Data Bank


Economics related research databases

Web of Science is a website that provides subscription-based access to multiple databases that provide comprehensive citation data for many different academic disciplines.

openICPSR is a research data-sharing service for social and behavioral sciences.

Elsevier is a global information analytics business that helps institutions and professionals progress science, advance healthcare and improve performance.

EconBiz is an academic search portal for journals, working papers, and conferences in business studies and economics.

ERIC – Education Resources Information Center is an online library of education research and information, sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education.

Microsoft Academic is a free public web search engine for academic publications and literature, developed by Microsoft Research.

General databases

UN Comtrade | International Trade Statistics Database is the largest depository of international trade data. It contains well over 40 billion data records since 1962 and is available publicly on the internet.

OECD iLibrary is a dissemination platform for all published content – books, serials and statistics.

IMF Data The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is an organization of 190 countries, working to foster global monetary cooperation, secure financial stability, facilitate international trade, promote high employment and sustainable economic growth, and reduce poverty around the world.


Recommended websites

Economic data and information

National Bureau of Economic Research is a private, nonpartisan organization that facilitates cutting-edge investigation and analysis of major economic issues.

American Economic Association The American Economic Association is a learned society in the field of economics. Its aim is to stimulate high-quality economic research and debate via its own specialist journals, acknowledged in industry, business and academia.

FRASER | Discover Economic History is a digital library of U.S. economic, financial, and banking history—particularly the history of the Federal Reserve System.

Economics terms | The Economist

Peterson Institute for International Economics is an independent nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization dedicated to strengthening prosperity and human welfare in the global economy through expert analysis and practical policy solutions.

Economic data about other countries

globalEDGE is a knowledge web-portal that connects international business professionals worldwide to a wealth of information, insights, and learning resources on global business activities.

The World Bank Data Portal provides access to global economic and development statistics including World Development Indicators, International Debt Statistics, Millennium Development Indicators and data on poverty, education and gender.

NationMaster is a statistics database which offers a large directory of variables for comparison purposes.
A wide range of economic and demographic indicators are available, across 300 industry verticals.

Economic indicators and resources

TRADING ECONOMICS View more than 20 million economic indicators for 196 countries. Get free indicators, Historical Data, Charts, News and Forecasts for 196 countries.

Economic Indicators | Central Bank of Sri Lanka Economic Indicators consists of economic data covering real, monetary, fiscal and external sectors of Sri Lanka.

UNSD The United Nations maintains numerous databases, tables, and glossaries containing over 60 million data points covering international economic, health, education, and development data.

Economic Indicators | Moody’s Analytics Moody’s Analytics, a unit of Moody’s Corporation, helps capital markets and risk practitioners worldwide respond to an evolving marketplace with confidence.

OECD Main Economic Indicators The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is an international organisation that works to build better policies for better lives.

Indicators | World bank Data The World Banks Open Data initiative is intended to provide all users with access to World Bank data, according to the Open Data Terms of Use.

Books & media

Book finding tools

Google Books is a service from Google Inc. that searches the full text of books and magazines that Google has scanned, converted to text using optical character recognition, and stored in its digital database.

Internet Archive: Digital Library is a non-profit digital library offering free universal access to books, movies & music, as well as 514 billion archived web pages.

HathiTrust Digital Library is a not-for-profit collaborative of academic and research libraries preserving 17+ million digitized items.

Project Gutenberg is a volunteer effort to digitize and archive cultural works, as well as to “encourage the creation and distribution of e-Books.

Recommended journals and research papers

Economics trade and popular magazines

Fortune Fortune is an American multinational business magazine headquartered in New York City.

Businessweek Bloomberg Businessweek helps global leaders stay ahead with insights and in-depth analysis on the people, companies, events, and trends

The Economist The Economist is an international weekly newspaper printed in magazine-format and published digitally that focuses on current affairs, international business, politics, and technology.

Scholarly economics journals

JSTOR JSTOR is a digital library founded in 1995 in New York City, United States. Originally containing digitized back issues of academic journals, it now encompasses books and other primary sources as well as current issues of journals. It provides full-text searches of almost 2,000 journals.

CORE The world’s largest collection of open access research papers.

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) DOAJ is a community-curated online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals. All DOAJ services are free of charge including being indexed.

SSRN The SSRN, formerly known as Social Science Research Network, is a repository for preprints devoted to the rapid dissemination of scholarly research in the social sciences and humanities and more.

Google Scholar Google Scholar is a freely accessible web search engine that indexes the full text or metadata of scholarly literature across an array of publishing formats and disciplines.

Country statistics and data

Economic data about Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Economy Snapshot (CBSL)

Department of Census and Statistics Department of Census and Statistics Sri Lanka aimed to provide easy access to internationally comparable up-to-date statistics of Sri Lanka collected Produced and analyzed by the Department.

Economic data about other countries

The World Factbook The World Factbook provides basic intelligence on the history, people, government, economy, energy, geography, communications, transportation, military, terrorism, and transnational issues for 266 world entities.

Government websites: Business and Economics

Starting points

Sri Lanka Export Development Board Sri Lanka Export Development Board (SLEDB) commonly known as the EDB is the apex state organization responsible for the development and promotion of exports. is a premier platform dedicated to disseminating information on key economic and business sectors in the Sri Lankan economy.

Publications and reports