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Adversity Index (msnbc.com and Moody's Economy.com)
MSNBC's Adversity Index, also known as the Elkhart Project, is "a measure of the economic health of 384 metro areas and the 50 states." The project takes the form of an interactive map which displays monthly snapshots since June of 1994, with values for employment, single-family housing starts, housing costs, and industrial production, each expressed in terms of percentage change from the previous year. Those four numbers are then used to label the economy of each state or metro area as expansion, at risk, recovery, or in recession. Unfortunately the site's claim that it seeks to provide "the hard numbers around these hard times" does not extend to allowing downloads of the actual data. However, the display and the accompanying news analysis are of interest for identifying trends.
American Time Use Survey Data Extract Builder (ATUS-X) (Minnesota Population Center)
From the ATUS-X web site: "The American Time Use Survey Data Extract Builder (ATUS-X) is a project dedicated to making it easy for researchers to use data from the American Time Use Survey (ATUS). The ATUS is an ongoing time diary study, started in 2003, that is funded by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and fielded by the U.S. Census Bureau. It provides detailed information about the activities in which respondents engage together with extensive information about the characteristics of those respondents and other members of their households."
ATUS-X assigns uniform codes to the variables across years, and makes the documentation more accessible. With a free registration, users can create extracts from the data, selecting and downloading only the variables and years they need.
Analyst Resource Center (ARC) (U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration)
The Analyst Resource Center is a "joint effort between the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration and the states to enhance information delivery to workforce customers." The ARC database system was created for states to store labor market information in a standard format so data can be more easily accessed and comparable at all geographic levels. The aim is for the Labor Market Information divisions in every state to build and populate their own copy of the ALMIS database, using Oracle or SQL. State labor market analysts then can use the in-house versions; states are encouraged to make public-use web interfaces available as well. The ARC web site carries documentation as well as structure and data files that states can use with their databases. The site also contains state occupational projections via an interactive interface.
Baccalaureate and Beyond Longitudinal Study (B&B) (National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), U.S. Department of Education)
The Baccalaureate and Beyond (B&B) Longitudinal Study provides information concerning education and work experiences after completion of bachelor's degrees. Students are identified through the National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS). The B&B study began with degree-earners in 1993, followed up in 1994, 1997, and 2003. A second cohort was identified in 2000 and followed up in 2001. The data is available online in DAS (matrix) format.
Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) (U.S. Department of Labor)
The Bureau of Labor Statistics site provides data in a variety of ways. Try their Data Page to see the choices for custom-built or pre-made tables or FTP-ing flat files (note: FTP service will be discontinued March 2014). Categories include employment/unemployment, prices and living conditions, compensation and working conditions, and productivity and technology. The BLS Handbook of Methods describes the methodology and scope of BLS statistics.
Business Dynamics Statistics (Center for Economic Studies, U.S. Bureau of the Census)
Business Dynamics Statistics (BDS) is a business data series originally released in December 2008. The annual series, starting with 1976, describes establishment-level business dynamics with dimensions not found in similar databases including firm age and firm size. Measures include establishment openings and closings, firm startups, and job creation and destruction. The source of the series is the Longitudinal Business Database, a confidential database available to researchers only via the Census Research Data Center Network and only in context of a stringently controlled data protection process. The site also covers the project's background and scope, along with publications and statistical briefs, in addition to the downloadable data itself.
California Statistical Abstract (State of California)
Due to budget constraints, the state of California has ceased producing a hard-copy Statistical Abstract, substituting an entirely-online version. The 2005 edition was released January 2006 and features PDF and Excel versions of all the tables. Previous annual editions (2000-2004) are on the site as PDF documents only. Besides the Statistical Abstract, the site also includes Excel files of time series on California employment, income, construction and trade; economic forecasts; quarterly economic indicators back to 1998; and an interesting chronology of significant economic events since 1956.
Crime and Safety Surveys (CSS) (National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), U.S. Department of Education)
This is an umbrella site within the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) for surveys and publications regarding data on crime, violence and safety in U.S. elementary and secondary schools.
Current Population Survey Table Creator (U.S. Bureau of the Census)
The U.S. Bureau of the Census offers the Current Population Survey (CPS) Table Creator. The data comes from the Annual Social and Economic Supplement (ASEC) since 2003. The ASEC is the survey formerly known as the Annual Demographic Survey aka the March Supplement. The table-creation form comes in seven sections: Years of data, universe, subsets, variable selection, statistics, customized formatting, and appearance issues. A "Detailed Examples" section shows examples of table creation.
Dictionary of Occupational Titles (U.S. Department of Labor)
Dictionary of Occupational Titles (DOT), Fourth Edition, Revised 1991 has been posted by the Office of Administrative Law Judges. Occupational Definitions of job titles and several useful appendices, e.g. How to Use the DOT for Job Placement, and Explanation of Data, People, and Things are also provided. NOTE: The DOT has been superseded by the Occupational Information Network (O*NET).
Dictionary of Occupational Titles (DOT), 4th edition, revised 1991 (U.S. Department of Labor)
The Dictionary of Occupational Titles (DOT) was last revised in 1991. While the Department of Labor still keeps a copy on their site, the DOT has since been superseded by the Occupational Information Network (O*NET).
EBRI Databook on Employee Benefits (Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI))
The Employee Benefit Research Institute, a non-partisan not-for-profit organization, conducts and encourages research on employee benefits, and educates the public by providing data and analysis on employee benefits. One of the most heavily-used sections of the EBRI web site is the EBRI Databook on Employee Benefits, a sixty-chapter document in PDF that presents tables and analysis on the retirement income system; employer-sponsored benefit plans; government programs such as Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid; health insurance; and labor force and demographic trends. Chapters are updated individually, thus no previous editions of the Databook are available.
Economic & Business Research Center - Arizona (Eller College of Management, University of Arizona)
The Economic and Business Research Center provides economic and socio-demographic data, economic forecasts, and analysis for Arizona.
EEOC Statistics (U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission)
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission presents a very basic site regarding EEOC Statistics on enforcement and legislation. Statistics are in HTML table format and are in categories such as "All Statues," "Americans With Disabilities Act," "Age Discrimination," and many others.
European Data Center for Work and Welfare (EDAC) (University of Tilburg and Danish National Centre for Social Research)
The European Data Center for Work and Welfare (EDAC) is a searchable collection of annotated links to websites containing data for European research and policy-making in the areas of work and welfare. The central topics covered by the site are income and benefits, social care, and work and employment. However, the links also touch on related fields such as demographics, education, taxes, health, migration, politics and elections, and quality of life. EDAC organizes its site, via a left-hand menubar, around the categories of Comparative Data, National Data, and International Repositories. The Comparative Data category is the most detailed, with subheadings for opinion surveys, socio-economic surveys, indicators and statistics, and policies and institutions. Each survey in the Comparative Data category gets a multi-part description on the EDAC site, from survey type to participating countries to topics to availability and searchability of questionnaires and data. The National Data category, by contrast, gives only links and archive names, and the International Repositories category gives a short descriptive paragraph for each link.
Fedscope (U.S. Office of Personnel Management)
The Enterprise Human Resources Integration-Statistical Data Mart (EHRI-SDM) is the new data source for FedScope. This site contains data on federal employment, covering hirings ("accessions"), departures ("separations"), employment trend and diversity.
GenderStats (World Bank)
GenderStats is an interactive database of gender statistics, developed by the World Bank's Gender and Development. GenderStats offers country data sheets showing summary gender indicators, basic demographic data, population dynamics, labor force structure, and education and health statistics. Data sources for GenderStats include national statistics, United Nations databases, and World Bank-conducted or funded surveys. Results may be saved in Excel format.
Google Public Data Explorer (Google Labs)
Google Public Data Explorer is an online data visualization tool that allows users to explore publicly-available data within the site's collections, and design their own graphs and tables for display. Displays can be animated to show changes over time, and users can link or embed the visualizations in their own web pages. The initial collection includes selected data from the World Bank, OECD, Eurostat and several statistical agencies in the United States. While the collection is growing, it is not comprehensive. The data itself cannot be downloaded directly from Google, but links are provided to the source websites.
Housing and Household Economic Statistics (HHES) (U.S. Bureau of the Census)
This page leads to statistics on several broad topics covered by the Census Bureau: housing, disability, health insurance, income, industry, labor force, occupation, poverty, program participation dynamics, small area income and poverty, wealth, and welfare reform.
Indiastat (UW-Madison subscription) (Datanet India)
Indiastat.com provides socio-economic statistical data primarily from Indian government sources in electronic formats (both HTML and Excel files). Data includes statistics on demographics, health, higher education, agricultural and industrial production information, economic statistics, etc. Information from specific sectors such as bank and financial institutions, companies, co-operatives, crime and law, population, foreign trade, labor and workforce, housing, media, power, and transportation are also included. Note: UW-Madison subscribes via IP-authentication. If asked for member sign-in, select "IP Login."
Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities (work-related) (U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics)
Occupational safety and health statistics. As with other Bureau of Labor Statistics sites, users can download entire data files or interactively create custom tables.
International Data Base (IDB) (U.S. Bureau of the Census, International Programs Center)
The IDB contains demographic statistics for all countries of the world, combining data from country sources (especially censuses and surveys) with IPC's estimates and projections to provide information dating back as far as 1950 and as far ahead as 2050. Data includes population, fertility, mortality, and migration indicators. Tables may be viewed online, downloaded in spreadsheet or customizable (comma or space delimited, etc.) format, or the entire database may be downloaded for use on a PC.
International Labour Organization (ILO) (International Labour Organization)
Available in English, French and Spanish, this site provides information on international labor standards and human rights, information services, programmes, as well as conferences, governing body and meetings. In addition to some facts-and-figures pages, data highlights include the freely-available LABORSTA database on labor statistics from 200 countries, the fee-based Key Indicators of the Labour Market; and links by country to labor-force survey web pages.
IPUMS CPS (Minnesota Population Center, University of Minnesota)
IPUMS-CPS is an integrated set of microdata from 1962 to almost the present of the March annual supplement to the Current Population Survey (CPS). The Current Population Survey is a monthly U.S. household survey conducted jointly by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the March supplement collects demographic and income information widely used by social scientists and policy makers. So that the data may be more easily compared across time, IPUMS-CPS codes the variables identically from year to year. The data is also compatible with the IPUMS-USA decennial census project, at http://usa.ipums.org/usa/. IPUMS-CPS covers all substantive variables from the original CPS samples. A free registration is required to create and download extracts from IPUMS.
IPUMS Higher Ed (The Minnesota Population Center)
IPUMS Higher Ed offers harmonized versions of the surveys incorporated into the NSF Scientists and Engineers Statistical Database (SESTAT), which is composed of three National Science Foundation surveys: the National Survey of College Graduates, the Survey of Doctorate Recipients, and the National Survey of Recent College Graduates. Its data includes education history, labor force status, employer and academic institution characteristics, income, and work activities. SESTAT data have been used previously to study a wide variety of topics, including gender differences in the labor force and the presence of immigrants in the U.S. science and engineering workforce.
IRIS (Industrial Research and Development Information System) (National Science Foundation)
The IRIS website, sponsored by the the National Science Foundation, provides historical data relating to industrial research and development. The database includes over 2,500 tables related to industrial research and development information systems published by NSF from 1953 to 1998 (the point at which SIC codes changed to NAICS). Users can browse tables by survey year, table topic or can also use the search function for data tables. Files are available in MS Word and Excel.
Kuwait - Central Statistical Bureau (State of Kuwait Central Statistical Bureau)
Socio-economic and agricultural statistics for the State of Kuwait are published by its Central Statistical Bureau. Statistical reports are downloadable in pdf format. Most reports are in Arabic but some are in English and Arabic.
Labor Force Statistics from the Current Population Survey (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
The Current Population Survey, with a sample of 60,000 households, gathers basic labor and unemployment data monthly with periodic special supplements on additional topics. The BLS interface to the Current Population Survey allows custom-built HTML tables or delimited files, or FTP-ing of large flat files.
LABORSTA (International Labor Organization)
This database provides employment and consumer price statistics from the International Labor Organization. An online application allows you to select years and tables, and then either view in HTML or download as an Excel file. Not every variable is available for every country and year (though some go back as far as 1969). The International Labour Migration Database was integrated into LABORSTA in as of January 2008.
Local Employment Dynamics (LED) (U.S. Bureau of the Census)
The Local Employment Dynamics (LED) program provides county and sub county level employment and earnings information through the Quarterly Workforce Indicators (QWI). Users can obtains statistics on employment for workers in industries by two digit NAICS codes and different age and sex groups. It provides current information on where jobs are being created and destroyed, how much turnover there is in each industry together with long-term trends. An online mapping tool called On the Map provides detailed maps showing where people work and workers live with companion reports on worker ages, earnings, industry distribution, and local workforce indicators.
Luxembourg Income Study (Center for Population, Poverty and Public Policy Studies (CEPS) and International Networks for Studies in Technology, Enviroment, Alternative Development (INSTEAD))
The Luxembourg Income Study Database (LIS) includes household and person level data on market and government income, demography, employment, and expenditures from countries in Europe, North America, Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Australasia.
Millennium Development Goals Indicators (United Nations Statistics Division)
In the year 2000, 189 nations signed on to the United Nations Millennium Declaration, promising commitment to sweeping development goals, to be accomplished by 2015. The goals involve fighting poverty, hunger, disease, illiteracy, environmental degradation and discrimination against women. Measurable goals and targets were established. The United Nations Statistics Division compiles and disseminates the data for 48 selected indicators beginning in 1990. Results of country-level data selections are displayed as HTML tables and may be downloaded as in csv, xml, or Excel; the entire database may also be downloaded. A "Gapminder" feature added to the site in 2006 creates various graphical representations of trends.
Nang Rong Projects (Thailand) (Carolina Population Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and The Institute for Population and Social Research, Mahidol University (Thailand))
(from the web site) "The Nang Rong Projects are designed to monitor and promote understanding of the sweeping demographic, social, and environmental changes taking place in Nang Rong, Thailand, over the last 20 years. Scholars from across the US and Thailand contribute to research on life course choices, fertility and contraceptive behavior, migration processes, and land use/land cover change." The projects include a household census (1984, 1994, 2000); migrant follow-up data (1994/5, 2000/1); documentation of social networks; community-level data; and GIS sources. Most of the household data and migrant follow-up data are downloadable for public use, while other areas of the data are restricted and require an IRB-approved research plan and a contractual confidentiality agreement.
National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) Online Economic Data (National Bureau of Economic Research)
The NBER is a major nonprofit and non-partisan economic research organization. NBER's researchers include over 600 professors of economics and business. The research at NBER concentrates on four types of empirical research: developing new statistical measurements, estimating quantitative models of economic behavior, assessing the effects of public policies on the U.S. economy, and projecting the effects of alternative policy proposals. Data files linked from the NBER data page are organized into the categories of: macro data, industry data, international trade data, individual data, hospital data, patent data and other data. Included may be compressed data files, electronic documentation, and selected SAS, SPSS or STATA data statements. Some of the links are to archives hosted by NBER, while others are to outside archives. Some interesting ones are
- Occupational Wages Around the World
- NBER Macro History Database (lots of time series)
- Manufacturing Industry Productivity Database
- School District Databook
- Consumer Expenditure Survey Family Level Extracts
National Survey of Postsecondary Faculty (NSOPF) (National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), U.S. Department of Education)
The National Survey of Postsecondary Faculty (NSOPF) samples post-secondary institutions in the United States. The survey collects information regarding the backgrounds, responsibilities, workloads, salaries, benefits, attitudes, and future plans of both full- and part-time faculty, as well as institutional-level data on such issues as faculty composition, turnover, recruitment, retention, and tenure policies. The NSOPF was conducted in 1987-88, 1992-93, 1998-99, and 2003-04. The data is available online in DAS (matrix) format.
New York State Statistics (Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government, State University of New York)
Hosted by the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government, the New York State Statistical Yearbook since 2002 is available online in PDF and Excel files. The print versions of editions back to 1998 may be ordered from the web site.
O*NET Occupational Information Network Resource Center (Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor)
Replacing the Dictionary of Occupational Titles in 1998, the O*NET database provides a comprehensive job classification system, searchable through O*NET Online. The interface also provides crosswalks from other major job classification systems.
Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
The Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) program produces employment and wage estimates for over 800 occupations. These estimates are available for the nation as a whole, for individual states, and for metropolitan areas; national occupational estimates for specific industries are also available.
OECD Factbook (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD))
OECD Factbook is a comprehensive and dynamic statistical publication. Close to 100 indicators cover a wide range of areas: economy, education, energy, transportation, environment, development, health, industry, information and communications, population, employment and labour, trade and investment, taxation, public expenditure and R&D. Starting in OECD Factbook 2015-2016 new indicators are included on a number of regional indicators including GDP by metropolitan area. The Factbook is available through the UW-Madison OECD iLibrary subscription.
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.
Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Statistics (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development)
This site provides a portal to free socio-economic statistics collected by the OECD. UW-Madison also subscribes to OECD iLibrary, OECD's premier fee-based product.
Pew Hispanic Center (Pew Charitable Trusts)
The Pew Hispanic Center, supported by Pew Charitable Trusts, was founded in 2001 "to improve understanding of the U.S. Hispanic population and to chronicle Latinos' growing impact on the entire nation." The Center commissions studies on such topics as education, immigration, labor, and economics, including some public opinion surveys. Several datasets are available on the site, along with research reports back to 2002.
Population Europe Resource Finder and Archive (PERFAR) (Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science)
The Population Europe Resource Finder and Archive (PERFAR) links policies, data, and research for users to explore population developments. It is designed to meet the information needs of researchers, policy makers, civil society organizations and journalists. It includes detailed information on policies over time, a link catalog to socio-economic and demographic data, and an online repository of research outcomes. It covers countries outside of Europe as well.
QUIPUSTAT (International Labour Organization (ILO) Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean)
QUIPUSTAT, whose name is derived from a combination of the words QUIPU (first accounting tool of the Americas) and STAT (from English, statistics), is a bilingual application for public use intended for users and producers of labor statistics of Latin America and the Caribbean. It contains statistics for a group of labor indicators which are accessible through queries that can be viewed online or downloaded in a spreadsheet. As of January 2010, QUIPUSTAT covers 19 variables and indicators with data from the year 2000 onward, organized as predefined tables by country but also for interactive queries. Thirty-one countries and territories are included.
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.
Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS) (National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), U.S. Department of Education)
The Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS) is a nationwide sample survey of public and private schools in the United States, conducted periodically since 1987-88. Data tables from 1999-2000 are available online in HTML or Excel. A Questionnaire Item Bank allows access to questions and summary responses for all the years of the survey.
Social Science Japan Data Archive (SSJDA) (Center for Social Research and Data Archives, Institute of Social Science, University of Tokyo)
The Social Science Japan Data Archive (SSJDA) is affiliated with the Center for Social Research and Data Archives in the Institute of Social Science at the University of Tokyo. SSJDA collects, maintains, and provides access to social science data to researchers who are interested in Japanese quantitative data for secondary analyses. Users are required to fill out online applications and get approval before they can access datasets housed in SSJDA. Most of the datasets are in Japanese.
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
The Office of Management and Budget has developed a thorough 1998 revision of the Standard Occupational Classification, replacing the 1980 edition. The classification is intended to cover all jobs in the national economy, including occupations in the public, private, and military sectors. The SOC is used by all federal agencies collecting occupational data, and is recommended for state and local occupational data collection as well.
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
State of the Nation's Cities: A Comprehensive Database on American Cities and Suburbs (Center for Urban Policy Studies, Rutgers University)
This database of 77 cities and suburbs was contracted by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as part of the 1996 United Nations' Habitat II conference. The SONC database brings together over 3,000 variables from a wide variety of sources, allowing easy comparability of indicators on employment and economic development, demographic measures, housing and land use, income and poverty, fiscal conditions, and a host of other health, social, and environmental indicators." Users may download in a variety of formats including plain ASCII, SPSS portable file, Excel file, SAS formatted file, and a special file for Macintosh users.
State of Working America (Economic Policy Institute)
Since 1988, the State of Working America has been the flagship publication of the Economic Policy Institute (a think tank focusing on the economic issues of low- and middle-income workers in the U.S.) The publication presents data in eight broad issue areas: income, economic mobility, wages, jobs, wealth, poverty, health, and international comparisons. Past editions have been published in print form, while the 2011 edition is online only, with charts downloadable in Excel.
Statistical Information and Monitoring Programme on Child Labour (SIMPOC) (International Labour Organization)
The SIMPOC program, under the auspices of the International Programme on the elimination of child labor, assists countries in gathering and reporting data on child labor. Links under "SIMPOC Countries and Resources" lead to downloadable reports and data, although the user must follow each link to determine what is available. A search for datasets on the site's product database in July 2007 led to datasets for the following countries: Bangladesh, Belize, Brazil, Cambodia, Chile, Columbia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Ghana, and Guatemala.
U.N. Social Indicators (United Nations Statistics Division)
Most-recently-collected year's worth of basic figures for many countries, in HTML tables, in these categories: population, child-bearing, youth and elderly populations, education, human settlements, literacy, water supply and sanitation, income and economic activity, housing, and unemployment.
UNdata (United Nations)
The United Nations is undertaking to bring together many of its various statistical databases under a single interface, at UNdata. UNdata carries 34 databases containing over 60 million records, covering a range of topics including population, industry, energy, trade and national accounts. The databases are accessible either by keyword searching from a single search page, or through a menu of databases. UNdata replaces the UN Common Database, which was discontinued after the December 2007 edition. However, the trade information in Undata does not replace UN COMTRADE, which continues to cover a deeper and more fully-featured set of merchandise statistics.
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.
World Bank Data (World Bank)
The World Bank launched its World Bank Data site in April 2010, an open-data initiative freely offering indicators and statistics about development that previously were accessible only by subscription. The Data Catalog on the site includes World Development Indicators (UW-Madison previously subscribed), Global Development Finance, Africa Development Indicators, Millennium Development Indicators, and more. The products grouped together in the searchable "Databank" comprise over 2000 indicators, some of which go back as far as 50 years; products from the Databank and others as well can be downloaded in Excel or CSV formats.
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