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ECON222901/MHON398: 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.

Introduction

This guide is a starting point for research covering honors thesis literature review and key data sources.

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Identify Data Needs

Find Articles and other documents on  industry, management and economic issues. Use the cited references for more articles and also note sources of data which are cited in the articles!

For U.S. economic and industry data start with Find U.S. Economic Indicators. Free government and library subscription databases.
Keep in mind that some frequencies or indicators may need to be calculated.

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.

 

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