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Econ Stats: The Economic Statistics and Indicators Database

EconomyWatch.com has a beta version of “Econ Stats,” an economic statistics database service. They say that coverage is worldwide, by country, economic region and geographical region from 1980 to 2016 forecasts. It currently includes over 50 indicators. Its sources are IMF, World Bank, UN, OECD, CIA World Factbook, Internet World Statistics, The Heritage Foundation and Transparency International.

Hat tip to beSpacific!

Authoritative Resources on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

This new CRS report has lots of links to state and federal websites:

The following list of authoritative resources is designed to assist in responding to a broad range of constituent questions and concerns about the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), P.L. 111-5. Links to the full text of the act, Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates, White House fact sheets, and federal, state, and municipal government websites are included, along with other useful information. This list reflects information that is currently available on the Internet. It will be updated regularly as other relevant material becomes available.

Here’s a thought for CRS reports like this one that are largely lists of links that CRS intends to update regularly: Why not put this online and make it (and all the updates) available for everyone? Is there any reasonable reason not to do so?

A good set of links on the economy

New Economy Analytics, Resources and Alerts, By Marcus P. Zillman, LLRX, March 18, 2009.

Some of the links you’ll find here are old friends, but you’re bound to find at least one or two new ones that will become indespensible.

Recovery.gov Relaunched

Recovery.gov is back up. This time, it has many more features. It is a website that, according to the website:

Lets you, the taxpayer, figure out where the money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is going. There are going to be a few different ways to search for information. The money is being distributed by Federal agencies, and soon you’ll be able to see where it’s going — to which states, to which congressional districts, even to which Federal contractors. As soon as we are able to, we’ll display that information visually in maps, charts, and graphics.

You can read a full copy of the bill, share your recovery story, and learn more about the President’s accountability & transparency objectives. And check out the “Where is Your Money Going“? page for a simple visual representation.


www.EconomicRecovery.gov is a resource for the American people to find help to keep their homes, find jobs and protect their savings. It is a multi-agency site supported by the White House, Treasury, Commerce, USDA, Labor, HUD, SBA, and the FDIC. The url redirects to http://www.commerce.gov/NewsRoom/EconomicNews/index.htm?er=true and I found that the site seemed busy and loaded slowly…