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QS 311 - Global Media Systems

Resources for the study of Global Media Systems

Statistics and Tables


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Every country has its own sources of official statistics, and many have unofficial sources such as trade associations. Sometimes the appropriate government department is self-evident; for example, labor statistics generally come from the department of employment or labor. For data which affect more than one department, such as GDP or balance-of-payments figures, good sources include the central bank or a central statistical agency, such as the Commerce Department in the U.S.

There are several well-known organizations and sites that have aggregated and listed links to the websites of these offices, making the job of finding them much easier.

To access the full WDI, visit the World DataBankDescriptions are searchable by Country, by Topics and by Indicators.

Latin America


International organizations publish various national and international data, frequently in standardized or semi-standardized form, within a few weeks of their original release. Key sources include the IMF, the OECD, the Bank for International Settlements, the International Finance Corporation, OPEC, and the United Nations.

United Nations
The U.N. pulls together an enormous amount of useful economic, industry, labor, and other international statistical data of potential value for industry research.
European Commission
International Labor Organization
The ILO aggregates labor force surveys from countries around the world and publishes its own labor-related series. These are the key sections to check.
International Monetary Fund
World Bank
The World Bank collects and disseminates statistical data on about 100 nations. These are two of the key pages and URLs to review: