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Open Resources - Economics & Business

Federal agencies and many international organizations make their data, reports, and publications available free of charge. Some universities and institutions make teaching resources or scholarly publications freely available to others. 

United States government materials are in the public domain while other organizations make their materials available using Creative Commons or other open licenses. To be sure that your use falls within the scope of the license, look for a terms of use, copyright, or similar link on the site you're using. If you have questions about your use of these materials, contact Meg Oakley, Director, Copyright & Scholarly Communication.

United States Government

Bureau of Economic Analysis

Bureau of Labor Statistics

  • Data: Inflation and prices, employment and unemployment, pay & benefits, productivity, international, regional, and more
  • Publications: The Economics Daily, Monthly Labor Review, Reports and Bulletins and more

Economic Census

  • Data: Economic data by industry and topic
  • Publications: Link to Census Bureau publications, by topic

Federal Reserve Economic Data

  • Data: Over 294,000 economic time series from 80 sources
  • Publications: Catalog of publications of the US Federal Reserve System

USA Trade Online

  • Data: Customized reports and charts detailing international trade data

International Organizations


  • Data: European statistics, including economy, finance, trade, and industry

International Monetary Fund

  • Data: IMF's International Financial Statistics, Direction of Trade Statistics, Balance of Payments Statistics, and Government Finance Statistics, and more
  • Publications: Links to all of IMF's publications; note that not all are freely available

United Nations

  • Data: Includes finance, labor, trade, and other databases, and data by country

World Bank

  • Data: DataBank is an analysis and visualization tool that contains extensive collections of data on a variety of topics
  • Reports and Working Papers: From the World Bank's Development Economics Group
  • Publications: Includes books, journal articles, working papers, annual reports, and more published by the World Bank

Country Information

CIA World Fact Book

Country commercial guides (written by U.S. Embassy trade experts)

Country statistical agencies (compiled by the Census Bureau)

Country and regional information (World Bank)

Open Educational Resources

MIT Sloan Open Courseware - Class materials from MIT's Sloan School of Management

MIT Sloan LearningEdge - Case studies and management flight simulations from MIT's Sloan School of Management

OpenStax - Free textbooks for students - includes economics titles; hosted by Rice University

Open Textbook Library - Free textbooks for students - includes business and economics titles; hosted by the University of Minnesota

Journal Articles, Working Papers, and News

DOAJ - Indexes and provides access to open access, peer-reviewed journals

NBER Economic Indicators and Releases - Daily updates with links to reports

OpenDOAR - Indexes and searches open access repositories

SSRN (Social Science Research Network) - Searchable database of research papers in the social sciences, including economics, finance, management, and related topics