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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
  • Access to micro data resources requires additional registration, and cannot be accessed by non-EUI visitors
  • For assistance, please write to Thomas Bourke at econlibrary@eui.eu


Macroeconomic data 

National, regional and global economic statistics are available from major providers, including Thomson Reuters, Standard and Poors, Bureau van Dijk, Eurostat, IMF, World Bank, OECD, ECB, WIIW, UN and many others. 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, ICPSR, GESIS, Bureau van Dijk, UKDS, DIW and many others. Micro data resources are described in detail on this Library page. Only current EUI members can register for access to EUI-hosted micro data:

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

Separate registration is required for each micro data set. Registered EUI users are given access to the Library's restricted data server. Applicants may also be required to complete parallel registration with data issuers. Short-term visitors to the EUI Library do not have access to EUI-hosted micro data. 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 Euro Area Statistics 

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


Research Data Guide

Research-Guide-2016-cropped-200x282The 4th edition of the Library's Research Data Guide was issued in October 2016.

The Guide provides information on research data management; data discovery; terms and conditions of access and use; data security; dataset metadata and documentation; data repositing, preservation and open data sharing.

The 4th edition contains a new section (#8) on 'Qualitative Data in Humanities and Social Sciences: access and use’ and expanded details about data management plans (DMPs) and data management in the EU Horizon 2020 research funding programme.

The section on open data provides information on whether, when, how, where and under what terms, research data outputs can be openly shared. Please contact the Library to arrange a research data appointment: econlibrary@eui.eu


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 EUI Research Data Guide. Please 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.

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


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  Manuals may be requested for delivery from the Badia Library to the Economics Department; instructions on this Library page.


Weekly e-Bulletin: data updates

Every Friday during term, the EUI Library issues the e-Bulletin of Economics and Statistical Data. The e-Bulletin provides updates about statistical data, journals, new books and eBooks - and information on how to use Library and internet resources for economic and socio-economic research.

EUI members can sign up with an @eui.eu account. Send a message with 'subscribe' in the title to econlibrary@eui.eu  (Members of the EUI Economics Department are included by default.)  The eBulletin is not distributed to non-EUI mail accounts.

Information about collection development and services is also circulated via the Library Economics & Data blog and Twitter account.


Classification of the EUI Statistical Data Collection

  • Statistical data are classified by (i) international organisation (ii) country and (iii) subject grouping.
  • The classification combines the Statistics Europe framework (6th ed, LIB 016.314) and the Eurostat theme listing.
  • This system is also used for the archived paper statistics collection.
  • Access online statistical databases via the EUI Library Data Portal.


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 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 in this Library directory.


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.


CIMES project: Centralising and Integrating Metadata from European Statistics

CIMES is a directory of official micro data disseminated for research purposes by national statistical agencies in Europe. The database is a one-stop resource for descriptions of micro datasets, and the procedures for requesting access. "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 or 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: 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 21 March 2017