International Relations and Political Economy Resources
Africa Research Program--The Africa Research Program at Harvard University houses several datasets relevant to the political economy of sub-Saharan Africa, including data on internal violence and on domestic political institutions.
Angus Maddison On-line--Angus Maddison is an economics professor whose recent books - Monitoring the World Economy and The World Economy: A Millennial Perspective - are major works in the field of economic history and contain much historical data on GDP, GDP/capita, and population for countries throughout the world. Dr. Maddison's site contains links both to excerpts from his books and to much of the data within them.
China Data Online--China Data Online is a collection of data on economics, demographics, and other such topics. Data are available for China as a whole and for individual provinces, counties, and cities. Depending on the topic and geographic area, data are available in annual, quarterly, or monthly increments.
CIA World Factbook--Excellent source of general data on all countries in the world. There are data on numerous subjects including demographics, social/political indicators, economics/political economy and geography.
Comparative Political Data Sets (CPDS)--The CPDS were produced by scholars at the University of Berne. They are similar to the Database of Political Institutions dataset (see below) but focus on OECD countries and post-communist countries and have more emphasis on demographics, electoral results, and ideological compositions of governments. Please note the preferred citation format.
Comparative Welfare States Data Set (CWSDS)--The CWSDS is a joint effort by comparative welfare-state scholars such as Evelyne Huber, Charles Ragin, John D. Stephens, and Duane Swank. The data cover 18 OECD countries from 1960 onwards and include many economic, political, and policy variables.
Correlates of War (COW) Project--This is a great source for some of the most popular conflict datasets, such as the Militarized International Disputes (MID) and National Material Capabilities datasets.
Database of Political Institutions--This database was put together in part by Phillip Keefer at the World Bank and provides data on the political institutions and structures of different countries in the world from 1975 to 2009. Additional documentation are also available here. Please note the authors' preferred format for citing their data.
Datastream--Datastream provides a vast array of corporate, government, and intergovernmental data. Access is available through the public workstations in the Electronic Data Center and the Goizueta Business Library only. There is also a User Guide to Datastream.
EIU Country Reports--The Economist Intelligence Unit has numerous country reports online in both HTML and PDF formats. There is a wealth of economic, social, and political information on each country. There are many useful statistical reference tables in each report.
Eurostat Statistics DVD--This database provides a variety of economic and social data on EU members at the national and regional levels. In addition to the on-line interface, it is available on all public workstations in the Data Center. More recent data are available via Eurostat's website.
FIRST-SIPRI Databases--Facts on International Trends (FIRST) and SIPRI (the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute) have compiled a collection of databases, with a focus on military data (e.g. arms trade and production).
Foreign Labor Statistics--This site, which is hosted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics allows for international comparisons of unemployment, compensation, and other indicators.
Global Market Information Database (GMID)--GMID is produced by Euromonitor International and contains time-series data (1977-present) on a very wide range of economic and social indicators such as income, GDP, consumer expenditures, and population demographics. The data are available through both Excel-ready spreadsheets and .pdf reports. GMID is also accessible via Databases at Emory.
Groningen Growth and Development Centre (GGDC)--The GGDC is run by the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. It offers a variety of downloadable datasets with economic data for both developed and developing countries (although the most detailed data are for developed countries). Users can access the data here.
Paul Hensel's International Relations Data Page--This site is run by a professor at the University of North Texas and is a good source for data on international conflicts, economic relations, international organizations, and general political data.
Indiastat--Indiastat focuses on India specifically and contains data on a very wide range of social, economic, environmental, and political topics, with data at both the national and state levels. Data tables are available for download as Excel files.
The International Data Base--The Census Bureau's International Data Base (IDB) contains statistical tables of demographic and socio-economic data for 227 countries and areas of the world.
OECD iLibrary--The OECD iLibrary is an online interface that provides full-text access to OECD studies, periodicals, and the OECD.Stat collection of statistical databases. The topical range of the iLibrary is considerable and covers areas such as agricultural policies, environmental indicators, social expenditures, labour markets, national accounts, foreign trade and FDI, and various industry-level data. While its focus is on wealthier developed countries, the iLibrary also includes OECD reports and publications on selected non-member countries such as the BRIC countries of Brazil, Russia, India, and China. OECD iLibrary is also accessible via Databases at Emory.
Penn World Tables (PWT)--The Penn World Tables are a good starting point for basic world economic data during the period 1950-2009. The most recent version of the PWT is available at http://pwt.econ.upenn.edu/. An older version with coverage from 1950-1992 (and some variables not yet available in the newest version) can be found at http://datacentre.chass.utoronto.ca/pwt/
Political Constraint Index (POLCON) Dataset--The POLCON dataset is managed by Professor Witold Henisz at the Wharton School of Management. The dataset measures political constraints on the executive in the form of multiple political actors (e.g. legislative chambers, courts). The dataset and codebook are downloadable upon provision of contact details.
Polity IV Database Homepage--The Polity database contains information on regime type and political structures of independent states in the world system since 1800.
PovertyNet - Data on Poverty--PovertyNet is a World Bank site with many resources relevant for research on poverty, including links to several international/comparative datasets on the topic.
Resources for Economists--This site is hosted by the American Economics Association (AEA). The site is an excellent starting point for locating data sources on US and international economic issues and analysis.
SocioSite--This site (housed at the University of Amsterdam) offers links to a large number of social and economic data sites around the world.
UNCTAD Foreign Direct Investment Statistics--The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) maintains a database on FDI statistics, including flows, stocks, and participation in international investment-related agreements. It covers the years 1970 onward and allows users to download data into Microsoft Excel. UNCTAD's World Investment Reports are another useful source for FDI flows and stocks.
UNCTAD Handbook of Statistics-- UNCTAD's on-line Handbook of Statistics contains a variety of data related to international trade, investment, and development. The temporal coverage is somewhat limited, but users can can download data into Microsoft Excel.
World Bank Africa Database (WBAD)--The WBAD is similar to the World Development Indicators, but with a more intensive focus on African countries. The WBAD contains over 1100 indicators, with time-series coverage extending back to 1965 depending on the country and variable.
World Bank Governance Data--The World Bank hosts a website devoted to data on governance and institutional quality and their relevance for economic development and performance. In addition to the main data page, the Bank also has a web inventory of data pertaining to institutional quality.
World Bank Research Group--The WBRG holds numerous downloadable datasets pertaining to topics such as international trade, development, and finance.
World Bank Topics in Development--This site is a thematically-organized portal for data and bibliographic resources available at the World Bank's website. The Bank has another such site here.
World Bank World Development Indicators (WDI)--The WDI provides convenient access to hundreds indicators on over 200 countries and territories. Data are available annually from 1960 forward, with variation across countries and indicators. The database is part of the Bank's Data Catalog of statistical databases and other data collections. The WDI is also accessible via Databases at Emory and on CD-ROM in the Data Center.