Finding data is not always easy, so I thought it might be useful to me, and to other people, if I were to collect, list and link several data sources. This page is not a definitive or complete list of links, but it is a useful place to start looking for data. Although I have tried to organise it according to some logic, it is still mostly a collection of data sources that at one point or another I came across, so I apologise if it seems a bit messy.

This page is divided into 5 sections, each with several subsections. The 1st section is general and pools the simplest data sets. The 2nd section looks at specific economic datasets. Its focus is generally European, mostly very diverse EU and OECD data. There is also some USA datasets and some financial/forex/commodities data sources. The 3rd section offers links to social and political data. It focuses on Polities (political institutions), Politicies (political intervention) and Politics (opinion surveys and voting statistics). The 4th section provides military data. The last section has datasets by research authors and articles. There is some overlap and repetition across sections.
If you still can’t find the data you are looking for, I would advise you to use the MacroData Guide link at the bottom of this page. I hope it helps.
Good luck!




Topical, Compilations and Private Surveys

Total Economy Database


EU – Eurostat

EU – Economic and Financial Affairs Commission – all the databases and indicators

EU – European Central Bank (ECB)

EU – European National Statistics Offices

EU – European Central Banks

EU – European Finance Ministries

EU – European Labor Ministries

  • Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus (from MoF), Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden and UK

————————————————————————————– FINANCIAL/COMMODITIES/ FOREX

European Banking Federation

British Bankers Association

European Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (EVCA)

Financial Standards Foundation 

PIMCO Index 

Barclays Capital Live – Debt and Equity Indeces

Commodity prices – from Indexmundi

HSCB Global Research – Equity Indices

Capital Markets Daily (CMD) – Specialises in Bond Markets information

Commodity prices – from Indexmundi

Energy Exporter Databrowser

Financial Times Market Data 

Yale School of ManagementCentre for International Finance – Stock Market Confidence Data,


Forex Rates


Bloomberg Government Bond Yields

European Union

  • Austria (2 year, year, 10 year)
  • Belgium (2 year, 5 year, 10 year)
  • Bulgaria (2 year, 5 year, 10 year)
  • Cyprus (2 year, 5 year, 10 year)
  • Czech Republic (2 year, year, 10 year)
  • Denmark (year, 5 year, 10 year)
  • Estonia (5 year, 10 year)
  • Finland (2 year, year, 10 year)
  • France (2 year, 5 year, 10 year)
  • Germany (2 year, 5 year, 10 year)
  • Greece (2 year, 5 year, 10 year)
  • Hungary (2 year, 5 year, 10 year)
  • Ireland (2 year, 5 year, 10 year)
  • Italy (2 year, 5 year, 10 year)
  • Latvia (2 year, 5 year, 10 year)
  • Lithuania (2 year, 5 year, 10 year)
  • Luxembourg (2 year, 5 year, 10 year)
  • Malta (2 year, 5 year, 10 year)
  • Netherlands (2 year, year, 10 year)
  • Poland (2 year, 5 year, 10 year)
  • Portugal (2 year, 5 year, 10 year)
  • Romania (2 year, 5 year, 10 year)
  • Spain (2 year, 5 year, 10 year)
  • Sweden (2 year, 5 year, 10 year)
  • UK (2 year, 5 year, 10 year)

Non-EU European

  • Norway (2 year, 5 year, 10 year)
  • Switzerland (2 year, 5 year, 10 year)
  • Turkey (2 year, 5 year, 10 year)
  • Russia (2 year, year, 10 year)

Latin America

  • Argentina (2 year, 5 year, 10 year)
  • Brazil (2 year, 5 year, 10 year)
  • Chile (2 year, 5 year, 10 year)
  • Colombia (2 year, 5 year, 10 year)
  • Equador (2 year, 5 year, 10 year)
  • Peru (2 year, 5 year, 10 year)
  • Venezuela (2 year, 5 year, 10 year)

North America


  • Japan (2 year, 5 year, 10 year)
  • China (2 year, 5 year, 10 year)
  • Vietnam (2 year, 5 year, 10 year)
  • Thailand (2 year, 5 year, 10 year)

South Pacific

  • Australia (2 year, 5 year, 10 year)
  • New Zealand (2 year, 5 year, 10 year)
  • Indonesia (2 year, 5 year, 10 year)


  • South Africa (2 year, 5 year, 10 year)

Bloomberg Government Bonds CDSs:

Bloomberg (Other):

European Banks CDS Quotes:

EU Private Sector CDS Quotes

  • Volkswagen
  • Fiat
  • BMW
  • BAA
  • Lafarge
  • Royal Dutch Shell
  • Nestle
  • Vodafone
  • Novartis
  • Total
  • BP
  • roche
  • Siemens
  • Telefonica
  • Rio tinto
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Eni
  • GDF Suez
  • Anheuser-Busch Inbev
  • Unilever
  • BHP Biliton
  • BG Group
  • British American Tobacco
  • BASF
  • LVMH
  • EDF
  • Daimler
  • SAP
  • Volkswagen
  • L’Oreal
  • Xstrata

USA Private Sector CDS Quotes:




Swiss National Bank

Swiss Federal Statistics Office

Swiss Statistics – Economic and Financial Data; Employment and income; other topics



Congress (“The House of Representatives and the Senate meeting in”) – Congressional Budget Office (CBO)

USA Department of the Treasury –  Data & Charts Centre, Quarterly Bulletin

US Department of Commerce Bureau of Economic Analysis

US Department of Labour Bureau of Labour Statistics

Internal Revenue Service (IRS)SOI Tax Stats

U.S. Department of JusticeBureau of Justice Statistics

Research and Innovative Technlogy Administration (RITA) – Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS)

USA.Gov – Government made easy (Data aggregator) (Charts) – A website dedicated to monitoring US Fiscal Policy (I might not subscribe to the website’s tone or perspective, but the data comes with sources)

Federal Reserve Board of GovernorsData Download Program, Statistics & Historical Data, Surveys & Reports, Beige Book (regional economic conditions)

Federal Reserve Bank of PhiladelphiaReal-Time Data Set for Macroeconomists, Survey of Professional Forecasters, Livingston Survey, Projections for the Semiannual Monetary Policy Report to the Congress, GreenbookGreenbook(GNP/GDP and deflator), Aruoba-Diebold-Scotti Business Conditions Index, Data Analysis, Employment Statistics, and Historical Data, Business Outlook Survey, South Jersey Business Survey, State Coincident Indexes, State Leading Indexes

Federal Reserve Bank of Saint Louis ALFRED (real-time ArchivaL Federal Reserve Economic Data), FRED (Federal Reserve Economic Data)

Federal Reserve Bank of Cleaveland

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)Data


OECD – Organisation for Economic Cooperatation and Development

Special Bodies

World Bank (WB) 

IMF – WEO Reports, Article IV reports,  DataMapper

Bank of International Settlements (BIS)

Joint External Debt Hub (JEDH) – brings together external debt data and selected foreign assets from international creditor/market and national debtor sources.

Inter-Agency Group on Economic and Financial Statistics – presents data for the Group of 20 (G-20) to facilitate the monitoring of economic and financial developments for these

Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)Data (1), Data (2),

HSCB Global ResearchEquity Indices







Roman Empire – Data Sources



Polities – Political System and Institutions

Policies – Tax (Rates), Expenditure, Debt, Deficit and Regulations

Politics – Surveys & Perceptions


Section 4: MILITARY

Section 5 – Health (WHO)


Christoph Trebesch – Assistant Professor, University of Munich (data for sovereign defaults and restructuring)

Pippa Norris – McGuire Lecturer in Comparative Politics,  at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

Thomas Plümper – Professor of Government, University of Essex

Christian W. Martin – Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Northwestern University

Romain Wacziarg – Associate Professor of Economics at UCLA Anderson School of Management

Robert Shiller – Arthur M. Okun Professor of Economics Yale University

Hamilton and Wu – ZLB yield data

Still can’t find what you are looking for? Why not check the Macrodata Guide. It is “an accommodating starting point for researchers and students looking for data on the environment in which individuals reside and behave (Data Sources by Topic)”. You may also want to have a look at the Academic and Data Resources Links for Economics of the University of Nevada at Las Vegas or CKAN. Oh and if you really have a lot of money and want to splash it around, just get an account with Haver Analytics, Thomson/Reuters or a Bloomberg terminal.

2 Responses to Data

  1. Αθηνά says:

    You have done a great job. Thank you

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