Useful links

Data

World Bank’s World Development Indicators. The most comprehensive free database, with annual data since 1960 on almost everything for all the countries. http://data.worldbank.org/data-catalog/world-development-indicators

IMF data. Higher frequency macro data for many countries (even daily series; some series are since 1900). Also, data on bilateral trade (Directions of Trade Statistics). You can sign up for a 5-day free trial. http://elibrary-data.imf.org/

World Economic Outlook databasesAnnual macro data since 1980 on many things, including government deficit and debt and oil exports. Forecasts also. http://www.imf.org/external/ns/cs.aspx?id=28

FRED economic data. US macro data on many things. Nice add-in, too, for downloading data straight to Excel. http://research.stlouisfed.org/fred2/categories/

Eurostat. The statistical office of the EU. http://epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/portal/page/portal/statistics/search_database

The World Top Incomes Database. Data on top income share for around 30 countries. http://topincomes.g-mond.parisschoolofeconomics.eu/#Database:

The Standardized World Income Inequality Database. The most comprehensive database on income inequality that combines several sources and provides inequality data for ca. 150 countries: http://myweb.uiowa.edu/fsolt/swiid/swiid.html

OECD FDI data. Data on bilateral FDI flows from OECD countries. http://stats.oecd.org/Index.aspx?DatasetCode=FDI_FLOW_PARTNER

Historical Public Debt Database. Data on public debt for 178 countries since the 17th century. http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/wp/2010/data/wp10245.zip

Reinhart and Rogoff data. Data on many things, including domestic and external debt and crises. http://www.reinhartandrogoff.com/data/browse-by-topic/

IMF commodity prices data. Monthly data on prices of oil and other commodities. Also forecasts. http://www.imf.org/external/np/res/commod/index.aspx

BIS property prices data. Data on house prices data for 48 countries. http://www.bis.org/statistics/pp.htm

World Bank’s Worldwide Governance Indicators. Data on governance and institutions in over 200 countries, since 1996. http://info.worldbank.org/governance/wgi/index.asp

Economic Freedom of the World database. Data on regulation and similar things for many countries. http://www.freetheworld.com/release.html

World Bank’s Enterprise Surveys data. http://www.enterprisesurveys.org/Data

Exchange-rate regime data. http://personal.lse.ac.uk/ilzetzki/IRRBack.htm

Real effective exchange rates data for 178 countries. http://www.bruegel.org/datasets/real-effective-exchange-rates-for-178-countries-a-new-database/

Economic writings suitable for the general audience 

http://www.voxeu.org/

http://www.project-syndicate.org/

http://www.ted.com/

Software and codes

R codes on Bayesian Model Averaging:

http://bms.zeugner.eu/

Potentially useful source for other software:

http://thepiratebay.sx/

Books:

http://en.bookfi.org/

Nice talk about the last three links:

http://www.ted.com/talks/rick_falkvinge_i_am_a_pirate.html