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Statistics Resource Guide - Intergovernmental websites

Eurostat

It may not be clear from this site's confusing homepage (in English) that it is the statistics page of Europa - "The European Union Online". Beneath its over-designed interface there is a wealth of economic indicators re: the E.U. We get an impression of its overall depth through the labels of the up-front data tabs: "General Statistics"; "Economy and Finance"; "Population & Social Conditions"; "Industry Trade & Services"; "Agriculture & Fisheries"; "External Trade"; "Transport"; "Environment & Energy"; "Science & Technology".

Much data regarding trade, economics, and demographics is available for free; other data is priced. It is not the easiest site to use, but the information is valuable and highly specific. Researchers focusing on European information would do well to master its intricacies.


Organisation For Economic Co-operation And Development

The OECD functions over a huge range of concerns (economic, trade, social, scientific, etc.). The topics are arranged in the index on the home page. The researcher may start with the statistics link at the top of the page and choose the area of study. Using the "Search" option, will allow for the screening of the results by theme. Either way, it is a unique system for retrieving the data.

Note that economic and social indicators are available by country and region. Much free data is imbedded in the OECD reports, but for a direct avenue to the data, users are recommended to choose the statistics link whenever one is available. It is possible to personalize the Web site and to receive e-mail alerts. The researcher may not find this data anywhere else.

World Bank

The World Bank is concerned with development assistance. In its work, it produces databanks of free indicators resulting in an enormous trove of information. This site offers development indicators for over 200 countries. These fall into the more familiar business areas of labor, economic growth, debt and trade, but they extend to a great many other fields, such as health, education, environment and gender issues.

There is hardly a global issue that is not represented here. General and specialist researchers alike will find the World Bank databases useful. In fact, they may well find unexpected aggregate data. For example, topic indicators of the site's various subjects are designed to give us such figures as aggregate GDP for chosen regions. As global economic research engages more of our attention, this site will become increasingly popular.


World Trade Organization

The business of the WTO is the analysis of global trade, and it naturally produces the definitive data in this area. Its latest publication, International Trade Statistics 2001, is in itself an invaluable free resource. In assessing world trade, it gives detailed analyses by region and sector, identifying key trends. Much of the data is specified at the country level.

The site's historical series presents aggregate data back to 1980 and specifies the goods and services information by country, region and economic sector. All of this information can be downloaded into Excel format. It may take time to find your data, but it would be difficult comprehensively to research import-export business without the help of the WTO.