Research tools


This page keeps links to resources that may be useful to students working on their master's thesis. It is by no means comprehensive and will be updated regularly.


To check holdings of any journal you can search the UAB catalog or that of the Consortium of Catalan Universities. Materials not at UAB are available through inter-library loan.

JSTOR provides access to past papers from top journals, organized by subjects (Business and Economics) and areas (Business, Development studies, Economics, Finance, Management and organizational behavior, Marketing and advertising). Since it is a subscription service you will need to connect to it from UAB campus or create a virtual private network to gain access.

Working papers

RePEc (Research Papers in Economics) is an aggregator of working papers’ databases. including NEP (New Economics Papers) providing regular updates on different subjects.

SSRN (Social Science Research Network) hosts working papers, conference papers and published articles in different areas (called networks), including Economics and Entrepreneurship research & policy.

Data sources


Available databases held by the libraries of UAB in Economics and Business can be checked here (in catalan). The most relevant ones for economics and business research are Factiva (financial aggregator, company reports and stock market data), ABI/Inform Complete (journals, country and company reports, including those of the Economist Intelligence Unit) and Datastream (macro and financial data). If needed, the Statistics Unit at the Social Sciences’ Library will be able to help you.

General Economics and Business:

AEA's Resources for Economists has an extensive list of links to data providers, classified as U.S. Macro and Regional, Other U.S., World and non-U.S., Finance and financial markets, and Journal data. The latter includes a links to journals that regularly post archives of data and programmes used in their published papers: American Economic Review, Econometrica, Economic Journal, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Review, Journal of Applied Econometrics, Journal of Business and Economic Statistics, Journal of Political Economy, The Review of Economic Studies, Review of Economics and Statistics.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) data site provides access to all its databases, including its new eLibrary Data with access to International Financial Statistics (IFS), Balance of Payments Statistics (BOPS), Government Finance Statistics (GFS), Direction of Trade Statistics (DOTS).

The Harvard Dataverse Network is a project designed to gather worldwide data from all disciplines. It includes the world's largest collection of social science data.

The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis keeps the FRED webiste of data sources, mainly U.S. based but also with international links.

The OECD has a Statistics Webpage providing access to databases related to different topics, as well as to its DataLab.

The Groningen Growth and Development Centre (GGDC) provides access to databases related to productivity (Penn world tables,  EU  KLEMS), global value chain (World Input-Output tables) and historical development (Maddison historical statistics, Historical National Accounts).

EconData.Net keeps a list of data collections of different types, almost exclusively related to the U.S. Some sources may not have been recently updated.

NBER maintains a list of data files used by its researchers in different projects, in the areas of macro, industry&productivity, international trade, health, demography, patents and other. It also lists datasets of individual researchers. hosts time series economic data, mainly related to forecasting, in Excel format.

John Sloman, from the UK's Economics Network, has compiled a list of data sources, classified as UK, international, market data and portals that provide access to other sources.

The World Bank Data catalog lists its accessible datasets in different collections: development indicators, finances, debt statistics and gender stats.

The U.S. OpenData archive has lots of raw data organized by categories, among which Business Enterprise. 

The Econometrics Laboratory at the University of California Berkeley provides access to econometric software, textbooks and datasets. 

The Center for the Study of Industrial Organization (CSIO) at Nortwestern University has links to different data sets and computer code useful for IO analyses.

The Doing Business project from the World Bank measures business regulations in 189 countries, as well as at selected cities. Historical information dating back from 2003 is also available.

The ODYSSE-MURE project contains energy efficiency indicators and data on consumption and related CO2 emissions for EU countries since 1990, as well as impact evaluations of energy efficiency measures.

The World Trade Organization (WTO) statistics page provides information related to economic and trade policy issues. The UN Comtrade Database facilitates access to detailed trade statistics dating from 1962. TradeMap also distributes, in the form of tables, graphs and maps, international trade data.

The World Input-Output Database (WIOD) was originated as a project of the EU's 7th framework programme. It  now covers 43 countries and 56 sectors, adhering to the 2008 System of National Accounts.

The World Inequality Lab aims to promote research on global inequality dynamics. It does so by maintaining and expanding the World Wealth and Income Database, producing inequality reports and working papers.


The Library of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign keeps an updated list of links to microdata sets.

The Spanish Statistical Institute (INE) has a list of surveys from which microdata files are available. 

Eurostat is the main entry point for Europe-wide statistics. Access to microdata for research purposes is possible, although under relatively strict conditions (UAB is a research entity recognised by Eurostat).

LIS Cross-National Data Center provides access to the databases from the Luxembourg Income Study and the Luxembourg Wealth Study. It may require registration.

The ICPSR (Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research) at the University of Michigan holds many datasets available for research, including the Panel Study on Income Dynamics (PSID). Some of the datasets are available only to member institutions (which UAB is not).

The World Bank's Enterprise Analysis Unit makes available different datasets on firms in 139 countries through its Enterprise Surveys website (requires registration).

The University of Chicaco Booth School of Business, via its Kilts Center for Marketing, provides acccess to ERIM (panel of household purchases) and Dominick's (store-level pricing and sales) databases.

IPUMS is a project of the University of Minnesota that collects and distributes for free census microdata from all over the world. It hosts more than 200 censuses from 74 countries. It requires (free) registration.

Spain's Centro de Investigaciones Sociológicas (Sociology Research Centre) provides access to its data bank of surveys since 1963, including free microdata in some cases. These include election polls and surveys measuring consumer confidence, healthcare perception or public policy assessment, among many others.

Iecon (Universidad de la República, in Uruguay) distributes the microdata of its panel surveys on households in Montevideo and cooperatives (in Spanish).

Geographical Information Systems (GIS)

UAB has an ArcGIS licence open to all its students, whose details and conditions can be cheked here. A good guide to  freely acessible GIS datasets is the one maintaiend by Robin Wilson, from the University of Southampton, here

Entrepreneurship & Management

The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) is the world's largest study of entrepreneurship. It makes available data both at the individual and aggregate level. Its local team includes several researchers from UAB.


World Management Survey is a research initiative to measure international differences in management practices. It provides free access to its reports and the survey data since 2004.

Since 2002 the World Bank carries out Enterprise Surveys in 135 countries to collect firms' information on access to finance, corruption, infrastructure, crime, competition, and performance measures. Access to some data requires registration.


The agenda of economics seminars held by universities and research centres in the Barcelona area can be checked here:

UAB - Department of Applied Economics

UAB - Department of Business

UAB - Department of Economics and Economic History

UB (includes IEB)



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