You want to compute fertility rates for Italy, Spain and Germany,
employment and unemployment figures and other labour market indicators
for your paper. What is the quickest way getting this information?
Today, an incredible amount of statistical data from almost every
source of official Statistics is available via the Internet and
can be selected interactively. Most Central Statistical Offices
(CSO) offer interactive websites with their products: starting with
single figures, multilayer tables, time-series and PDF-documents.
The researcher nowadays does not always need to order statistical
sheets in print any more or search the library for statistical yearbooks
to get recent as well as historic key figures about the countries
he is about to analyze for his publications. Further on, many modern
statistical techniques, such as Log-Linear Modelling or Time Series
Analysis only need aggregate tables of data as a source for further
investigation. This is valid as well, if you are trying to use hierarchical
modelling: You need aggregate figures on higher level that you can
match to your data.
This website is a rough guide to online data
resources containing a keyword list (not a thesaurus), descriptions
and other useful information on interactive sites provided by CSOs
and international organizations worldwide. To use this site, you
only need to:
- type in a keyword of the broad thematic area you
are interested in, such as labour market, employment, housing,
- select the country or several countries you would
like to find figures about...
- select if you would like to have time series or
rather results of the latest macro-census and
- confirm your search
You get a list of websites by country, containing at least some
information on the topics of your choice and a very brief description
of the website to guide you along to use the website.
If you want more information on one of the sites in your list, just
click on the hyperlink to retrieve the detailed information with
descriptions and the contents of the website. You’ll also get some
particularities, retrieval modes and the nature of downloads you
can make from the page you have selected. If you think you can find
the needed information on a selected website, just choose the link
button and you leave the MZES website for the statistical information
website. You can also refer to the Glossary on this website, to
find the definitions of statistical termini in different languages
(not ready yet). For instance, if you are looking for gross domestic
product but the website is only in French and Dutch, you can check
the corresponding term in our Glossary in French at least.
For further Interest, the Vade Mecum offers you some of the most
useful indices used in statistics if you want to compare countries
in terms of population growth rates, Fertility rates or Dependency
quotas. The Vade Mecum gives you a definition of the measures (indices)
and the formula used to calculate them. This is very useful, if
you want to compute some descriptive figures on a selection of countries.
You should, though, always be careful in using the figures published
by the CSO's and check at least for the source of their data and
their methods and definitions, which are usually provided with the
data or in a special section on nomenclatures.
Programs suitable for the in depth analysis of multilayer tables
or time series are available at no cost from the Internet. Among
many others, the following software can be used for further analyses: