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Economists with Web Pages
This site provides dozens and dozens of links to personal web pages created by economists worldwide.

Econmagic
This site offers a unique Internet tool that will construct a chart of almost any data series available on the web. Want to see the trend of the CPI over the past twenty years, or the compare the economic growth rates of Germany and Japan? This resource is just what the doctor ordered.

Economics Statistics Briefing Room
This site offers easy access to current federal economic indicators, and provides links to information from a number of federal agencies. Subjects are Output; Income; Employment; Unemployment; Earnings; Production and Business Activity; Prices and Money; Credits and Securities Markets; and International Statistics.

GPO Access
This home page of the Superintendent of Documents contains free access to electronic government information products (for example, Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, U.S. Budget of Fiscal Year 1998), Federal Web Sites, and Locators of Government Information Products.

Electronic Policy Network
This site provides timely information and ideas about national policy on Economics and Politics, Welfare and Families, Education, Civic Participation, and Health Policy in the form of a virtual magazine.

Panel Study
At this easy-to-access data site you will find the PSID, a longitudinal survey of a representative sample of U.S. individuals and families, which has been collecting data annually since 1968.

About.com
The mission of this site is to provide some insight into the information available on the Web. It offers expert guidance through a wide variety of disciplines, including economics.

Statistical Abstracts of the United States
This site provides an almost overwhelming amount of current and historical data on almost any subject you can imagine, including economics.

The Public Debt
At this site you will find links to The Public Debt of the United States to the Penny, Historical Debt, Interest Expense and the Public Debt, and Frequently Asked Questions.

USIA
This home page of the U. S. Information Service contains Fundamental Documents, History, Politics, Economics, Society, Culture, and States, which all contain useful information that can apply to the study of microeconomics. The 1997 U.S. budget is at this site.

National Bureau of Economic Research
This site (NBER) provides comprehensive macro data on the economy since the 1930s, while the NBER Macroeconomic History Data site is THE source for hard-to-find data on the economy before the Great Depression.

American Stock Exchange
This Web site serves the world's second-largest auction marketplace and provides visibility for over 700 companies.

Electronic Policy Network
Federal Reserve System Beige Book
The Beige Book, a Summary of Commentary on Current Economic Conditions by Federal Reserve Districts, which is published eight times a year, can be read on this Web site. It summarizes anecdotal information on current economic conditions from Bank and Branch directors, key business people, economists, and market experts, by both District and Sector.

Speakout.com Home Page
Take off from this page in many directions--News and Events, Issues of the Week, Issue Analysis, Interact, and Features Event--that often concern major economic issues. You can also connect to Think Tanks, Advocacy Organizations, Universities, Associations, Branches of Government.

Resources for Economists on the Internet
This resource of the WWW Virtual Library on Economics is an excellent starting place for any research in economics by academic and practicing economists and anyone interested in economics. Has many Web links.

WebEc--WWW Resources in Economics
This site offers an extensive virtual library of economics facts, figures, and thoughts.

The Dismal Scientist
Rich in economic data and analysis for "non-economist" this site is geared toward people who need to use economics but aren't economists themselves.

ECONLinks
This site provides access to basic economic and financial information in the form of links on the Web and is purposely not encyclopedic, containing a variety of resources that economics students will find useful.

U.C. Berkeley Economist Brad DeLong's personal site
Rich discussions of current economics issues and problems organized around: Careers, the Information Economy, Economists, Multimedia, Politics, Reviews and what DeLong is writing. One of the two best academic websites. The other is Krugman.

First Union's Economic Information
Provides free information in the form of PDF reports on such data as weekly economic commentary, monthly economic forecasts and regional and real estate economics.

Macroeconomics

Measuring Economic Performance

Bureau of Economic Analysis Home Page
The BEA, which is a part of the Department of Commerce, is the nation's accountant. It puts out the Survey of Current Business and is a good source for data on GDP/personal income, economic growth, regional development, and economic position in the world economy.

Fairmodel
This site brings the power of large-scale macroeconometric analysis to anyone with access to the Internet.

STAT-USA/Internet Site Economic, Trade, Business Information
This site, a service of the U.S. Department of Commerce, contains Daily Economic News, Frequently Requested Statistical Releases, Information on Export and International Trade, Domestic Economic News & Statistical Series, and Databases.

Statistical Resources on the Web/Economics
This site provides an excellent source of statistics collated from federal bureaus, economic indicators, both historical and current, the Federal Reserve Board, economic sources, federal statistical tables, and a consumer price inflator/deflator, plus many links to other sources.

The Economic Report of the President
The President of the United States presents this review of the U.S. economy to Congress each year. The report is available in ASCII text and PDF formats, with downloadable statistical tables.

Fiscal Policy and the Federal Budget

Joint Economic Committee Congressional Home Page
Start here to explore the work and opinions of the members of the JEC on many topics--tax reform and government spending and the Growth Debate, to name a couple.

The Public Debt
Here you will find links to The Public Debt of the United States to the Penny, Historical Debt, Interest Expense and the Public Debt, and Frequently Asked Questions.

The U.S. Treasury
Select Browse at this site to open up the U.S. Treasury, which is divided into accessible areas: Banking & Finance, Money, Taxes, and Treasury Services, to name just a few.

Today's Tax News
A continuously updated Web site, Today's Tax News features highlights of the latest tax news and summaries of documents from the United States and around the world.

U.S. Government Annual Report
This site presents budgetary reports at the summary level, and includes Monthly Treasury Statement, a report of government receipts and outlays, and the Daily Treasury Statement.

FedStats
The Federal Interagency Council on Statistical Policy maintains this site to provide easy access to the full range of statistics and other information produced by over 70 agencies of the Federal Government.

The Cato Institute
This site offers economic analysis of public policy that is always interesting and always controversial. If you want a different perspective on the Justice Department's battles with Microsoft or to know why recycling wastes more resources than it saves, check it out.

American Prospect
This site offers in-depth analysis of public policy that is in some sense a counterpoint to the views that can be found on The Cato Institute site.

Money, Banking, and Monetary Policy

U.S. Federal Reserve Bank
At this site can be found, among other things, the latest speeches by Chairman Alan Greenspan, links to the Beige Book-a report on the state of the economy issued every 6 weeks-and links to each of the 12 regional banks' web sites.

FRED Database
Site of the Federal Reserve Board of St. Louis's FRED database, which provides historical U.S. economic and social financial data that includes U.S. interest rates, monetary and business indicators, exchange rates, and much more.

Central Banks of the World: Central Banking Resources Center
Interesting papers on electronic money and its effect on the banking world are available here.

European Central Bank
In addition to what you might expect to find at such a site, you will also find drafts of the current design for the new European currency that will replace national bank notes by 2002.

Bank of England
The site offers material on the workings of the bank, some British economic data, information about the EU, and stories about the rich history of an institution that has been in existence for more than 300 years.

Bank of Japan
This site offers the English-language version of the Japanese site. The Japanese version is also available.

Banco de Mexico
This site offers both Spanish and English version of the information about the bank.

Business Week Daily Briefing
This site offers up-to-date information and articles surrounding the world of economics. It also contains hourly market reports, special reports and regular columnists.

Unemployment, Inflation, and the Business Cycle

Bureau of Labor Statistics
The home page of the BLS, an agency of the U.S. Department of Labor, offers Data, Economy at a Glance, Keyword Searches, Surveys and Programs, other statistical sites, and more.

Quantitative Macroeconomics and Real Business Cycle Home Page
This site is a collection of links to resources about quantitative macroeconomics and the real business cycle RBC theory on the Web. There is also a lot of original material on this site.

U.S. Census Bureau Home Page
This site is a major source of social, demographic, and economic information such as income/employment data and latest indicators, income distribution, and poverty data.

International Economics

Chamber of Commerce World Network
International trade at work is viewable at this site. For example, click on Global Business eXchange GBX for a list of active business opportunities worldwide or to submit your new business opportunity for validation.

Institute for International Economics
The site of this nonprofit, nonpartisan research institution, devoted to the study of international economic policy, contains news, views, reviews, working papers, publications, and press releases, plus links to related sites.

Inter-American Development Bank
Located in Washington, D.C., this regional multilateral development institution focuses today on linking priorities that include poverty reduction and social equity, modernization and integration, and the environment.

International Organizations
This site offers an index that provides links to a number of international organizations and links to several sites with general information about specific countries

International Monetary Fund
The home page of the IMF links to Information about its Purpose and Activities, Special Drawing Rights, What's New, the 1997 Annual Meeting, and to other organizations and publications.

International Trade Administration
The U.S. Department of Commerce is dedicated to helping U.S. business compete in the global marketplace, and at this site it offers assistance in many Web links under such headings as Trade Statistics, Cross-Cutting Programs, Regions and Countries, and Import Administration.

United States International Trade Commission
USITC economists and analysts investigate and publish reports on U.S. Industries and the global trends that affect them, providing objective trade expertise to the legislative and executive branches of the government. This site offers insight into that process.

OECD Online
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development resulted from the need to rebuild Europe after World War II, but it expanded to become truly international, with policies designed to expand world trade on a multilateral, nondiscriminatory basis.

Sustainable Development.Org
From this Information Nexus for Sustainable Development click on the Together Foundation, Best Practices Local Leadership Programs, and WENet for a wealth of information about world sustainable development activities.

The European Union (EU)
This site of the European Union in the United States has everything from history to current status, as well as Web links and a search capability.

World Bank
At this home page of the World Bank you can click on News, Topics in Development, Countries and Regions, Doing Business with the Bank, and more, as well as use its search feature.

World Trade Center Association On Line
Data on world trade is available at this WTCA Web site that features information, services, a virtual trade fair, an exporter's encyclopedia, trade opportunities, and a resource center.

World Trade Organization Web Site
This is the home page of the WTO and it offers a wealth of information. Click on About the WTO, Site Map, Search, and Links to Related Organizations.

World Factbook CIA
One of the best sources for general economic information on all the countries of the world.

Country Studies/Area Handbook Program (Library of Congress)
For particular foreign countries, reports describe and analyze the political, economic, social, and national security systems and institutions, and examine the interrelationships of those systems and the ways they are shaped by cultural factors.

Forecasting

ForecastCenter.com
This site provides a focal point for forecasts beyond the current year and to serve a resource and community for understanding change. Forecasts from numerous sources are brought together and discussed. Many subjects, both international and U.S., are covered.

Congressional Budget Office
This site shows the workings of the CBO, The congressional counterpart of the OMB, the CBO provides budgetary information and analysis to Congress and its numerous committees.

Economic Cycle Research Institute (ECR)
ECRI forecasts turning points in economic and inflation cycles based on over 50 years of continuous research. While this site's main offerings come in the form of fee-based services, there is plenty of free information available, including over 100 proprietary indexes for over a dozen major economies, data releases, analysis and forecasts, international cycle chronologies and release calendars.

Economy.com
Touted as "the premier source for analysis, forecasts, and information on the world economies," Economy.com is virtually a portal that provides links to six other of the company's network sites, including The Dismal Scientist, Free Lunch.com and Research at Economy.com.

FAIRMODEL
An excellent source of free information on the web, this site brings large-scale macroeconometric analysis to the masses. A user can perform multiple tasks or exercises, including working with a U.S. macroeconometric model (US model) or a multicountry econometric model (MC3 model) to forecast, do policy analysis, and examine historical episodes, read online and/or download all the documentation, memos, and papers or download the Fair-Parke FP program, the US model, the MC3 model, and the US model in EViews format.

The Financial Forecast Center
This supersite offers a plethora of free forecasting information in a straightforward manner, from various stock indexes and interest rates, to currency exchange rates and general economy information.

Inforum
Inforum, or Interindustry Forecasting at the University of Maryland, is a research organization dedicated to improving business forecasting and government policy analysis. Its specialty is industry detail within a comprehensive view of the economy.

Dr. Ed Yardeni's Economics Network
If you want big-picture perspective on markets and the economy, check out Deutsche Bank Securities Economist Dr. Edward Yardeni's site for everything from historical interest-rate data to trends in consumer spending and real estate. Yardeni packs a lot more attitude in his reports than most economists. His March study, "Living La Vida Loca," for example, came down hard on Greenspan's inflation fears. Yardeni's Stock Market valuation tool lets you plug in assumptions about earnings growth and Treasury bond yields to discern if the S&P 500 is overvalued. Not all commentary which comes in eight languages is current or free. Some is available only to clients.

Wells Fargo Economic Reports
This site provides two separate reports, the Financial Market Strategies and the Foreign Exchange Report. The weekly Financial Market Strategies reviews the prior and upcoming week's economic releases and their potential impact on the bond, currency and equity markets, while the Economic and Foreign Exchange Review provides insight on factors affecting currency rates, analysis of key economic data and projections for the coming weeks.

Bank of Hawaii Economic Research Center
A reliable source for analysis of economic and business trends in the state of Hawaii and the Pacific region.

Microeconomics

Competition in Product Markets

American Stock Exchange
This site serves the world's second largest auction-marketplace and provides visibility for over 700 companies.

Bureau of Economic Analysis Home Page
Part of the Department of Commerce, the BEA is the nation's accountant. It puts out the Survey of Current Business and is a good source for data on economic growth, regional development, and economic position in the world.

Chamber of Commerce World Network
International trade at work is viewable at this site. For example, click on Global Business eXchange (GBX) for a list of active business opportunities worldwide or to submit your new business opportunity for validation.

Energy Information Administration (DOE)
Economic information on fuel categories is available here along with a search capability.

FRED Database
This is the site of the Federal Reserve Board of St. Louis's FRED database, which provides historical U.S. economic and social financial data that includes U.S. interest rates, monetary and business indicators, exchange rates, and much more.

International Trade Administration
The U.S. Department of Commerce is dedicated to helping U.S. business compete in the global marketplace, and at this site it offers assistance through many Web links under such headings as Trade Statistics, Cross-Cutting Programs, Regions and Countries, and Import Administration.

Office of the United States Trade Representative
The government's position on international trade issues, links to the latest press releases, and other new information are available at this USTR site.

STAT-USA/ Internet Site Economic, Trade, Business Information
This site, a service of the U.S. Department of Commerce, contains Daily Economic News, Frequently Requested Statistical Releases, Information on Export and International Trade, Statistical Series, and Databases.

Statistical Resources on the Web/Economics
This site is an excellent source of statistics collated from federal bureaus, economic indicators, both historical and current, the Federal Reserve Board, economic sources, federal statistical tables, and a consumer price inflator/deflator, plus many links to other sources.

USDA Economics and Statistics System (Cornell University)
Data covering U.S. and international agriculture is available here from the economic agencies of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

World Trade Center Association On Line
Data on world trade is available at this WTCA Web site that features information, services, a virtual trade fair, an exporter's encyclopedia, trade opportunities, and a resource center.

Labor Markets and Unions

Bureau of Labor Statistics
The home page of the BLS, an agency of the U.S. Department of Labor, offers Data, Economy at a Glance, Keyword Searches, Surveys and Programs, other statistical sites, and more.

Missouri State Census Data Center
Basic U.S. demographic trend reports for 1980--1990 are available at this site.

U.S. Census Bureau Home Page
This site is a major source of social, demographic, and economic information such as income/employment data and latest indicators, income distribution, and poverty data.

Market Failures and Public Microeconomics

DPLS Archive: Study of American Families, 1994
The SAF site presents a survey of respondents to the 1994 General Social Survey (GSS) that can be used to study patterns of sibling resemblance in socioeconomics, and other outcomes.

General Social Survey
The GSS see DPLS Archive is an almost annual personal interview survey of U.S. households that began in 1972. More than 35,000 respondents have answered 2,500 different questions. It covers a broad range of variables, many of which relate to microeconomic issues.

Health Economics: Places to Go
Very complete source for information on health economics, health policy, managed care information, public health, and much more can be found on this Web site.

U.S. Census Bureau Home Page
This site is a major source of social, demographic, and economic information such as income/employment data and latest indicators, income distribution, and poverty data.

Market Failures and Public Microeconomics

DPLS Archive: Study of American Families, 1994
The SAF site presents a survey of respondents to the 1994 General Social Survey (GSS) that can be used to study patterns of sibling resemblance in socioeconomics, and other outcomes.

HealthEconomics.com
This site offers a guide to health economics and resources on the Web.

Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research Data Archive
This home page accesses the world's largest archive of computerized social science data. Click on Archive to reach a list of subjects or on Table of Contents to see the whole Web site and the search mechanism.

The Health and Retirement Study (HRS) and Asset and Health Dynamics among the Oldest Old AHEAD
The HRS and AHEAD data collection studies began in early 1990. This site contains information on the effects of aging populations on aspects of the U.S. economy.

Income Distribution and Economic Justice

Consumer Information Center Main Page
From this site access the Consumer Information Catalog with information on Federal Programs, Money, Small Business, Employment, Housing, and other subjects. Links to 1997 Consumers' Resource Handbook, Federal Agencies, Consumer Help, and Interesting Information Sites.

Institute for Research on Poverty
This national, university-based center for research into the causes and consequences of poverty and social inequality in the United States is nonprofit and nonpartisan. What's New on the IRP Web site is full of good current information.

Social Security Administration
This is the official Web site of the Social Security Administration.

Conference Board (Leading Indicators and Consumer Confidence Index)
The Conference Board is a business research network worldwide, linking executives from different companies, industries, and countries. Founded in 1916. The Conference Board's twofold purpose is to improve the business enterprise system and to enhance the contribution of business to society. A not-for-profit, non-advocacy organization, The Conference Board's membership includes more than 3,000 companies and other organizations in 67 countries.

Social Science Data

University of California, San Diego
A listing of 863 Internet sites of numeric Social Science statistical data, data catalogs, data libraries, social science gateways, addresses and more.

News Sources

CNN Online Page
This is a 24-hour, video news channel. News, updated every few hours, includes text, pictures, and film. It also offers some good external links.

National Public Radio
At this site, the most recent stories from All Things Considered and Morning Edition are available
with a one-day delay; and programs since 1995 are in an archive. Also, for the latest information
about technology check out Future Tense from Minnesota Public Radio.

Dismal Sciences
There is a great wealth of data available on the web, but without analysis it can be almost useless. That's where this web site comes in. Whenever there is a new release of a data series the Dismal Sciences is on the spot to offer the data and an analysis.

The Economist
The Web edition of The Economist is available free to subscribers of the print edition or for an annual fee to those who wish to subscribe online. A selection of articles is available free to those who want to dip into the journal.

Some Additional Popular Economics Publications