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Finding Statistics: Economics
The Federal Government of Canada is the main source of statistical data relating to Canada and the lives of Canadian people. Within the Federal Government, Statistics Canada publishes a wide range of statistics on the economic and social aspects of Canada. Information is published daily, weekly, monthly, annually, and irregularly depending on the particular publication. While the Robertson Library has a Government Documents area on the main floor of the Library, arranged by Statistics Canada numbers, many publications are available freely to all Canadians on the Internet.
By participating in the Data Liberation Initiative (DLI), the UPEI community has access to a range of databases which would be helpful in locating statistical information.
Bank of Canada Financial Rates & Statistics
The website includes exchange rates, interest rates, price indexes, monetary policy indicators, and other related information such as S&P/TSX composite index and an inflation calculator. A useful feature is the Weekly Financial Statistics.
Canada Revenue Agency Income Statistics and GST/HST Statistics
Includes information such as tax statistics based on geographical area and statistics based on all returns filed for a given year.
Canada Year Book (former title: Statistical Year-Book of Canada) (1872-2011)
A compilation of basic statistics and information on the social and economic aspects of Canada, including topics on international trade, crime and justice, and society and community. Canada e-Book is an electronic counterpart that offers PDF documents.
Canadian Economic Observer
As Statistic Canada’s flagship publication for economic statistics, this publication is a monthly summary of economic indicators and statistics including quarterly or monthly figures for the most recent two years. A valuable feature is the access to articles on general economic conditions and special subjects. Articles from v.16, n.2 (Feb. 2003) are available to the UPEI community, and selected articles from 1998- are accessible through the database CBCA.
Government Documents: CS11-010
An interactive tool to learn about society and the economy in Canada. The database includes over 36 million time series. The database can be browsed by subject, survey, or searched using keywords.
FP Markets: Canadian Demographics (former title: Canadian Markets)
This resource presents statistical profiles of municipalities across Canada. Information includes demographic data, income figures, and media statistics. Forecasts of key economic indicators can also be found. Most recent edition is available in the Reference area of the library, while older editions are in storage and can be requested at the Circulation Desk.
This Department of the Federal Government develops policy and provides advice to the government to help create and maintain a healthy economy. Current news, reports, and publications are easily identifiable and accessible through the website. Data provided includes economic and fiscal information, budget and transfer payments to provinces.
Historical Statistics of Canada
Presents textual and historical tables profiling Canada’s Development from 1867-1975. The statistics included are derived from a wide range of resources, and include social, economic, and political time series of 22 topics represented in over 1,088 tables. Online version is also available at http://statcan.gc.ca/pub/11-516-x/index-eng.htm
REF: HA746.U7 1983
Economic and market research statistics regarding all facets of industry in Canada including bankruptcy statistics, industry statistics, and economic analysis and statistics. The site includes both current and historical economic data and statistical analysis on economic activities in Canada.
Published by the Government of Prince Edward Island, information can be found regarding economic indicators, demographic statistics, and census data from both provincial and federal sources.
Market Research Handbook
A comprehensive source for socio-economic statistics for those studying the Canadian consumer market. Compiled annually by Statistics Canada, profiles of key industries and consumer profiles for provinces and major cities are essential information found in this resource. Available in print and online (PDF documents).
REF: HC111.A19 2008
Prince Edward Island Statistics: Past and Present
Prepared by the Economics, Statistics and Fiscal Analysis division of the Department of Finance, this resource provides a compilation of statistical information on the people, economy, and government of Prince Edward Island. Published in 1990, this resource has more merit historically, than for current statistical analysis.
Prince Edward Island Statistical Review
Produced annually, this report by the Provincial Government provides comprehensive statistical data on the social and economic climate of Prince Edward Island. Available in print and online (PDF document).
Special Collections: HA747.P75P7
Public Accounts of Canada
Prepared annually by the Receiver General, data includes detailed records maintained by Government departments and agencies, which include the annual audited financial statements of the Government of Canada. Reports back to 1995 available in PDF form online through Library and Archives Canada (http://epe.lac-bac.gc.ca/100/201/301/public_accounts_can/index.html)
Statistics Canada Library
An ideal resource for those searching for Statistics Canada publications. The catalogue allows you to search for books, articles, databases, journals, newspaper articles, etc. Searching is easy through a keyword search or you can do a more advanced search.
Like Canada, many resources for statistical information come directly from the government, from various departments and agencies. Below you’ll find a list of the most pertinent and accessible resources for finding statistical information about the United States.
Business Statistics of the United States
Ideal reference source for any reader searching for information about the U.S. economy. Data presented is great for analysis of economic trends and patterns.
REF: HC101.A15 1999
Current Population Survey
The Bureau of the Census in accordance with the Bureau of Labor Statistics conducts a monthly survey of approximately 50,000 households in the U.S. The data is presented on this website as a primary source of data on the labor force in the U.S. Researchers can access both current and historical information on employment, earnings, hours of work, and other topics.
Datapedia of the United States 1790-2005: America Year by Year (2nd. ed.)
An ideal resource for historical statistics for the United States representing 23 difference subject areas between 1776-2000. For some topics projections are made until 2010.
REF: HA202.K87 2001
Helps any researcher easily gain access to relevant State socio-economic data through a wide range of websites all arranged by subject or by provider.
Economagic.com: Economic Time Series Page
This resource provides links to key statistical data providers in the United States, and very few international resources. Easy to browse by source/provider or region, it is ideal for a researcher looking to access specific institutional data.
Provides access to statistical information from over 100 U.S. Federal Government departments or agencies. Users can browse by alphabetical topic or use keyword search. A great resource for those unsure of which department or agency provides the required information.
Historical Statistics of the United States, Earliest Times to the Present
An authoritative source for quantitative indicators regarding social, political and economic aspects of the United States. The 5-volume set presents excellent bibliographic references and index to support further research.
REF: HA202.H57 2006 (V.1-5)
Statistical Abstract of the United States (1878- )
A comprehensive resource that is a great reference source or tool to find other sources in print up to 2004-2005. Some information is also available online up to as recent as 2012.
United States Bureau of Labor Statistics
This is the principal agency for reporting labor market activity and changes in the economy. Users will find data on a range of topics such as price fluctuations.
United States Census Bureau
This government bureau is the leading source of data about people and the economy in the U.S. The data and information provided here is of the highest quality.
United States Dept. of Commerce Bureau of Economic Analysis
The economic accounts found on this website cover issues such as economic growth, regional development, and the U.S. position in the world economy. It is a user-friendly resource with interactive data tables.
There is a wide range of resources from which to gather international statistical data. Some are from international organizations, some are from highly regarded institutions and publishers, and others represent more of a grassroots producer of international statistical data. In any case, there is no shortage of resources to access when looking for statistical data from an international scope.
BBC Country Profiles
Instant guide to economic background of countries and territories around the world, including statistical information. Included are video and audio clips from the BBC archive.
The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service
A great source for information on international trade and market research in other countries. Provides current, accurate foreign trade information from a Canadian perspective. Search by country, market, or keyword to find relevant information.
CIA World FactBook
Provides information regarding population, economy, and government for each country in the world. Maps and flags for each country can also be found along with country comparison tools.
Demographic Yearbook (United Nations) (1948-2002)
The United Nations collects, compiles, and disseminates international demographic statistics covering 230 countries or regions. It is accessible in print in the Reference collection, or online (with more recent data).
Economics Departments, Institutes and Research Centers in the World (EDIRC)
This site offers an index of the vast number of statistical data providers on the Internet. Over 12,000 institutions/departments/centres and 231 countries are included. It is easily accessible as it is organized by country and field. Links are checked regularly.
Economist Country Briefings
Reports and profiles of over 60 countries include articles from The Economist, forecasts and statistics, market and currency updates, news headlines, etc. Countries are found in the A-Z topic list found on the website covering a wide range of subjects.
Europa World Year Book (1967-2007 )
This two-volume resource offers a comprehensive source for accurate, reliable information from detailed country surveys with basic economic and trade data, as well as extensive essays.
REF: JN1.E85 2007
FAO Statistical Yearbook 2012
Compiled by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, this site includes statistics on infrastructure, crop production, hunger risks, and sustainability around the world. All chapters are available in PDF format.
IMF World Economic Outlook Database
Provides access to analysis and projection of economic developments around the globe, including a macroeconomic data series with economic and financial tables available since 1999 through until 2012.
International Data Base (IDB)
Compiled by the United States Census Bureau, information here covers demographic and socio-economic data for 227 countries, as well as various ways to search and compare different regions.
International Financial Statistics Yearbook
This resource contains detailed statistical data on all aspects of international and domestic finance.
International Historical Statistics: Europe 1750-2000
Provides a wealth of well-organized statistical information on topics like trade and agriculture for European countries, though most data is only as recent as 1998.
REF: HA1107.M5 2003
Library of Congress Country Studies
Description and analysis of various systems and institutions around the world covering political, economic, and social conditions of 114 countries. Significant omissions are Canada, France, United Kingdom, and other Western and African nations. Prepared by the Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress.
Manufacturing Worldwide: Industry Analyses, Statistics, Products, and Leading Companies and Countries
Data is clearly and concisely indexed and the source provides excellent comparative data for 190 countries and 480 products for the period of 1986-1991.
REF: HD9720.4.M36 1995
A great source of economic data that is easily searchable by topic or from an A-Z list. It also includes a glossary of statistical terms and definitions that is very helpful.
Offstats: Official Statistics on the Web (University of Auckland)
A list of websites with free and easily accessible social, economic, and general information for countries around the world, which can be browsed by region/country/subject or a combination of both.
Statistical Sites on the World Wide Web (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
Provides links to main statistical website information providers for a wide range of countries that are listed from A-Z.
Statistical Yearbook (United Nations) (1948-2009)
A compilation of international statistics on socio-economic conditions and activities globally including population, health, housing, education, and work, among other topics. Selection Social Indicators are available online at: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/demographic/products/socind/
Descriptions and links to resources for economic data for general and regional areas. This site offers a wide range sources for economic statistical data.
World Development Indicators
The World Bank’s primary statistical survey of world development including economic, social, and demographic data. The Country Data Tables and selected tables on labour, education, economics, and other topics are available in an alphabetized list online at http://web.worldbank.org/WBSITE/EXTERNAL/COUNTRIES/0,,pagePK:180619~theSitePK:136917,00.html
REF: HC59.7.W67 2004
World Population Projections
Population estimates and projections for 206 countries and regions as far as the year 2150. Though a bit dated this source covers from 1985-2003 and 1985-2150 on certain topics.
REF: HA154.W66 1994-95
Created by: Betty Jeffery, B.A., MLS
Instruction & Education Services Librarian
Date Created: 17-Jul-2001
Date Revised: 30-July-2012 by Jennifer MacDonald, MLIS