Listed below are comprehensive statistics sources that are good starting points for locating essential data in world affairs.
- Cross-National Times-Series Data Archive -- originally published by Arthur S. Banks at the State University of New York at Binghamton in 1968, this is a longitudinal set of 194 variables with data for over 200 county units for the period 1815-2008 (excluding the two modern wartime periods, 1914-1918 and 1940-1945) organized in the form of an Excel spreadsheet. Data cover economic, political, population, and demographic variables with an emphasis on political regime and systems data. Includes a weighted conflict index and domestic conflict indicators.
- Data Planet -- an interactive database that allows users to create tables, maps, and figures from a variety data sources covering banking, criminal justice, education,energy, food and agriculture, government, health, housing and construction,industry and commerce, labor and employment, natural resources and environment, income, cost of living, stocks, transportation, and more. There are also very useful guides to individual country data.
- EuroStat--the statistical office of the European Union and provides statistics at European level that enable comparisons between countries and regions.
- Gapminder -- a non-profit venture promoting sustainable global development and achievement of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. The site includes moving graphics that display development trends by the countries, time periods, and indicators you choose.
- ICPSR -- Social science data archive with headings that include a range of subject areas including population, economics, education, health, social and political behavior, crime, aging, and substance abuse. USC users will need to create an account from on-campus to download data.
- Inter-American Development Bank Numbers for Development -- a database that provides a snapshot of key development and socio-economic indicators for the Latin American and the Caribbean Region. And in relation a country’s macroeconomic profile, global integration, and social outlook. The system allows you to search by either country or topic compare the indicator value for each country with the regional average.
- International Human Development Indicators -- human development data utilized in the preparation of the Human Development Index (HDI) and other composite indices featured in the Human Development Report are provided by a variety of public international sources.
- International Data Base (IDB) -- maintained by the U.S. Bureau of the Census, this database provides demographic data for selected indicators, countries and user-selected regions, and years, population statistics, and summary data, population pyramids and access to more data for a single country.
- International Historical Statistics -- provides access to 490 tables, covering data on 211 countries and territories collected between 1750-2010. Includes data on the Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Oceania as well as on countries whose borders have changed and are now difficult to source (e.g. Czechoslovakia and Zaire). Within each region are chapters on population and vital statistics, labor force, agriculture, industry, external trade, transport and communications, finance, prices, education, and national accounts.
- International Monetary Fund [IMF] eLibrary -- includes access to the following statistical databases:
- MacroDataGuide -- this is a compilation of data sources that include general databases containing social and economic data, large, general datasets with a number of political variables, indicators and indices produced by non-governmental and inter-governmental organizations, and datasets compiled by independent researchers. The information provided in this site is collected from the various institutions’ and research projects’ websites. Excellent place to begin looking for international social science data.
- The Monthly Bulletin of Statistics -- presents current economic and social statistics gathered by the United Nations for more than 200 countries and territories of the world, comprising over 100 indicators, of monthly, quarterly and annual data on a variety of subjects illustrating important economic trends and developments.
- Nation Master -- designed by a web publishing company in Australia, this site gathers statistics from such sources as the CIA World Factbook, United Nations, and OECD and presents them in an easy-to-use and interesting graphical formats. Links to ads are present but are generally unobtrusive. This is a good place to get basic data on countries.
- OECDiLibrary -- this is the full-text publications portal of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and includes comparable statistics and economic and social data. The OECD monitors trends, analyzes and forecasts economic developments and researches social changes or evolving patterns in trade, environment, agriculture, technology, taxation and more.
- UNdata -- database facilitates searching and downloading of official statistics produced by countries and compiled by United Nations data system, including estimates and projection, and a variety of statistical resources from the UN system. The domains covered are agriculture, crime, education, energy, industry, labour, national accounts, population and tourism.
- World Development Indicators [WDI] -- contains statistical data for over 550 development indicators and time series data from 1960 to the present for over 200 countries and 18 country groups. A helpful tutorial on using WDI can be found here.
- Worldwide Governance Indicators (WGI) -- reports aggregate and individual governance indicators for 212 countries and territories over the period 1996–2006, for six dimensions of governance: Voice and Accountability, Political Stability and Absence of Violence, Government Effectiveness, Regulatory Quality, Rule of Law , and Control of Corruption.
- Zanran Numerical Data Search -- a comprehensive search engine devoted to finding semi-structured numerical data that has been presented as graphs and tables and charts in, for example, a PDF report, or a table in an Excel spreadsheet, or a barchart shown as an image in an HTML page. Excellent place to search for statistics on very specific topics.
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