Tuesday, May 22, 2007

New government databases

We have found two new databases with lots of business and economic information, for free on the web. You can find links to both of them in the On-line catalog as well as below.

The International Trade Commission has a keyword searchable database of its reports, full text. These include a kind of report called an Industry and trade summary which gives detailed analysis of the prospects for exporting a given product from the U.S. The USITC has recently launched a new publication it called Journal of International Commerce and Economics. The contents of both these sources and more is easily available by searching from the ITC's homepage: http://www.usitc.gov/.

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation maintains a database of financial information and an interface that allows the user to call up tailor-made reports by various geographic divisions (i.e.: state, Metropolitan Statistical Area, etc.) for the finacial information the FDIC gathers. In other words, you can generate reports of market share of deposits by state, or the Herfindahl-Hirschman Index by Metropolitan Statistical area, etc. To reach the page for using the report generator you can search for "market share" from the homepage.
The URL for the FDIC: http://www.fdic.gov/index.html
The page for generating summary of deposits reports: http://www2.fdic.gov/sod/sodMarketBank.asp?barItem=2

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