / Conférence des Nations unies sur le commerce et le développement. New York : United Nations, 2000- No. 25 (2000)-
LC Call Number: HF1016 .U54a
LC Catalog Record: 00224716

"...provides a comprehensive collection of statistical data relevant to the analysis of international trade, investment and development, for individual countries and for economic and trade groupings." – Publisher's description.

World Development Indicators. Washington, D.C. : World Bank, 1978-
LC Call Number: HC59.15 .W656
LC Catalog Record: 97657666
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The primary World Bank collection of development indicators, compiled from officially-recognized international sources. It presents the most current and accurate global development data available, and includes national, regional and global estimates.

World Economic Outlook. Washington, D.C. : International Monetary Fund, c1980-
LC Call Number: HC10.W7979
LC Catalog Record: 84640155
Available online. External Link

The World Economic Outlook conducts projections and analysis on economic developments and policies on IMF member countries and the global economic system. The publication examines exchange rates, monetary and financial policies, and economic growth.

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AfDB Statistics Pocketbook External Link

Presents summary economic and social data on regional member countries and on the operational activities of the African Development Bank Group.

African Statistical Yearbook. African Development Bank. External Link

The yearbook was jointly produced by the African Development Bank (AfDB), the African Union Commission (AUC), and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA). The current edition presents a time series showing how African countries performed on several economic and social indicators over the period 2008–2016.

Asian Development Bank: Statistics and Databases External Link

Provides links to several data sources: the Statistical Database System, the Asian Development Bank's central statistical database that stores macro-economic and social data of its developing member countries; Key Indicators for Asia and the Pacific; Basic Statistics series; Economic and Financial Indicators; and Integration Indicators that features a set of indicators to monitor progress on regional cooperation and integration.

The Conference Board Data External Link

This site offers reliable global data on labor that can be downloaded. You can find detailed global information on other economic matters such as business cycles, consumer measures, economic forecasts and outlooks, various economic indicators for different countries and special topical studies.

Data Center UNCTAD External Link

"The Data center gives access to more than 150 time series covering a wide range of topics and built upon common rules and harmonized production processes. Most of the time series cover long periods for almost all economies of the world as well as more than 150 ready-to-use analytical country groupings. Tables are regularly updated and classified by subject area (trade, investment, maritime transport, etc.) for easier navigation." – Publisher's description.

Enterprise Surveys External Link

An Enterprise Survey is a firm-level survey of a representative sample of an economy's private sector. The surveys cover a broad range of business environment topics including access to finance, corruption, infrastructure, crime, competition, and performance measures. The survey is administered by the World Bank in 148 economies.

Global Agricultural Information Network. USDA

"Provides information on the agricultural economy, products and issues in foreign countries since 1995 that are likely to have an impact on United States agricultural production and trade. U.S. Foreign Service officers working at posts overseas collect and submit information on the agricultural situation in more than 130 countries to USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), which maintains the GAIN reports. The reports can be searched by category, country or by FAS overseas post." – Publisher's description.

Government Data Portals

Locate government data portals using a search engine. External Link allows searching by location using the world map or browsing an alphabetical list of data portals. An example of a government data portal is the UK's External Link

North American Transportation Statistics External Link

Provides statistical data on transportation and transportation-related activities in Canada, U.S. and Mexico, both within individual countries and between the countries.

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EIU Country Data (Economist Intelligence Unit)
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A database of annual, quarterly and monthly economic indicators and forecasts. Allows access to up to 320 series per country on 201 countries and 45 regional aggregates. Historical and forecast data are updated monthly and include historical data ranging from 1980 and forecast horizons to 2030. Provides comprehensive annual data forecasts and quarterly forecasts for economies covering 75% of global output. Major data categories include economic structure, foreign payments, external debt stock, external debt service, external trade, trends in foreign trade.

EIU Market Indicators & Forecasts
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EIU Market Indicators & Forecasts is a database of global market indicators and forecasts running from 1990 and forecasting out five years. Delivers economic, demographic, consumption and industry data on 60 major markets worldwide. Included among the data are: population, urbanization, health, personal income, income distribution, consumer spending, consumer markets, and labor costs, market size, FDI, and other macroeconomic data as well as EIU's collection of unique operational and financial risk indicators.

Europa World
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Europa World is a compendium of information on countries and international organizations, much of it in the form of statistical data and governmental and organization directories. Each country entry includes a map and flag, an overall profile, statistics (area, population, economy, industry, finance, trade, transport, communications media, education), and directories of government, politics, society and media, and business and commerce. "Organizations" includes government agencies, media outlets, businesses, and non-governmental organizations.

European Union Open Data Portal External Link

The Open Data Portal provides open access to a growing range of data produced by the institutions and other bodies of the European Union. It contains almost 6,000 datasets from EUROSTAT. Other contributors include the European Environment Agency, Joint Research Centre, and Directorate-General for Health and Consumers. Data are free to use, reuse, link and redistribute for commercial or non-commercial purposes.

Eurostat External Link

This is a European Commission searchable site with online access to free and fee-based statistical databases and publications on economics and finance, population and social conditions, trade and industry, agriculture and fisheries, transportation, the environment and energy, and science and technology.

FAOSTAT External Link

Online multilingual database containing large time-series and cross sectional data relating to hunger, food and agriculture for 245 countries and territories and 35 regional areas, from 1961 to the most recent year. Included are over one million time-series records covering international statistics in the following areas: production, trade, food balance sheets, fertilizer and pesticides, land use and irrigation, forest products, fishery products, population, agricultural machinery, food aid shipments. It has innovative tools for visualization and basic statistical analysis.

Global Financial Data
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Comprehensive economic and financial time-series database covering 150 countries and 6,500 different data series. Includes data on bonds, commodities, interest rates, stock markets and indices, futures, exchange rates, GDP, prices, and unemployment. World exchange rates back to 1624, inflation rates back to 1748, and wholesale prices back to 1720. Major commodities going back to 1784. Some annual series go back to the 1200s. Methodology and sources are documented. The stock market indices go back to 1693. Also included are data on stock market capitalization, dividend yields, price/earnings ratios, total return performance indices, and Global Financial Data's World Stock Market Indices.

IMF eLibrary – Data

This statistical publication is the standard source of international statistics on all aspects of international and domestic finance. For most countries, IFS Online reports balance of payments, international liquidity, money and banking, current data on exchange rates, interest rates, prices, production, international transactions, government accounts, national accounts, and population.

Observatory of Economic Complexity (OEC) External Link

This visualization engine for international trade data, created by the MIT Media Lab, allows users to quickly compose a visual narrative about countries and the products they exchange. Allows search by country or product and provides visualizations on various aspects of international trade such as exports, imports, trade balance, destinations, etc. that can be downloaded in several formats. Data sources External Link page provides information on the data used and allows downloading the raw data.

ProQuest Statistical Insight
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Provides statistical data from United States government publications from 1973, state and private sources from 1980, and international organizations from 1983. International statistical publications are from the UN, OECD, EU, etc. Search abstracts of thousands of statistical reports and articles, and narrow the search by: SuDoc Number (Superintendent of Documents classification number); ASI Number (American Statistics Index accession number); SRI Number (Statistical Reference Index accession number); IIS Number (Index to International Statistics accession number); LC Card Number (Library of Congress Card number); and by Monthly Catalog Number. About sixty-five percent of all documents listed on ProQuest Statistical are available in full text.

UN Comtrade External Link

The United Nations Commodity Statistics Trade Database provides data for over 140 reporting countries, in some cases, spanning the last 40 years. The database is the UN official source for imports, exports and re-exports, for 90% of world trade. Users can select countries, products, years and measurements (values are in US dollars and quantities in net weight). Commodities are arranged by both Harmonized System (HS) and Standard International Trade Classification (SITC). Also includes textual information on countries and customs areas. Updated annually.

World Bank Data External Link

Contains data from over 220 countries and country groups covering more than 2,000 financial, business, health, economic and human development statistics. The data include social, economic, financial, natural resources, infrastructure, governance, partnership, and environmental indicators found in a number of World Bank sources including: World Development Indicators, Global Development Finance, Global Economic Monitor, etc. The Data Blog External Link is a forum for discussing development data issues and open access to data.

UNIDO Statistical Country Briefs External Link

"Statistics for major indicators of industrial performance are presented by country to meet the needs of a wide range of data users. The country data are given in comparison with figures for the geographical region or development group it belongs to." – Publisher's description.

UNIDO Statistical Databases External Link

"UNIDO maintains a variety of databases comprising statistics of overall industrial growth, detailed data on business structure and statistics on major indicators of industrial performance by country in the historical time series." – Publisher's description.

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