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Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services)
Formerly known as the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR), this agency was reauthorized and renamed through the Healthcare Research and Quality Act of 1999. A "Data and Surveys" section contains links to:

  • Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP and HCUPNet)
  • HIVNet
  • Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS)
  • HIV and AIDS Costs and Use
  • Healthcare Informatics Standards

AidData: Tracking Development Finance (Development Gateway and College of William & Mary)
The AidData site offers a portal for data"describing the universe of development finance project-by-project, including all grants and loans committed by all major bilateral and multilateral aid donors." The core of the AidData site is a searchable catalog with close to a million records of development finance flows, that can be specified by donor, recipient, purpose, activity, and years. Results can be viewed online or exported for analysis. Much of the data comes from OECD Creditor Reporting System (CRS), going back to 1973. Other data was collected from donor organizations, either through public documents or through direct contact. So far, AidData only covers funding that originates from governments, but plans to cover funds from private foundations and NGOs (non-governmental organizations) in the future. The site also includes research publications from AidData, a blog by AidData staff, and links to other sources of development data.

Asia Regional Information Center (ARIC) (The Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department)
Formerly the Asia Recovery Information Center, ARIC was reinvented in 2006 as the Asia Regional Information Center, with a focus on regional cooperation and integration in Asia and the Pacific. Its Economic and Financial Indicators provides statistical data on external, real, and monetary sectors of 23 economies in Asia and South Asia. Indicators include: GDP, inflation, industrial production, and retail sales for the real sector; trade, exchange rates, and balance of payments for the external sector; and money supply, stock prices, and banking indicators for the monetary and financial sector. Data are presented in either growth rate, index, or ratio.

Bank for International Settlements (Bank for International Settlements (BIS))
The BIS is an international organization for fostering cooperation of central banks and international financial institutions. The Publications section of the BIS website includes the BIS Consolidated International Banking Statistics on the maturity, sectoral and nationality distribution of international bank lending to developing countries. The report is available as a PDF file, while the statistics are also available as CSV (comma-separated value) spreadsheet files.

Bureau of the Fiscal Service (U.S. Department of the Treasury)
The Bureau of the Public Debt was combined with the Financial Management Service into the single Bureau of the Fiscal Service in 2012. The Bureau of the Fiscal Service manages the government's accounting, central payment systems, and public debt. Reports for U.S. Savings Bonds, Treasury bills and notes and bonds, and other public-debt-related resources can be found at this TreasuryDirect Reports page.

Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) (Commodity Futures Trading Commission)
The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), was created by Congress in 1974 as an independent agency with the mandate to regulate commodity futures and option markets in the United States. The Commission's semiannual Futures Commission Merchant (FCM) Financial Data Schedule contains selected financial data filed with the Commission. The information contained in the schedule includes data for each FCM including: the total amount of adjusted net capital, the required amount of adjusted net capital which must be maintained, and the excess adjusted net capital; the amount of customer funds required to be segregated from the FCM's own funds, and; the FCM's required foreign futures secured amount. Data are available here in HTML, ASCII, and Excel spreadsheet formats.

Consolidated Federal Funds Report (CFFR) (U.S. Bureau of the Census)
Provides data covering federal expenditures or obligations for the following categories: grants, salaries and wages, procurement contracts, direct payments for individuals, other direct payments, direct loans, guaranteed or insured loans, and insurance. Data is available in summary tables and downloadable self-extracting zipped datafiles in plain ASCII format. Datafiles are available at the detail level (state, county, and place geographic levels), individual state, U.S., combined state, and county aggregate. An online query system is available for the years 1993-2001.

Department of Commerce (Department of Commerce)
Parent organization to the Economics and Statistics Administration, the U.S. Bureau of the Census, and the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Includes agency links. If you're not finding the one you're looking for, try the Site Search option.

Economagic (Economagic)
Initially set up in 1996 to provide economic time series for students in a class on applied economic forecasting, the Economagic site has grown to include over 100,000 time series, including: interest rates from the Federal Reserve; retail sales and building permits from the Census Bureau; labor, employment, CPI and PPI from the Bureau of Labor Statistics; stock market highs and lows; and more. Time series are available for free in ASCII format, sometimes broken up by advertising. For subscribers, time series are available as charts or Excel spreadsheets, and multiple time series can be saved in a personal workspace and transformed through various calculations.

EDGAR Database (U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission)
EDGAR, the Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval system, performs automated collection, validation, indexing, acceptance, and forwarding of submissions by companies and others who are required by law to file forms with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Education Finance Statistics Center (EDFIN) (National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), U.S. Department of Education)
The Education Finance Statistics Center (EDFIN) web site is the central NCES site for education finance information for United States elementary and secondary education. It includes an interactive tool letting users compare the finances of a school district with its peers. Also included are links to finance data and publications.

European Central Bank (ECB) - Statistics (European Central Bank)
The monetary union in Europe, with the euro as currency, has resulted in the founding of the European Central Bank. The ECB web site carries a statistics section that includes statistical press releases, euro area statistics, exchange rates and more. PDF versions of the ECB's Monthly Bulletin and corresponding .csv files are available.

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) Bank Data & Statistics (Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation)
These searchable databases have comprehensive financial & structural information on specific banks, their branches, and the industry. This site includes data from the FDIC publications Statistics on Banking, Survey of Real Estate Trends, and other data in spreadsheet or ASCII format.

Federal Election Commission (Federal Election Commission)
The FEC came onto the web scene in mid-February, 1996, and has been serving downloadable campaign finance data ever since. Both summary and detailed data are available. The data available range from zip files that contain individual contributions to political committees and may exceed 100 megabytes to single page summary pdf and xls files.

Federal Reserve Archival System for Economic Research (FRASER) (Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis)
FRASER, a new initiative from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, has scanned historical statistical publications from the Federal Reserve as PDF files. Some information goes back as far as 1896! The FRED II database (http://research.stlouisfed.org/fred2/) picks up where FRASER leaves off, allowing for the creation of uninterrupted time series, though users will have to hand-key any FRASER data they wish to manipulate.

Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis (Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis)
The Federal Reserve of Minneapolis' Web information service offers national and regional economic indicators, text from The Region magazine, the fedgazette newspaper, the Quarterly Review and other research publications and Annual Reports. There is information on Economic Data, specifically economic indicators for the 9th district and U.S. indicators (including the Beige Book--summaries). It also contains interest and exchange rate charts, background information on the Fed, and more.

Federal Reserve Board Historical Data H.15 Selected Interest Rates (U.S. Federal Reserve)
The H.15 release contains daily interest rates for selected U.S. Treasury and private money market and capital market instruments. It is published weekly.

Federal Reserve Economic Data (FRED) (Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis)
Over 387,000 US and international time series from 79 sources can be downloaded at this site. FRED provides for online charts and downloads in both Excel and text format.

Federal, State, and Local Governments (U.S. Bureau of the Census)
The Federal, State, and Local Governments page from the U.S. Census Bureau provides links to data, documentation and reports from the Census of Governments (conducted at 5-year intervals) and related surveys including the Annual Survey of Government Employment, Annual Survey of Government Finances, State and Local Government Employee-Retirement Survey, State Government Tax Collections, and Quarterly Summary of State and Local Government Tax Revenue. Public education finance data is available as well, as school districts are among the local governments surveyed (in addition to county, municipal, township, and special district). The site also carries the Consolidated Federal Funds Report (CFFR) and the Federal Assistance Awards Data System (FAADS). Much of the data goes back to 1992, and is available as HTML, Excel or text files.

Foreign Labor Statistics (U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics)
The number of countries and years available varies, for the following subjects: Comparative Labor Force Statistics, Comparative Unemployment Rates, Consumer Price Indexes, and International Comparisons of Hourly Compensation Costs for Production Workers in Manufacturing. Also includes reports and news releases.

FreeLunch (Moody's Economy.com)
Moody's Economy.com, home of the fee-based Dismal Scientist, has created a section of its site dedicated to free U.S. economic and financial time series. Billing itself as "The Web's Largest Data Library," FreeLunch republishes data from primarily U.S. government sources (including the Census Bureau, Federal Reserve, Bureau of Economic Analysis). Users select data frequency (annual, quarterly, monthly, sometimes daily) and whether a line chart or table is desired. The time series can go back several decades, depending on the subject matter, and are quite current as well. Check out the daily foreign currency exchange series! Free registration required.

Global Financial Data (Global Financial Data)
Global Financial Data bills itself as "the world's most comprehensive historical financial database." A fee-based service, Global Financial Data may be accessed via various subscription or per-file download options. Users can determine which series are included through a simple keyword search or browsing through categories. This service is noteworthy for its international scope and how far back some of the time-series go. One interesting indicator is black-market rates for various currencies. Note: UW-Madison does NOT subscribe.

HCUPnet (U.S. Agency for Health Care Policy and Research)
HCUPnet is part of the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, developed and maintained by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The HCUPnet interface provides access to national (U.S.) statistics about hospital stays, using data from the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), the Kids' Inpatient Database (KID), and the State Inpatient Databases (SID) for states that participate. Users can generate custom tables by selecting specific conditions of interest, outcomes or measures such as length of stay or in-hospital death, and types of patients or hospitals to compare. The resulting tables can be displayed in printable versions or saved in Excel (xls) format.

Health and Retirement Study (HRS) and Asset and Health Dynamics Among the Oldest Old (AHEAD) (University of Michigan)
The web site for both Institute for Social Research (ISR), University of Michigan datasets. Both HRS and AHEAD are nationally representative longitudinal data collections begun in the early 1990s that examine retirement and the aging of society. Free registration is required to gain access to the data.

Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) Public Data (Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC))
This site makes available reports from public data mandated by the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) 0f 1975. Aggregate reports and disclosure reports from individual financial institutions back to 1999 are available online in PDF. Users can also retrieve HMDA disclosure reports from individual financial institutions. The FFIEC carries a similar site at http://www.ffiec.gov/cra/default.htm for reports resulting from the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) of 1977, meant to encourage depository institutions to help meet the credit needs of the communities in which they operate.

Import/Export Price Indexes Handbook of International Economic Statistics (U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, International Programs)
The Bureau of Labor Statistics' International Price program produces the Import and Export Price Indexes. An online interface lets users create custom tables from the past ten years of data in HTML or text format (CSV or tab-delimited). Flat files are also available for FTP.

Index of Economic Freedom (Heritage Foundation and Wall Street Journal)
In cooperation with the Wall Street Journal, the Heritage Foundation releases an annual report on world-wide economic freedom, scoring countries on a 1 to 5 index for factors such as corruption, trade barriers, the rule of law, and the black market. A profile for each country is provided. The web site includes HTML and PDF versions of the print publication, plus an online interface allowing searches and comparisons between countries from 1995 onward. The data can also be downloaded as an Excel spreadsheet.

International Association of Insolvency Regulators (IAIR) (International Association of Insolvency Regulators (IAIR))
This site is a good starting point for personal bankruptcy statistics across a variety of countries. The association includes 24 member countries. Under the "Member Profiles" selection, each country has a profile that includes a link to a country-specific web site. To access these country profiles, you need to become a registered member first.

International Monetary Fund (IMF) eLibrary (International Monetary Fund)
The IMF eLibrary provides access to IMF's periodicals, books, working papers and studies, and data and statistical tools. It requires a subscription. Currently UW-Madison does not have a subscription to IMF eLibrary. It is different from IMF eLibrary Data data.imf.org, which is free.

International Monetary Fund (IMF) eLibrary Data (International Monetary Fund)
International Monetary Fund (IMF) eLibrary Data includes International Financial Statistics (IFS) data and other IMF datasets. Data can be downloaded in CSV format. Users are required to register with IMF before they can download data.

MeasuringWorth (Lawrence H. Officer, University of Illinois at Chicago and Samuel H. Williamson, University of Illinois at Chicago)
MeasuringWorth, created by two professors of economics at the University of Illinois at Chicago, offers a set of calculators and supporting material for measuring worth. It makes available to the public the highest quality and most reliable historical data on important economic aggregates, with particular emphasis on nominal measures. This article provides a quick overview on the needs for different measures of worth.

MoneyTree Survey (PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Venture Economics, National Venture Capital Association)
The MoneyTree Survey is a quarterly study of venture capital investment activity in the United States. It measures cash-for-equity investments by the professional venture capital community in private emerging companies, from 1995 to the present. Data can be broken down by region, state, industry, stage of development, and financing sequence; breakdown by company requires the user to register with the site. Results can be viewed in HTML tables or downloaded as CSV or PDF.

National Information Center (Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council)
The National Information Center (NIC) provides comprehensive information on banks and other institutions for which the Federal Reserve has a supervisory, regulatory, or research interest including both domestic and foreign banking organizations operating in the U.S. The NIC includes the organizational structure of financial institutions and financial information for some of those institutions. Historical information is available on the structure of all the institutions. Financial information is available for selected time periods. NIC Bulk Data Download page provides tables of structure information for select banks and institutions operating in the United States.

National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS) (National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), U.S. Department of Education)
The National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS) is a comprehensive nationwide study designed to determine how students and their families pay for postsecondary education in the United States, and to describe some demographic and other characteristics of those enrolled. The first study NPSAS study was conducted during the 1986-87 school year; subsequent studies have been carried out during the 1989-90, 1992-93, 1995-96, and 1999-2000 school years. The data is available online in DAS (matrix) format.

New Beneficiary Data System (U.S. Social Security Administration)
The Social Security Administration's NBDS contains extensive information on the changing circumstances of aged and disabled beneficiaries. Based initially on a national cross-sectional survey of new beneficiaries in 1982, the original database has been expanded with information from administrative records and a second round of interviews in 1991. Variables measured in the original New Beneficiary Survey (NBS) include demographic characteristics; employment, marital and childbearing histories; household composition; health; income and assets; program knowledge; and information about the spouses of married respondents. Public use data and documentation may be downloaded from the site.

Office of Financial Management - State of Washington (State of Washington)
The Forecasting Division of the Office of Financial Management for the State of Washington "provides estimates of state and local population, monitors changes in the state economy and labor force, and conducts research on a variety of issues affecting the state budget and public policy." One highlight of the site is the Washington State Data Book, the state's statistical abstract. Washington only posts its most recent State Data Book (the 2005 edition was posted in January 2006) and recommends that its users follow up on the specific sources of the data to get the absolute latest figures. The State Data Book tables display in HTML but may be downloaded as PDF or Excel files. Also of interest on the OFM Forecasting Division site are a Criminal Justice Data Book and an Employer Health Insurance Data Book for the state of Washington. In addition, Washington conducts a biennial State Population Survey, with downloadable data posted on the site for 1998 through 2004.

Office of Management and Budget (OMB) (Office of Management and Budget)
Contains present U.S. Budget and OMB circulars, as well as information on statistical programs and standards from the OMB's Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.

Office of Trade and Industry Information (US Department of Commerce. International Trade Administration)
"The Office of Trade and Industry Information (OTII), as part of the International Trade Administration, seeks to provide a solid foundation of trade and industry data to support the development of national trade policies." The site includes Exports from U.S. Metropolitan Areas, Exporter Database, and TradeStats Express (with National Trade Data and State Export Data.)

Political Moneyline (CQ Roll Call)
Political Moneyline packages campaign contribution data from the Federal Election Commission (FEC) on this site, for the election cycles from 1980 through the current cycle. Free information includes news briefs, federal candidate profiles, a donor lookup, PAC/party profiles, and more. Subscription information includes a soft money database, lobbying expenditures, and PAC contributions broken out by Committees of Congress.

Reserve Bank of Australia (Reserve Bank of Australia)
The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) is Australia's central bank. It releases its key data on economic and financial statistics. They include assets and liabilities, exchange rates, interest rates, government finances, household and business finances, payment system, money and credits, inflation and inflation expectations, output and labour, international trade and external finance and historical statistics.

Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) (Securities and Exchange Commission)
This site provides information on investor assistance and complaints, SEC digest and statements, current SEC rulemaking, enforcement division, small business information, as well as EDGAR (Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval system) which allows users to retrieve publicly available filings submitted to the SEC from January 1994 to the present.

Social Security Death Index (Ancestry, Inc)
This index contains data from the Death Master File (DMF) from the Social Security Administration (SSA). It has over 85 million records of decedents created from SSA payment records. Fields include last name, first name, state issued social security number, birth data, death date, last residence and lump sum payment.

State Government Tax Collections (U.S. Bureau of the Census)
The State Government Tax Collections Survey provides annual state-by-state data for state tax revenue from 1992 onward. The data are not to be interpreted as state area data (state & local government taxing efforts combined), but apply solely to state government tax revenues. In this survey the concept of "taxes" is comprised of all compulsory contributions exacted by a government for public purposes, except employer and employee assessments for retirement and social insurance purposes. Summary tables are available in HTML, Excel, and text files.

State of the Cities Data System (SOCDS) at HUDuser (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development)
The SOCDS provides data for individual Metropolitan Areas, Central Cities, and Suburbs on the following subjects:

  • demographic and economic characteristics of the population
  • unemployment rates
  • jobs, business establishments, and average pay since the 1990s
  • violent and property crime rates
  • local building permits
  • State of the Cities Data Systems: HMDA Data
  • city and suburban government finance
Links to download the raw data files are also provided.

Survey of Business Owners (SBO) (U.S. Bureau of the Census)
The Survey of Business Owners (SBO) is the current version of what was formerly called the Surveys of Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (SMOBE/SWOBE). The SBO is part of the Economic Census and is conducted every five years, providing information on selected economic and demographic characteristics for businesses and business owners in the United States by gender, ethnicity, and race.

Survey of Consumer Finances (Federal Reserve Board)
"The Survey of Consumer Finances (SCF) is a triennial survey of the balance sheet, pension, income, and other demographic characteristics of U.S. families. The survey also gathers information on the use of financial institutions. The links to the surveys provide summary results of the surveys, codebooks and related documentation, and the publicly available data. Also included here are the data and related information from the 1962 Survey of Financial Characteristics of Consumers and the 1963 Survey of Changes in Family Finances. These surveys are the most direct precursors of the SCF. Similar information on the 1983 and 1989 Surveys of Pension Providers is provided as well." The most recent SCF was conducted in 2001.

The Australian Real-Time Macroeconomic Database (Macroeconomics Research Unit, University of Melbourne)
The Australian real-time database contains key macroeconomic indicators for Australia which include measures of GDP, its components, prices and key monetary and labour market statistics over the last fifty years as published and revised in real time. This database is organized by the real GDP and its components, nominal GDP and its components, original GDP and its components, other key macroeconomic aggregates, selected labour force aggregates, selected monetary aggregates and miscellaneous series.

Tracking the Economy (Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis)
The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis has made available "Tracking the Economy," a collection of charts reporting the current trends for several economic indicators. All charts use U.S. data starting with the October 1949 business cycle trough and continuing through the current cycle. Economic indicators include industrial production, real disposable personal income, employment, real retail sales, in addition to the gross domestic product and its components. Users can edit these charts with different attributes interactively.

U.S. Federal Reserve Board Data Download (U.S. Federal Reserve Board)

The Federal Reserve Board of the United States has augmented its web site with a data download application. Data from five Reserve Board releases are available for download as of February 2009:

  • Charge-Off and Delinquency Rates
  • Commercial Paper
  • Consumer Credit (G.19)
  • Finance Companies (G.20)
  • Flow of Funds Accounts of the United States (Z.1)
  • Household Debt Service and Financial Obligations Ratios (FOR)
  • Industrial Production and Capacity Utilization (G.17)
  • Selected Interest Rates (H.15)

Data can be downloaded as XLS, CSV, or XML files, using either preselected components or components chosen by the user.

U.S. Overseas Loans and Grants (Greenbook) (U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID))
The Foreign Aid Explorer allows all users to find and retrieve foreign aid data with interactive maps and graphics. Users can explore data across countries, sectors, and over time and download the data using data query tools. At this site users can also find the Greenbook, an annual report of United States foreign aid, with each edition covering historical data back to 1946.

Unemployment Insurance Program Statistics (U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration)
This site carries detailed unemployment insurance program data, by state, for the United States. Data include tax rates, taxable wage bases, revenues, claimants, benefits paid, duration, exhaustions, and balances. Annual, quarterly, monthly, and weekly data available, going back different lengths of time. Data formats vary: Excel, CSV, HTML, and/or text.

USAspending.gov (U.S. Office of Management and Budget)

"Government spending at your fingertips" is the promise of USAspending.gov 2.0, a recently-released update from the Office of Management and Budget. The site was originally launched in 2007 in the wake of the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act (FFATA) of 2006. The Act required the creation of a free public website with detailed information on federal awards, including recipients, locations, amounts, and types of awards. USAspending.gov was redesigned in March 2015.

Wisconsin Campaign Finance Project (Ken Mayer, University of Wisconsin - Madison)
The Wisconsin Campaign Finance Project was founded "to provide researchers with authoritative data on public election funding programs throughout the U.S. We focus on state legislative races and the New York City Council." The project has posted campaign finance data for six states: Arizona, Hawaii, Maine, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Wisconsin, plus New York City. Data coverage varies between states, but generally covers from about 1990 to 2004 or 2006.

World Federation of Exchanges (World Federation of Exchanges)
The World Federation of Exchanges represents 63 regulated exchanges across the world, and acts on behalf of a total of 99 organizations including affiliate members and clearinghouses. Its member exchanges are home to more than 45,000 listed companies. Its popular statistics database covers more than 350 indicators and 41 years of data from exchanges worldwide. Its statistics are available to members only.

World Wealth and Income Database (WID) (Facundo Alvaredo, Tony Atkinson, Thomas Piketty, Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman)
The World Top Incomes Database builds on a succession of studies flowing from the research of Thomas Picketty in 2000 & 2003. The studies have constructed top income share time series over the long-run for more than twenty countries. In addition to top incomes, distribution of earnings and wealth are also included. In 2015 World Top Incomes Database was changed to the World Wealth and Income Database (WID). WID provides convenient open access to the most extensive available data series on the world distribution of income and wealth.

Yahoo! Finance--Market Data (Yahoo Finance)
This site covers major U.S. stock indices, including the Dow Jones, NYSE, Standard & Poors, NASDAQ, and others. Data is available in table and spreadsheet format, with some historical data back to the 1970s. A link in the lefthand sidebar also leads to a similar site covering world indices.

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