Economic information sources

Scientific repository of open access e-prints. Includes an economics and quantitative finance section.

Bloomberg contains current and historical financial information on individual equities, stock market indices, fixed-income securities, currencies, commodities, and futures.

EBSCOhost Business Source Ultimate


  • Academic journal articles: major source
  • Company Profiles: International Datamonitor Profiles from the world's largest companies
  • Country Reports: Including economic competitiveness reports, political risk yearbooks and emerging markets monitor
  • Market Research Reports: market research handbooks and Datamonitor Marketwatch reports
  • Industry Profiles: Country and geographic areas analyses, including market forecast data and reports from the EIU covering key industries
  • SWOT analyses from Gartner Inc, working papers, case studies and analyst and executive interviews

EBSCO Mobile for using EBSCO on a smart phone, if you are using an iPad use the above link as normal.

A subject portal for economics and business, providing searching across a range of databases including RePEc, EconStor (Open Access working papers, journal articles, conference proceedings etc), and the economics and business sections of BASE (Open Access articles and books).

Economics, Econometrics and Finance e-journal and e-book collection
This journal collection contains 71 titles with the oldest title going back to 1967. There are also 78 e-books.

Economic academic literature database with full-text access, including country studies, econometrics, economic forecasting, labour economics and monetary theory.

Economist Intelligence Unit reports
The Economist Intelligence Unit is the research and analysis division of the Economist Group, providing forecasting and advisory services through research and analysis, such as monthly country reports, five-year country economic forecasts, country risk service reports, and industry reports. Imperial College London subscribes to EIU reports on the following countries: China; France; Germany; Italy; India; Malaysia; Singapore; Spain; the United Kingdom; and the United States of America. 

Global Financial Data
Global Financial Data is the most complete collection of historical and current financial and economic data available in the world.  It provides data from 1265 to the present and spanning more than 200 global markets.  In addition to providing current market data, GFD specializes in transcribing historical data sources into research-quality databases of information.  Data is compiled from original source documents such as academic journals, news periodicals, books and numerous other archival sources. IMPORTANT NOTE: First time users must register here using their full email address. 

Global Forecasting Service (Economist Intelligence Unit)
The EIU global forecasting service provides an in-depth five-year macroeconomic outlook and economic forecast for the world’s economy. It is provided as part of the Economist Intelligence Unit reports service. Note that the Data Tool provides 5-year and longer-term forecast data for the 10 listed countries subscribed to by Imperial College London.

IBISWorld is a comprehensive collection of European industry market research and industry risk ratings. It includes statistics, analysis, forecasts and Brexit Impact Reports.

NBER Working Papers

National Bureau for Economic Research contains economic research for public policymakers, business professionals, and the academic community.

OECD iLibrary
Publications from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Please use Firefox or Chrome to download tables and charts.

Passport: Industrial
Euromonitor International analysis of the industrial makeup of the world’s 18 largest economies. Each economy is split into 177 industries with cross-country and cross-industry comaprable statistics.

RePEc: Research Papers in Economics
Working papers, journal articles, books, books chapters and software components in Economics and related Sciences.

S&P Capital IQ
Provides data on public and private companies, investment firms, capital transactions, and people. Offers sophisticated retrieval and personalization tools to create bespoke reports.

S&P Capital IQ Pro
A global financial database providing news, macreconomics data and financials and analytics of banks and insurance companies.

UK Data Service
A comprehensive resource for social and economic data. It provides a single point of access to a wide range of secondary data including large-scale government surveys, international macro data, business micro data, qualitative studies and census data from 1971 to 2011.