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lists sources for datasets comprising long time periods, to use in your research or coursework

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Databases to use

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      • International Financial Statistics
        (from the IMF) - thousands of data points on international finance, including balance of payments, liquidity, money and banking, exchange rates, interest rates, prices, production, transactions, national accounts, and population. You'll need to register, and then sign in each time, in order to download data.
      • OECD iLibrary
        data for many countries on: economics, energy, development, education, environment, employment, patents, R&D, finance, governance, agriculture, industry, science, social expenditures, trade, transportation, and more.
      • Mergent Online Economics
        over 1000 economics datasets covering retail, housing, trade, commodities, banking, energy, industry and other indicators
      • World dataBank
        (from the World Bank) - annual country data from 1960. You will first choose your country, then your “series” (choose from 869 variables; expand the categories to see them all) , and then your time frame; ultimately you'll get a spreadsheet that you can download; mapping is also an option.
      • Data-Planet Statistical Datasets
        Hundreds of interdisciplinary datasets with customizable mapping, graphing, and report-generating capability. Data-Planet Statistical Ready Reference also available for basic retrieval.
      • EIU (Economist Intelligence Unit) reports in the ProQuest database  
        Look down the list for the most recent (not in order.) Download the spreadsheet: 368 variables, covering 1980 to the present.
      • WRDS
        a uniform web interface to current and historical datasets in finance, economics and banking, from multiple sources. Some of those are: Standard & Poor’s Compustat, the Center for Research in Security Prices (CRSP,) Mergent, Dow Jones, the Federal Reserve, and the Chicago Board of Options Exchange.

      More financial, economic and social datasets

      • Quandl  
        free and unlimited access to 8 million time-series datasets from 400 sources spanning finance, economics, society, health, energy, demography & more.

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