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Scholarly Communication in Economics
Economists rely on three major sources of information:
1. Journal articles. Journal articles serve as a record of information that has already been communicated. They are peer-reviewed and of high quality compared to working papers. Journal articles are used to assess scholarly achievement.
2. Working papers. Working papers communicate the most recent scholarship. They are important because significant time elapses between manuscript submission and publication in the field. Working papers are not peer-reviewed and are used to gather comments and feedback on work in progress.
3. Datasets. Economists use datasets to replicate or challenge the conclusions of others in the field and as a teaching tool. Some journals, such as the American Economic Review, now make datasets available with each article.
Social Science Datasets
ICPSR: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research
Social science data repository, management, and curation consortium. The majority of datasets may be downloaded for analysis and data can be uploaded for preservation archiving and sharing. The ICPSR Bibliography of Data-related Literature is an index dating back to 1962, containing over 80,000 citations of works using data from the archive, including journal articles, books, book chapters, government and agency reports, working papers, dissertations, conference papers, and more.
A different interface for the Census Bureau data. Statistics about population, housing, industry, and business available for download. Also allows for the creation of reference and thematic maps.
Bureau of Economic Analysis
Provides many statistical reports relating to business and economics.
Bureau of Labor Statistics
The BLS collects data on price indexes, inflation, consumer behaviors, salaries, benefits, work-related injuries, and more.
The Census Bureau provides statistics on nearly every subject, including basic demographics, housing, education, income, business characteristics, and more. The American FactFinder application and "Subjects A to Z" link are especially useful.
Census Bureau Economic Indicators
The site's mission is to provide timely access to the daily releases of key economic indicators from the BEA and Census Bureau.
Federal Reserve Economic Data (FRED)
A database of over 15,000 U.S. economic time series.
Page One Economics
A core economic information portal produced by the St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank.
National, regional, and state trade statistics.
Journal Articles (and More)
This portal combines fifteen databases and 55 million records from different UN agencies with more expected in the future. Major topics include agriculture, employment, education, energy, environment, health, human development, industry, information and communication technology, population, refugees, trade, and tourism.