Commonly Used Data Sources by Field


Compiled by myself and Yu-chin Chin with the help of colleagues. Last updated October 2016.


Good Collections

* UW Center for Social Science Computation and Research

* UW Business School Library


* American Economic Association list of economic data sources

* National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) data collection



* National Bureau of Statistics of China

* China Data Online

* Sebastian Bauhoff hosts a list of data resources for China on his website:



* Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development

* OECD Aid statistics

* The World Bank

* The Center for International Development

* USAID’s Demographic and Health Surveys

* The DevEconData blog

* International Food Policy Research Institute

* The International Household Survey Network

* RAND’s Family Life Surveys for Bangladesh, Guatemala, Indonesia, and Malaysia

* UNICEF’s Multi Indicator Cluster Surveys



* OECD Programme for International Student Assessment

* National Education Longitudinal Survey

* High School and Beyond Survey

* Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study & Progress in International Reading Literacy Study



* World Resources Institute - the Climate Analysis Indicators Tool (CAIT)

* The toxic release inventory of emissions in the US

* Energy Information Agency

* United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change



* Center for Research in Security Prices (CRSP) (and some helpful hints)

* Bond Market Association

* DataStream: contact Center for Social Science Computation and Research

* Quandl: Although note some datasets housed there require payment.

* OSU Virtual Finance Library

* Global Financial Database (access via UW Library Resources)



* US Firm-level or Plan-level data: Census of Manufactures (CM).

* Data on contracting from the U.S. Census of Agriculture

* Matched employer-employee data: see Abowd and Kramarz (2005)

* Executive Compensation: Compustat North American within Wharton Research Data Services: Check with UW Business school library.

* Developing country firm data from the World Bank Enterprise Surveys


International (Macro)

* IMF's International Financial Statistics

* Global Financial Database (access via UW Library Resources)

* The IMF Data Collection: World Economic Outlook

* Penn World Table by Heston and Summers

* Eurostat

* International Labor Organisation

* Cross-Country Database for Sector Investment and Capital

* Growth Data

* Hall and Jones on worker productivity

* Human capital data (Barro-Lee)

* UN Data

* UN Data Explorer

* UNU-WIDER's World Income Inequality Database

* The World Bank World Development Indicators (access via UW Library Resources)

* Global Development Finance (access via UW Library Resources)

* Center for Data Sharing, Economic Growth Center, Yale University

* American Economic Association suggestions


International (Other):

* World Values Survey

* International Social Survey Programme (ISSP)

* Eurobarometer

* Corruption Perceptions Index

* Heritage Foundation index of economic freedom

* Free the World

* International Peace Research Institute of Oslo on armed conflict

* CIA World Factbook



* US Census Bureau:

* National Longitudinal Surveys

* Consumer Expenditure Survey

* The Health and Retirement Study (HRS)

* Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP)

* Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR)

* Integrated Public Use Microdata Series (IPUMS)

* IPUMS-international

* National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health

* Center for Human Resource Research

* OECD International Migration Statistics (IMS)

* US Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID)

* European Community Household Panel

* British Household Panel Survey (BHPS)

* German Socio-Economic Panel (GSOEP)

* Bank of Italy's Survey on Household Income and Wealth

* The Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey

* Internationally comparable census data from IPUMS Survey


Macro - US

* Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis's FRED

* Bureau of Economic Analysis

* Bureau of Labor Statistics: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages

* Congressional Budget Office

* Monetary Policy Report

* Minutes of the most recent FOMC meetings

* Other suggestions by the American Economic Association



* IMF Direction of Trade Statistics (DOTS)

* Comtrade: the United Nations’ commodity statistics database

* U.S. Imports, Exports, and Tariff Data

* World Trade data

* USITC Interactive Tariff and Trade DataWeb

* The World Trade Organization (WTO)

* Michigan library links



* Center for Disease Control and Prevention Data and Statistics (CDC)

* Crime Reports rom Federal Bureau of Investigation

* National Consortium on Violence Research (Monthly agency level data on crime and arrest)

* Oregon Health Insurance Experiment