IMF data becomes available online via the IMF eLibrary from January 2015. Series include: Direction of Trade Statistics (DOTS), Government Finance Statistics (GFS), International Finance Statistics (IFS) and Balance of Payments Statistics (BOPS). IMF data guides are on this web page. The EUI Library also provides access to selected IMF data on CD-rom. To access the online versions of IMF data series from January 2015, create a personal account when the platform opens. Users of the IMF platform must sign in at the ‘My Data’ section to be able to download. It is then possible to retrieve downloaded data by clicking on the green ‘More’ button under ‘My Data’ and selecting ‘Downloads’ on the left side. Full details are on this EUI Library page.
Eurostat, the official statistics agency of the European Union, has launched an upgraded web site. Users of the bulk data download service, please note that it is necessary to re-register at the upper right of the Eurostat homepage. An overview of changes, and a bulk download webinar, are on this page. Eurostat provides statistical data on the EU, the member states, and sub-state regions in nine primary categories. Statistics Explained gives an introduction to official EU statistical data. The EUI Library maintains a directory of European official and non-official data resources and a guide to resources on the Eurozone.
EUI members now have upgraded access to the new online version of CNTS. The Cross-National Time-Series database provides internationally-comparative economic and political variables, including government expenditure, population, territorial size, per capita GDP, trade, infrastructure, conflict events, elections, legislative process and international status indicators. Data for 200 countries is provided from 1815 onwards. The 2014 release contains ‘Links’ files – bridging to media sources for major international events. Full details.
Springer Science+Business Media has announed the launch of the new Italian Economic Journal for 2015. The IEJ becomes the official journal of the Società Italiana degli Economisti, superceding the Rivista Italiana degli Economisti and the Giornale degli Economisti. The journal invites submissions in all areas of “political economy and economic policy, providing a scholarly, international forum for all methodological approaches and schools of thought… in particular encouraging high-quality research about the Italian and the European economy.” The first issue will be published in March. Full details, and preliminary articles, are on the Springer site.
The 2014 Economics Nobel lecture was given by Professor Jean Tirole in Stockholm on 8 December. Professor Tirole, chairman of the Fondation Jean-Jacques Laffont at the Toulouse School of Economics and scientific director of the Institut d’Economie Industrielle (IDEI), spoke on ‘Market Failures and Public Policy.’ The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel was awarded to Jean Tirole “for his analysis of market power and regulation.” Full details and video.