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These are links to international organizations, research centers, university departments and other institutions which collect, archive or analyze data and statistics of various kinds. Only institutions are included that provide (some kind of) on-line data access.

The World Bank - Economic Data
World Bank
Economic Data
United Nations Population Division - World Population Prospects
UN Population Division
Population Prospects
United Nations Population Division - World Population Prospects
UN Population Division
Urbanization Prospects
OECD Statistics
OECD Statistics
World Health Organization: Health and mortality data for all countries of the world.
Statistical Data on Mortality and Health


U.S. Census Bureau
Statistics (USA)
International Telecommunication Union
Telecom. Union
Energy Information Administration
Energy Information Administration (USA)
EUROSTAT: Data on Europe
International Labor Organization - Employment Data
International Labour



Freedom House
Transparency International: Corruption Perception Index
UNICEF: Statistics on the situation of children worldwide.
United Nations
Children's Fund
Economist Intelligence Unit - Economic Data
Intelligence Unit
CIA Factbook: Data on all countries of the world.


Demographic and Health Surveys - USAID
Demographic and
Health Surveys
World Trade Organization (WTO) - International Trade Statistics
World Trade
Organization (WTO)
International Monetary Fund
Int. Monetary Fund Financial Data

University of Texas
Inequality Project
UNESCO - Institute for Statistics
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization



Stockholm International Peace Research Institute
Data on human rights
Human Rights Watch

FAO: Agriculture & Forestry Statistics

Unite Nations
Statistics Division

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics



City Population

World Urban Areas

Global Population Statistics

GGDC Productivity Level Database

Institute for Health
Metrics and Evaluation
Global Health Data



Maddison Project: Historical GDP Estimates

Penn World Table
Version 8

Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison: Collection of Statistical Yearbooks

World Input-Output Database

Redatam Informa
(census data online)



University of Groningen Databases

University of Groningen
African Sector

DataFirst (Univ. of Cape Town, South Africa)

African Integrated
Census Micro Data

(national public attitude surveys)



WWW Foundation

Measurement Lab

Internet World Stats

Internet Traffic Report

Centre for Comparative European Survey Data



Standards & Poor

Quandl (beta)

Haver Analytics

Business Information

Crime Statistics



The Eora MRIO Database (input-output tables)

U.S. Aging Related Statistics

University of Michigan
China Data Center

Univ. of Minnesota, Integrated Public Use Microdata Series

World Top Incomes



Globalization and
World Cities
Research Network

Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Dep. of Commerce

Population Mondiale (France)


International Food
Policy Institute



The International
Disaster Database

United Nations Population Division - World Population Prospects
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

Bonn International Center for Conversion

World Intellectual Property Organization

The Conference Board: Total Economy Database



International Household Survey Network

List of National Statistical Offices and Agencies worldwide

Lists of health-related and demographic surveys and censuses for all countries of the world

World Population and Housing Census Programme - 1990, 2000, 2010 Rounds: List of all censuses

United Nations, Statistics Division: Demographic Yearbook, 1995-present

(The Demographic Yearbook includes demographic data as reported by UN member countries. For demographi-cally consistent population estimates see: United Nations, Population Division: World Population Prospects and World Urbanization Prospects)

World Map of Under-Sea Telecommunication Cables

Submarine Cable Systems and Networks

The World Top Income Database (Time-series of distribution of incomes for 22 countries)

The Atlas of Economic Clusters in London

Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members (CIA - World Leaders Online Directory, USA)

U.S. Congress: Directory of International Organizations and Officials (USA)

U.S. Department of State: Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2010. Vol.1 (USA)

U.S. Department of State: Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2010. Vol.2 (USA)




Zachary Karabell (2014): The Leading Indicators: A Short History of the Numbers That Rule Our World. Simon & Schuster; First Edition edition.

Gross national product, balance of trade, unemployment, inflation, and consumer confidence guide our actions, yet few of us know where these numbers come from, what they mean, or why they rule our world. In The Leading Indicators, Zachary Karabell tells the fascinating history of these indicators. They were invented in the mid-twentieth century to address the urgent challenges of the Great Depression, World War II, and the Cold War. They were rough measures— designed to give clarity in a data-parched world that was made up of centralized, industrial nations—yet we still rely on them today.

Simon Constable / Robert E. Wright (2011): The WSJ Guide to the 50 Economic Indicators That Really Matter: From Big Macs to "Zombie Banks," the Indicators Smart Investors Watch to Beat the Market (The Wall Street Journal). HarperBusiness.

The authors offer investors powerful new tools to guide them through the markets. Whether it's the VIX index (which tracks the level of anxiety among investors) or the Vixen index (which tracks the number of attractive waitresses in your hometown), this essential guide includes in-depth analyses of 50 valuable economic indicators, as well as what to watch for, what to do when movement happens, and the risk level involved in taking action. This must-have guide entertains and enlightens while offering essential advice on navigating the global economic climate.

Kenneth C. Land / Alex C. Michalos / M. Joseph Sirgy (2011): Handbook of Social Indicators and Quality of Life Research. Springer.

The aim of this Book is to create an overview of the field of Quality of Life studies in the early years of the 21st century. Social indicators are statistical time series “…used to monitor the social system, helping to identify changes and to guide intervention to alter the course of social change”. Examples include unemployment rates, crime rates, estimates of life expectancy, health status indices, school enrollment rates, average achievement scores, election voting rates, and measures of subjective well-being such as satisfaction with life-as-a-whole and with specific domains or aspects of life.

The Economist (2010): The Economist Guide to Economic Indicators: Making Sense of Economics. Wiley

From the publishers of The Economist, the renowned international business weekly, this practical resource offers a detailed road map of all the major—and many of the less well-known—economic indicators in existence today. Explaining exactly what they are, why they are significant, how reliable they are, and—perhaps, most importantly—how to interpret them, it covers over 100 indicators, including: GDP, population, employment, unemployment, public expenditure, personal and disposable income, fixed investments, imports and exports, nominal exchange rates, money supply and stock, wages, earnings, and labor costs.

The Economist (2013): The Economist Pocket World in Figures 2014. Profile Books.

The 2014 edition of this perennial favorite has been completely updated, revised and expanded with many new features. Full of facts and figures about the world today - on subjects as diverse as geography, population and demographics, business, finance and the economy, transport, tourism and the environment, society, culture and crime.

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