Data Resources: Economics

Information on how to find, use, and cite numeric data resources or data sets.

Economics

Websites listed below contain economic data. 

This list is not meant to be exhaustive; it lists the more commonly used and useful sites. 

 

Analysis

  • Bureau of Economic Analysis - BEA produces economic accounts statistics that enable government and business decision-makers, researchers, and the American public to follow and understand the performance of the Nation's economy.

 

Banking

 

Employment / Wages

  • Bureau of Labor Statistics - Provides data in the field of labor economics: inflation, employment, unemployment, pay, benefits, spending, time use, productivity, workplace injuries.
  • Consumer Expenditure Survey -  Provides data on American consumer expenditures, income, and consumer unit (families and single consumers) characteristics.
  • Current Population Survey - The CPS is the primary source of information on the labor force characteristics of the U.S. population. Estimates obtained from the CPS include employment, unemployment, earnings, hours of work, and other indicators.
  • Local Area Unemployment Statistics - Data on monthly and annual employment, unemployment, and labor force for Census regions and divisions, states, counties, metropolitan areas, many cities.
  • Mass Layoff Statistics - Data on mass layoff actions that result in workers being separated from their jobs.
  • National Longitudinal Surveys - A set of surveys designed to gather information at multiple points in time on the labor market activities and other significant life events of several groups of men and women. For more than 4 decades, NLS data have served as an important tool for economists, sociologists, and other researchers.
  • Survey of Income and Program Participation - The main objective of SIPP is to provide accurate and comprehensive information about the income and program participation of individuals and households in the United States, and about the principal determinants of income and program participation.
  • Survey of Consumer Finances - 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.

 

General

  • OECD Factbook - The OECD Factbook gives a portrait of many aspects of the development of our societies. You can explore the data using new tools that allow you to uncover structures and reveal the stories hidden in the statistics.

 

Housing and Real Estate

  • HUD Data Sets - Includes data sets from the American Housing Survey, HUD median family income limits, as well as microdata from research initiatives on topics such as housing discrimination, the HUD-insured multifamily housing stock, and the public housing population.

 

International

 

Surveys and Programs

  • Current Population Survey - The CPS is the primary source of information on the labor force characteristics of the U.S. population. Estimates obtained from the CPS include employment, unemployment, earnings, hours of work, and other indicators.
  • Panel Study of Income Dynamics - Begun in 1968, is a longitudinal study of a representative sample of U.S. individuals (men, women, and children) and the family units in which they reside. It emphasizes the dynamic aspects of economic and demographic behavior, but its content is broad.  Registration required.
  • Survey of Consumer Finances - 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.
  • Survey of Income and Program Participation - The main objective of SIPP is to provide accurate and comprehensive information about the income and program participation of individuals and households in the United States, and about the principal determinants of income and program participation.

Image source:  Distribution of U.S. Wealth.  Guest2625. CC BY-SA 3.0.  Wikimedia Commons.