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This is a ranked, selective list of databases for Economics topics. For more resource recommendations for Economics, see the Economics Resources page or contact Mark Bodnar, Economics Liaison Librarian

Top Resources

  1. Citations with abstracts to economics journals, books, and working papers. Coverage includes Accounting, Business Finance and Investment, Consumer Economics, Economic Growth, Health Economics, Industry Studies, International Economics, Labor, Natural Resources, Urban and Regional Economics, and Welfare Programs
  2. Thousands of scholarly business journals, industry magazines, company profiles, and industry & market reports. This database offers information in virtually every area of business including accounting & tax, banking, finance & insurance, construction, computer science, economics and many more.
  3. Please note, as of March 14th, access to CANSIM via the Statistics Canada website is currently unavailable. We will update this record when access is restored. Collection of time series covering a wide variety of social and economic aspects of Canadian life, via Statistics Canada.
  4. A data discovery tool that provides researchers with the ability to search for survey questions and variables across hundreds of datasets held in a number of collections. NESSTAR supports basic tabulation and analysis online, and allows for the downloading of most datasets into statistical software for further analysis.
  5. A central repository and dissemination service for machine-readable social science data. ICPSR supplies social science data files for use with statistical software, such as SAS or SPSS.
    To access members only or restricted data, SFU students, faculty and staff must create an ICPSR account.

Other Resources

  1. Multidisciplinary index to academic & popular journals.
  2. Citations from books, articles and reports on agriculture and allied disciplines including, plant and animal science, environmental management, and food and nutrition.
  3. Several economics, business, and demographic publications by BC Stats (the British Columbia Statistical Agency).
  4. BCC Research provides market analysis and forecasting reports on major emerging technological and scientific developments, including: Biotechnology, Energy and Resources, Instrumentation and Sensors, Nanotechnology, Healthcare, Photonics, and Advanced Materials.
  5. A statistical picture of the BC economy from 1961-1999 on a national accounts basis. Information on key economic processes such as production, income, capital formation, consumption and savings are translated into a consistent system of statistics, including measures of Gross Domestic Product by industry.
  6. Formerly called Microlog, this index covers publications of research value put out by the Canadian Government. This includes publications produced by federal, provincial, territorial & municipal governments, government agencies & departments, research institutes and government laboratories. It also contains theses and dissertations(1990 - 1998 only) from Canadian universities.
  7. Manuscripts, paintings, maps, photographs, drawings, and missionary periodicals documenting the experiences of British and American diplomats, missionaries, business people, and tourists in China from 1793 to 1980.
  8. Managed by leaders in the competition policy community, CPI delivers timely commentary and analysis through a variety of media & applications. Includes the Antitrust Chronicle and select Learning Center courses.
  9. In-depth analysis and policy recommendations on development in agriculture, the role of the state, transition economies, and labor to infrastructure, health, the environment, and poverty.
  10. Deriving its source data from the Direction of Trade Statistics, the DOTS CD-ROM provides an easy-to-use interface for browsing the database, selecting series of interest, displaying the selected series in spreadsheet format, and saving the selected series for transfer to other software systems, such as Microsoft Excel.
    To access members only or restricted data, SFU students, faculty and staff must create an ICPSR account.
  11. Complete archive of the The Economist from 1843 with a 4 year embargo on current content.
  12. Complete archive of the The Financial Times from 1888 to 2010. Individual articles, advertisements, and market listings are shown individually and in the context of the page and issue.
  13. An extensive collection of bibliographies of books, articles, monographs, reports and theses in physical and human geography, geology, mineralogy, ecology and development studies. The scope is international, dating back to 1980. The interdisciplinary coverage makes it suitable for researching environmental issues.
  14. Abstracts of journal articles, book reviews, dissertations on the history of the world outside, excluding Canada and the United States, since 1450. Access is limited to 6 users at a time. Users will be automatically logged out of the database after 12 minutes of inactivity.
  15. A source for quantitative evidence on American economic, social, political, demographic, and institutional history with statistical data coverage up to 2000. Topics range from migration and health to crime and the Confederate States of America.
  16. Annual statistics on competitiveness of nations. Countries are ranked based on economic performance, government efficiency, business efficiency and infrastructure. Based on time series data from the IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook, published since 1989.
  17. Access to International Historical Statistics covering 1750-2010.
  18. An archival collection of scholarly journals mainly in the arts, humanities and social sciences. Subject coverage includes: African American Studies, Anthropology, Asian Studies, Botany & Ecology, Economics, Education, Finance, General Science, History, Literature, Mathematics, Philosophy, Political Science, Population Studies, Sociology and Statistics.
  19. Digital facsimiles from books, serials, pamphlets, containing materials on commerce, finance, social conditions, politics, trade and transport. Covering the 15th to the 20th century.
  20. Reviews and abstracts of books, articles and conference proceedings on mathematics, statistics, and computing science.
  21. A data discovery tool that provides researchers with the ability to search for survey questions and variables across hundreds of datasets held in a number of collections. NESSTAR supports basic tabulation and analysis online, and allows for the downloading of most datasets into statistical software for further analysis.
    Off-campus access is not available. Please use Nesstar WebView (Statistics Canada) for off-campus access.
  22. Contains the full text of the 8 volume New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics.
  23. This database provides cost-benefit analyses about health care interventions.
  24. Publications from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, including country studies, forecasting publications, reports, periodicals, and socio-economic databases. Topics covered include agriculture, developing economies, education, employment, energy, environment, migration, social issues, and sustainable development.
  25. Open access books, journals, reports, and other research documents from the World Bank.
  26. Purchasing power parity and national income accounts converted to international prices, covers 190 countries for some or all of the years 1950-2000. The WRDS interface offers more background information, but fewer download options than CHASS (this one).
  27. National income accounts-type of variables converted to international prices, allowing for income comparisons among countries.
    SFU faculty, graduate students and eligible staff may register for an WRDS account. These WRDS accounts come with additional features such as SSH/FPT access and memory space for intermediate result sets. Use your SFU email address when applying for an account. New accounts will normally be activated within two business days.
  28. An annotated bibliography on population topics covering books, journal articles, working papers, and other material. Produced by the Office of Population Research, Princeton University.
  29. Abstracts of journal articles, books, chapters, association papers, dissertations, and book, film, and software reviews related to theoretical and applied social sciences.
  30. Global financial intelligence with an array of tools for analysis. Access deep company and industry research, view market snapshots for indices, mutual funds, futures, options, currencies, and commodities, and view profiles on private and public company executives, board members and investment professionals.
    SFU students, faculty and staff must register with a valid SFU email address in order to access S & P Capital IQ.
    Strongly recommend that users register and complete the registration from on campus.
    Access to S&P Capital IQ is restricted to current students, faculty and staff at Simon Fraser University.
  31. A simple to use statistics portal that integrates statistics from thousands of sources, on topics related to business, media, public policy, health and others. Statistics can be exported in PPT, XLS, PDF, and PNG formats.
  32. Data and statistics provided by the Government of Canada, covering the population, resources, economy, society, and culture of Canada. Includes: data tables, statistical analyses and reports, survey methodologies and documentation, and census information
  33. Financial & economic data on companies, commodities, countries, markets, and industries, and analytic and charting tools.
    Access: Eikon + Datastream access guide.
    Available in selected locations at each SFU campus. Click here for details.
  34. Monthly Canadian import and export data (1988 as available) for products and commodities.Data is available at the Canadian provincial level, by country or USA state of origin or destination.Also contains historical annual world trade data on import/export volume between pairs of trading countries from 1980-2005.
  35. The United Nations Commodity Trade Statistics Database is depository of detailed imports and exports statistics from 1962 - present.
  36. Collection of data relevant for the analysis of world trade, investment and development, compiled by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. Coverage includes foreign direct investment; export and import structure by product and by regions of origin and destination; volumes and terms of trade indices; and commodity prices and relevant indices;
  37. A compilation of United Nations and agency statistics, covering economic, social, financial and development topics. In most cases time series are available from 1970 or 1980 and many series are disaggregated to show underlying distributions.
  38. Indexes core journal articles, conference proceedings, and other resources in the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities, can be used for citation analysis of research. A citation index contains the references cited by the authors of the publications covered by the index. You can use these references to do a cited reference search. This type of search enables you to find works that cite a previously published work.
  39. Global statistics and indicators on gender, population, and social development. Data has been compiled and updated in close cooperation with the statistical services of the United Nations agencies.
  40. This statistical database brings together detailed quarterly public sector debt data of selected developing /emerging market countries. Developed by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.
  41. Provides access to more than 600 development indicators, including economic, social, environmental, business, and technology, with time series for 208 countries.
  42. Trade Policy Reviews published by the World Trade Organization.
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