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UNCTAD Handbook of Statistics
Call Number: REF. HF1016 .U54a
Sawyer Library has the 2001-2008 print volumes; follow the link from the catalog to UNCTAD/STAT, Statistical Databases Online. The series is also available online via UNCTAD (U.N. Conference on Trade & Development).

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The Global Competitiveness Report
Call Number: Sawyer REF. DESK HF1414 .G559
ISBN: 1403996377
The 2009-2013 Global Competitiveness Report is accessible online via the World Economic Forum.

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IMD world competitiveness yearbook
Call Number: REF. Desk HF1414 .W672 2014
Publication Date: 2014

World Development Report - The World Bank
Call Number: Ref.HC59.7 .W659
Available in print (1983 -) in the Sawyer Library Reference section (), and online at the World Bank, (1978 - present).



In recent years, access to sources of statistics, with which to compare various nations, has grown tremendously. This guide presents a selection of subscription sources provided by the Sawyer Library, and open data sources available to the public. 

In the interest of being concise, for any given database illustrated in the following tabs, only a small sample is given of the various types of data, and ways to access it.

The uses for international comparative statistics apply to many disiciplines: business students may need to compare the economies of potential new markets, and social science students may need to find indicators of the status of health, poverty, and migration, across nations.

International Organizations: Source of Comparative Statistics

In the spirit of 'open data,' more and more organizations are making their data publicly available. Below is a small sample of what exists:

  • UNdata
    "The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) launched a new internet based data service for the global user community. [...] over 60 million data points cover a wide range of themes including Agriculture, Crime, Education, Employment, Energy, Environment, Health, HIV/AIDS, Human Development, Industry, Information and Communication Technology, National Accounts, Population, Refugees, Tourism, Trade, as well as the Millennium Development Goals indicators"
  • UNCTAD: United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
    "UNCTAD compiles, validates and processes a wide range of data collected from national and international sources. Most of the time series cover long periods, with some dating back to 1948, for almost all economies of the world."
  • Eurostat
    "Eurostat is the statistical office of the European Union..." "Eurostat offers a whole range of important and interesting data that governments, businesses, the education sector, journalists and the public can use for their work and daily life."
  • BEA
    The 11/8/16 blog post from the Bureau of Economic Analysis ( has announced a new data tool that uses the statistical programming language called “R”: "In a show of collaboration between the United States and Europe, BEA is unveiling a new data tool that aims to make it easier to access, compare and visualize economic data between the two regions."
  • CEPALSTAT (statistics on Latin America and the Caribbean)
    "CEPALSTAT is the gateway to all the statistical information of Latin America and the Caribbean countries collected, systematized and published by ECLAC." (Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean.)
  • Nordic Statistical Yearbook
    Provides "statistics of various aspects of social life in the five Nordic countries, i.e. Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. In addition data are also presented on the Faroe Islands, Greenland and the Åland Islands."
  • World Health Statistics
    "WHO's annual World Health Statistics reports present the most recent health statistics for the WHO Member States."
  • ILOSTAT Database
    The central statistics database of the ILO (International Labor Organization).

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