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Finding Economic Data & Statistics

International Sources

This page primarily covers international agencies that create and track economic data. There is also a link to a list of the statistical agencies of every other country. 

National Statistical Agencies

Most countries have a national statistical agency that produces their economic statistics. The Bureau of Labor Statistics link below includes a complete list of those agencies. 

United Nations

Logo of UNdataThe United Nations produces a large amount of statistical data through its various agencies. They also collect and organize data from various national and international sources. 

The UNdata Portal

Single source for a lot of data produced by the United Nations. 

UNdata includes:
  • Balance of payments
  • Energy consumption
  • Exchange rates
  • Gross domestic product
  • Gross value added
  • Imports & exports
  • Industrial production
  • Labor markets
  • Prices
  • Research & development

Comtrade

Comprehensive database of global trade data.

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International Monetary Fund

Logo of the International Monetary FundThe International Monetary Fund (IMF)'s mission is to "foster global monetary cooperation, secure financial stability, facilitate international trade, promote high employment and sustainable economic growth, and reduce poverty around the world" (source).

Data provided by the IMF includes:
  • Commodity prices
  • Currency exchange rates
  • Economic indicators by country
  • Financial data by country
  • Global economic indicators
  • Government finances by country
  • Imports and exports

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World Bank

World Bank Group logoThe World Bank Group seeks to lessen global poverty and increase shared prosperity through financial assistance and knowledge sharing (source).

World Bank indicators:
  • Economic growth
  • External debts
  • Financial sector health
  • Infrastructure
  • International aide effectiveness
  • International trade
  • Poverty
  • Private sector development
  • Public sector finances

The World Bank also tracks educational, environmental, health, and other developmental statistics that can be helpful to certain economics projects. 

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Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

OECD logoThe Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is an intergovernmental organization that exists "to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world" (source).

OECD statistics:  
  • Corporate value
  • Demographics
  • Economic growth
  • Employment and unemployment
  • Household financial assets
  • Interest rates
  • Money supply
  • Taxation

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International Labour Organization

Logo International Labour Organization An agency of the United Nations, the International Labour Organization "promot[es] social justice and internationally recognized human and labour rights" (source). As part of that, they maintain a database of international key labor indicators called ILOSTAT. 

ILOSTAT labor indicators:
  • Employment & unemployment statistics
  • Labor costs
  • Labor productivity
  • Working time
  • Wage growth
  • Consumer prices
  • Labor migration
  • Occupational health and safety

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