|National macroeconomic policies as well as global international economic forces are shaping the business environment in which the modern entrepreneur operates. If he/she is to survive and/or benefit from the impact of market globalization, the understanding and access to information on economics, macroeconomic analyses and focecasts, short and long term economic trends, monetary and financial developments, international economics, etc. are vital to his/her operations. This page lists and rates electronic resources related to economics, economic development and international economics.|
Last updated November 25th 2012
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WebEc - WWW Resources in Economics|
WebEc is an effort to categorize free information in economics on the WWW. It lists and describes material that could be of interest to mainly academic economists and is at least in part freely available on the Internet. An exceptional site. I particularly liked their International Economic category as well as their Economic Development, Technological Change and Growth category. Despite the annoucement that WebEc will not be maintained after May 2007 it is still an exceptional resource.
RFE Resources for Economists on the Internet
Bill Goffe's famous RFE guide lists the many resources on the Internet of interest to academic and practicing economists, and those interested in economics. An excellent and very detailed guide.
National Bureau of Economic Research
The National Bureau of Economic Research is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization dedicated to promoting a greater understanding of how the economy works. 18 of the 33 American Nobel prize winners in Economics have been researchers at the NBER. The current research focus on developing new statistical measurements, estimating quantitative models of economic behavior, assessing the economic effects of public policies, and projecting the effects of alternative policy proposals. Excellent and very well organized site. Do not miss the new economic releases and the economic report of the President.
World Bank Development Economics
The Development Economics Vice Presidency (DEC) of the World Bank seeks to increase understanding of development policies and programs by providing intellectual leadership and analytical services to the Bank and the development community. DEC is the research and data arm of the World Bank. Excellent and very rich site where you can find statistics and development indicators, research data and publications, analysis and advice on global trends in the economy. Furthermore documents can be searched by topic, region or country, and type of document. Do not miss the excellent publications in the section on «Key Product Series».
Bruegel Think Tank
Established as a non-profit international association under Belgian law, Bruegel is a European think tank working in the field of international economics and seeking to contribute to European and global economic policy-making through research, analysis and debate. Their current research program focuses on Europen macroeconomics, Global economics and governance, Finance and financial regulation, Competition innovation and sustainable growth. Excellent and very rich site with many publications which can be downloaded. Do not miss the extremely interesting publication : « The Euro crisis and the new impossible Trinity » which helps understand the difficulties in getting out of the current crisis.
Peterson Institute for International Economics
The Peterson Institute for International Economics is a private, nonprofit US research institution devoted to the study of international economic policy. In addition to a rich publications catalog (entire book chapters can be previewed) and a hot issues section, the site also includes very interesting policy briefs. An excellent and very rich site. Do not miss the section on «Real Time Economic Issues».
Economic Policy Institute
The Economic Policy Institute (EPI) is a non profit think tank which was created to broaden discussions about economic policy to include the needs of low and middle income workers. EPI's work spans a range of economic policy issues, including Education; Federal Budget, Macroeconomic Performance; Public Investment; Trade and Globalization, etc. In addition to the very interesting publications section, this excellent site produces "The State of Working America", an ongoing analysis which allows for a clear, unbiased understanding of the economy's effect on the living standards of working Americans.
French Economic Observatory
The OFCE is both a university research centre and an institution for forecasting and evaluating public policies. It is organized into four departments ( Analysis & Forecasting, Research, Innovation & Competition, and Globalisation ) which cover the main fields of theoretical and empirical research. Excellent site. Do not miss the newsletters in the Publications section especially the May 2011 newsletter on the goldfish syndrome which shows that like goldfish governments don't have long term memory and run in circles.
Dr Ed's Blog
Dr. Ed Yardeni is the President and Chief Investment Strategist of Yardeni Research, Inc., a provider of independent investment strategy and economics research for institutional investors. In his blog, he highlights some of the more interesting relationships and developments that should be of interest to investors. Excellent site. Do not miss the Charts of the day section which contains all sorts of business, financial indicators as well as charts.
World Economic Forum
The World Economic Forum is a global community of business, political, intellectual and other leaders of society who are committed to improving the state of the world. As an independent, not-for-profit organization it encourages businesses, governments and civil society to commit together to improving the state of the world and meet key challenges such as building sustained economic growth, mitigating global risks, promoting health for all, improving social welfare and fostering environmental sustainability. Excellent site. The section on Issues and the very rich publications section are particularly interesting. Do not miss the report «Well Being and Global Success» and the «Gobal Information Technology Report 2010-2011».
G8 Information Centre
The G8 Research Group from the University of Toronto has been created to serve as the world's leading independent source of information, analysis, and research on the institutions, issues and members of the G8 Summit. The site has been restructured and it is now very easy to navigate within the site. Excellent and very rich site which include analytical studies, Summits documents, news, etc.
The Centre d'études prospectives et d'informations internationales (CEPII) is France's main centre for the study of international economics, covering macroeconomic analyses and forecasts , monetary and financial issues, international trade, transition countries and emerging economies. Do not miss the monthly CEPII's newsletter and the various working documents. A very good site.
This is a reference site for students and anyone with an interest in the subject of economics. It offers information related to degree programs, courses, colleges and universities, and possible career options in the field. It also lists the top 100 sites (mostly blogs) for Enlightened Economists. Excellent site even though the focus is mostly on the US and Canada.
INOMICS is an international service for students and professionals in economics and finance which offers a search for conferences, jobs, programs, courses and economics resources that can be accessed online. Interesting and useful site.
The Economics Working Papers Archive, provided by the Economics Department of Washington University , is devoted to the free distribution of working papers in economics. There are 22 subject areas. An essential scholarly site.
Although the main purpose of EcEdWeb, the Economic Education Website, is to provide support for economic education in all forms and at all levels, it is a very useful site for anyone looking for general information on Economics. Its commented list of related weblinks is excellent.
Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy (BRIE)
The Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy (BRIE) is a small, interdisciplinary research project at the University of California at Berkeley. For nearly fifteen years, BRIE has worked to consider the real-world interactions of technology, markets and economies and to formulate path-breaking positions that challenge conventional economic policy-making. BRIE stands today as one of the leading intellectual voices debating government policy and business strategy.
International Economics Study Center
Set up by an Associate Professor of Economics and International Affairs at The George Washington University, the main features of this website are three online textbooks designed for students and professionals at all levels: International Trade: Theory and Policy; International Finance: Theory and Policy ; International Economics: Theory and Policy . Very good site. Do not miss the blogs.
Economics Departments, Institutes and Research Centers in the World (EDIRC)
There is now an amazing number of economics institutions on the WWW. This is an attempt by Christian Zimmermann (Economic Research Department, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis) to index them. Currently 12,478 institutions in 231 countries and territories are listed.
New Economics Foundation (NEF)
The New Economics Foundation (NEF) works for a just and sustainable economy, and sees its role as being a 'community to policy bridge': linking those engaged with alternative economic initiatives together with policy makers whose decisions critically affect the viability of such approaches. To this end, it works with hundreds of community, non-governmental and governmental organisations, as well as a range of individuals from research institutes in the UK and elsewhere. Very good site with an interesting set of publications.
Economist Intelligence Unit
The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), a member of the Economist Group, is a publishing and advisory firm created to help companies manage their operations across national borders. It is a vital source of know-how on worldwide business, trade and financial developments, economic and political trends, government regulations and corporate practices. A commercial site which provides business information directly on-line or on a monthly basis. Rather expensive but probably worthwhile.
Labour Economics Gateway
The Labour Economics Gateway (LEG) is an annotated guide to labour economics resources on the internet, developed and run by Jacques Brosius. It provides links to labour economists home pages, research centres, statistics, journals and documents. Interesting. Do not miss the 1999 European national action plans for employment.
Canadian Foundation for Economic Education
CFEE aims to identify, and help impart, the fundamental concepts of economics, enterprise, entrepreneurship, and personal finance that must be factored into the decisions and actions we face in our day-to-day lives. The site describes the various CFEE programs and resources (some available for purchase, some for free). The most interesting parts are the sections on resources, on links and on economic information (although very much limited). Do not miss the «What's the heck is happening in Europe?» in the What's new section.
Economic Democracy Information Network (EDIN)
From revitalizing inner city communities to creating sustainable development to converting to a peacetime economy, information resources and rapid communication are becoming increasingly important in both our economic and political system. To help avoid the danger of a split between the information haves and have-nots, EDIN will provide community groups throughout California and in the nation greater access to the burgeoning world of information by both providing more information and easier access to electronic communication.
Economy.com was a leading provider of economic, financial, and industry research designed to meet the information needs of business organizations, governments, and professional and personal investors worldwide. Despite its obvious commercial focus, it offered a lot of interesting free information particularly a comprehensive database of economic, industry, financial, and demographic data. Unfortunately since the purchase of Economy.com by Moody's Analytics in 2005 it seems there is no longer any free information provided. It is still an extremely valuable site if one is prepared to pay for the requested data.
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