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Finding Social Science Data for Research : International

This research guide provides an introduction to using campus resources, government agencies, and consortia like ICPSR for finding and obtaining social science data.

World Bank Data

  • World Bank databases include data on living standards around the world.
  • A very large number of macro-economic statistics (like Gross National Income etc) are available for a long list of world countries. 
  • Date coverage varies.
  • Recommend using the “World Development Indicators” data set accessed through the “DataBank” tool.

Country Statistical Yearbooks


  • Country Statistical Yearbooks
  • A ready reference source for statistics about 154 countries.
  • Provides links to statistical publications from non-governmental organizations (NGO's).

Organization For Economic Cooperation And Development (OECD)

This OECD site provides a portal to free socio-economic statistics collected by the OECD.




UW-Madison also subscribes to OECD iLibrary, OECD's premier fee-based product.