Socio-economic datasets for researchers

This blog features useful websites with commonly used datasets for socio-economic research.

AMECO database

  • The database contains data for the EU, the euro area, EU Member States, candidate countries and other OECD countries, for a total of over 40 countries

Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

  • The official site of the Federal Reserve includes information about interest rates, monetary policy, and economic indicators for both consumers and financial professionals.

Correlates of War datasets

  • The Correlates of War project collects and disseminates quantitative data in international relations.
  • Contains citations and some full text of articles, monographs, and working papers written by Federal Reserve researchers from 1960 to present.


  • Database of more than 300,000 economics books, articles and working papers, many with downloadable full text.

IMF Publications

  • Searchable database of the IMF's economic reports, country studies, and working papers, most with full text.


  • Investopedia helps you understand complex financial concepts, improve your investing skills, and learn how to manage your money.

OECD Statistics

  • OECD.Stat enables users to search for and extract data from across OECD's many databases.

Pew Research Center

  • Data sets cover media & news, social trends, and Internet & technology.

Transparency International research

  • Free data on corruption


  • Offers free access to 60 million statistical records from 24 UN agencies. Searchable by keyword or browse by topic or country.

United Nations iLibrary

  • UN iLibrary is the comprehensive global search, discovery, and viewing source for digital content created by the United Nations

World Bank Open Data

  • Arguably the most commonly used datasets in the world
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