Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

Finding Statistics: Business and Economics

The what and why of statistics

Statistics can help provide concrete examples of a larger trend, give the basis for an important chart or graph, or make theoretical arguments tangible.

There are two main branches of statistics:

  • Descriptive--concerns the numerical or quantitative data alone, and can help draw conclusions about a sample, rather than a population.
  • Inferential--concerns the conclusions drawn about an entire population which are infered through the results of a random sampling of a population

Be aware of bias in statistics! Numbers can be manipulated, and charts and graphs can be arranged to give a certain impression. Always double-check your facts!

Business and Economics

Business and Economics

If you're looking for statistics in the fields of business and economics, these are some great places to start.

  • EIU Country Intelligence 
    Provides in-depth statistical analysis of political and economic trends in 195 countries world-wide. Reports include country profiles, risk ratings, licensing and trade information as well as G-8 and regional forecasts.
  • U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 
    Includes statistics on employment, prices and living conditions (e.g the Consumer Price Index), productivity, and more.
  • Hoovers Online 
    Provides detailed company information - key numbers, people, stock information, performance ratings, etc. - and also allows you to compare with industry-wide trends. Information is updated daily.
    Lexis-Nexis also contains detailed company information including financial statements as well as many news sources. 
  • International Monetary Fund: International Financial Statistics 
    A database for both international and domestic financial statistics. Includes tables for over 200 countries world-wide as well as current data on international exchange rates, interest rates, inflation, deflation, international banking, government accounts, etc.
  • U.S. Bureau of Transportation 
    Monitors trade, traffic data for automobiles, airlines, etc., travel, and more.
  • World Development Indicators
    Provides statistics on international economic development through the World Bank.
  • Economy at a Glance
  • U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis
  • Budget of the United States Government