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IR 325: North-South Relations in the Global Economy: Finding Data

Quick Guide to Finding Data for the IR 325 Debate Project for Dr. Iva Bozovic, Fall 2021

Two Rules for Using Data

  1. Go to the original source. If you see data quoted someplace that you would like to use for this project, see if you can track down the original source of the data. This way you can be confident the data have been accurately reproduced and when you go to the original source you might find more current data as well as additional data points on the topic.
  2. Know what is being measured. Take time to make sure you fully understand what the data represent.  If it isn't readily clear how Official Development Assistance is being measured, for example, find out!

Where to Start

Member Countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovak Republic

Partners: Russia, Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, South Africa

Within OECD.Stat, try browsing the themes listed in the left-hand column. Once you have identified an area of interest, use the tools and drop-down menus above the table to edit which details are displayed—the default table only displays a subset of the countries and years available. For more information on what is being measured, clicking the “i” will bring up  the metadata (see below). Be sure to check your units! For example, the Foreign Direct Investment data displayed in the above table are presented in millions of U.S. dollars.

What’s with the “..” symbol in my table? This means that data are unavailable; try selecting additional years or similar measures. Want more? A subset of these data can also be viewed graphically within the WB's interactive maps, Google Public Data Explorer, and Google Public Data Search.


Selected Statistical Sources

Listed below are selected statistical resources.

Global Measurements and Indexes

Listed below are annual or special indexes that rank countries by specific social, economic, cultural, or administrative measurements.

Citing Data

You must properly cite data and statistics for the same reasons that you cite any other types of publications in your research papers: to defend yourself against allegations of plagiarism, to acknowledge the original author or creator of the datasets or statistics, and to help your readers locate the original source of information. Listed below are websites that can help you create a citation to information presented numerically.