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- Index of Economic Freedom
For over a decade, The Wall Street Journal and The Heritage Foundation, Washington’s preeminent think tank, have tracked the march of economic freedom around the world with the influential 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 183 countries around the world. With its user-friendly format, readers can see how 18th century theories on prosperity and economic freedom are realities in the 21st century.
- International Monetary Fund (IMF)
An international organization of 185 member countries, 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. IMF’s operations—which involve surveillance, financial assistance, and technical assistance—have developed to meet the changing needs of its member countries in an evolving world economy.
- World Economic Outlook Reports
Presents the IMF staff’s analysis and projections of economic developments at the global level, in major country groups, and in many individual countries. It focuses on major economic policy issues as well as on the analysis of economic developments and prospects. It is usually prepared twice a year and forms the main instrument of the IMF’s global surveillance activities.
- World Economic Outlook Databases
Contains selected macroeconomic data series from the statistical appendix of the WEO Report. Use this database to find data on national accounts, inflation, unemployment rates, balance of payments, fiscal indicators, trade for countries and country groups (aggregates), and commodity prices whose data are reported by the IMF. Data are available from 1980 to the present, and projections are given for the next two years.
- Regional Economic Outlook Reports
These reports discuss recent economic developments and prospects for countries in various regions. They also address economic policy developments that have affected economic performance in the regions and discuss key challenges faced by policymakers.
- Global Financial Stability Reports
Provides semiannual assessments of global financial markets and addresses emerging market financing in a global context. The report focuses on current conditions in global financial markets, highlighting issues of financial imbalances, and of a structural nature, that could pose a risk to financial market stability and sustained market access by emerging market borrowers.
- The Library of Congress: Country Studies
The Country Studies Series presents a description and analysis of the historical setting and the social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions of countries throughout the world.
- Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
The OECD brings together the governments of countries committed to democracy and the market economy from around the world to: • Support sustainable economic growth • Boost employment • Raise living standards • Maintain financial stability • Assist other countries’ economic development • Contribute to growth in world trade. For more than 40 years, the OECD has been one of the world’s largest and most reliable sources of comparable statistics, and economic and social data. As well as collecting data, the OECD monitors trends, analyses and forecasts economic developments and researches social changes or evolving patterns in trade, environment, agriculture, technology, taxation and more.
- OECD.Stat Extracts
OECD.Stat includes data and metadata for OECD countries and selected non-member economies.
- OECD Country Statistical Profiles
The key tables by country statistical profiles include a wide range of indicators on economy, education, energy, environment, foreign aid, health, information and communication, labour, migration, R&D, trade and society. Historical data refer to the latest eight time periods.
- Economics: Key Tables from OECD
The key tables on economics comprise national accounts data and economic statistics and indicators. These include gross domestic product (GDP), government and private spending, inflation rates, interest rates, unemployment rates and leading indicators. Historical data (with forecasts for some tables) usually refer to the latest eight time periods.
- OECD Economic Surveys
OECD’s periodic reviews of member and non-member economies. Member country reviews are generally done on an 18 month cycle,while non-member reviews are done as agreed with the subject country. A minimum of 18 surveys are done each year. Each issue provides a comprehensive analysis of developments in the subject country, along with individual chapters covering key economic challenges being faced and recommendations for dealing with the challenges.
- OECD Factbook: Economic, Environmental and Social Statistics
More than 100 indicators cover a wide range of areas: population, economic production, foreign trade and investment, energy, labour force, information and communications, public finances, innovation, the environment, foreign aid, agriculture, taxation, education, health and quality of life.Data are provided for all OECD member countries with area totals, and in some cases, for selected non-member economies.
- OECD iLibrary
- OECD Economic Surveys and OECD Economic Outlook are available in Business Source Complete:
See Maag Journal Finder section on Economics: Business Databases page.
- United Nations (UN)
The United Nations is central to global efforts to solve problems that challenge humanity. Cooperating in this effort are more than 30 affiliated organizations, known together as the UN system. The UN and its family of organizations work to promote respect for human rights, protect the environment, fight disease and reduce poverty. UN agencies define the standards for safe and efficient air travel and help improve telecommunications and enhance consumer protection. The United Nations leads the international campaigns against drug trafficking and terrorism. Throughout the world, the UN and its agencies assist refugees, set up programs to clear landmines, help expand food production and lead the fight against AIDS.
- Yearbook of the United Nations
The Yearbook is the principal reference work of the United Nations and provides a detailed overview of the Organization’s activities. Each Yearbook is fully indexed and includes all major General Assembly, Security Council and Economic and Social Council resolutions. The complete collection is available here.
- United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
Established in 1964, UNCTAD promotes the development-friendly integration of developing countries into the world economy. UNCTAD has progressively evolved into an authoritative knowledge-based institution whose 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 compiles, validates and processes a wide range of data collected from national and international sources. Through its data dissemination system, UNCTADstat, it provides free access to comprehensive statistical time series and indicators essential for the analysis of world trade, investment, international financial flows, and development.
- UNCTAD Statistics Overview
- World Investment Reports
The WIR has been published annually since 1991. Each year´s Report covers the latest trends in foreign direct investment around the world and analyses in-depth one selected topic related to FDI and development.
- Trade and Development Report Series
The TDR analyses current economic trends and major policy issues of international concern, and makes suggestions for addressing these issues at various levels.
- The Least Developed Countries Report
Provides a comprehensive and authoritative source of socio-economic analysis and data on the world´s most impoverished countries.
- UNCTAD Handbook of Statistics
Provides essential data for analyzing and measuring world trade, investment, international financial flows and development.
- FDI Statistics
The UNCTAD work programme on FDI Statistics documents and analyses global and regional trends in FDI, and assist developing countries in formulating FDI policies based on quality FDI data, and information of TNCs operating in the region or the country.
- Country Fact Sheets
Each sheet contains the most recent data on FDI flows and stocks, mergers and acquisitions, largest TNCs and regulatory changes. Fact Sheets for 188 economies are available.
- United Nations Development Policy and Analysis Division (DPAD)
The main development research division of the UN secretariat. The Division’s research 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. The Division’s core functions include: monitoring and analysing global economic trends and prospects and formulating advice for global macroeconomic policy coordination; analysing long-term development trends and preparing policy advice on the international development agenda; serving as the Secretariat for the Committee for Development Policy.
- World Economic Situation and Prospects
Provides an overview of recent global economic performance and short-term prospects for the world economy and of some key global economic policy and development issues. One of its purposes is to serve as a point of reference for discussions on economic, social and related issues taking place in various United Nations entities during the year.
- World Economic and Social Survey
Provides objective analyses of pressing long-term social and economic development issues and discusses the positive and negative impact of corresponding policies.
- Global Economic Outlook Data
- United Nations Statistics Division
The Statistics Division is committed to the advancement of the global statistical system. They compile and disseminate global statistical information, develop standards and norms for statistical activities, and support countries’ efforts to strengthen their national statistical systems. They facilitate the coordination of international statistical activities and support the functioning of the UN Statistical Commission as the apex entity of the global statistical system.
Internet-based data service for the global user community. It brings UN statistical databases within easy reach of users through a single entry point from which users can now search and download a variety of statistical resources of the UN System.
- Economic Statistics
- Demographic & Social Statistics
- Environment & Energy Statistics
- Development of National Statistical Systems
- Monthly Bulletin of Statistics Online
- World Statistics Pocketbook
Annual compilation of key statistical indicators. Over 50 indicators have been collected from more than 20 international statistical sources and are presented in one-page profiles for 216 countries or areas of the world. The topics covered include: balance of payments, communication, education and culture, environment, health, industrial production, international trade, labour force, largest urban agglomeration, national accounts, population, refugees, surface area, United Nations membership, etc.
- United Nations Statistical Yearbook
Annual compilation of a wide range of international economic, social and environmental statistics on over 200 countries and areas, compiled from sources including UN agencies and other international, national and specialized organizations.
- International Trade Statistics Yearbook
Provides an overview of international merchandise trade and detailed information on the trade performance for numerous countries. Overall, data for a total of 174 countries (or areas) are shown with detailed data on imports and exports by commodity and trading partner provided for 88 countries (areas).
- Demographic Yearbook
Disseminates statistics on population size and composition, births, deaths, marriage and divorce on an annual basis. Special topics issues cover a wide range of additional topics including economic activity, educational attainment, household characteristics, housing, ethnicity and language, among others.
- International Merchandise Trade Statistics (IMTS)
- Census Knowledge Base
A repository of documents relevant for the field of population and housing census taking.
- Millenium Development Goals Indicators
This site presents the official data, definitions, methodologies and sources for more than 60 indicators to measure progress towards the Millennium Development Goals.
- National Accounts Main Aggregates Database
Contains a complete and consistent set of time series from 1970 onwards of main national accounts aggregates for all UN Members States and all other countries and areas in the world. In addition, to the values of national accounts statistics, it contains analytical indicators and ratios derived from the main national accounts aggregates related to economic structure and development.
- The World Bank
A vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. They are made up of two unique development institutions owned by 185 member countries—the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and the International Development Association (IDA). Each institution plays a different but supportive role in the mission of global poverty reduction and the improvement of living standards. The IBRD focuses on middle income and creditworthy poor countries, while IDA focuses on the poorest countries in the world. Together they provide low-interest loans, interest-free credit and grants to developing countries for education, health, infrastructure, communications and many other purposes.
- The World Bank Data: Countries and Economies / Topics / Indicators
- The World Bank: Data Catalog
The World Bank’s Open Data initiative is intended to provide all users with access to World Bank data. The data catalog is a listing of available World Bank data sources. This listing will continue to be updated as additional data resources are added. These resources include databases, pre-formatted tables and reports. Each of the listings includes a description of the data source and a direct link to that source. Where possible, the databases are linked directly to a selection screen to allow users to select the countries, indicators, and years they would like to search. Those search results can be exported in different formats. Users can also choose to download the entire database directly from the catalog.
- Countries & Regions
- Country At a Glance Tables
Present two pages of key indicators tracing the trends in social and economic development from the last three decades. Aggregates for each country’s regional and income groups are also included. Charts such as the “development diamond” make it easy to see the relationships between indicators and group comparators.
- Policy Research Reports
The World Bank’s Policy Research Report series brings to a broad audience the results of World Bank research on development policy. The reports are designed to contribute to the debate on appropriate public policies for developing economies.
- Policy Research Working Papers
- World Development Reports
The annual WDR is a guide to the economic, social and environmental state of the world today. Each year the WDR provides in-depth analysis of a specific aspect of development. Past reports have considered such topics as agriculture, youth, equity, public services delivery, the role of the state, transition economies, labor, infrastructure, health, the environment, and poverty. The reports are the Bank’s best-known contribution to thinking about development.
- Global Monitoring Report Series
The Global Monitoring Report series, produced by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, focuses on how the world is doing in implementing the policies and actions for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and related development outcomes. The reports are a framework for accountability in global development policy.
- World Development Indicators / DataBank
The World Development Indicators (WDI) provides a comprehensive selection of economic, social and environmental indicators, drawing on data from the World Bank and more than 30 partner agencies. The database covers more than 900 indicators for 210 economies with data back to 1960.
- Global Economic Prospects
GEPs explore the short-, medium, and long-term outlook for the global economy and the implications for developing countries and poverty reduction. Each year the Report focuses on the long-term analysis of issues that are central to development and poverty reduction, including trade, regionalism, migration and remittances, climate change, and technological innovation and their impact on developing countries.
- Global Development Finance
The World Bank’s annual Global Development Finance combines a diagnosis of recent trends and prospects for capital flows to developing countries with an analysis of important policy issues, and is published in the spring of each year.
- World Bank Journals
- The Doing Business Project
Provides objective measures of business regulations and their enforcement across 183 economies and selected cities at the subnational and regional level.
- issuu: World.Bank.Publications
- World Economic Forum
An independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world by engaging leaders in partnerships to shape global, regional and industry agendas. Incorporated as a foundation in 1971, and based in Geneva, Switzerland, the World Economic Forum is impartial and not-for-profit; it is tied to no political, partisan or national interests. The World Economic Forum is under the supervision of the Swiss Federal Government.
- World Trade Organization (WTO)
The 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 and Tariff Data
News; Statistics Database; International Trade Statistics; Comprehensive Tariff Data; Inter-agency activities.
- International Trade Statistics
International Trade Statistics is the WTO’s annual compilation of global trade statistics.
- Trade Profiles
This booklet is a quick source for national and trade statistics of WTO members and countries which are in the process of negotiating WTO membership.
- World Tariff Profiles
An annual compilation of bound and applied tariffs, prepared by the WTO, ITC and UNCTAD.
- World Trade Report
The main WTO research publication on global trade policy, with special topics, analysis, and new developments.