A project of the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation. Includes raw data from efforts such as the National Sample Survey (NSS), the Annual Survey of Industries (ASI), and the Economic Census.
Updated several times a year. Provides statistics on all aspects of international and domestic finance. Provides users with time series data of major economic aggregates used in economic analysis. The IFS reports, for most countries of the world, current data needed in the analysis of problems of international payments and of inflation and deflation, i.e., data on exchange rates, international liquidity, international banking, money and banking, interest rates, prices, production, international transactions, government accounts, and national accounts. Contains data from 1945 until the latest current month data has been released for (there is usually about a 2 month lag time).
India is not an OECD country but OECD iLibrary contains a considerable amount of data re: India. Data is available at both quarterly and yearly levels and often can be downloaded as CSV files. Particularly helpful for economics related questions.
Updated regularly. The online publications portal of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Comprises 17 Studies by Themes for monographs and reports; all OECD books and papers published since 1998; and the OECD statistical datasets online, which cover over 80 countries with data going back to the 1960s.
Note: Datasets from the International Energy Agency (IEA) are not included in our subscription.
Contains content from 1960 onwards which can often be downloaded as CSV files. Particularly helpful for questions related to poverty, education, social justice and human rights.
Updated quarterly. An extensive collection of data about global development. Provides more than 550 times series covering demographic, social, economic, financial, natural resources and environmental topics for more than 200 countries and 18 country groups. You can access the data through the dataBank, as an ebook, or in Excel or CSV formats.
As you start to search for statistics, think about how and why the data behind the statistics might have been gathered, including by whom. Ask questions such as
What is the time period? Is this historical or more recent data?
What is the geographic region covered by the data? Is local, regional, national level data?
Who created the data and why? Was is a governmental project? a think tank? a community-based project?
Think also about the research method used in gathering the data as well as the methods you might like to use with it. Can you download the data (Excel, CSV), manipulate and/or visualize it (charts, graphs), does it include geospatial data (for GIS)?