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You can find a list of sources for country reports here.


Below you can find a list of important databases for Macrodata divided by region or in alphabetical order.


This page is continually being updated. If you have any questions or comments, or if you would like to see additional databases included in this survey, please contact our subject librarian.



Worldwide International Financial Statistics

OECD iLibrary

Global Financial Data (GFDatabase)

World Bank Data

World Development Indicators

Global Development Finance

Intern. Trade and Market Access Data

International Debt Statistics


UNdata (UNCDB)

Human Development Index




Multinational Time Use Study (MTUS)

Penn World Table

Social security Data (ISSA)

African Development Indicators

Gender Info




World Bank

World Bank

World Bank

World Trade Organiziation

World Bank





WhartonSchool, Univ. of Pennsylvania

Thomson Reuters

Univ. of Oxford

Univ. of Pennsylvania


World Bank


Region Database Provider

Regionaldatenbank Deutschland

Zeitreihendatenbank Deutsche Bundesbank

Federal Statistical Office Germany / Destatis

Federal Statistical Office Germany

Deutsche Bundesbank

EU EU Open Data Portal


ComExt / Intra- and Extra-EU Trade Data

Eurostat Dissemination Database

ECB Statistical Data Warehouse







Europe Bank of England Statistics

UK National Statistics

Nordic Statistics

UNICEF TransMonee
Bank of England

UK Statistics Authority

Nordic National Statistical Institutes (NSI)

USA U.S. Economic Accounts

Bureau of Labor Statistics

Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA)

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis




Macrodata alphabetically



AMECO is the annual macro-economic database of the European Commission's Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs (DG ECFIN).
AMECO contains data for EU-28, the euro area, EU Member States, candidate countries and other OECD countries (United States, Japan, Canada, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Mexico, Korea, Australia and New Zealand). The data included cover a wide range of themes:

  • Business and consumer surveys
  • Fiscal governance
  • Key indicators for the euro area
  • Labor market and wage development indicators
  • Monetary conditions
  • Price and cost competitiveness
  • Tax and benefits indicators
  • Taxation reforms

Bank of England Statistics

This Statistical Interactive Database provides the money and financial statistics of the Bank of England. The time series contain monthly, quarterly, semi-annual an annual data partly from 1963 onwards. Data can be downloaded as Excel, CSV, HTML or XML file.

Bureau of Labor Statistics

Besides data of the US unemployment rate and the CPI the Bureau of Labor statistics generates large amount of other data concerning the following topics:

  • Employment and unemployment
  • Inflation and prices
  • Pay and benefits
  • Spending and time use
  • Productivity
  • Workplace injuries
  • Regional resources

Data can be retrieved in many ways, assistance is provided by a detailed help and tutorials homepage.


Datastream is a global financial and macroeconomic database that holds time series information for over two million financial instruments, securities and key economic indicators by country and sector. For some of the over 100 million time series in over 8,000 different fields the time period covered is up to 50 years.

A datatype description can be found here. Furthermore, Thomson Reuters provides online tutorials.

Access to the database is provided via a Datastream terminal located in the library "Schloss Schneckenhof Süd - BWL" (Business library). Mannheim University research staff can obtain a direct access link. For details please contact Dr. Markus Doumet at the Chair of Finance (Prof. Theissen). Important: Datastream access is scheduled via the Ilias group "Finance Databases"

ECB Statistical Data Warehouse

This database provides Eurozone data relevant to the monetary policy and other activities of the European Central Bank. Time Series are devided by economic concepts:

  • Monetary operations
  • Prices, output, demand and labour market
  • Money, banking and financial markets
  • Euro area accounts
  • Government finance
  • External transactions and postitions
  • Exchange rates
  • Payments and securities tradning, clearing, settlement
  • Banknotes and coins
  • Indicators of financial integration

All data can be downloaded in several formats such as Excel or CSV.



Eurostat is the statistical office of the European Union. Its portal (also known as Eurostat Dissemination Database) provides statistical data  - up to four decades - of the EU member states in nine different thematic areas:

  • General and regional statistics
  • Economy and finance
  • Population and social conditions
  • Industry, trade and services
  • Agriculture and fisheries
  • International trade
  • Transport
  • Environment and Energy
  • Science and technology

Eurostat is freely accessible and contains all data formerly provided by the databases NewCronos, ComExt and Europroms.


EU Open Data Portal

The European Union Open Data portal provides federated access to public data from EU institutions and agencies. The portal was launched in 2013. A single catalogue interface helps locate data from EU institutions, including Eurostat, the Committee of the Regions, the EC Directorate-General for Competition, DG Enterprise and Industry and the European Environment Agency. The full list of participating institutions is on an index page.

Data is available in both human and machine readable formats. The site also offers a selection of applications built around EU data.

FRED - Federal Reserve Economic Data

FRED, provided by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, is an online database consisting of (at the moment) more than 55,000 economic data time series from 45 national, international, public, and private sources (like the IMF, World BAnk, Standard and Poor's, Eurostat, Dow Jones...). It contains data - not only from the United States - from the following categories:

  • Money, Banking and Finance
  • National Accounts
  • Population, Employment and Labor Markets
  • Prices
  • Production and Business Activities
  • International Data
  • U.S. Regional Data
  • Academic Data

The covered time periods varies depending on the source. Different data tools are provided to prepare data, like downloads to Excel, creating your own graphs, mobile apps etc.

Gender Info

Gender Info (formerly known as Wistat Women's Indicators), produced by the United Nations Statistics Division in collaboration with UNICEF (United Nations Children's Fund) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).and UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund). It provides gender statistics covering topics like education, family, health, population, political participation and work. Besides customisable tables there are also included graphs and maps. 

An extensive user guide can be found here.


GENESIS-Online (Gemeinsames Neues Statistisches Informations-System = new  common statistical information system) is the German Federal Statistics Office Portal and is developed in collaboration with the German Länder's statistical offices.
It provides data on the German population, regions, labour market, elections, education, social  benefits, health, environment, prices, consumption and public finance. 

Covered time period: 1990 - 2012, updates constantly.

A selection of data and functionalities is available freely on the web site. Member of the University of Mannheim should use this link to get username ("Benutzername") and password ("Passwort") to get premium access to all contents of GENESIS. (There please click on "Weiter zum Online-Zugang" to start GENESIS-Homepage and to log in there on the left.)

Global Financial Data

This database provides access to current and historical data of financial markets from more than 200 countries, especially macroeconomic data and indices. The covered financial and economic data extend in some cases from 1200 to present. The historical data are compiled from original source documents like academic journals, news periodicals etc. The user is traced back to these original sources. Die Datenbank bietet Zugang zu aktuellen und historischen Finanzmarktdaten aus über 200 Ländern. 

It includes data on

  • Exchange Rates
  • Inflation
  • Equities
  • Fixed Incomes
  • Commodities
  • etc.

Access to this database is limited for members of the Mannheim University and needs a special registration! you need to be within the campus-network to register via this web page as a "new member". Please use the third option "Academic" to create a personal account. Fill in the form and you will get your new password within some minutes. Please note: You have to use your email from Mannheim University!



With HISTAT (Historische Statistik) the GESIS dataarchiv offers over 200.000 time series from ca. 300 studies on historical statistics of Germany - depending on the series dating back to 18th century. Time series cover different issues (like trade, production, public finance, or company history etc.) out of the following topics:

  • Historical statistics of Germany
  • Historical demography
  • History of education
  • Financial history
  • Social and economic history of Germany


Human Development Index (UN)

The Human Development Index (HDI) is published annually by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The HDI is a summary measure of average achievement in key dimensions of human development, considering life expectancy, education and purchasing power parity. At the moment, the HDI provides data for roughly 190 countries (worldwide). Data can be retrieved in a wide range of formats (CSV, JSON, PDF, RDF, RSS, XLS, XLSX, XML).



This ILO database of labour statistics provides multiple datasets with annual and infra-annual labour market statistics for over 100 indicators and 230 countries, areas and territories. It includes data on

  • Total and Economically Active Population
  • Employment
  • Unemployment
  • Hours of Work
  • Wages
  • Labour cost
  • Consumer Price Indices
  • Occupational Injuries
  • Strikes and Lockouts
  • Household Income and Expenditure
  • International Labour Migration

Some indicators are available from 1950 onwards. ILOSTAT is the successor of LABORSTA, the International Labour Organization’s former statistical database.  Annual data and accompanying metadata prior to 2008 were migrated from LABORSTA.

International Debt Statistics

International Debt Statistics (IDS) is a World Bank database. It focuses on financial flows, trends in external debt, and other major financial indicators for developing and advanced economies:

  • East Asia & Pacific
  • Europe & Central Asia
  • Latin America & Caribbean
  • Middle East & North Africa
  • South Asia, Sub Saharan Africa
  • Low or Middle income
  • IBRD
  • IDA

The database includes over 200 time series indicators from 1970 to 2012 (for most reporting countries), and pipeline data for scheduled debt service payments on existing commitments to 2020. Data can be downloaded as CSV, Excel or PDF file.

International Financial Statistics

This Database from the International Monetary Fund contains data from over 200 countries in some cases from 1945 onwards.

It provides global data from the following topics:

  • national accounts
  • financial statistics
  • industry statistics
  • economic- and short-term statistics
  • regional statistics
  • social statistics

You can access predefined data reports or build your own query and download all tables and graphs to Excel, Word or as pdf. Extensive user guides can be found at the help-page.


Multinational Time Use Study (MTUS)

The MTUS is a database of the Centre for Time Use Research at the University of Oxford. Is provides studies on people's time spent on various activities (labour, leisure,...) seperated by gender, age etc. Since its beginning in 1980 MTUS has grown to encompass over 60 datasets from 22 (developed) countries (mostly from Europe plus USA, Canada, Australia, South Africa and Israel). It is also incorporating recent data from the HETUS (Harmonized European Time Use Survey), ATUS (American Time Use Survey), and other national level time use projects.

Some surveys, depending on the country, include data from the 1960s onwards.

You need to register to get access to data.


Nordic Statistics

Nordic Statistics is a pan-nordic database, that contains comparable statistics for Sweden, Norway, Denmark, the Faroe Islands, Greenland, Finland, Åland and Iceland.

It covers main themes like economy, income, labour market, foreign trade, public finance and prices, health, social integration and many more. Coverage is from 1968 onwards for most of the time series.

Graphs and tables can be created and data can be downloaded as Excel, csv or html file for further analysis.


OECD iLibrary

The OECD iLibrary is the portal for OECD data as well as documentation and publications from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. It contains about 390 complete databases including all databases also available via OECD.stat (for example Main Econmic Indicators and "International Trade by Commodities Statistics) and the data from the International Energy Agency IEA.

The main categories of the provided data are:

  • International trade and commodities
  • Labour markets
  • Main economic indicators
  • International direct investment / FDI
  • Productivity
  • National accounts
  • Taxation
  • Social expenditure
  • Science, R&D, technolgy
  • Education
  • Health
  • Agriculture
  • Globalisation indicators

Statistical Data is available in csv format for export to excel or other programms, Data coverage is from the 1960s to present.


Penn World Table

The Penn World Table, issued by the Center for International Comparisons at the University of Pennsylvania (USA), provides purchasing power parity and national income accounts converted to international prices for 189 countries/territories for some or all of the years 1950-2010. Three output formats are provided: html table, SAS data input, comma separated values

Regionaldatenbank Deutschland

The Regionaldatenbank is a database which contains official statistical data from the German Bund, Länder, Stadt- und Landkreisen (townships and counties)in great detail. Its content is continuously enlarged and covers topics like regions, population, employment, education, health, environment, economic sectors any many more.


Social security data (ISSA)

The International Social Security Association database provides statistics on 170 social security systems worldwide (country profiles, scheme descriptions). It also includes information on social security reform. Regions covered include the Americas, Africa, Asia and the Pacific, and Europe.

UK National Statistics

The UK National Statistics Publication Hub can be used as a gateway to UK national statistics. It provides links to the latest statistics produced by UK government departments and hosts all first releases of National Statistics. Covered themes are: 

  • Agriculture and Environment
  • Business and Energy
  • Children, Education and Skills
  • Crime and Justice
  • Economy
  • Government
  • Health and Social Care
  • Labour Market
  • People and Places
  • Population
  • Travel and Transport

You can also access statistics by regions or a local area.

At the linked Office for National Statistics' homepage you can access datasets and reference tables directly.


UNdata (formlerly known as United Nations Common Database, UNCDB) combines more than 300 time series from the United Nations and partners to bring their statistical databases within easy reach through a single access point.

Covered topics are for example education, employment, energy, environment, health, human development, industry, information technology, national accounts an trade.The covered time period dates back to the early 1970s. Country profiles are also accessible.



UNCTAD (UN Conference on Trade and Development) produces more than 159 indicators and statistical time series covering the following topics:

  • International trade
  • Economic trends
  • Foreign direct investment
  • External financial resources
  • Population and labour force
  • Commodities
  • Information economy
  • Creative economy
  • Maritime transport

Time series for almost all economies of the world range for most categories from the mid 1960s to 2011, some date back to 1948.
All data can be downloaded in different formats e.g. Excel or csv.


UNICEF TransMonee

The TransMonEE (Transformative Monitoring for Enhanced Equity) database provides socio-economic indicators relevant to the situation of children, young people and women in countries of CEE/CIS coutries (Central Eastern Europe and Commonwealth of independent States). Most data are collected from the relevatn national statistical offices.

The 180 economic and social indicators of the 2012 version of the database cover topics like polulation, natality, child and maternal mortality, health, education and economy.

Data cover the period 1989 to 2010/11 exept data on education (2000/01 to 2010/11) and is updated yearly.


U.S. Economic Accounts

On the webpages of the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) from the U.S. Department of Commerce most important data on the U.S. economy can be found like the "National Income and Products Account (NIPA)" including GDP and its components, personal income, and corporate profits. Quarterly NIPA data dates back to 1946, annual data is accessible from 1929 onwards.

Extensive international data from recent years like Balance of Payments, Exports and Imports, U.S. Direct Investment Abroad, and Foreign Direct Investment in the United States are also available in different formats. Data can be retrieved for specific times and frequencies.

There are also many regional statistics like on Gross State Product (GSP), State Personal Income, Local Area Personal and Per Capita Personal Income etc.

Also data on industry like the Annual Industry Accounts (GDP by Industry & Input-Output Accounts) is provided.

World dataBank

This platform provides free access to the statistic databases, tables and reports of the World Bank. It is updated currently and includes among many other things the following databases:

  • World Development Indicators (WDI): development data from officially-recognized international sources
  • Global Development Finance (GDF): statistics of external debt and financial flows 
  • African Development Indicators: most detailed collection of development data on Africa
  • Global Economic Monitor (GEM): daily updates of global economic developments (high income- as well as developing countries)  
  • Gender Statistics: data on key gender topics (including demographies, labor force, education, political participation an health) 
  • Education Statistics
  • Health Nutrition and Population Statistics
  • ...



Wharton Research Data Services provides instant access to important databases in the fields of finance, accounting, banking, economics, management, marketing and public policy.

The particular databases are:

  • COMPUSTAT North America (incl. Segments & Bank Fundamentals)
  • COMPUSTAT Global
  • COMPUSTAT Execucomp
  • CRSP
  • I/B/E/S
  • Thomson Reuters Mutual Funds

Read more on what WRDS is and how to get access to WRDS (requires registration!) here

WTO – International trade and market access data

The WTO's databases and publications provide extensive access to trade and tariff data:

  • Trade and tariff information by economy
  • Merchandise trade statistics
  • Trade in commercial services statistics
  • International trade statistics (world trade developments)

Availability of the data depends on the chosen category. The time series on international trade offered by the WTO partly date back to the 1940s. Data is available in Excel and PDF format.

Zeitreihendatenbank Deutsche Bundesbank

This database from the Deutsche Bundesbank (German Central Bank) contains many time series (=Zeitreihen) not only covering Germany but also the European Monetary Union and its members. Statistics can be chosen from the following topics:

  • Macroeconomic accounting systems
  • Money and capital markets
  • Banks and other financial institutions
  • Enterprises and housholds
  • Public finances
  • External Sector
  • Euro-area aggregates
  • ESCB indicators
  • IMF related data
  • International Statistics

All time series can be downloaded as csv-files.