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EC229/MD606/MH398: Forecasting/Thesis Research: Getting Started

Key resources for locating time series data with monthly, quarterly or annual frequencies. Data, including economic indicators, allow students to apply forecasting theory to actual business and economic time series data.

Data Collections

Identify Data Needs

Keep in mind that some frequencies or indicators may need to be calculated.

For U.S. economic and industry data start with Find U.S. Economic Indicators. Free government and library subscription databases.

For international indicators use Find International Time Series. International agencies may calculate indicators in different ways. Make sure your data is comparable.

Historical company financial information can be found at Company Time Series Data. Compustat has the longest time series for sales and other financial statement data on a quarterly and annual basis.

Find Articles
for further sources of data and overviews of industry and economic issues.

Subject Guide

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