Economics Statistics

See Also: Business Research Guide (various related topics)

Online Resource; Requires NCSU Login, or via other NC Live public/academic library account

Demographics and Business data source for:

  • Estimates - provides the changes that have taken place in the American population since the 2000 Census
  • Projections - takes a look at future population forecasts
  • Business locations - Search by NAICS or SIC code, zip code, address, or proximity to retreive locations. Export table and/or GIS shapefile.
  • Profiles - segments consumers into a useful index of demographic indicators compared to national averages

Federal Reserve Archival System for Economic Research (FRASER)

Developed by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, FRASER provides scanned images of historical economic statistical publications, releases and documents. Its underlying purpose is to provide complete data series in preliminary, revised and final releases. Documents included are government publications focused on national banking and economic data ranging from 1896-1955 Banking Statistics to 1948-2005 Economic Indicators.

Liber8, including the International Economic Statistics

Resource for "students and librarians" from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. Includes links to recent research, current economic indicators and other useful resources, as well as the following databases:

  • IES (International Economic Statistics) Database - provides world-wide economic indicators from multiple sources
  • FRED (Federal Reserve Economic Data) - "a database of over 3000 U.S. economic time series. With FRED® you can download data in Microsoft Excel and text formats and view charts of data series."
  • FRASER (Federal Reserve Archival System for Economic Research) - gives access to data previously available only in print; enables researchers to create continuous data series when used in tandem with FRED.

Resources for Economists on the Internet - Data

Sponsored by the American Economic Association, presents U.S. and international online economic resources.


(NCSU only)

SourceOECD is the publications portal of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and consists of three sections that include Books and Reports by Theme, Periodicals, and Statistics. OECD, based in Paris, France, is a forum permitting governments of industrialized democracies to study and formulate policies in all economic and social spheres.

STAT-USA (U.S. Department of Commerce)
(available for use in NCSU Libraries only)

As of February 2006, this database has become limited access. Users must request a librarian log them in. Ask any NCSU librarian for help.

From the web site: "STAT-USA/Internet consists of two main databases:

State of the Union (SOTN). Use SOTN to gauge the direction of the U.S. economy and access a repository of economic indicators on topics such as employment, wholesale and retail prices, monetary and housing trends, gross domestic product, etc.

Global Business Opportunities (GLOBUS) & the National Trade Data Bank (NTDB). ...access to over 200,000 current and historical documents on export opportunities by industry, country, and product; political and socio-economic conditions in hundreds of countries;" and more.

World Development Indicators (World Bank)
(NCSU only)

Prepared by the Development Data Group of the World Bank's International Economics Department. Online database provides "statistical data for over 600 development indicators and time series data from 1960-2004 (selected data for 2005) for over 200 countries and 18 country groups. Data includes social, economic, financial, natural resources, and environmental indicators... Results can be scaled, indexed against a particular year, viewed by percentage change, and charted."