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A range of high-quality resources for Economics and Finance are available on the web. Start exploring them here:

  • Gresham College is a registered charity which has been providing a wide remit of free public lectures within the City of London. Check out over 2,000 lectures freely available online from their website.
  • American Economic Association: Encourages economic research, especially the historical and statistical study of the actual conditions of industrial life.
  • Bank of England: The central bank of the United Kingdom. The Bank has some 200 economists trained to Masters and PhD level. Research produced is published in the Working Papers series, in internationally refereed journals and presented at academic conferences. The Bank hosts regular conferences and workshops with other central banks, public organisations and academics, and runs seminar programmes in which academics and policymakers regularly present their research.
  • Economic Statistics Centre of Excellence (ESCoE)A free-to-access online repository, the project aims to make historical economic statistics more readily available to researchers, students and the general public. The repositorys focus is on macroeconomic and financial market data, and includes a range of economic data disaggregated at a sector, industry and regional level. It contains around 4,000 digitised statistical publications and will continue to grow. 
  • Ideas: The largest bibliographic database dedicated to Economics and available freely on the Internet. Based on the REPEC database.
  • Institute for Fiscal Studies: Britain's leading independent microeconomic research institute which promotes effective economic and social policies by understanding better their impact on individuals, families, businesses and the government's finances.
  • The Peterson Institute for International Economics: A private, non-profit, non-partisan research institution devoted to the study of international economic policy.
  • Open Book Publishers is a UK HSS publisher which enables you to access an openly available list of Open Educational Resources (OER) which includes books and textbooks for free. 
  • National Bureau of Economic Research: An American, private, non-profit, non-partisan research organisation dedicated to promoting a greater understanding of how the economy works.
  • Royal Economic Society: A learned society founded in 1890 to promote the study of economic science. It publishes the Economic Journal and the Econometrics Journal; engages with the media and with the policy communities, and supports education, training and career development of economists and holds the RES Annual Conference, a major international gathering of academic economists.
  • UK Government Information: A range of useful UK government information is made available online via various official websites.


Be careful, though, when using the Internet for research, that the sites you find are reliable and up to date. Check when the page was last updated and think about who is providing the information and why. Sites such as Wikipedia are not suitable for academic work. The archived version of Internet Detective tutorial looks at the critical thinking required when using the Internet for research and offers practical advice on evaluating the quality of websites.

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