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Web Research for Economics

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Government Web Sites
  • Department for International Development
    The Department for International Development (DFID) is the part of the UK Government that manages Britain's aid to poor countries and works to get rid of extreme poverty.

  • Euro Information
    The UK Treasury's euro website. On this site you can find information about euro notes and coins, information for business about working with the euro as a foreign currency and documents relating to UK euro preparations.

  • HM TreasuryThe Treasury is the United Kingdom's economics and finance ministry. It is responsible for formulating and implementing the Government's financial and economic policy.

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UK Web Sites
  • Adam Smith Institute
    The Adam Smith Institute is an innovator of free-market economic and social policies. Since 1977, it has played a key role in developing practical initiatives to inject choice and competition into public services, extend personal freedom, reduce taxes, prune back regulation, and cut government waste.

  • Bank of England
    Web pages for The Bank of England which sets interest rates to keep inflation low, issues banknotes and works to maintain a stable financial system.

  • Biz/ed
    A Web site for students and educators in business studies, economics and other related subjects.

  • The Centre for Computational Finance and Economic Agents (CCFEA)
    An innovative, interdisciplinary and laboratory based teaching and research Centre which is a showcase for cutting edge computational and evolutionary methods to simulate markets with artificially intelligent agents and to design real time trading and risk management systems. CCFEA hosts advanced workshops and seminars by experts in the area of Computational Finance and Economics.

  • The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
    The ESRC is a non-departmental public body that funds research and training in social and economic issues. It has a searchable social science repository.

  • Financial Times
    Web pages for the Financial Times newspaper. This can also be searched on Nexis UK from 1982 to date.

  • Institute of Economic Affairs
    The IEA is the UK's original free-market think-tank, founded in 1955. The IEA's goal is to explain free-market ideas to the public, including politicians, students, journalists, businessmen, academics and anyone interested in public policy.

  • Institute for Fiscal Studies
    IFS © is an independent research organisation. We aim to promote effective economic and social policies through rigorous analysis of their impact on individuals, families, firms and the public finances.

  • MONETOS
    This database is a comprehensive international research and information portal, offering independent instruction and advice on Europe's social and private financial sectors.

  • New Economics Foundation
    NEF is an independent think-and-do tank that inspires and demonstrates real economic well-being. NEF was founded in 1986 by the leaders of The Other Economic Summit (TOES) which forced issues such as international debt onto the agenda of the G7 and G8 summits.

  • OECD Employment Outlook 1989-2011
    Downloadable PDF documents of former print publications.

  • Policy Studies Institute
    PSI undertakes and publishes research studies relevant to social, economic, industrial and environmental policy. The Institute is a charity, run on a not-for-profit basis.
    PSI takes a politically neutral stance on issues of public policy and has no connections with any political party, commercial interest or pressure group.

  • Royal Economic Society
    Now in its second century, the Royal Economic Society is one of the oldest economic associations in the world. Currently it has over 3,000 individual members. It is a professional association which promotes the encouragement of the study of economic science in academic life, government service, banking, industry and public affairs.

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International Web Sites
  • African Development Bank
    The African Development Bank (ADB) is Africa’s premier development finance institution which is dedicated to combating poverty and improving living conditions across the continent. The ADB is also engaged in mobilizing resources for the economic and social progress of its Regional Member Countries.
    The Bank’s mission is to promote economic and social development through loans, equity investments and technical assistance.

  • Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)
    APEC Member Economies work together to sustain economic growth, in the Asia-Pacific region, through a commitment to open trade, investment and economic reform.

  • Asian Development Bank
    The work of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) is aimed at improving the welfare of the people in Asia and the Pacific, particularly the 1.9 billion who live on less than $2 a day. Despite many success stories, Asia and the Pacific remains home to two thirds of the world's poor.

  • Bureau of Economic Analysis
    The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) is a US government agency that prepares national, regional, industry, and international accounts that present essential information on such key issues as economic growth, regional economic development, interindustry relationships, and the US's position in the world economy.

  • Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean
    ECLAC, is one of the five regional commissions of the United Nations. It was founded for the purposes of contributing to the economic development of Latin America, coordinating actions directed towards this end, and reinforcing economic relationships among the countries and with the other nations of the world.

  • Economists Online
    Showcases some of the world's leading institutions, their scholars and their academic publications and datasets; contains over 900,000 bibliographic references, many with links to open access full text; combines content with RePEc archives to provide a new information service to the economist; is run by the Nereus consortium and co-funded by the European Union.

  • International Finance Corporation
    The International Finance Corporation is the private sector arm of the World Bank Group. IFC provides loans, equity, structured finance and risk management products, and advisory services to build the private sector in developing countries.

  • The International Labour Organization (ILO)
    The International Labour Organization (ILO) is the tripartite UN agency that brings together governments, employers and workers of its member states in common action to promote decent work throughout the world.

  • International Monetary Fund
    The IMF is an international organization of 185 member countries. It was established to promote international monetary cooperation, exchange stability, and orderly exchange arrangements; to foster economic growth and high levels of employment; and to provide temporary financial assistance to countries to help ease balance of payments adjustment.

  • London Economics
    London Economics is one of Europe's leading specialist economics consultancies. Look on their site for reports on topics as wide as 'The Economic Benefits of a UK Degree' and 'the Costs and Benefits of Integration of EU Mortgage Markets'.

  • Middle East Economic Digest
    MEED (Middle East Economic Digest) is internationally recognised as providing essential information for anyone doing business in, or with, the Middle East and North Africa.

    MEED can be accessed and searched via Business Source Complete.

  • OECD FactBlog
    The OECD Factblog aims to present the work of the OECD in charts and graphs.
    The site also links to Twitter channels, blogs and social media sites maintained by the OECD.

  • United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
    UNCTAD promotes the development-friendly integration of developing countries into the world economy. This site also has statistics for FDI and news and information on many trade related topics.

  • WWW Virtual Library: International Affairs Resources
    This WWW Virtual Library: International Affairs Resources is a frequently updated Internet directory of over 2000 annotated links to high-quality English-language sources of information and analysis in a wide range of international affairs, international relations, international studies, global studies, and global education topics. These sites are carefully selected for their long-term value, favoring those with cost-free, authoritative information and analysis online

  • World Bank
    The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. It is not a bank in the common sense. World Bank is made up of two unique development institutions owned by 185 member countries.

  • World Fact Book
    Economic, geographic, political and military information and stats on countries around the world.

  • World Health Organisation
    WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.

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Statistics and Research
  • BP Statistical Review of World Energy
    Contains latest statistical review, figures on consumption by energy type, historical data and projections of long term energy trends.

  • The Economic and Social Data Service (ESDS)
    The ESDS is a national data service that promotes and supports the use of social science data in research and teaching providing preservation, dissemination, user support and training. Registration required.

  • EIU
    Access the Economist Intelligence Unit's latest data, analysis and forecasts for 187 countries and our Global Forecasting Service for free. Registration required.

  • FDI Statistics
    FDI and merger & acquistions statistics compiled by UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development). Manipulate the data you need by country, year and economy. This can then be transferred in to graphs and charts.

  • IMF
    International Monetary Fund provides a comprehensive range of statistical and other information. International Financial Statistics (IFS), Direction of Trade Statistics (DOTS), Balance of Payments Statistics (BOPS) and Government Financial Statistics (GFS) are available via ESDS International (individual registration required).

  • London Economics
    London Economics is one of Europe's leading specialist economics consultancies. Look on their site for reports on topics as wide as 'The Economic Benefits of a UK Degree' and 'the Costs and Benefits of Integration of EU Mortgage Markets'.

  • Migration Policy Institute
    Statistics on migration. Choose the country of your choice to see statistics on number of migrants, nationality of migrants etc.

  • OECD Statistics Portal
    The Statistics Portal provides free access to some OECD databases as well as extracts from all other databases, classified by topic .
    The OECD collects statistics needed for the analysis of economic and social developments.

  • Office of National Statistics
    The Office for National Statistics (ONS) is the government department responsible for collecting and publishing official statistics about the UK's society and economy.

  • Online OECD Employment database
    Contains a number of datasets describing the labour market, that are produced by the OECD. It covers labour market outcomes, the quality of jobs and labour market policies / institutions. Specific indicators covered include: unemployment duration, discouraged workers, working time, temporary employment, union membership etc. Each indicator links to one or more areas of relevant OECD data.

  • Quandl
    Quandl is a repository of time-series data on the internet, tailored for academics, researchers, students and other data professionals. It allows you to quickly access numerical data in any format you want. Over 7 million time-series datasets in the domains of economics, finance, demography, society, markets, energy, health and education from a variety of reliable public sources: every single dataset comes with a link back to its original source, so users can always validate and attribute the data correctly.

    (Find data for commoditiesfuturesstock indexesinterest ratescurrencies;  data on real estateenergyhealtheducationeconomicsdemography and society; country-specific data for 200 countries including global stock markets; corporate data and financial ratios going back up to 10 years)

  • United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
    Comparable data for Europe, North America and Central Asia. It covers economics, transport, gender and forestry, with specific datasets covering topics such as industrial production, biological diversity, work-life balance and transport infrastructure. It is maintained by the Statistical Division of the UNECE Secretariat. It provides free access to data structured to facilitate easy retrieval of statistics by users. It is organised by subject or policy areas. Multi-dimensional tables present data by country, by various socio-economic classifications related to the context, and by time period. Users can register for the database to get quick access to previously saved data tables.

  • Zanran
    Search engine for numerical data that displayed as graphs, charts and tables.

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Working Papers
  • CBR
    Centre for Business Research publications.

  • International Monetary Fund
    Publications website including policy and working papers.

  • Kellog School of Management
    The International Business & Markets Research Center working paper series is available for downloads in pdf format.

  • Lancaster University Working Papers
    Lancaster University Management School publishes its own series of research working papers, many of which are available for free download.

  • LBS
    London Business School produce a regular series of working papers on a number of areas.

  • Olin
    Links to Working Papers in Business
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  • NYU
    New York University, Salomon Center for Research in Financial Institutions and Markets.

  • RePEc: Research Papers in Economics
    Collaborative volunteer effort to enhance the dissemination of research in economics.

  • World Bank e-Library
    This is one of the most comprehensive collections in the area of social and economic development. It is an electronic portal to the World Bank’s full-text collection of final, peer-reviewed versions of books, reports, journal articles and working papers. It brings together, in a fully-indexed and cross-searchable database, and in PDF format, over 6000 titles published by the World Bank since 2000, as well as every new title as it becomes available in print. Useful for statistics too.

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Links to Video for Economics
  • IMF Videos
    The IMF monitors the world's economies, lends to members in economic difficulty, and provides technical assistance. By adding visual content to their economics data the IMF aims at helping students to understand complex current issues.

    IMF Videos are free to use and to re-post.  Students can browse all videos available or search for a particular topic using the search box.

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Internet Training Sites

These sites are aimed to help you become confident when searching on the web for information to use in essays and projects.
  • Internet Detective
    A free online tutorial that will help you develop Internet research skills for your university and college work. The tutorial looks at the critical thinking required when using the Internet for research and offers practical advice on evaluating the quality of web sites.

  • Virtual Training Suite
    A free, "teach yourself" tutorial that lets you practice your Internet Information Skills. Aimed at Economics Students, this gives a good grounding in basic skills.

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Careers Web Sites
  • DevNetJobs
    Jobs in international development, NGO and the environmental sectors.

  • Econ-Jobs.com
    Econ-Jobs.com lists jobs for economists, business and finance students from all around the world. It is used by many prestigious employers. It also allows job seekers to create an online resume which allows them to be headhunted by employers.

  • Government Economic Service (GES)
    UK’s largest recruiter of economists with over 1000 professionals in more than 30 departments and agencies.

  • Policy Jobs
    An internet resource for job vacancies, fellowships and internships in public, social and economic policy research.

  • World Service Enquiry
    World Service Enquiry is an organisation offering information and personal advice to people who are interested in working in International Development.

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  Page last updated : : 28 Mar 2014