Resources for researching economic trends may include data from subscription databases, publicly available data portals or archived academic projects. Some suggestions are:
- ABI/INFORM Global
A database allowing access to statistics, data and articles on business research topics. ABI/INFORM Global covers business conditions, economic trends, corporate strategy and tactics, the competitive landscape and a wide range of similar subjects.
The World trade database developed by the CEPII at a high level of product disaggregation with original data provided by the United Nations Statistical Division (COMTRADE database).
BACI is constructed using an original procedure that reconciles the declarations of the exporter and the importer. This harmonization procedure enables to extend considerably the number of countries for which trade data are available, as compared to the original dataset.
You can access BACI from a University networked computer.
- Emerging Markets Information Service (EMIS)
A source of data, statistics and news on emerging economic markets in Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Updated daily.
- Eurostat New Cronos
One of the main aims of this European survey is the collection of statistics on industry, trade consumption and living conditions. Collection of data includes categories for agriculture and fisheries, economy and finance, industry, trade and services and transport.
- Family Expenditure Survey
A survey which ran from 1961-2001 and provided information on household and personal incomes, recurring payments, and included a detailed 14-day expenditure record.
- Global Financial Data
Comprehensive economic and financial database covering 150 countries and 6,500 different data series. Unusually, this includes time-series (i.e. historical) data such as data on stock markets from 1690, exchange rates from 1590, interest rates from 1700, commodities from 1500, and inflation from 1264.
- Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR)
A major archive of social science research data that holds information predominately relating to the United States but also has some additional collections. Data is available on a range of topics including economic behaviour, economic indicators and consumer surveys.
- Montevideo-Oxford Latin American Economic History Database (MOxLAD)
A statistical series for more than forty economic and social indicators in Latin America from 1900 to 2000. It is designed as a resource for economic and social historians.
- Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
A major source for global monthly, quarterly and annual data and statistics on international development and trade. Issues to do with development and migration are covered in depth. Most of these surveys are made available through the UK Data Service but further analysis and commentary is provided by the OECD iLibrary with direct links to main economic indicators, economic outlook statistics, and national accounts statistics.
- Office for National Statistics (ONS) for England and Wales
Official webpage of the UK government for census and other government surveys. Visitors are able to search statistics by area, region or place. Data is available on the economy covering subjects such as inflation, public spending, revenue and productivity measures. Access is also given to key economic time series data.
- Online Historical Population Reports (OHPR or Histpop)
The Online Historical Population Reports (OHPR) collection provides online access to the complete British population reports for Britain and Ireland from 1801 to 1937. It includes a wealth of textual and statistical material and provides an in-depth view of the economy and society during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It is also popularly known as the Histpop project.
- UK Data Service
An archive of social science research that, in collaboration with the UK Data Archive, makes data available from many key governmental surveys and academic research projects. Content may be downloaded or analysed online on various issues including race, economic wellbeing, voting behaviour and social attitudes.
- UN Commodity Trade Statistics Database (UN Comtrade)
Contains detailed import and export flow data for over 200 countries listed by commodity and partner country. These data are processed into a standard format with consistent coding and valuation. All values are converted into US dollars using exchange rates supplied by the countries, or derived from monthly market rates and volume of trade. Where possible quantities are converted into metric units. For many countries the data coverage starts as far back as 1962 and all go up to the most recent completed year.
Commodities are classified according to Standard International Trade Classification (SITC) and the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System (HS). The original data are also converted and stored in alternative classifications.
The above link is to the premium subscription service which allows bulk downloads of data. Additional analysis and visualisations are also available on the UN open data portal.
- UNCTADStat (Commodity Price Statistics)
Provide monthly free-market prices and price indices starting in January 1960 for selected commodities that concern commodity-dependant countries. Price indices are provided for commodity groups (including food, tropical beverages, vegetable oilseeds and oils, agricultural raw materials, minerals, ores and metals), and for all groups in current dollars and SDRs. Additional features include: instability indices and trends in prices; annual maximum and minimum values of monthly price averages; and Commodity Price Bulletin in PDF format.
- United Nations Demographic Yearbook
The United Nations Demographic Yearbook collects, compiles and disseminates official statistics collected annually. A range of topics are covered tabulations on economic characteristics and trends.