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Title Abstract Access Route
Archival Federal Reserve Economic Data (ALFRED) ALFRED allows users to retrieve vintage versions of economic data that were available on specific dates in history. ALFRED states that "In general, economic data for past observation periods are revised as more accurate estimates become available. As a result, previous vintages of data can be superseded and may no longer be available from various data sources. Vintage or real time economic data allows academics to reproduce others' research, build more accurate forecasting models, and analyze economic policy decisions using the data available at the time". Unrestricted
Bank of England Statistical Interactive Database Contains economic, financial, interest rate and exchange rate data by country, financial instrument, business category and industrial sector Unrestricted
Berkeley guide to sources of economic data

This page lists various datasets categorised under the following headings : International macroeconomics ; United States / Regional Macroeconomic ; International trade ; Comapnies & Industries ; Development, Inequality & Investment ; Demography & Labor ; Economic History ; Environmental economics ; Financial Data ; Microdata

Note : Some datasets listed on these pages will only be accessible to Berkeley students. You may, however, be able to locate the same data from other sources

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Bloomberg Bloomberg provides current and historical financial quotes, business newswires, and descriptive information, research and statistsics on over 52,000 companies worldwide. You can only access the database at one dedicated terminal in the Marshall Library. Additional Bloomberg terminals are available at the Judge Business School in Trumpington Street. Available only on dedicated terminal in Marshall Library - You will need to book a session here.
British Household Panel Survey (1990 - 2009) The main objectives of this survey are to further understanding of social and economic change at the individual and household level in Britain (the UK from Wave 11 onwards) and to identify, model and forecast such changes, their causes and consequences in relation to a range of socio-economic variables. It provides information on household organization, employment, accommodation, tenancy, income and wealth, housing, health, socio-economic values, residential mobility, marital and relationship history, social support, and individual and household demographics. Unrestricted

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Capital IQ (S&P) Provides tearsheet information - Company profiles, competitor analysis, financial data, industry data, news and people profiles. You will need to register with the Judge Business School and ask them to set you up with a Capital IQ account.
Center for the Study of Auctions, Procurements and Competition Policy Auction, procurement, and competition policy related data and software from Penn State University Unrestricted
comparethemarket Freely available data related to the provision of financial services provided by comparethemarket Data freely available on request via online request form
Consumer Expenditure Survey (CEX, 1980-present) The Consumer Expenditure Survey program consists of two surveys - the Quarterly Interview Survey and the Diary Survey - that provide information on the buying habits of America's consumers, including data on their expenditures, income, and consumer unit (families and single consumers) characteristics. The survey data are collected for the Bureau of Labor Statistics by the U.S. Census Bureau. The CEX is the only Federal survey to provide information on the complete range of consumers' expenditures and incomes, as well as the characteristics of those consumers. Importantly it is the main dataset that includes information about both consumption and wealth, which is of particular interest for those that want to study the effects of inequality.

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CRSP The Center for Research in Security Prices (CRSP) is a provider of historical stock market data. The Center is a part of the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago. CRSP maintains some of the largest and most comprehensive proprietary historical databases in stock market research. Academic researchers and investment professionals rely on CRSP for accurate, survivor bias-free information which provides a foundation for their research and analyses. Contact for a login

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Eikon Eikon is a set of software products provided by Thomson Reuters for financial professionals to monitor and analyse financial information. It provides access to real time market data, news, fundamental data, analytics, trading and messaging tools. Available only on dedicated terminal in Marshall Library - You will need to book a session here.
EPWRF India Time Series TEPWRF India Time Series is produced by the Economic & Political Weekly Research Foundation. It is a unique database providing comprehensive coverage of the Indian economy and comprises over 50,000 variables within 20 different modules. Although availability varies many of the time series provide continuous data from 1950 onwards Cam domain
EU KLEMS Contains KLEMS data (K-Capital / L-Labor / E-Energy / M-Materials / S-Services) measuring economic grwoth, productivity, employment creation, capital formation and technological change at the industry level for all European Union member states from 1970 onwards. See also WORLD KLEMS Unrestricted
Eurostat

The Eurostat database contains monthly, quarterly, bi-annual or annual data from 1960 onwards, for all EU countries - depending on the variable and country selected. Data is also available for the sub-national areas within the EU countries. Other countries covered include Japan, the United States, the central European countries and other main economic partners of the Union.

Eurostate data are organised into nine main themes :

  • General & regional
  • Economy & finance
  • Population & social conditions
  • Industry, trade & services
  • Agriculture, forestry and fisheries
  • International trade
  • Transport
  • Environment & energy
  • Science & technology
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Fama-French data library This site has a large amount of freely downloadable historical data compiled by Eugene Fama and Kenneth French. The data is updated regularly, and the Fama-French 3-factor data is especially useful for analyzing fund and portfolio performance. Unrestricted
Federal Reserve Bank of New York Provides regional economic data, market operations data, and national economic data Unrestricted
FRED (Federal Reserve Economic Data) FRED is a database maintained by the Research division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis that has more than 143,000 economic time series from 57 sources. The data can be viewed in graphical and text form or downloaded for import to a database or spreadsheet, and viewed on mobile devices. They cover banking, business/fiscal, consumer price indexes, employment and population, exchange rates, gross domestic produce (GDP), interest rates, monetary aggregates, produce price indexes (PPI), reserves and monetary base, U.S. Trade and international transactions, and U.S. Financial data. The time series are compiled by the Federal Reserve and collected from government agencies such as the U.S. Census and the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Unrestricted
FRASER (Federal Reserve Archival System for Economic Research) FRASER is a digital archive begun in 2004 to safeguard, preserve and provide easy access to the United States' economic history - particularly the history of the Federal Reserve System - through digitization of documents related to the U.S. Financial system : Publications of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors / Publications of each of the Federal Reserve banks / Statements, speeches and archival materials of the Federal Reserve policy makers / Government data publications / Statistical releases / Congressional hearings / Books / Reports by various organizations. Unrestricted

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GITHUB This is an open source community for programmers. It provides lots of useful software, tools and public datasets Unrestricted but registration required
Global Financial Data The Global Financial Database provides long-range financial data on stocks, bonds, bills and other instruments, covering approximately 200 countries from the medieval world to the present. The first time you log in GFD you will be prompted to create your own personal login - you will only need to do this once. The GFD platform is called 'Finaeon'. Cambridge University members are able to register and create their own personal accounts
Google Finance Provides historical price information at the daily frequency for thousands of assets Unrestricted
Historical Data UK Bank of England, ESCoE, ONS Online repository of historical macroeconomics and financial economic data, disaggregated at sector, industry and regional level Unrestricted

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ICPSR (Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research) The International Country Risk Guide (ICRG) uses nearly 30 metrics to assess political, financial, and economic risk for
140 developed, emerging and frontier markets.
Contact the Marshall Library for username / password
International Country Risk Guide (ICRG) The main objectives of this survey are to further understanding of social and economic change at the individual and household level in Britain (the UK from Wave 11 onwards) and to identify, model and forecast such changes, their causes and consequences in relation to a range of socio-economic variables. It provides information on household organization, employment, accommodation, tenancy, income and wealth, housing, health, socio-economic values, residential mobility, marital and relationship history, social support, and individual and household demographics. Unrestricted
ICPSR (Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research) The International Country Risk Guide (ICRG) uses nearly 30 metrics to assess political, financial, and economic risk for
140 developed, emerging and frontier markets.
Contact the Marshall Library for username / password
International data links (maintained by the Marshall Library) An extensive list of links to national data archives in Europe, North America and Worldwide Unrestricted
Journal of Applied Econometrics Data Archive Contains data for all papers accepted for publication by this journal after January 1984, unless the data are confidential. For some papers, especially more recent ones, the Data Archive also contains programs and supplementary material. Unrestricted

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Microdata from developing countries An extensive list of microdata sets on household and firm surveys for developing countries Unrestricted
Minnesota Population Center

Contains micro datasets for the leading population surveys in the United States. The most important ones are the Current Population Survey and the American Community Survey. These contain survey responses from 40,000 and 300,000 Americans respectively on questions relating to income, schooling, education, family decomposition, unemployment, health status and insurance. Data is easy to collect using menus and starts as early as 1850.

Note : You will need to create a free account using your Cambridge University e-mail and agree to the terms & conditions (e.g. you will not use the data for commercial purposes) before you can download data. It may take a day for accounts to be approved

Free / Registration required
National data archives (maintained by the Marshall Library) An extensive list of links to national data archives in Europe, North America and Worldwide Unrestricted
National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979 and 1997 These are produced by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics  and are intended to document the transition from school to work and adulthood. They collect extensive information about youth's labor market behaviour and educational experiences over time. Also included is a survey of the biological children of women in the NLSY79. The 1979 survey began with over 12,000 participants, while the 1997 survey begain with approximately 9,000. Unrestricted

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OECD Data

Primary source of macroeconomic data for OECD countries. Browsable by topic (Agriculture / Development / Economy / Education / Energy / Environment / Finance / Government / Health / Innovation / Jobs / Society) and by country

 

Cam domain / Raven password
Office for National Statistics UK (ONS) UK's largest independent producer of official statistics and its recognised national statitics institute. It is responsible for the collection and publication of data related to the economy, population and society in the UK. Unrestricted
OANDA OANDA is a Canadian company which is an excellent resource for historical foreign exchange rates since 1990. Data is easily downloadable Unrestricted
Oxford University Economics Data & Statistics

Provides links to various high quality datasets dealing with trade, finance, development and specific countries.

Note : Some datasets listed on this pages will only be accessible to students at Oxford University. You may, however, be able to locate the same data from other sources.

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Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID)

Beginning in 1968 the PSID is the longest running longitudinal household survey in the world. The study is directed by the University of Michigan and is based on a representative sample of American individuals collecting data covering employment, income, wealth, expenditures, health, marriage, childbearing, education and many other topics.

It is designed to fulfill the need for a better understanding of the determinants of family income over time. It can be used for cross-sectional, longitudinal, and intergenerational analysis and for studying individuals and families.

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Penn World Tables From the University of Pennsylvania, provide purchasing power parity and national income accounts converted to international prices for 168 countries for some or all of the years 1950-2000. Expenditure entries are denominated in a common set of prices in a common currency so that real quantity comparisons can be made, both between countries and over time. It also provides information about relative prices within and between countries, as well as demographic data and capital stock estimates. Unrestricted
PEW Research Center Provides survey data on a variety of topics including American politics, social and demographic trends. Free / Registration required
Princeton University guide to data sources

Excellent web page with links to data on a wide range of possible dissertation subjects. Examples include micro data on consumer expenditure, daily inflation indices, surveys on medical expenditure, indices on subjects like economic freedom and country risk.

Note : Some datasets listed on this pages will only be accessible to Princeton University students. You may, however, be able to locate the same data from other sources.

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Research Papers in Economics (RePEc) RePEc is a collaborative effort whose objective is the free dissemination of research in economics. The heart of the project is a decentralized bibliographic database called IDEAS which contains working papers, journal articles, books, book chapters and software components – most of which are freely downloadable. RePEc's IDEAS database can be accessed here Unrestricted
Replication WIKI Provides links to thousands of economic studies to replicate with references to data sources. Cam domain / Raven password
Robert Shiller Library This site has Robert Shiller's PE10 data which was used in the book 'Irrational exuberance. PE10 is updated regularly. Unrestricted

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Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP 1984 - present)

This is a longitudinal U.S Government survey of the financial status of American households with data available from 1984 onwards. It covers government transfer and service programs, pensions, housing affordability, home ownership, housing costs (primarily mortgages) financial assistance for education and a variety of other topics.

It is considered to be the most comprehensive survey for measuring household wealth by race and ethnicity.

Data from SIPP may also be accessed via the ICPSR

The National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) makes the SIPP data and documentation available along with Stata programs with which to read and analyze it.

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St. Louis Fed : Federal Reserve Economic Data (FRED) FRED is a database maintained by the Research division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis that has more than 143,000 economic time series from 57 sources. The data can be viewed in graphical and text form or downloaded for import to a database or spreadsheet, and viewed on mobile devices. They cover banking, business/fiscal, consumer price indexes, employment and population, exchange rates, gross domestic produce (GDP), interest rates, monetary aggregates, produce price indexes (PPI), reserves and monetary base, U.S. Trade and international transactions, and U.S. Financial data. The time series are compiled by the Federal Reserve and collected from government agencies such as the U.S. Census and the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Unrestricted
St. Louis Fed : Federal Reserve Archival System for Economic Research (FRASER) FRASER is a digital archive begun in 2004 to safeguard, preserve and provide easy access to the United States' economic history - particularly the history of the Federal Reserve System - through digitization of documents related to the U.S. Financial system : Publications of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors / Publications of each of the Federal Reserve banks / Statements, speeches and archival materials of the Federal Reserve policy makers / Government data publications / Statistical releases / Congressional hearings / Books / Reports by various organizations. Unrestricted

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UN Comtrade

UN Comtrade contains detailed imports and exports statistics reported by statistical authorities of nearly 200 countries or areas. It concerns annual trade data from 1962 to the most recent year. It is considered the most comprehensive trade database available with more than 1 billion records. The database is continuously updated. Whenever trade data are received from the national authorities, they are standardized by the UN Statistics Division and then added to UN Comtrade.

The Marshall Library pays for PREMIUM ACCESS which facilitates personalization, bulk downloads of data and special professional assistance

Cam domain / Raven password
UK Data Service Discover UK's largest collection of UK and international social, economic and population data. Includes major UK government sponsered surveys, cross-national surveys, longitudinal studies, UK census data, international aggregate, business data and qualitative data. A list of the surveys available from the UK Data Service is available here. Raven / Registration required
UK Data Service Surveys Various links to surveyes available through UK Data Service via the Marshall Library webpage Raven / Registration required
United Nations Statistics Division : Statistical Databases Provides detailed data on employmnet, unemployment, inflation, productivity, wages, occupational statistics Unrestricted
US Bureau of Economic Analysis Provides US national accounts, international accounts (aggregated), regional and sector accounts and input-output data Unrestricted
US Bureau of Labor Statistics Provides detailed data on employmnet, unemployment, inflation, productivity, wages, occupational statistics Unrestricted
UK Office for National Statistics (ONS) UK's largest independent producer of official statistics and its recognised national statistical institute. It is responsible for the collection & publication of data related to the economy, population and society of the UK. Unrestricted

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WIOD (World Input-Output Database) Consists of time series of input output tables giving trade across sectors both within and between countries as well as employment, capital, value added and environmental indicators at the industry-country leve. Data is available for 27 EU countries and 13 other major countries between 1995 and 2014. Unrestricted
World Bank Micro Data Library The Microdata Library facilitates access to data collected through sample surveys of households, business establishments or other facilities. These 'microdata' sets may also originate from population, housing or agricultural censuses or through an administrative data collection processes. The Library contains supporting documentation from censuses and surveys conducted or supported by the World Bank, as well as by other international organizations, statistical agencies and other agencies in low and middle-income countries Unrestricted
WORLD KLEMS Contains KLEMS data (K-Capital / L-Labor / E-Energy / M-Materials / S-Services) measuring economic growth, productivity, employment creation, capital formation and technological change at the industry level for a broad range of countries around the World. The data is structured and built up in the same way as the data in the EU KLEMS database to increase comparability across a larger set of countries. This standardisation includes input definitions, price concepts, aggregation procedures and comparable measures of input and productivity. Unrestricted
WRDS (Wharton Research Data Services)

WRDS provides the user with one location to access over 250 terabytes of data across mulitiple disciplines including accounting, banking, economics, finance and statistics. It provides access to S&P, Capital IQ, CRSP, NYSE, Thomson Reuters, Bureau van Dijk, Global Insight, OptionMetrics and other important business research databases.

Using a standard query structure - for example company name, dates of interest, financial parameters - students can create customised reports. These can then be stored, revisited and exported.

The Judge Business School can authorise class accounts for students on MPhil & Undergraduate courses. Before using WRDS students from Economics will need to register to use the Judge Business School Library at : https://jbs.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cT8ij1zSwBlQjFr

Contact  for a login

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Yahoo Finance Provides historical price information at the daily frequency for thousands of assets. Unrestricted

Commercial providers of data

CME The Chicago Mercantile Exchange is an American futures company and one of the largest options and futures exhanges. It is a commercial provider of current and historical financial market data. Datasets may be purchased by students with a 50% discount. A guide to CME historical datasets is available here. Subscription required
Financial Times Provides data covering equities, currencies, commodities, bonds and world markets. To get full access to data an individual or corporate subscription is required. Subscription required
Quandl Quandl is a Toronto-based platform for financial, economic and alternative data. It makes most of its data available commercially but a few data sets are available free of charge. Subscription required