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Introduction to ESDS International. Celia Russell Economic and Social Data Service MIMAS April 14 th 2004 University of Manchester. Introduction to ESDS International Aggregate Databanks. Jackie Carter Economic and Social Data Service University of Manchester

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introduction to esds international
Introduction to ESDS International

Celia Russell

Economic and Social Data Service


April 14th 2004

University of Manchester

Introduction to ESDS International Aggregate Databanks

Jackie Carter

Economic and Social Data Service

University of Manchester

NCRM Research Methods Festival 2nd July 2008

With thanks to ESDS International team

esds international
ESDS International
  • provides free web-based access to key international macro level databanks
  • helps users locate and acquire international micro level datasets
  • promotes the use of international datasets in research and teaching across a range of disciplines
  • is run by Mimas at the University of Manchester and the UK Data Archive at the University of Essex
ESDS International is split into two types of data:
  • Aggregate or macro data is data that has been aggregated to a country or regional level. This type of data is typically produced by inter-governmental organisations like the UN or World Bank. All the aggregate databanks contain time series data.
  • Survey or micro data is data about individuals. This type of data is typically produced by an organisation in the academic sector and looks at values and attitudes.
macro international data providers
Macro International Data Providers
  • International Monetary Fund (IMF)
  • Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
  • United Nations (UN)
  • World Bank
  • Eurostat
  • International Labour Organisation (ILO)
  • UK Office for National Statistics
  • International Energy Agency

international data themes
International Data Themes

Databanks cover:

  • economic performance and development
  • trade, industry and markets
  • employment
  • demography, migration and health
  • governance
  • human development
  • social expenditure
  • education
  • science and technology
  • land use and the environment
  • energy
aggregate data portfolio
Aggregate data portfolio …

ESDS International provides free online access to the full versions of the latest releases of these databases to the UK academic community.

finding macro data
Finding Macro data
  • See
  • And new data released
accessing the data
Accessing the Data
  • freely available to UK FE and HE
  • access via Athens (and soon Shibboleth) authentication and ESDS online registration
  • special conditions may also apply
  • delivered over the web via Beyond 20/20 Web Data Server (WDS)
  • download formats include *.xls, *.csv and *.ivt
associated dataset documentation
Associated dataset documentation

The following supporting documentation is provided for each dataset:

  • Dataset overview
  • Comprehensive dataset guide
  • Software Guide to accessing dataset using Beyond 20/20 WDS
  • Metadata

Help on all the data, providers, countries included, how to cite..

  • See

imf databanks
IMF databanks
  • International Financial Statistics
  • Direction of Trade
  • Government Finance Statistics
  • World Economic Outlook
  • Balance of Payments Statistics

The five major databanks produced by the IMF contain data on national accounts, trade, the balance of payments and government spending for around 190 countries. Collectively, they provide a global picture of economic development and international trade over the last 50 years.

imf international financial statistics
IMF International Financial Statistics
  • standard source for all aspects of international and domestic finance
  • published and updated monthly since 1948
  • includes over 200 countries
  • reports time series data on exchange rates, balance of payments, international liquidity, money and banking, interest rates, prices, production, international transactions, government accounts, national accounts
  • Has 3 sections: world tables, country tables and commodity prices
imf direction of trade
IMF Direction of Trade
  • Contains data on the value of merchandise exports and imports between each country and all its trading partners
  • 186 countries and 12 regional groups from the 1980’s onwards
  • Monthly, quarterly and annual data are presented
  • most countries’ data extend from the 1980’s to the present
  • the IMF release pre-1980 Direction of Trade data as a separate database, (also available through ESDS International)
  • The database is updated monthly
imf government finance statistics
IMF Government Finance Statistics
  • Covers data government income (such as tax and bonds) and expenditure by sector (defence, education, health, etc) for all levels of government (national, state, local)
  • 149 countries worldwide
  • Annual time series data, running 1990 onwards.
  • historical (pre 1990) data is released as a separate database
world economic outlook
World Economic Outlook
  • Each year the IMF produce the World Economic Outlook report, which presents the IMF staff's analysis and projections of economic developments at the global level
  • The WEO database contains the data that underpins that report
  • data on national accounts, inflation, unemployment rates, balance of payments, fiscal indicators, and commodity prices
  • Projections for most indicators run up to 2013
imf balance of payments statistics
IMF Balance of Payments Statistics
  • 175 countries worldwide
  • covers balance of payment components and international investment positions of countries worldwide
  • Where available, most countries’ data extend from 1970’s to the present
  • Quarterly and annual data, updated monthly
world bank databases
World Bank Databases
  • Collects data on all aspects of human development worldwide
  • Annual data, designed for international comparability
  • World Development Indicators
  • Global Development Finance
world development indicators
World Development Indicators

The World Development Indicators provides a broad picture of poverty trends and social welfare, the use of environmental resources, the performance of the public sector, and the integration of the global economy.

  • Global database covers 200 countries and 18 country groups
  • Annual data starting 1960
  • Widely cited
  • Our most popular database
global development finance
Global Development Finance
  • financial flows to developing countries.
  • exclusively covers developing countries
  • also contains the Bank's projections for debt repayments etc for next ten years
  • Annual data starting 1970’s
organisation for economic cooperation and development
Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development
  • OECD Education Statistics
  • OECD Globalisation
  • OECD International Development
  • OECD International Direct Investment Statistics
  • OECD International Migration Statistics
  • OECD International Trade by Commodities Statistics
  • OECD Main Economic Indicators
  • OECD Main Science and Technology Indicators
  • OECD National Accounts
  • OECD Quarterly Labour Force Statistics
  • OECD Services Statistics
  • OECD Social Expenditure Database
  • OECD STructural ANalysis


oecd international development statistics
OECD International Development Statistics

Net US Development Assistance to the Middle East

OECD, International Development Statistics, April 2007,

ESDS International, (MIMAS) University of Manchester

national statistics and eurostat
National Statistics and Eurostat

National Statistics Time series data

  • is a comprehensive database of more than 40,000 economic and socio-economic time series for the UK

Eurostat New Cronos

  • is the main database produced by the EU’s statistical office, containing detailed harmonised data on a range of social and economic themes at a national and regional level for EU member countries
un and its agencies
UN and its agencies
  • The UN Common database has been used for many years by the UN internally as a basis for the formulation of policy. Covers a huge range of human development topics including health, culture, family life, education and the environment
  • The International Labour Organisation’s Key Indicators of the Labour Market
  • The UNIDO Industrial Statistics and Demand Supply databanks cover employment and trade world-wide, broken down by country and manufacturing sector.
international energy agency
International Energy Agency
  • Databases cover around 130 countries
  • The majority of the IEA datasets contain annual time series data from 1960 onwards
  • Cover energy production, consumption, stocks, prices
iea databanks i
IEA databanks I
  • CO2 Emissions from Fuel Combustion
  • Energy Prices and Taxes
  • Energy Technology Research and Development Database
  • World Energy Statistics and Balances
    • Energy Statistics of OECD Countries
    • Energy Balances of OECD Countries
    • Energy Statistics of Non-OECD Countries
    • Energy Balances of Non-OECD Countries
iea databanks ii
IEA databanks II
  • Electricity information
  • Coal Information
  • Natural Gas Information
  • Oil Information
  • Renewables Information
themes health data
Themes – Health data


Conference and Events

Workshop with ESDS Government on European datasets, October 2008

ESDS International Annual Conference 2008

London, December 2008

Speakers from the IMF, International Energy Agency, OECD and International Labour Organisation, Department for International Development.

Free to attend but booking is essential!

esds international provides
ESDS International provides:
  • Up to date data – the databanks are updated with the latest releases
  • Data free at point of use (licence costs paid centrally)
  • Single web interface to all the aggregate databanks – users only have to learn it once
  • Helps users locate and acquire international micro level datasets
  • Single portal for wide range of international databanks, links to other resources eg freely available data
  • Consistent and comprehensive documentation
  • Training, user support, helpful helpdesk on
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