Cross-Country Data Resources
These are some of our go-to websites for the data behind cross-country comparisons.
If there are datasets you suspect are open to the Williams community but no longer to you after you've graduated, it doesn't hurt to reach out to a professor or administrator to see if they have ideas on how to help you get access.
If there are any cross-country datasets you think should be up here, let us know by emailing jrs7 (at) williams (dot) edu, and we'll put it right up!
Data sources recommended by the Williams College Economics Department
(taken directly from the Department website)
- Data.gov. A searchable repository of over 180,000 data sets produced by U.S. government executive branch agencies.
- NBER data page.
- "Resources for Economists on the Internet" Data Page.
- Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR). Williams College has a subscription to ICPSR, which gives us access to a very large number of important data sets through the ICPSR web site. You will need to register to use the data there, but it is free. ICPSR has both a large collection of raw data sets useful for economic research, as well as a "Publication Related Archive" that has hundreds of data sets used in published articles that could be used for a replication exercise.
- The Dataverse Network. A web project that provides access to a large number of data sets that have been used in academic research articles, including many economics-related data sets.
- Steven Lehrer's "Links for Economists." Includes links a wide variety of sources of data and research-related resources.
- Data and Story Library - Online library of data files and stories that illustrate the use of basic statistics methods with real-world examples.
- OWID brings together a medley of resources on a variety of topics. Directly on the web site, you can see line graphs, scatter plots, maps, and other visualizations of the data.
- Data underlying all graphs is available for download
- Version 9.1 is "a database with information on relative levels of income, output, input and productivity, covering 182 countries between 1950 and 2017."
- Available in Excel and Stata format, as well as through online visualizations
- The OEC brings together trade data for much of the world and many trade products
- Includes imports and exports
- Also has visualizations like graphs, charts, and maps, from which you can download the underlying data
- Much of the data are from the UN Comtrade database