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Research Methods & Data Sources

World Bank, OECD, Gap Minder, IMF, WTO

Silvia Mueller

on 30 October 2012

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Lucky 7's:
Hanzada Abou Youssef
Mario Gonzalez
Ahreum Lim
Pia Montemayor
Silvia Mü̈ller
Larissa Murillo
Gabriel Rodriguez International Data Sources To eliminate poverty around the world, especially in poor countries. What is their objective? Global growth and economic stability What kind of information is available? Policy
Economic indicators
Exchange rates
IMF lending
Macroeconomic data Why is it being used? Trends
Historical data
Risk analysis How is it presented? Grouped within the categories: IMF Financial Data, Global Data, Exchange Rates, Real Sector Statistics
Further data available through the eLibrary
Publications and reports
WEO Database can be downloaded Hans Rosling


Prof. International Health Over 500 data sets

- Economy
- Education
- Health
- Environment
- Transport
- Population

And more! Sustainable
Development What is the goal? What kind of data is available? Why is it being used? How is it presented? Who uses it? Governments
Educational institutions
Think tanks
Ratings agencies 188 countries and 3000 categories
From economics to environmental
Agricultural and rural development
Aid effectiveness
Climate change
Economic policy and external debt
Poverty Academic Scholars
Political Science


Development Consultants

International Trade Organizations What is their objective? Governments
Policy Makers
Census Department
Embassies Promotes strategies to help improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world. What kind of information is available? How is the Data presented? Various fields of economic and social development
Citizens' information of their expenditure, lifestyle and social security User Focused
Transparency and Accountability
214 Countries
18 Topics
Data Catalogs
World Bank data sets, databases, pre-formatted tables, reports, and other resources
Microdata Library
Surveys and other qualitative databases Conclusions Monthly and Quarterly reports
Annual Report that includes videos of experts analyzing the issues and suggesting solutions World Development Indicators 331 Indicators
214 Countries
1960-2011 What is their objective? What kind of information is available? Why is it being used? How is it presented? source: www.wto.org source: www.wto.org - International business community
- Export agencies
- Economists
- Parliamentarians/Policy makers
- Journalists
- NGOs 1. Trade Topics
- WTO council & committees, trade agreements
trade monitoring, tariffs, rules of origin
2. Documents & Resources
- Legal texts, statistics, economic research, analysis,
official publications, working papers, multimedia
3. WTO Membership
- Member countries' key facts & figures, country
trade data Mostly Free
Vast amount of data and cases
High quality and reliable
Can try out new perspectives on old data
Useful in mixed methods
Easily accessible
Cannot design the question
Is general and not targeted
Used for different purposes
Not exclusive Categorization Why is it being used? Because it serves as indicator of exploring drivers of countries' development.
Used by international investors, development analysts and academics. "Highly informative and equally persuasive"Adam Przeworski, Professor of Politics, NY University.
"Should be required reading by all who publish or use governance indicators" John D. Sullivan, Executive Director, Center for International Private Enterprise
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