Socio–economic data and statistics

International Data

The UK Data Service provides universities with access to datasets that are not free online.  It includes data from the EU, OECD, World Bank and UN dating back to 1960. 
National governments and inter-governmental organisations (e.g. UN, World Bank) are major providers of socio-economic data.  You can search the data using Discover.

China Data Online provides economic and social statistics for China.  VPN is required off-campus. (Please note that we do not have access to the census data or the survey data.)

UK Data

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) provides access to its statistics and those collected by other government departments.

The following key ONS publications are also available in print at the Hartley Library and Health Services Library, including older editions not available online:

• Social Trends - Draws together social and economic data from a wide range of government departments and other organisations

• Annual Abstract of Statistics - A collection of statistics on the economy, industry, society and demography

• Regional Trends - Demographic, social, industrial and economic statistics for Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, and English counties and local authorities

• General Lifestyle Survey - Formerly called ‘General Household Survey’ and ‘Living in Britain’

The National Centre for Social Research runs a variety of studies. The Equality and Human Rights Commission provides Equality Statistics.

The UK Data Service provides access to major UK cross-sectional survey data and longitudinal data. Use of this data requires good data analysis skills.  You can search the data using Discover.

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