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Business Monitor Online: Global Country Risk & Industry Analysis Service (Business Monitor Online)
Business Monitor Online's Global Country Risk & Industry Analysis Service provides both reports and data covering country markets across Asia, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East & Africa. Reports include news analysis, political and economic risk assessment, macroeconomic forecasts, and country-specific analysis for 24 industry sectors. Though the reports include tables, these are generally not downloadable in manipulable form; the data download area of the site can be found in a right-hand menubar labeled "Data and Forecasts: Compare and Export Data." Users select geography (countries or country groups), and indicators (be sure to click on the blue triangles to drill down to individual indicators). The data, exported in Excel, is annual back to the early 1990s, and forecasted several years beyond the present. An additional data-download topic is Risk Ratings, which appears when "Country Risk" or "Financial Markets" is chosen at the left of the screen. Note: UW-Madison subscribes via IP-authentication.

CenStats (U.S. Bureau of the Census)

The Censtats collection of menu-based data extractors from the U.S. Census Bureau includes the following:

  • Building permit statistics on new residential and nonresidential construction for individual municipalities. Updated monthly.
  • County Business Patterns: Employment and earnings by 4-digit Standard Industrial Classification by state and county (1993-1997) and ZIP code (1994-1997) and by North American Industry Classification System (beginning 1998) by state and county, metropolitan statistical area and ZIP code. Updated annually.
  • International Trade Data: Exports and imports by Standard International Trade Classification. Updated monthly.
  • Census of Population and Housing Public Law 94-171 Data, Age by Race and Hispanic Origin, for 1990 and 2000.
  • Census Tract Street Locator
  • Detailed Occupation by Race, Hispanic Origin and Sex, from the 1990 Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) File.
  • USA Counties: demographic and economic data for States and counties. Updated every two years.

Export.gov (U.S. International Trade Administration et al.)
Export.gov is the U.S. government online portal to exporting and trade services, a collaboration of multiple agencies. The portal is aimed at those in the business of exporting, and includes articles and a lot of how-to information. The trade statistics section of the site, at http://export.gov/tradedata/index.asp, includes an introduction to trade data and a table outlining the differences between the tools TradeStat Express and USA Trade Online.

FAOSTAT (United Nations. Food and Agricultural Organization)
"FAOSTAT provides access to over 3 million time-series and cross sectional data relating to food and agriculture. FAOSTAT contains data for 200 countries and more than 200 primary products and inputs, just in its core." The FAOSTAT system was overhauled in 2006, with new features released gradually over the course of the year. The updated site relies on a core database which both integrates and serves as a gateway to complementary thematic databases.

Global Agricultural Trade System (GATS) (U.S. Foreign Agricultural Service)
The USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service's Global Agricultural Trade System (GATS; formerly the US Trade Internet System) includes international agricultural, fish, forest and textile products trade statistics dating from the inception of the Harmonized coding system in 1989 to present. A menu-based query system allows users to create custom tables, which can be exported in a variety of formats.

Global Trade Analysis Project (GTAP) (Purdue University, Center for Global Trade Analysis)
The Global Trade Analysis Project provides data, a standard model and software, and training for multi-country computable general equilibrium (CGE) analysis. This page provides access to many of these resources. The GTAP data base contains detailed bilateral trade, transport and protection data characterizing economic linkages among regions, linked together with individual country input-output data bases which account for intersectoral linkages among the 37 sectors within each region. The GTAP data package is available for purchase.

Market Access Database (European Commission)
The Market Access Database is meant to help reduce trade obstacles faced by European exporters. The site carries a freely-accessible "Statistical Database" which provides overview numbers (HTML table or Excel) on trade flows between the EU and non-EU countries; and text reports on Sectoral and Trade Barriers. However, information in the Exporter's Guide and Applied Tariffs sections is restricted to users within the European Union.

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

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.)

STAT-USA: Links to Sources (University of Central Florida Libraries)
The U.S. Department of Commerce's STAT-USA database, which compiled economic information and data from multiple government sources, ceased operations as of October 1, 2010. The University of Central Florida Libraries has compiled a guide with links to many of the sources that contributed to the contents of STAT-USA.

Trade Data OnLine (Industry Canada)
Trade Data OnLine is part of the web site of Industry Canada, a Canadian governmental department. It provides Canadian and U.S. trade statistics primarily for the benefit of the Canadian business community, including information on the value of imports and domestic exports from/to over 200 countries for over 5,000 commodities (by HS6 codes) and over 500 industries (by Canadian and U.S. SIC codes). The information is presented in report and/or graphic format, and tables can be downloaded as CSV files. A built- in thesaurus helps locate pertinent HS and SIC/NAICS codes.

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.

United Nations Commodity Trade Statistics Database (UN Comtrade) (United Nations Statistics Division)
The UN Comtrade database collects annual international trade statistics from over 170 reporting countries per year, covering over 90% of world trade. Statistics are detailed by commodity and partner country, converted into US dollars and metric units, and stored in multiple classification schemes. For many countries the data coverage starts as far back as 1962 and goes up to the most recent completed year. Users have unlimited search access and may download up to 50,000 records per query. (Note: UW-Madison no longer maintains the subscription access that once allowed for larger downloads.)

United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development)
Available in English, Spanish or French, this site provides information on events and meetings, technical cooperation, press releases and reference services, and a whole host of related WWW sites.

United Nations Scholars' Workstation (Yale University)
"The United Nations Scholars' Workstation is a collection of texts, finding aids, data sets, maps, and pointers to print and electronic information. Subject coverage includes disarmament, economic and social development, environment, human rights, international relations, international trade, peacekeeping, and population and demography." See also Yale's excellent Related Resources on the Internet for links to other International Studies-related sites.

USITC Trade DataWeb (United States International Trade Commission)
This site carries searchable databases for U.S. imports and exports (free registration required), and tariff tables back to 1997. The USITC also maintains links to trade-related sites of interest to economists as well as policy-makers.

World Integrated Trade Solution (WITS) (World Bank)

"World Integrated Trade Solutions (WITS) gives access to international trade and protection related data and offers built-in analytical tools allowing users to assess the impact of tariff changes. WITS provide users with capabilities to retrieve and analyze trade and tariff data; convert data between different nomenclatures; customize country and product groups; and download data. WITS also includes a simulation tool to calculate the impact of tariff changes on trade flows (trade creation and diversion), tariff revenues, and consumer welfare using partial equilibrium modeling tools."

WITS works with several collections of trade and tariff data:

  • The UN COMTRADE database maintained by the UNSD (Exports and imports by detailed commodity and partner country) -- download limit of 50,000 records per query
  • The TRAINS database maintained by the UNCTAD (Imports, Tariffs, Para-Tariffs & Non-Tariff Measures at national tariff level)
  • The IDB and CTS databases maintained by the WTO (MFN Applied, Preferential & Bound Tariffs at national tariff level)

A free registration and agreement to terms and conditions is required.

World Trade Organization (WTO) Statistics (World Trade Organization)
The WTO statistics page carries annual international trade statistics in PDF and Excel formats, along with historical time series: aggregated merchandise and commercial services trade by region and selected economies back to 1980, and aggregated worldwide merchandise exports, production and gross domestic product back to 1950.

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