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Economics Library Guide: GLOBAL STATS WEB

Global Statistical Sources on the Web

Michigan State University. Data for the 11 major trading blocs and participating countries. Statistical data for 201 countries - history, economy and political conditions. International business and trade information for the 50 states. News, events, and statistical data for 20 industry sectors.

Index of Economic Freedom
Since 1995, the Index has brought economist Adam Smith’s theories about liberty, prosperity and economic freedom to life by creating 10 benchmarks that gauge the economic success of 185 countries.

International Monetary Fund
The IMF has 188 member countries. Specialized agency of the United Nations. Promotes international monetary cooperation and exchange rate stability, facilitates the balanced growth of international trade, and provides resources to help members in balance of payments difficulties or to assist with poverty reduction.

         • Countries        
         • Data & Statistics           
         • World Economic Outlook Reports     
         • World Economic Outlook Databases
         • Global Financial Stability Reports
         • Fiscal Monitor
         • Regional Economic Reports

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International Financial Statistics: All aspects of international & domestic finance with history to 1948; Direction of Trade: Value of exports & imports between countries and their trading partners with history to 1980; Balance of Payments: International economic transactions data & International Investment Position with history to 1960; Government Finance Statistics: Budgetary & extra-budgetary financial operations data of governments with history to 1990. Also Available: Coordinated Direct Investment Survey; Coordinated Portfolio Investment Survey; Financial Access Survey; Financial Soundness Indicators; International Reserves Template.

issuu: United Nations Publications
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Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
OECD's mission is to promote policies to improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world. Provides a forum in which governments can work together to share experiences and seek solutions to common problems.

         • Data
         • OECD Data Lab
         • OECD Factbook
         • Country Statistical Profiles
         • Available in Business Source Complete database:        
            OECD Economic Outlook: 6/1/2001-present (6 month delay): OFF CAMPUS
            OECD Economic Surveys: United States:
            6/1/1999-present (6 month delay): OFF CAMPUS
            OECD Economic Surveys for other countries available in BSC
            OECD Journal: Economic Studies:
            3/1/2002-present (6 month delay): OFF CAMPUS          
            OECD Journal: Financial Market Trends:
            3/1/2003-present (6 month delay): OFF CAMPUS
            OECD Journal on Budgeting:
            3/1/2003-present (6 month delay) in BSC: OFF CAMPUS
            OECD Observer: 1/1/2001-present (6 month delay): OFF CAMPUS

United Nations
The UN is an international organization of 51 countries committed to maintaining international peace and security, developing friendly relations among nations and promoting social progress, better living standards and human rights.

United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
UNCTAD promotes the development-friendly integration of developing countries into the world economy. Their work aims to help shape current policy debates and thinking on development, with a particular focus on ensuring that domestic policies and international action are mutually supportive in bringing about sustainable development.

            • UNCTAD Statistics
            • UNCTADSTAT
            • UNCTAD Handbook of Statistics           
            • Trade and Development Report Series
            • Least Developed Countries Report
            • Information Economy Report
            • Technology and Innovation Report
            • World Investment Reports
            • Country Fact Sheets
            • Economic Development in Africa Series
            • Trade and Environment Review Series

United Nations Development Policy & Analysis Division
DPAD is the main development research division of the UN secretariat. Aims to contribute to a strengthening of international cooperation for the economic and social development of all countries and to foster their effective integration into the world economy in the context of the UN Development Agenda.

            • World Economic & Social Survey
            • World Economic Situation & Prospects
            • Global Economic Outlook Database

United Nations Statistics Division
Committed to the advancement of the global statistical system.Compiles and disseminates global statistical information, develops standards and norms for statistical activities, and supports countries’ efforts to strengthen their national statistical systems.

            • UNdata
            • Census Knowledge Base
            • Demographic Yearbook
            • Statistical Yearbook
            • World Statistics Pocketbook
            • Monthly Bulletin of Statistics Online
            • Millenium Development Goals Indicators
            • National Accounts Main Aggregates Database
            • Demographic & Social Statistics
            • UN Comtrade: Commodity Trade Statistics Database
            • UN Service Trade: Service Trade Statistics Database

The World Bank
Two goals: End extreme poverty within a generation and boost shared prosperity. Vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. Comprised of 5 institutions managed by member countries.

            • World Bank Data: Countries & Economies / Topics / Indicators
            • Data Catalog:
               ◊ Africa Development Indicators / DataBank
               ◊ Education Statistics / DataBank
               ◊ Exporter Dynamics Database / DataBank
               ◊ Gender Statistics / Data Bank
               ◊ Global Economic Monitor / DataBank 
               ◊ Global Economic Prospects / DataBank
               ◊ Global Financial Development / DataBank
               ◊ Health Nutrition and Population Statistics / DataBank
               ◊ International Comparison Program / DataBank
               ◊ International Debt Statistics / DataBank
               ◊ Joint External Debt Hub / DataBank
               ◊ Millenium Development Goals / DataBank
               ◊ Quarterly External Debt Statistics / DataBank
               ◊ World Development Indicators / DataBank
               ◊ Worldwide Governance Indicators / DataBank
               ◊ Doing Business / Doing Business Data
               ◊ The Changing Wealth of Nations
               ◊ Country Profiles
               ◊ GDP Ranking
               ◊ Knowledge Economy Index
               ◊ Logistics Performance Index
            • Countries
            • Doing Business Report Series
            • Global Economic Prospects
            • Global Financial Development Report
            • Global Monitoring Report
            • Policy Research Reports
            • World Development Reports

World Economic Forum
An independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas. World Economic Forum is impartial and not-for-profit; it is tied to no political, partisan or national interests.

            • Global Competitiveness Reports
            • Global Gender Gap Reports
            • Global Risks Reports

World Trade Organization
WTO is the only global international organization dealing with the rules of trade between nations. At its heart are the WTO agreements, negotiated and signed by the bulk of the world’s trading nations and ratified in their parliaments. The goal is to help producers of goods and services, exporters, and importers conduct their business.

            • International Trade Statistics
            • Trade Profiles
            • World Tariff Profiles
            • World Trade Report
            • WTO Annual Report
            • International Trade and Market Access Data
            • Statistics Database
               ◊ Trade Profiles
               ◊ Tariff Profiles
               ◊ Service Profiles
               ◊ Time Series on International Trade

Yearbook of the United Nations
Principal reference work of the United Nation and provides a detailed overview of the Organization’s concerns and activities. Each Yearbook is fully indexed and includes all major General Assembly, Security Council and Economic and Social Council resolutions.