Government Databases in Economics, Business, & Finance
NOTE: These are links to only a selected number of government databases in economics that are available on the Web. The only databases included are those which are considered substantial research sources; almost all have some kind of search capability unless otherwise noted. Consult links on the Government Information Home Page for additional sources of electronic government information.
Bureau of Economic Analysis. This massive statistical agency produces many databases that can be viewed and/or downloaded from the website. A particularly important section of the site provides the data and articles from the Survey of Current Business.
Bureau of Labor Statistics. Another large government statistical agency which provides time-series data for historical research as well as current information. A section of particular interest is the National Longitudinal Surveys, an annotated bibliography of research from 1968-1996.
Credit Union Administration (NCUA). Reports on credit unions nationwide, plus reference information on laws, rulings and other items of interest to credit unions and their members. This is a link to their Credit Union Data page.
CRS Reports. These research reports by the staff of the Congressional Research Service cover all subject areas and are excellent overviews. Unfortunately there is not an official government site which offers access to the entire collection. But there are several different institutions and individuals who are working to make these valuable resources available:
Davis-Bacon Wage Determinations. This database contains the wages being paid by federally sponsored construction projects. You may browse the determinations by state or see the ones most recently modified. This database is a good source of information on prevailing wages in construction trades and occupations in different localities.
Economic Indicators through GPO Access. Includes data from 1995 to the present.
EDGAR from the SEC. Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) database of financial reports filed by public corporations.
Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS). This database of information on automobile crashes is maintained by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In addition to the FARS database, which contains information on all road and highway crashes, there is access on the page to a report library of research on highway and automobile safety.
FedBizOpps. Government procurement information.
Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.(FDIC). Statistical and other kinds of information on banks and banking.
Federal Reserve. Current and historical data on interest rates, exchange rates, etc., plus testimony of FR officials and a database of technical papers.
FRASER (Federal Reserve Archival System for Economic Research) is an archive of economic statistics made available by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. You can use it to view particular issues of several different statistical publications, or you can track specific tables through time. Some of the statistics go back to the late 1800's.
FRED (Federal Reserve Economic Data) from St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank. Some downloadable files are compressed, some are in ASCII text. Covers a wide variety of economic statistics for the whole U.S. and the midwestern region. GeoFRED, a mapping application, is also available for displaying data graphically.
Home Mortgage Disclosure Act reports. Reports data from loan statements in metropolitan areas; operated by the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC). Other reports compiled by the agency are available here.
Industrial Research and Development Information System (IRIS). This system links the National Science Foundation's database of statistics on R&D funding and the companies and industries receiving this funding.
Interactive Tariff and Trade DataWeb. This database is operated by the International Trade Commission. Among the types of reports that the database can generate are customized lists of imports and exports. The website also has links to reports on international trade topics as well as current and historical tariff information.
Investment Advisor Public Disclosure. This database contains the forms (Form ADV) filed by investment advisor firms with the SEC and/or the states. The forms cover the firms' operations, their key personnel and any disciplinary action connected with the firm or personnel. At present, you can only search by firm. There is an explanatory page with information on what can be found in the database.
IRS Tax Forms and Publications. Forms/publications can be searched by number or keyword, then downloaded. Several file formats are available.
Law Library Microform Consortium. The Blume Library has made access to this extensive collection of government records, most of which are agencies reports and decisions, available through our Online Catalog. For more information, see the LLMC web site, linked above.
National Labor Relations Board. Includes a searchable database of decisions (late 1996- present) and weekly summaries of action (also late 1996- present) that are not searchable.
ONet. This database from the Labor Dept. replaces their Dictionary of Occupational Titles and gives information on job and worker characteristics.
Trademark Electronic Business Center. The database contains over 3 million current, pending and dead trademarks. Basic and advanced searches, as well as browsing, are available.
UNData. A portal providing access to various UN databases, totalling over 50 million records.
U.S. Export Sales Reports. These very detailed reports on the exports of agricultural commodities are made available on a weekly and yearly basis. Figures are broken down by country to which the commodity was exported.
Wage Determinations Online.gov. This database is designed for federal contractors but includes wage data of more general interest as well. In particular, the site's Library section contains links to all kinds of labor standards information.
Year 2000 Reports Database. This searchable database of Y2K readiness reports filed by companies involved in investments–advisors, brokers, transfer agents–is made available by the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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