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"Welcome to AEAweb -- information for economists -- provided by the American Economic Association. AEAweb includes the web pages for association and publication information; contents, abstracts, datafiles, and full-text links to AEA journals; Resources for Economists on the Internet (RFE); EconLit and JEL Classification System information; and Job Openings for Economists (JOE). AEAweb provides news, member features, Annual Meeting conference papers, grants information, and more!" from web site

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New! This interactive application provides access to data from Census 2010, Census 2000, the American Community Survey, the Economic Census, the latest Population Estimates, and more. It includes population, housing, economic, and geographic data. This resource replaces the legacy version of American FactFinder.

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"ADB is an international development finance institution whose mission is to help its developing member countries reduce poverty and improve the quality of life of their people." - from website

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Background Notes are frequently updated publications from the U.S. State Department for virtually every country in the world. Each section includes topics such as the following:

  • Geography
  • Population and notes
  • History and political conditions
  • The economy and recent economic trends
  • Foreign relations
  • Relations with the United States
  • Travel and business information

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This site lists over 2,000 resources in 97 sections and subsections for academic and practicing economists.

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The Federal Reserve provides financial services for banks within the United States and oversees monetary policy, including the creation of the money supply.

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"Issued by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the Budget of the United States Government is a collection of documents that contains the budget message of the President, information about the President's budget proposals for a given fiscal year, and other budgetary publications that have been issued throughout the fiscal year. Other related and supporting budget publications, such as the Economic Report of the President, are included, which may vary from year to year." from web site

Budget documents from 1997 and forward are available from this site.

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BEA is an agency of the Department of Commerce. Along with the Census Bureau and STAT-USA, BEA is part of the Department's Economics and Statistics Administration.

BEA produces economic accounts statistics that enable government and business decision-makers, researchers, and the American public to follow and understand the performance of the Nation's economy. To do this, BEA collects source data, conducts research and analysis, develops and implements estimation methodologies, and disseminates statistics to the public.

BEA is one of the world's leading statistical agencies. Although it is a relatively small agency, BEA produces some of the most closely watched economic statistics that influence the decisions made by government officials, business people, households, and individuals. BEA's economic statistics, which provide a comprehensive, up-to-date picture of the U.S. economy, are key ingredients in critical decisions affecting monetary policy, tax and budget projections, and business investment plans. The cornerstone of BEA's statistics is the national income and product accounts (NIPAs), which feature the estimates of gross domestic product (GDP) and related measures.

The GDP was recognized by the Department of Commerce as its greatest achievement of the 20th century and has been ranked as one of the three most influential measures that affect U.S. financial markets. Since the NIPAs were first developed in the aftermath of the Great Depression, BEA has developed and extended its estimates to cover a wide range of economic activities.

Today, BEA prepares national, regional, industry, and international accounts that present essential information on such key issues as economic growth, regional economic development, interindustry relationships, and the Nation's position in the world economy." from web page

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"The Bureau of Labor Statistics is the principal fact-finding agency for the Federal Government in the broad field of labor economics and statistics." from web site

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"BusinessWeek is a global source of essential business insight that inspires leaders to turn ideas into action. Through content, context, and collaboration, BusinessWeek moderates global conversations and moves business professionals forward. Founded in 1929 and published by the McGraw-Hill Companies, BusinessWeek magazine is the market leader, with more than 4.8 million readers each week in 140 countries." from Web site

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A starting point for extensive online statistics on population, housing, income, economy, minorities, and more topics.

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The Census Bureau's Subjects A-Z is a starting point for locating data collected by the Federal government. Use USA.gov or another search engine to locate up-to-date information or to find resources not listed here.

This resource replaces FedStats.gov, which was last updated in 2007.

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The U.S. Census Bureau compiles economic indicators that include the following:

  • Monthly Wholesale Trade: Sales and Inventories
  • Manufacturers' Shipments, Inventories, and Orders
  • Construction Spending
  • New Home Sales
  • Advance Report on Durable Goods Manufacturers' Shipments, Inventories, and Orders
  • Housing Starts/Building Permits
  • Manufacturing and Trade Inventories and Sales
  • Advance Monthly Sales for Retail and Food Services
  • U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services
  • Quarterly Financial Report - Retail Trade
  • Quarterly Services Survey
  • Quarterly Financial Report - Manufacturing, Mining and Trade
  • Housing Vacancies and Homeownership

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PDFs of a significant portion of the Census of Population and Housing (1790-2000) are available from this resource. Click on the year, then navigate to the appropriate section. If you find that there are pages missing for the section you need, please contact the Government Documents Librarian. We may have them in print, or we can request them from another library.

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"CEPR's research is conducted by a network of over 700 researchers who retain their academic bases. The Centre helps these Fellows and Affiliates develop and obtain funding for research, administer and execute these projects and disseminate the results of the research." - from web site

Full-text versions of publications including discussion papers, policy papers, and newsletters are available on this site.

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"Child Trends is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research center that studies children at every stage of development. Our mission is to improve outcomes for children by providing research, data, and analysis to the people and institutions whose decisions and actions affect children, including policy makers, program providers, foundations, and the media. Founded in 1979, Child Trends helps keep the nation focused on children and their needs by identifying emerging issues; evaluating important programs and policies; and providing data-driven, evidence-based guidance on policy and practice. Its work is supported by government, foundation, and private sector funders." from web site

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This comprehensive and frequently updated resource includes detailed data for every country in the world. Each country profile includes background, geographic data, demographic data, information about the government, economic data, communications data, transportation data, military data, and a section on transnational issues.

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"The Demography HomePage is part of an initiative to identify, document, and provide simple access to demographic information concerning The United States of America. This part describes CIESIN's data holdings and related information." - from website

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"CBO's mandate is to provide the Congress with:

  • Objective, nonpartisan, and timely analyses to aid in economic and budgetary decisions on the wide array of programs covered by the federal budget and
  • The information and estimates required for the Congressional budget process." from web site

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The Energy Information Administration, part of the U.S. Department of Energy, provides energy briefs for many countries in the world. These articles include background, energy consumption by type, energy production, trade data related to energy, and an overview of energy, the environment, and the oil and gas industry for the country.

Select a country, then click on "Full Report."

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"County Business Patterns is an annual series that provides subnational economic data by industry. The series is useful for studying the economic activity of small areas; analyzing economic changes over time; and as a benchmark for statistical series, surveys, and databases between economic censuses. Businesses use the data for analyzing market potential, measuring the effectiveness of sales and advertising programs, setting sales quotas, and developing budgets. Government agencies use the data for administration and planning."

"This series has been published annually since 1964 and at irregular intervals dating back to 1946. The comparability of data over time may be affected by definitional changes in establishments, activity status, and industrial classifications." from web site

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"The Current Population Survey (CPS) is a monthly survey of about 50,000 households conducted by the Bureau of the Census for the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The survey has been conducted for more than 50 years.

The CPS is the primary source of information on the labor force characteristics of the U.S. population. The sample is scientifically selected to represent the civilian noninstitutional population. Respondents are interviewed to obtain information about the employment status of each member of the household 15 years of age and older. However, published data focus on those ages 16 and over. The sample provides estimates for the nation as a whole and serves as part of model-based estimates for individual states and other geographic areas.

Estimates obtained from the CPS include employment, unemployment, earnings, hours of work, and other indicators. They are available by a variety of demographic characteristics including age, sex, race, marital status, and educational attainment. They are also available by occupation, industry, and class of worker. Supplemental questions to produce estimates on a variety of topics including school enrollment, income, previous work experience, health, employee benefits, and work schedules are also often added to the regular CPS questionnaire." from web site

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This resource is a central data portal for the United Kingdom.

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"This page is meant to be a comprehensive site of free, easily available economic time series data useful for economic research, in particular economic forecasting. This site (set of web pages) was started in 1996 to help students in an Applied Forecasting class. The idea was to give students easy access to large amounts of data, and to be able to quickly get charts of that data. This is also useful during class, so that when we use the computer and overhead projector facility in class, we can quickly retrieve series and do manipulations in class." - from web site

Free subscriptions are available to instructors.

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"Welcome to FRED® (Federal Reserve Economic Data), a database of 20,030 U.S. economic time series. With FRED® you can download data in Microsoft Excel and text formats and view charts of data series." from web site

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"Available from April 1995 forward, this monthly compilation is prepared for the Joint Economic Committee by the Council of Economic Advisors and provides economic information on prices, wages, production, business activity, purchasing power, credit, money and Federal finance." from web site

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The National Bureau of Economic Research provides daily notification for economic indicator releases.

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"Provides the date and time of key economic data releases. When available, links on the calendar direct you straight to the data source." from web site

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This list of electronic journals in economics is maintained by the State University of New York at Oswego.

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"The Economic Report of the President is an annual report written by the Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors. It overviews the nation's economic progress using text and extensive data appendices. The Economic Report of the President is transmitted to Congress no later than ten days after the submission of the Budget of the United States Government. Supplementary reports can be issued to the Congress which contain additional and/or revised recommendations." from web page

This site makes the EOR available back to 1995.

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This is an open access collection of Economics research from 1993-2005.

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This is a directory to economics web resources, maintained by the Economics Department at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

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The Energy Information Administration (EIA) provides official energy statistics from the U.S. government, including market updates, forecasts, and state and international country profiles.

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Eurostat, the statistical data center for the European Commission, provides detailed statistics on countries in the European Union and candidate countries.

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This site is a comprehensive index to research on the Federal Reserve.

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"As a consumer or business person, you may be more familiar with the work of the Federal Trade Commission than you think.

The FTC deals with issues that touch the economic life of every American. It is the only federal agency with both consumer protection and competition jurisdiction in broad sectors of the economy. The FTC pursues vigorous and effective law enforcement; advances consumers’ interests by sharing its expertise with federal and state legislatures and U.S. and international government agencies; develops policy and research tools through hearings, workshops, and conferences; and creates practical and plain-language educational programs for consumers and businesses in a global marketplace with constantly changing technologies." from web site

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The Financial Times, one of the world’s leading business news organisations, is recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. Providing extensive news, comment and analysis, the newspaper is printed at 23 print sites across the globe, has a daily circulation of 411,988 (ABC figures, June, 2009) and a readership of 1.3 million people worldwide in print and online. from Web site

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Fortune provides news on management, investing, international finance, and technology. It also creates rankings such as the widely-known and influential Fortune 500 list.

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"The Federal Reserve Archival System for Economic Research is a project by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis to expand on its mission to provide economic information and data to researchers interested in the U.S. economy. On this web site you will find links to scanned images (in Adobe® Acrobat® PDF format) of historical economic statistical publications, releases, and documents." from web site

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"The GAO Reports and Comptroller General Decisions collection contains reports ("blue books") on audits, surveys, investigations, and evaluations of Federal programs conducted by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). All published reports, testimonies, correspondence, and special publications are included. Products that are restricted or classified are not included. GAO Comptroller General Decisions contains decisions and opinions issued by the Comptroller General in areas of Federal law such as appropriations, bid protests, and Federal agency rulemaking." from web site

Reports available on this site cover the period 1989-2008.

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"The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) is an independent, nonpartisan agency that works for Congress. Often called the "congressional watchdog," GAO investigates how the federal government spends taxpayer dollars. The head of GAO, the Comptroller General of the United States, is appointed to a 15-year term by the President from a slate of candidates Congress proposes." from web site

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"Welcome to the largest bibliographic database dedicated to Economics and available freely on the Internet. Over 700'000 items of research can be browsed or searched, and over 550'000 can be downloaded in full text! This site is part of a large volunteer effort to enhance the free dissemination of research in Economics, RePEc." from web site

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Data and analysis from the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Immigration Statistics includes immigration enforcement actions, estimates of unauthorized immigrant population, nonimmigrant admissions to the United States, and data about refugees and asylees. Also includes the Yearbook of Immigration Statistics.

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The Index of Economic Freedom measures and ranks 161 countries across 10 specific freedoms measures like tax rates and property rights. View scores and rankings for any country, along with detailed data and background analysis.

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"The IDB, established in 1959 to support the process of economic and social development in Latin America and the Caribbean, is the main source of multilateral financing in the region. The IDB Group provides solutions to development challenges by partnering with governments, companies and civil society organizations, thus reaching its clients ranging from central governments to city authorities and businesses." from Web site

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From the U.S. International Trade Commission:

"The USITC Interactive Tariff and Trade DataWeb provides international trade statistics and U.S. tariff data to the public full-time and free of charge.

U.S. import statistics, U.S. export statistics, U.S. tariffs, U.S. future tariffs and U.S. tariff preference information are available on a self-service, interactive basis. The USITC DataWeb responds to user-defined queries integrating international trade statistics with complex tariff and customs treatment, and allows both expert and non-expert users to create and save customized country and product lists for future re-use from anywhere in the world.

International trade data are available for years 1989- present on a monthly, quarterly, annual, or year-to-date basis and can be retrieved in a number of classification systems, including the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS), the Standard International Trade Classification (SITC), or the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). Pre-defined reports on international trade statistics are also available by geographic region and partner country. Current U.S. tariffs, which are maintained and published by the USITC as a statutory responsibility, can be accessed via the USITC DataWeb, and retrieved with relevant international trade data." from web site

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"The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is an organization of 186 countries, working to foster global monetary cooperation, secure financial stability, facilitate international trade, promote high employment and sustainable economic growth, and reduce poverty around the world." - from website

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Directory to official statistical offices for countries around the world.

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Directory of economics-related resources maintained by SUNY-Oswego.

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"During the first several decades of its existence, the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) assembled an extensive data set that covers all aspects of the pre-WWI and interwar economies, including production, construction, employment, money, prices, asset market transactions, foreign trade, and government activity. Many series are highly disaggregated, and many exist at the monthly or quarterly frequency. The data set has some coverage of the United Kingdom, France and Germany, although it predominantly covers the United States." from web site

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"Once known primarily for evaluations of state welfare-to-work programs, today MDRC is also studying public school reforms, employment programs for ex-prisoners and people with disabilities, and programs to help low-income people succeed in college. We have worked in nearly every state and most major cities; we also helped create a sister organization in Canada and are currently managing a large project in the United Kingdom with British partners. The five main policy areas in which we work, illustrate the breadth and diversity of our current projects. Those areas include:

  • Promoting Family Well-Being and Child Development
  • Improving Public Education
  • Promoting Successful Transitions to Adulthood
  • Supporting Low-Wage Workers and Communities
  • Overcoming Barriers to Employment" from web site

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This publication from the U.S. Census Bureau includes the census questionnaires and instructions for every United States census, including the separate questionnaires for free, slave, and Indian inhabitants. It also includes a guide to the availability of census schedules and other finding guides. The last section of the publication is a detailed history of the decennial censuses.

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"This repository is intended to serve the interests of economists who want to make their work freely available through the RePEc network but are not affiliated with any institution that provides that furtherance. The work will be made available through EconPapers, Ideas, and other services.

MPRA accepts working papers and books in all languages, that is, contributions to economic research with a strictly academic orientation that are intended for later publication in a journal or book. MPRA accepts also electronic versions of previously published articles subject to agreement by the copyright owner." from web site

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"Founded in 1920, the National Bureau of Economic Research is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization dedicated to promoting a greater understanding of how the economy works. The NBER is committed to undertaking and disseminating unbiased economic research among public policymakers, business professionals, and the academic community." from web site

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The National Bureau of Economics Research provides full text papers that have not been reviewed but are intended to make preliminary NBER research available to other economists for discussion and suggestions before final publication.

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The New York Times provides news in business and global business, markets, the economy, outlooks, media and advertising, small business, and energy and the environment.

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"The Northern Ohio Data and Information Service (NODIS) is part of the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University. NODIS is designated by the State of Ohio and the U.S. Bureau of the Census as the regional data center for northern Ohio. NODIS is a depository for U.S. Census information, which is made available to the university community, public administrators, civic organizations and the general public on a cost-recovery basis. NODIS is a leader in the use of information technology, particularly geographic information systems (GIS). NODIS provides data analysis, mapping and programming services, technical assistance, programming and training.

"NODIS is your online connection to demographic and economic data for Ohio, especially post-1990 data tables and area profiles. The majority of data, maps and reports are based on geographies in the Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor MSA (Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Portage and Summit counties). NODIS also makes available data for other areas in Ohio and the US as well. The information contained in this website originates from a number of sources, including the Bureau of the Census and the Ohio Department of Development." - from web site

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"OMB's predominant mission is to assist the President in overseeing the preparation of the federal budget and to supervise its administration in Executive Branch agencies. In helping to formulate the President's spending plans, OMB evaluates the effectiveness of agency programs, policies, and procedures, assesses competing funding demands among agencies, and sets funding priorities. OMB ensures that agency reports, rules, testimony, and proposed legislation are consistent with the President's Budget and with Administration policies.

In addition, OMB oversees and coordinates the Administration's procurement, financial management, information, and regulatory policies. In each of these areas, OMB's role is to help improve administrative management, to develop better performance measures and coordinating mechanisms, and to reduce any unnecessary burdens on the public." from web site

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"Your source for reports and data about employment levels, unemployment rates, wages and earnings, employment projections, jobs, training resources and careers." from web site

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General works on economics are available from the University of Pennsylvania. For works on specific topics, use the "Narrower terms" navigation.

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The Library is where electronic versions of classic books about individual liberty are stored. These texts go back some 4,000 years and cover the disciplines of economics, history, law, literature, philosophy, political theory, religion, war and peace. They are in a variety of formats - facsimile PDFs so scholars can view the original text, HTML for ease of searching and attractive layout, and text-based PDF EBooks for personal use. The Library also contains bibliographic information about the books as well as other "metadata" about the authors and editors.

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"Population Index is the primary reference tool to the world's population literature. It presents an annotated bibliography of recently published books, journal articles, working papers, and other materials on population topics. This website provides a searchable and browsable database containing 46,035 abstracts of demographic literature published in Population Index in the period 1986-2000." from web site

This resource is maintained by Princeton University.

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Population projections for the United States as well as for all of the states from the U.S. Census Bureau.

"Projections are estimates of the population for future dates. They illustrate plausible courses of future population change based on assumptions about future births, deaths, net international migration, and domestic migration. Projected numbers are typically based on an estimated population consistent with the most recent decennial census as enumerated, projected forward using a variant of the cohort-component method." from web site

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"The Economics and Statistics Administration (ESA) releases 12 monthly and quarterly Principal Federal Economic Indicators collected by its constituent bureaus: the U.S. Census Bureau and the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA). Businesses rely heavily upon these indicators to make decisions every day. In their public comments, the Secretary and ESA’s Under Secretary and Chief Economist put the indicators into a national and global economic context." from web site

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This comprehensive directory to public policy groups is maintained by the Heard Library at Vanderbilt University.

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"The Research Forum has encouraged collaborative research and informed policy on welfare reform, child and family well-being, and community/neighborhood issues. This web site features a searchable database of summaries of large- and small-scale research projects, key topics pages, resources pages, and lists of publications related to these issues from October 1997 to December 2005." from web site

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"Search or browse our listing of 363 Internet sites of numeric Social Science statistical data, data catalogs, data libraries, social science gateways, addresses and more." - from website

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"Social Science Research Network (SSRN) is devoted to the rapid worldwide dissemination of social science research and is composed of a number of specialized research networks in each of the social sciences." - from website

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"Welcome to State Energy Profiles – EIA’s new gateway to all of EIA’s State energy data, plus individual State Profiles that present key facts and statistics about State energy markets and industries. Many of the statistics in the Profiles will be updated simultaneously with data updates on the EIA web site. More extensive updates to the Profiles will take place periodically.

Current Features of the State Energy Profiles

  • Energy Maps display State energy infrastructure and renewable energy potential.
  • Quick Facts provide the most important State energy information.
  • Written Overviews explain how fossil fuels, renewables, and alternative energy sources affect each State’s energy markets.
  • Data Tables provide the most current State-level statistics from EIA surveys.
  • Associated Links take users to specific web pages on which EIA’s detailed data and time series can be found.
  • State Data Directory Pages provide comprehensive lists by subject of EIA’s State-level information plus direct links to the information." from web site

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"Stateline.org is a nonprofit, nonpartisan online news site that practices journalism in the public interest by reporting on emerging trends and issues in state policy and politics.

Each weekday, Stateline.org’s staff of professional journalists chronicles the top developments in all 50 states. We then connect the dots through our original reporting and graphics to spot and analyze developments of national significance taking shape in the states. Our goal is to enlighten public debate on topics of importance at the state level, including health care, taxes, immigration, social policy, education, energy, environment, criminal justice, transportation and elections." from web site

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"The Statistical Abstract of the United States, published since 1878, is the authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States.

Use the Abstract as a convenient volume for statistical reference, and as a guide to sources of more information both in print and on the Web.

Sources of data include the Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Bureau of Economic Analysis, and many other Federal agencies and private organizations." from the web site

The latest edition is available on the Web and in print at the Bierce Reference Desk. Some earlier editions are available on the Web, and most earlier editions are available in print in the Government Documents area.

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"Economist.com is the premier online source for the analysis of world business and current affairs, providing authoritative insight and opinion on international news, world politics, business, finance, science and technology, as well as overviews of cultural trends and regular industry, business and country special reports.

Economist.com publishes all articles from The Economist print edition (including those printed only in British copies) plus a searchable archive of all The Economist’s articles back to June 1997. Links to other articles and to relevant sources on the web are included with many of the stories." - from website

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"The Urban Institute gathers data, conducts research, evaluates programs, offers technical assistance overseas, and educates Americans on social and economic issues — to foster sound public policy and effective government." from web site

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TradeStats Express (TSE) has data for national imports and exports, and state exports.

TSE has annual and quarterly data for commodity codes of 2 and 4 digits, and data for trade groups and geographic regions. This is a summarized version of USA Trade Online.

Help page for TSE.

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"UNDP is the UN's global development network, an organization advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. We are on the ground in 166 countries, working with them on their own solutions to global and national development challenges. As they develop local capacity, they draw on the people of UNDP and our wide range of partners." - from website

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The Washington Post provides news on business, entrepreneurship, technology, and personal finance. Free account registration is required to use this site.

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Directory of sources for economics data on the Internet.

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"The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. We are not a bank in the common sense. We are made up of two unique development institutions owned by 186 member countries—the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and the International Development Association (IDA)." from Web site

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"The World Trade Organization (WTO) is the only global international organization dealing with the rules of trade between nations. At its heart are the WTO agreements, negotiated and signed by the bulk of the world’s trading nations and ratified in their parliaments. The goal is to help producers of goods and services, exporters, and importers conduct their business."from Web site

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