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Social Science electronic resources: Economic Policy

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Gateways and Portals | Bibliographic Databases | Business and Economic Statistics | Compilations | Electronic Journals | UK Government Sites | Organisations

Gateways and Portals

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Economic and Social Research Council The ESRC Society Today site is a portal which includes news articles, interviews and focus pieces that highlught the role of social science research in society. There is also access to full text of ESRC research findings, a directory of researchers and details of funding opportunities.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Economics Network subject and theme index Links to online economics resources organised by theme and topic, put together by the Economics Network of the Higher Education Academy. Includes links to sources of economic statistics. Designed to support economics students and lecturers but useful for anyone with an interest in economic policy and conditions.
This site is freely available on the internet.
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ELDIS ELDIS is the gateway to development information on the web. It maintains a collection of 18,000 full text online documents, over 30 subject-based resource guides and country briefings and profiles.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Resources for Economists on the Internet This guide lists 2,100 resources in 97 sections and sub-sections available on the Internet of interest to academic and practicing economists, and those interested in economics. Almost all resources are also described.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Vox Portal containing full-text analysis and comment articles from some of Europe's leading economists. It is run the by Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) and has an archive that is searchable by tag, subject, author or keyword. Users can subscribe to RSS feeds to be alerted to new content, and registered users can comment on articles.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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WebEc WebEc is an effort to categorise free information on economics on the Internet. WebEc and Resources for Economists together comprise the World Wide Web Virtual Library in Economics.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Bibliographic Databases

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Australian Public Affairs Full Text APA-FT is an online collection of articles from more than 400 Australian journals indexed in APAIS, the Australian Public Affairs Information Service. Subject coverage includes social sciences, education, current affairs, business, economics, humanities, health and law. Full text coverage is from 1995; index coverage is from 1978.
This is a subscription based service and can only be accessed from the reading room.
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EconLit EconLit, the American Economic Association's electronic database, is the world's foremost source of references to economic literature. The database contains more than 1.1 million records from 1886-present. EconLit covers virtually every area related to economics.
This is a subscription based service and can only be accessed from the reading room.
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EconPapers EconPapers provides access to WoPEC and RePEC, the world's largest collection of on-line Economics working papers, journal articles and software.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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EH.net This site designed to assist economic historians in sharing information about their work. Abstracts for all types of work in the field, including dissertations, working papers, conference presentations, journal articles, and contributions to anthologies are included. Also includes information on purchasing power of US dollar and pound sterling over time.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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eScholarship Editions - Economics and Business ebooks Small but growing collection of scholarly ebooks from the University of California Press in a range of economics and business/management subjects, including comparative economics, historical economics and international business.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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European Industrial Relations Observatory - EIROnline Contains up to date information and analysis of the most important events and issues in industrial relations in the EU member states and Norway.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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IDEAS Bibliographic database comprising over 100,000 citations of which 30,000 can be downloaded in full text.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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International Bibliography of the Social Sciences

Indexes information contained in more than 2,600 social science journals and 6,000 books each year covering the core disciplines of anthropology, political science, economics and sociology.
This is a subscription based service and can only be accessed from the reading room.
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OECD Economics Full text of selected OECD working papers from 1983.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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RePEc (Research Papers in Economics) RePEc is a freely available, decentralised database of working papers, journal articles and software components. The database holds over 367,000 items, of which 266,000 are available online.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Web of Knowledge

Gives access to the Social Science Citation Index (SSCI) covering the academic journal literature from 1956 onwards, plus Current Contents Connect and Journal Citation Reports.
This is a subscription based service and can only be accessed from the reading room.
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Business and Economic Statistics

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CountryData (Economist Intelligence Unit)

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Detailed economic statistics for 150 countries, including forecasts for the 60 largest economies, for the period 1980-2009. Up to 280 economic indicators are available for each country. Combined data is available for regions, and for members of individual economic groupings, such as the OECD, NAFTA and EU.
This is a subscription based service and can only be accessed from the reading room.
A maximum of 5 reports per week can be downloaded from this database. Please see enquiry desk staff for access
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Economist Intelligence Unit - EIU.com

Downloading available

Statistics, news and reports about the economies of 150 countries and 45 economic regions.
This is a subscription based service and can only be accessed from the reading room.
A maximum of 5 reports per week can be downloaded from this database. Please see enquiry desk staff for access
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Factiva The latest news and business information from more than 10,000 publications from 159 countries in 22 languages, covering nearly every industry and region. Includes newswires and BBC Monitoring. The web 2.0 search option displays charts and graphs of the results, to uncover trends, article timelines, top companies mentioned and more.
This resource is available in the Business & IP Centre (Level 1) and Social Sciences Reading Room only. Please see enquiry desk staff for access.
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Compilations

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The Union Makes Us Strong Site presents a history of the British trade union movement from the nineteenth century based on digitised images of documents from the TUC Library Collections.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Electronic Journals

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Cairn Collection Collection of high quality, full text peer reviewed academic journals from France and Belgium. The collection includes journals in the fields of history, literature and linguistics, psychology, sociology, political science, education, law and economics. Text and search interface in French.
This is a subscription based service and can only be accessed from the reading room.
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The Economist Historical Archive 1843-2006 'EHA' is the fully searchable complete facsimile edition of The Economist, the weekly paper which is essential for anyone engaged in politics, current affairs and all aspects of business and trade worldwide. In more than 600,000 pages, EHA offers images, multiple search indexes, topic and area supplements and a selection of exportable financial tables.
This is a subscription based service and can only be accessed from the reading room.
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The Economist (1992 to date) Current issues of The Economist, from 1992 to date, are available in full text in ABI/Inform. (Search for The Economist under the Publications tab).
This is a subscription based service and can only be accessed from the reading room.
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Financial Times Historical Archive, 1888 - 2006 Provides access to the complete run of the London edition of the FT, the UKs leading financial newspaper for the period 1888 to 2006. It includes every article, advertisement and market listing, providing access to thousands of daily price/stock indexes and currency tables an invaluable source of historic daily financial data. Online resource

UK Government Sites

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Bank of England Includes minutes of the Monetary Policy Committee which sets interest rates.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Competition Commission This site is freely available on the Internet. Online resource
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills BIS is the department for economic growth. The department invests in skills and education to promote trade, boost innovation and help people to start and grow a business. BIS also protects consumers and reduces the impact of regulation.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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  • Statistics
    The BIS statistics home page provides links to economic and statistical data produced by the Department.
    This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Integrated Tariff of the United Kingdom The Tariff consists of 3 volumes:

  • Volume 1 contains essential background information for importers and exporters. It covers duty relief schemes, contact addresses for organisations such as Department Of Trade and Industry, Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (formerly MAFF) and Forestry Commission. It also contains an explanation of Excise duty, Tariff Quotas and many similar topics.
  • Volume 2 contains the 65,000 or so Commodity Codes set-out on a chapter-by-chapter basis. It lists duty rates and other directions such as import licensing and preferential duty rates.
  • Volume 3 contains a box-by-box completion guide for import and export entries - the C88 form, the complete list of Customs Procedure Codes (CPCs) for importing and exporting, the Country Codes for the world, lists of UK docks and airports both alphabetically and by their Entry Processing Unit (EPU) numbers, and further general information about importing or exporting
This is a subscription based service and can only be accessed from the reading room. Access is password protected; please ask reference desk staff to log you on.
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Revenue and Customs HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) was formed on the 18 April 2005, following the merger of Inland Revenue and HM Customs and Excise Departments. It ensures the correct tax is paid at the right time, whether this relates to payment of taxes received by the department or entitlement to benefits paid.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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  • National Statistics - This site provides access to a wide range of statistics about the taxes administered by the HM Revenue and Customs
    This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Treasury Includes the comprehensive spending review, budget and pre-budget reports, publications and statistics about the UK economy and economic policy. This site is freely available on the Internet. Online resource

Organisations

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Adam Smith Institute Full text of the ASI bulletin and research reports available free.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Centre for Economic Policy Research Publications list and full text of Newsletter and Bulletin, description of research projects.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion Merger of Centre for Social Inclusion and Unemployment Unit & Youthaid.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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EDIRC Economics Departments, Institutes and Research Centres of the World arranged by country and by field with a keyword search facility.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Employment Market Analysis and Research (EMAR) Provides advice on employment relations and labour markets supported by an on-going programme of evaluation and research in the fields of participation and skills, flexibility and partnership and infrastructure. Web site offers details of ongoing and future projects, and full text of completed project reports.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Incomes Data Services Contains links to pay & labour market data, studies on HR topics, employment law, IDS Management Pay Review, Salary Surveys Directory, IDS research reports and pensions material. There are also links to the IDS employment Europe site and statistics zone. The site has a search facility.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Institute of Economic Affairs Includes a collection of free full text articles and research reports.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Institute of Fiscal Studies Online access to full text of working papers, briefing notes and articles from Fiscal Studies more than one year old as well as to a sophisticated online model of the UK economy.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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International Monetary Fund Free site offering access to background information on the IMF and its relations with nation states and full text of publications in the Working Papers, Country Reports, Economic Issues and Policy Discussion Papers series, current edition of the World Economic Outlook, etc.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Labour Research Department Contains links to the latest news and information from LRD. It includes information on the latest earnings, prices and unemployment figures. Web directory provides links to national and international trade union-related sites.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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National Institute of Economic and Social Research Offers full text of discussion papers and reports, descriptions of research in progress, and a publications catalogue.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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SUERF SUERF (Société Universitaire Européenne de Recherches Financières ) is a forum for the exchange of information, research results and ideas relating in particular to monetary, economic and financial problems. SUERF studies are available online in full text.
This site is freely available on the Internet
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World Bank Information on the Bank’s research, policies and programmes in areas ranging from pensions to climate change, including many full text documents. Includes statistical data by country.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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  • GenderStats - GenderStats database of gender statistics and indicators.
    This site is freely available on the Internet.
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  • Global Development Finance - provides direct access to more than 200 debt and financial flows indicators for the 135 countries that report public and publicly-guaranteed debt to the World Bank Debtor Reporting System. These data run from 1970 to 2014, where available.
    This is a subscription based service and can only be accessed from the reading room.
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  • PovertyNet - Poverty data and analysis.
    This site is freely available on the Internet.
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  • World Development Indicators - provides direct access to more than 600 development indicators, with time series for 208 countries and 18 country groups from 1960 to 2005, where data are available.
    This is a subscription based service and can only be accessed from the reading room.
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  • World Bank E-library - an online, fully cross-searchable portal of over 4,000 World Bank documents. The collection consists of over 1,600 World Bank publications and over 2,400 Policy Research Working Papers.
    This is a subscription based service and can only be accessed from the reading room. Access is password protected; please ask enquiry desk staff to log you in
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World Trade Organisation Access to the WTO free website.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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  • Documents Online -Over 100,000 searchable and browsable documents "of the World Trade Organization, including the legal texts of the WTO agreements" dating back to 1995, updated daily. Selected material is available for the period 1986 to 1994. The site is also available in French and Spanish, though not all documents are available in all three languages.
    This site is freely available on the Internet.
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  • WTO Agreements - Legal texts of WTO agreements.
    This site is freely available on the Internet.
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