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Economics Subject Guide: Recommended Websites

Recommended Websites

Economics Megasites

Resources for Economists on the Internet (RFE)
Links to more than 1,000 resources of interest to economists. Most are annotated. Edited by Bill Goffe, sponsored by the American Economic Association.

Full-text Archives

RePEc (Research Papers in Economics)
A collaborative international project to disseminate research in economics.

  • IDEAS (Internet Documents in Economics Access Service)
    Combine the RePEc (Research Papers in Economics) databases of economics working papers, journal articles, books, software, authors and institutions. All documents can be searched separately or together. Over 192,000 of the works are available online in full text.

McMaster University Archive for the History of Economic Thought
A collection of hundreds of significant texts in the history of economic thought. Accessible by author.

Economics Research Network (ERN)
Part of the Social Science Research Network, this is a database of economics research and working papers from government, public policy institutes, university economics departments, and associations. Abstracts are searchable for free. Some full-text papers available at a cost.

AgEcon Search: Research in Agricultural and Applied Economics
An archive of working papers, journal articles and conference papers from over 35 universities and professional associations worldwide on the subject of agricultural economics. Topics covered include agribusiness, food supply, natural resource economics, consumption, policy issues, agricultural trade, and economic development.

Bank of Canada Publications
Includes working papers by Bank of Canada staff from 1994 on, technical reports, conference proceedings, Bank of Canada Review articles, speeches by the Governor of the Bank of Canada and more.

Canadian Economic Statistics

Bank of Canada -Statistics page
Has major financial and economic indicators and more.

Statistics Canada's largest database of economic, demographic, and social statistics.
Coverage: Historical and current (dates vary). Searchable by topic or keyword.
Provides multidimensional view and more options for manipulating data than the free version: On-campus | Off-campus

Trade Data Online
On Industry Canada's Strategis web site, this database includes import and export data, trade balances, and manufacturing shipments by province and industry, at the national, provincial, and regional level. Monthly data available for last 2 years; annual for last 10 years.

For Industry-specific statistics see "Competitive Analysis" links on the Marketing Hits website.

International Economic Statistics

IMF: International Monetary Fund Data & Statistics
An organization of around 200 countries, the IMF website includes World Economic Outlook databases, International Financial Statistics, Global Indicators, and a large amount of related economic data and statistical reports for countries and regions.

OECD Statistics Portal
By the Statistics Directorate of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, this web site links to a great deal of economic statistical information mostly on member countries, organized by subject. There is also a glossary and a list of links to other worldwide statistical agencies.

United Nations Statistics Division Statistical Databases
Links to the free UN databases available online.

World Wealth and Income Database ( 
The World Inequality Report and database shows the world distribution of income and wealth, within and between countries. Data are based on national accounts, survey and fiscal data compiled by over 100 researchers and covering over 70 countries.

See also International Economics, Trade & Development.


Special Topics


Environmental Economics

Environment Statistics from Statistics Canada
Subject grouping of environment related statistics from Statistics Canada.

Environmental and Resource Economics by the Environmental Literacy Council
Links to educational, science-based resources on environmental issues.

Environmental Economics, U.S. EPA
Has many publications and a list of links to resources.

Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)
A major source for SD information. Publications are available by theme (e.g. subsidies, economic policy, etc.).

Resources for the Future
A nonprofit research organization that publishes many reports, issue briefs, discussion papers, books and articles based on environmental, energy and natural resource issues, based on economic analyses.

International Economics, Trade & Development

Atlas of Economic Complexity
By the Center for International Development at Harvard University. A research and data visualization tool to explore global trade flows across markets, track them over time, and show new growth opportunities for every country.

Canadian Trade Commissioner Service Market Reports
Provides reports on industry sectors in other countries and regions of the world. Registration required.

Development Gateway
Billed as "the largest online source of information on development projects worldwide", this site by the non-profit Development Gateway Foundation can be searched by development topic, country and region.

By the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, UK, this site provides access to many documents on major policy and research issues in development.

Electronic Information System for International Law (EISIL), "International Economic Law" Section
Created by the American Society of International Law, this site links to the major primary documents, related web sites and research guides, for international development and trade law, regional economic integration, competition, the GATT/WTO system, etc.

Export Development Canada.
Information and links for exporters including on permits and regulations, analysis and research, business conditions in selected countries, etc.

FITA: International Trade Web Resources
By the Federation of International Trade Associations, this is a major gateway site for international trade with over 8,000 links. Select "Country Profiles" for detailed profiles on over 80 countries and extensive links to useful resources on most countries of the world.

Global Affairs Canada -- Trade Main Page
Has information on C
anadian trade negotiations and agreements, export and import controls, research on trade from the Office of the Chief Economist, etc. Select the "Development" tab for development partners and priorities, etc.

IDRC (International Development Research Centre)
This Canadian Crown corporation's mandate includes conducting research to help solve development problems. The site includes thousands of research papers and reports in two databases.

IMF Staff Country Reports and IMF Direction of Trade Statistics
The International Monetary Fund Staff Country Reports, statistical appendices, etc. provide detailed information and statistics on country economies.
Direction of Trade provides current and historical data on the value of exports and imports with each country's primary trading partners.

International Economics Network
An excellent portal with annotated links to international economics, trade and development sites.

International Trade Centre (ITC)
This joint agency of the WTO and the UN provides access to trade related information on 220 countries and 5,300 products, with Market Analysis Tools that show continuously updated data on foreign direct investment, trade flows, competitiveness, tariffs and non-tariff trade remedies, voluntary sustainability standards, etc. (Some analysis features, and raw data downloads only available with registration.)  

Statistics Canada -- International Trade
Subject grouping of international trade related statistics from Statistics Canada.

Trade Data Online
This Industry Canada database includes Canadian and U.S. import and export data with over 200 countries, trade balances, and manufacturing shipments by product and industry, at the national, provincial, and regional level. Monthly data available for last 2 years; annual for last 10 years.

UN Comtrade (United Nations Commodity Trade Statistics Database)
International trade statistics (converted to US dollar) provided by over 130 countries. Searchable by imports, exports or re-exports of commodities.

World Bank Data
Profile tables cover over 200 countries and many regions, each with the latest 3 years of data from the World Development Indicators Database. Other sources also available.

World Development Report
Each annual report has a different focus, with articles on a specific theme in development, written by a team of experts from the World Bank and incorporating selected statistics from World Development Indicators.

WTO Trade Disputes
Dispute rulings and panel reports relating to Canada's and other countries' trade disputes.

WTO Trade Policy Reviews
World Trade Organization trade policy reviews in full text from 1995 to the present. Browsable by country or search by keyword in full text. Summaries in html, full documents in Microsoft Word.

WTO Trade Profiles.
World Trade Organization brief trade profiles on over 150 countries include basic indicators and details on trade policy, merchandise trade, commercial services trade and industrial property.

See also International Economic Statistics

See also Commerce -- International Business


Law & Economics

Canadian Legal Information Institute (CanLII)
Provides access to Canadian and provincial statutes, regulations, judgments from various provincial courts and the Supreme Court of Canada, all searchable with one search.

Electronic Information System for International Law (EISIL), "International Economic Law" Section
Created by the American Society of International Law, this site links to the major primary documents, related web sites and research guides, for international development and trade law, regional economic integration, competition, the GATT/WTO system, etc.

FindLaw Law and Economics Resources
Links to the complete Encyclopedia of Law and Economics, working papers, journals, bibliographies, web sites, mailing lists and more.

World Legal Information Institute (WorldLII)
Developed by Legal Information Institutes and other organizations, this site provides a common search engine and web access to over 270 databases of case law, legislation, treaties, law reform reports, law journals and other materials from 20 countries.


Last update: Sept. 29, 2017