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Introduction to Statistical Data

  • The EUI Data Portal provides access to major international statistical resources
  • EUI-licensed data can only be accessed by current EUI members
  • Read the Conditions of Use before accessing data
  • For assistance write to Thomas Bourke at econlibrary@eui.eu


Macroeconomic data 

National, regional and global economic statistics are available from major providers, including Thomson Reuters, Eurostat, IMF, World Bank, OECD, ECB, WIIW, UN and many other providers. Macroeconomic data resources are described in detail on this Library page.


Microeconomic and socioeconomic data

Micro-socioeconomic data at the individual, family, household and firm level are available from Eurostat, GESIS, ICPSR, Bureau van Dijk, UKDS, DIW and many others. Micro data resources are described in detail on this Library page. Current EUI members can register for access to EUI-hosted micro data by:

  • completing the micro data registration form (selecting the required data set from the drop-down menu) and;
  • signing two conditions of use agreements at the Economics information office (BF085) or at the Economics Departmental Library information desk (Villa San Paolo).

Separate registration is required for each micro data set. Registered EUI users are given access to the restricted data server. Applicants may also be required to complete parallel registration with data issuers. Specific instructions are provided on each micro data description page under 'How to access.' For assistance, write to Thomas Bourke at econlibrary@eui.eu.


European, EU and Eurozone Statistics 

The Library maintains information pages for each of these European data resources:


Research Data Guide

Research Data Guide 2015The 3rd edition of the Library's Research Data Guide was published in July 2015. The Guide provides information on research data management, including data discovery; terms and conditions of access and use; data security; dataset metadata and documentation; data repositing, preservation and open data sharing. This third edition contains expanded details about data management plans (DMPs), data management in the EU Horizon 2020 research funding programme, and options for open data sharing.

The guide also addresses data sharing, focusing on whether, when, how, where and under what terms, research data outputs can be openly shared.


Open data

Open Data refers to the growing trend among scholars, government agencies and international organisations to share data outputs, codebooks and software. EUI scholars are advised to carefully document their data throughout the research cycle, and be aware of the need to preserve data outputs. Full details are in the 2015 EUI Research Data Guide. Write to econlibrary@eui.eu for assistance.                        

EUI Research Project Directors should complete this form so that EUI support services are aware of ongoing projects.

Open Economics Principles were launched by the Open Knowledge Foundation following two international events: the First Open Economics Workshop at the University of Cambridge, and the Second Open Economics Workshop at MIT.

The European Commission has published results of the Public Consultation on Open Research Data. The contributions of the EUI Library, researchers and publishers are available at this link.

EUI members can sign up for weekly data news via econlibrary@eui.eu (EUI mail accounts only).


Data software

An overview of EUI research software is on this ICT page. A list of software tutors is at this link. Economics Department ICT Support Services are described on this page.


Data manuals and books on statistical theory

Software manuals are available at the Badia Library and the Economics Departmental Library (001-005 shelfmark range). Online manuals are linked from this page. Books on statistical theory are located in the 500 range. To suggest new data manuals for acquisition please write to econlibrary@eui.eu. To request delivery of 30-day loan manuals from the Badia Library to the Economics Department, complete this online form.


Weekly e-Bulletin: data updates

Every Friday during term, EUI users of statistical data receive an e-Bulletin with news of data updates, collection development and tips on how to access statistical data from Library databases and the World Wide Web. Scholars who are not currently receiving the e-Bulletin - and who would like to do so - should send a note to econlibrary@eui.eu (economists are automatically included.) The e-Bulletin can only be mailed to eui.eu domain addresses.


Classification of the EUI Statistical Data Collection

The EUI Statistical Data Collection is classified by international organisation; region/country; and subject/theme. The classification combines the Statistics Europe framework (6th ed, LIB 016.314) and the Eurostat theme listing. Full details of the data classification system - used for both online databases and archived paper holdings - are on this Library page.


Statistics on microform and paper  

The Microform Collection on the ground (garden) floor of the Badia Library includes statistical components of general series; international census publications; annual reports of central banks; publications from the League of Nations and older IMF, OECD and OEEC series. Selected volumes of historical statistics are located in the History Monographs Collection on the lower garden floor. Paper versions of early statistical serial publications are held in Library storage. Material can be requested by completing the storage request form in the lower Catalogue menu.


Statistics Reference Works

These major international statistical reference works are available at the EUI Library:

The full list of statistical and economic reference works is on this Library page.


Terms and Conditions of Use

Access to data provided under license by the EUI Library is restricted to current EUI members. Under the EUI Library's license agreements for data resources:

  • Users may not distribute or allow any other party to have access to data which is provided under license;
  • Users may not modify or create a derivative work of the licensed materials without the permission of the licensor;
  • Users may not remove, obscure or modify any copyright or other proprietary notices included in licensed materials;
  • Users may not use licensed materials for commercial purposes;
  • Users may not retain or distribute substantial portions of a database, and must comply with any post-project data destruction undertakings in the license.

Additional details are on this Library page and in the Library Catalogue under 'Terms of Use.'  The web sites of providers also give database-specific terms and conditions of use.


Centralising and Integrating Metadata from European Statistics (CIMES) project

CIMES is a directory of official micro data disseminated for research purposes by national statistical agencies in Europe. The database provides one-stop descriptions of micro datasets, and the procedures for requesting access to these. "CIMES is a product of the European FP7 DwB project that aims at facilitating the use of the increasing number of official micro data in Europe." Full details are on the CIMES homepage.


Data Support

  • For research data support write to econlibrary@eui.eu visit one of the information points:
  • Badia Library office, right side of entry-level floor: weekday mornings and Tuesday and Thursday afternoons (tel. 2346)
  • Economics Department information desk, ground floor of Villa San Paolo: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 15:00 to 18:30 (tel. 2904).


Data homepage 

Contact: Thomas Bourke at econlibrary@eui.eu



Page last updated on 23 May 2016