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Economics: Public Economics


Association for Public Economic TheoryDedicated to the promotion of theoretical research in all areas of public finance.  

Economic Policy Institute. Nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank researching the needs of low- and middle-income workers in economic policy discussions.

International Institute of Public FinanceWorld organization of Public Finance economists: a pre-eminent academic institution for study and research on economic public policy topics. 

National Tax Association Association of tax professionals dedicated to advancing understanding of the theory and practice of public finance

NBER Public Economics ProgramSudies the effects of taxation and government expenditure programs at the federal, state, and local levels. Features the NBER TAXSIM model, a model that uses annual data on individuals to project effects of alternative tax rules.


CCH Tax Research NetWork (OmniTax).  Provides access to U.S. Federal and state tax information.

EconlitMost comprehensive database to scholarly journal articles in economics. Also lists books and dissertations, and articles within collective works.

IDEASFree database on economics with full-text working papers, books, book chapters, and articles from peer-reviewed journals.

JSTOR.  Full text historical archive of top journals and selected books and pamphlets in many disciplines, including economics.

Policy FileAccess to U.S. foreign and domestic policy papers and gray literature with abstracts and links to reports, papers, and documents from think tanks, research institutes, and agencies.

Social Science Research Network.  Research network devoted to the rapid worldwide dissemination of social science research.See especially the economics research network.

Worldwide Political Science Abstracts. Leading database for research in political science and political economy. International in scope.

Selected Journals

These journals are specific to Public Economics, but researchers in this field also publish in other economics journals. See this listing of some highly cited ones for more information.

Journal of Public Economics
National Tax Journal
American Economic Journal. Economic policy
Public Choice
Journal of Public Economic Theory
International Tax and Public Finance
Public Finance Review
NBER Papers in Public Economics

Key Data Sources

Budget of the United States Government.  Collection of documents containing budgetary publications issued throughout the fiscal year.

CEIC Global DatabaseDetailed economic data with more than one million time series for countries worldwide, including Government Finance, and taxation.

Council for Community and Economic Research, the Regional Economic Data ToolkitDetailed consumer price data at fine levels of geographic detail (city and county levels) as well as state expenditures by economic development functions (e.g. international trade and investment) and county indexes of economic diversity.

Data Planet. Access to over 5,550 data sets from national state, and international source providers, with multiple subject categories.See the section on Government and Politics

Debt Securities Statistics. International debt statistics, including government debt, from the Bank for International Settlements.

Fiscally Standardized CitiesAllows users to compare local government finances for the largest U.S. cities across multiple categories of revenues, expenditures, debt, and assets.

IMF Government Finance Statistics.  Data on revenues, expenses, and transactions from national governments and sectors for IMF member countries from the mid 1990's to present. For data from 1971 -1998, access is via an ICPSR data file.  For help in converting the earlier data file please make an appointment at the Library Data Lab.

Historical Public Debt DatabaseFrom the IMF. Historical public debt database, from 1880 for G7 countries and other advanced economies, and from 1920 for additional advanced and emerging economies

International Debt Statistics(World Bank). Financial flows, trends in external debt, and other major financial indicators for developing and advanced economies.

Internal Revenue Service Tax Statistics.  Tables, articles, and data that describe and measure elements of the U.S. tax system.

OECD Tax Statistics. Detailed Tax data for OECD countries.

PolicyMap. US demographic and socioeconomic data indicators from the neighborhood census block to national levels: data on demographics, neighborhood conditions, real estate, income, jobs, education, crime, and health.

Quorum allows you to track legislators social media posts, who legislators work with and on what topics/issues. It can also alert you when legislation moves forward. Quorum is available to Berkeley students, faculty and staff, and requires users to create a free account using their email address. Limited to 20 simultaneous users. 

United Nations National Accounts and Detailed Tables. Detailed government expenditures and revenue data for countries worldwide.

State Economic Development Program Expenditures Database. Detailed budget data on state economic development expenditures, starting from FY 2007 through the most current fiscal year.

State & Local Finance Initiative.  Detailed revenue, expenditure and debt variables for the United States and each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia from 1977 onward.

Statistical Abstract of the United States.  Contains a collection of statistics on social and economic conditions in the United States as well as selected international data.  Earlier versions of the Statistical Abstract are available on the U.S Census web site. 

Tax Revolt Data Set. Time-series, cross sectional data on tax and expenditure limitation policies and selected covariates, annually for the 50 United States from 1960-1992

USA Spending.GovInteractive database of United States government spending.

World Tax Database. Database of country tax rates worldwide. Select the country and scroll down to the sector.

World Revenue Longitudinal DatabaseCompilation of government revenue data from the IMF's Government Finance Statistics, World Economic Outlook, and other sources.

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