Statistics course for Fall 2012
Subjects: MBA

Finding Data

How do you find statistical data? Below are some suggested web sites in the categories of Government agencies, Trade & Industry Associations, company web sites, and other data providers.

Government Agencies:

  • US Census Bureau - population and housing census, economic census, census of governments, American Community Survey, Statistical Abstract of the U.S., etc.
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor is the principal Federal agency responsible for measuring labor market activity, working conditions, and price changes in the economy. Its mission is to collect, analyze, and disseminate essential economic information to support public and private decision-making.
  • FedStats.gov
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Trade & Industry Associations:

Company web sites (annual reports, management team, performance data, other shareholder and investor data). Note: look for keywords such as Investors, Investor Relations, etc. at bottom of "regular" company web sites. 

Other data providers:

  • Pew Research Center - Studies and surveys on demography, domestic policy, economics, election '08, energy and environment, global attitudes/foreign affairs, immigration, internet and technology, legal, news media, politics and elections, public opinion, religion, research methodology, and social trends
  • Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research - data archive of more than 500,000 files of research in the social sciences. It hosts 16 specialized collections of data in education, aging, criminal justice, substance abuse, terrorism, and other fields.