Information Needs and Data Requirements for International Economic Research
This paper argues that, barring a spectacular theoretical breakthrough, the greatest gains in the field of international economic research will come in the form of empirical work. Comparable to other fields of economics, the data relevant to international economic research are relatively reliable, complete, and conducive to more intensive use in useful quantitative empirical work. The paper provides a discussion of the major data sources available through international organizations, focusing on their limitations and presenting some suggestions for their improvement. In addition, problems of information retrieval and accessibility are briefly discussed, with the argument made that libraries should become more responsive to the needs of researchers by expanding their handling of machine readable data.
KeywordsForeign Direct Investment International Trade International Monetary Fund Trade Flow Trade Data
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