LibGuide for ECON 450 Senior Seminar in Economics (Dr. Kathy Reid)
Subjects: Economics
Tags: economics

Data for Regression analysis

Finding data
Data may be collected and published by governmental units (federal, regional, state, local), by trade or professional organizations and institutions (e.g., American Wind Energy Association, Conference Board, Urban Land Institute), and by research centers affiliated with universities and colleges (e.g., Bureau of Business & Economic Research, College of Business and Economics, West Virginia University).

The particular data you need for your project may not be available at Scarborough Library, in our subscription databases, or on the Internet. Students in the past have contacted agencies, institutions or individuals in order to get desired data and/or to determine whether certain data have been collected and published.

Useful starting points for locating data:

  • Condition of Education - available in print at Library (Ref L112 .N377a) and online at Condition of Education
  • County and City Data Book - available in print at Library (Ref HA 202 .A36) and online at County and City Data Book: 2007
  • County Business Patterns - US Census Bureau
  • CQ's State Fact Finder- available in print at Library (Ref HN 60 .C68 1999)
  • Crime in the United States - older years available at Library in print (HV 6787 .A3) and online at Crime in the United States
  • - will provide public access to high value, machine readable datasets generated by the Executive Branch of the Federal Government
  • Digest of Educational Statistics - in print at Library (Ref L 11 .D48) and online at Digest of Education Statistics
  • The Dismal Scientist - Moody's Analytics, real time coverage of the economy
  • - list of web sites for demography, employment, occupation, income, prices, and other economic data
  • Economagic: Economic Time Series page - over 100,000 data files, with charts and Excel files
  • EconomyWatch - Worldwide, by country, economic region and geographical region from 1980 to 2016 forecasts. Data Sources: IMF, World Bank, UN, OECD, CIA World Factbook, Internet World Statistics, The Heritage Foundation and Transparency International.
  • Encyclopedia of Associations directories- used to identify associations and organizations which may collect and publish statistical information. (Ready Ref AS 22 .E5 and Ready Ref AS 22 .E53)
  • - gateway to statistics from over 100 Federal Agencies such as Bureau of Economic Analysis, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Energy Information Administration, Stat-USA, and U.S. Census Bureau
  • FRASER, Federal Reserve Archival System for Economic Research - links to scanned images in PDF format of historical economic statistical publications, releases, and documents. FRASER Twitter feed is awesome - they do a great job of highlighting Federal Reserve news, data updates, new publications and reports, etc. The How to use FRASER page is an excellent visual snapshot that shows how to navigate the FRASER web site.
  • FRED, Federal Reserve Economic Data - database of over 1000 U.S. economic time series. See also ALFRED, Archival Federal Reserve Economic Data
  • - over 900,000 economic and financial data series
  • Google Public Data
  • Historical Statistics of the United States Millenial Edition - 5 vols. Available in print at Scarborough Library (Ref HA 202 .H57 2006)
  • Major administrative datasets of the U.S. Government - a list of agency data sets with descriptions, Compiled by Journalist's Resources, a project of the Harvard Kennedy School's Shorenstein Center and the Carnegie-Knight Initiative
  • Places Rated Almanac- rankings for 354 metropolitan. Available in print at Scarborough Library (Ref HN 60 .P53 2000)
  • Quarterly Workforce Indicators - labor-force indicators such as employment, job creation and destruction, wages, and hires across a wide range of firm and worker characteristics
  • Regional Economic Accounts - includes state personal income, local area personal income, State GDP (Gross Domestic Product), regional multipliers, etc.
  • Resources for Economists on the Internet - Bill Goffe site, see especially his link to data sources at
  • State and Metropolitan Area Data Book - available in print at Scarborough Library (Ref HA 202 .S84) and online at State and Metropolitan Area Data Book 2010
  • Statistical Abstract -- Available in print at Scarborough Library (Ready Ref HA 202 .P76) and online at Statistical Abstract of the United States
  • Stat-USA Internet -- (including "GLOBUS" and "NTDB" databases discontined as of Sept 2010)
  • Survey of Current Business
  • Uniform Crime Reports - older years available at Library in print (HV6787 .A3) and online at Uniform Crime Reports
  • USA Counties
  • Wirtz Library, U.S. Dept. of Labor - see especially individual pages for "Labor Related" information and "Statistics" resources
  • WolframAlpha - see especially "Explore Economic News with WolframAlpha" and "Accessing U.S. State-Level Economic Data with WolframAlpha"
  • Zanran - helps you to find ‘semi-structured’ data on the web. This is the numerical data that people have presented as graphs and tables and charts. For example, the data could be a graph in a PDF report, or a table in an Excel spreadsheet, or a barchart shown as an image in an HTML page. This huge amount of information can be difficult to find using conventional search engines, which are focused primarily on finding text rather than graphs, tables and bar charts (description taken from Zanran "About" page).