are responsible for collecting and maintaining up-to-date data. However, the usual raw tabular formats are hard to read or use. Data definitions vary substantially from one country to the next. Primary sources also are the places to go for exact definitions and measurement techniques.
repackage primary-source, often by standardizing definitions across many countries for the purpose of comparison. Secondary sources also sometimes permit selection of individual series.
Government agencies collecting and maintaining raw data series
Lists of Links by Country to Central Banks, Finance Ministries, Government Data Collection Agencies, etc.
Comprehensive list of statistical offices, central banks, and university research centers by country. Both secondary and primary sources are listed. Searchable data base. Maintained by Christian Zimmermann, at the Center for Research on Economic Fluctuations
and Employment (CREFE) at University of Quebec at Montreal.
Secondary Sources: Government and private sites culling data from primary sources for presentation with analysis, graphs, or for export to statistical packages. Secondary sources usually
offer standardized definitions across many countries for the purpose of comparison.
The cuneiform inscription in the Liberty Fund logo is the earliest-known written appearance of the word "freedom" (amagi), or "liberty." It is taken from a clay document written about 2300 B.C. in the Sumerian city-state of Lagash.