Many governments publish their country's economic data online, but you may find that data is generally inconsistent across borders. It is recommended that you start from a particular country's government website. However, you may find yourself spending more time using resources from intergovernmental or non-profit global organizations.
On the left are several major organizations that freely provide online research, publications, and data concerning global economics. On the right are trusted news sources, magazines, and academic journals dedicated to economic study.
Adamantly sticking to Google for your research? At the end of this page, you can find some Google Tips that can help advance even the most basic Google search. Google Scholar is also a great tool for searching scholarly journals, government reports, and other academic documents online.
The World Factbook
Published by the United States Central Intelligence Agency, the World Factbook is a good starting place for information concerning the history, people, government, economy, energy, geography, military, and transnational issues for nations around the world.
Their One Page Summaries are useful for the latest "quick facts" on each country.
The World Bank
"The World Bank is an international financial institution that provides loans and grants to the governments of low and middle income countries for the purpose of pursuing capital projects."
Search The World Bank's database for data on countries and country groups. Indicators include social, economic, financial, educational, and environmental topics.
Use the World Development Indicators (WDI) to view data by themes like poverty and inequality, economy, people, environment, and more.
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is an intergovernmental organization that tracks economic progress and policies on a global scale.
Use OECD's iLibrary to browse by theme and/or country, gather statistics, and view their publications for free.
World Trade Organization
"The World Trade Organization (WTO) deals with the global rules of trade between nations. Its main function is to ensure that trade flows as smoothly, predictably and freely as possible."
Search WTO's Documents Online for their official documents from 1995 onwards.
International Monetary Fund
"The IMF's primary purpose is to ensure the stability of the international monetary system—the system of exchange rates and international payments that enables countries (and their citizens) to transact with each other. The Fund's mandate was updated in 2012 to include all macroeconomic and financial sector issues that bear on global stability."
Search IMF's World Economic Outlook (WEO) database for information about a nation's accounts, inflation, unemployment rates, fiscal indicators, commodity prices, and more. Analysis starting from 1980 and future projections are available.
Use IMF's International Financial Statistics to view relevant charts and run custom queries. Data is available by country or by indicator (GDP, interest rates, exchange rates, etc.).
International Labour Organization
The International Labour Organization (ILO) is a United Nations agency whose mandate is to advance social and economic justice through setting international labour standards.
Visit their website to explore their recent publications, latest research, international labour standards, and statistics and databases.
The statistical office of the European Union.
Explore statistics by theme, including population and social conditions, economy and finance, science/tech/digital society, and more.
UNESCO Institute for Statistics
"The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is a specialised agency of the United Nations aimed at promoting world peace and security through international cooperation in education, the sciences, and culture. UNESCO's Institute for Statistics provides data for sustainable development goals."
Use their data to build tables, graphs, and maps. Their website contains country and regional profiles, as well as data for indicators like education and literacy, science/tech/innovation, culture, and communication and information.
American Economic Association
"The American Economic Association (AEA) is a learned society in the field of economics, headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee. It publishes one of the most prestigious academic journals in economics: the American Economic Review."
Use "site:" and a country code to explore sources from a particular place.
Google's search algorithm pulls up results based on your geographic location. However, it may be especially pertinent to consider information from other locations, countries, and perspectives on global economics. Click here for a full list of country codes.
Example: use "unemployment rate site:JP" to search the unemployment rate in Japan, based on Japanese sources.
Use quotation marks
Searching with quotes in Google will ensure that your results contain only pages with the same words in the same order as what's in the quotes. This is especially useful when you're looking up a specific phrase like "growth domestic product."
Use "site:" and a link to search within a specific website
If you wanted to quickly search every time Reuters wrote about the Nagorno-Karabakh enclave, you can search "Nagorno-Kara
Use the Tools setting to filter your search results by date
On your Google Results page, click on "Tools" on the upper right side.
You can use Google Trends to see what the world is searching, and explore quick data and charts compiled by Google. Change the region on the upper right side to discover non-U.S. trends.
Set up your Chrome browser to translate non-English pages
In Chrome browser, hover over Chrome on the upper left bar and go to Preferences. Scroll to the bottom and click on Advanced. Under Languages, click on Language to expand the options. Make sure "Offer to translate pages that aren't in a language you read" is turned on.
Use these trusted news sources to find the latest business and financial news around the world.
Available through JSTOR. Click on the title to browse or search within each specific journal.