As part of a strategic effort to respond to demand from developing countries for greater participation and transparency, the World Bank, at it’s Spring meeting, resolved to make formerly subscription data available free of charge. This is great news for researchers around the globe including at Villanova University!
The savings realized on our subscription to World Development Indicators can be applied to other resources. Additionally we will now have access to Global Development Finance, African Development Indicators via WorldDatabank and Global Economic Monitor statistics. The World Bank will shortly be announcing incentives for the creation of open source applications and mashups (such as Geo.Worldbank.org) based on these datasets. Books, working papers and journal articles published by the World Bank are sadly not included in this change to open access but are discoverable via the library catalog or indices such as EconLit.
Both free and subscription statistical resources likely to be used by economists are listed on the Economics Subject Guide on Falvey Memorial Library.