Dictionaries, encyclopedias and handbooks provide background material and are often a good place to start your research, as key concepts are explained and a bibliography is often enclosed. The selected resources below are located on the First floor of the Chesnutt Library in the Reference Department.
American economy: a historical encyclopedia
Dictionary of economics
Encyclopedia of global population and demographics
Oxford encyclopedia of economic history
Worldmark encyclopedia of national economies
The Main Stacks are located on the Second and Third floors of the Library. If you do not find what you need by browsing the Library of Congress Call Numbers for Economics, please refer to the Library's Online Catalog for more information sources.
Advances in economics and econometrics: theory and
applications : eighth World Congress
how information technology has transformed business thinking
Economic growth and macroeconomic dynamics: recent
developments in economic theory
Essays on the history of economics
Statistical physics and economics: concepts, tools,
Use the Database Finder to identify other Economics related databases.
Development Information Services
Global Development Finance (GDF)
Papers in Economics)
Development Indicators (WDI)
Bureau of Economic Analysis : "The BEA prepares national, regional, industry, and international accounts that present essential information on such key issues as economic growth, regional economic development, interindustry relationships, and the Nation's position in the world economy."
Bureau of Labor Statistics : "the principal fact-finding agency for the Federal Government in the broad field of labor economics and statistics. The BLS is an independent national statistical agency that collects, processes, analyzes, and disseminates essential statistical data to the American public, the U.S. Congress, other Federal agencies, State and local governments, business, and labor. The BLS also serves as a statistical resource to the Department of Labor."
EconData.Net : A well organized website "containing 1,000 links to socioeconomic data sources..." It's "Data Collections" consists of ten subcategories such as "access tools to multiple data series", "statistical compendia", and "mapping resources." Each subcategory is composed of links to excellent sources of economic information. (Websites that charge a fee are marked by a $).
Economagic: Economic Time Series Page : This site consists of "easily available economic time series data useful for economic research, in particular economic forecasting." Most of the data pertains to the US, local area employment data, in particular.
Economic Development Information Services : This site is maintained by the North Carolina Department of Commerce. It contains county profiles, regional information, industry profiles, state comparisons, research papers, and Commerce Maps.
EconPapers : "This web site provides access to RePEc, the world's largest collection of on-line Economics working papers, journal articles and software." It contains thousands of downloadable working papers, journal articles, software items, books and chapters.
EH.Net: This web site is owned by the Economic History Association. It has numerous services: "an Ask the Professor service, research abstract and book review series, a collection of course syllabi, a directory of economic historians, the EH.Net Encyclopedia of Economic and Business History, several databases, numerous links to websites related to economic history and the popular "How Much Is That?" service - which allows users to easily look up historical prices, interest rates, wage rates, GDP statistics, exchange rates and inflation rates.
Eurostat: Established by the Statistical Office of the European
communities, its mission is "to
gather and analyse figures from the different European statistics offices in
order to provide comparable and harmonised data to the European Institutions so
they can define, implement and analyse Community policies. Their data
covers many themes including economy and finance.
Joint Economic Committee : Created by Congress in 1946, the committee's main task is to "review economic conditions and to recommend improvements in economic policy." This web site contains the latest economic news, charts, recent studies, and upcoming events.
NC Economic Development Board: This is North Carolina's top economic advisory board. This site includes current news, reports and publications concerning the economic development of North Carolina.
North Carolina Economic Trends : This web site is maintained by the North Carolina Department of Commerce. It "tracks key economic indicators for the state of North Carolina on a quarterly basis. These include employment, wages, residential building permits, and retail sales. Economic trends are reported for the entire state of North Carolina, its economic regions, and major cities."
Online Glossary of Research Economics : "A general glossary of economics terms found in scholarly and research literature. It draws from diverse authors for the most easy-to-understand definitions possible and is useful for both the beginner as well as the more advance user." The terms are grouped by categories accessible by typing in the word "help" in the search box.
St. Louis Fed: Economic Research : This site was developed by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. It contains excellent links to recent data publications, economic data updates, and Federal Reserve databases such as FRED (Federal Reserve Economic Data) and FRASER (Federal Reserve Archival System for Economic Research).
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