POLECON 150: World of Commodities

Historical Commodity Statistics

Commodity Trade Statistics Database (COMTRADE)Trade data from 130 countries, detailed by commodity and partner country from the United Nationsd. For many countries, data goes back to 1962. To use this database it is important to specify the international classification code you need (ISIC or HS). For long historical runs select "as reported."

Global Commodity Database.  By Robert Allen, Oxford University and Richard Unger, UBC. Includes clickable maps. Data lists can be viewed by geographic market, currency, and commodity, and can be queried. Data is from approximately 1260 to 1914. Most data is from Europe but selected data also from South Asia, East Asia, and the Americas. NOTE: this data is 'picky' and best used with IE. Click the maps or commodity lists for best results.

Direction of Trade Statistics (IMF eLibrary). Data on merchandise exports and imports disaggregated according to a country's primary trading partners, quarterly from 1946 to present. Go to the specialized query builder first and select "Country/Partner Country" before selecting "Direction of Trade Statistics" as the data source. Registration required to download larger data sets - register at "my Data" at the top and use an email address as the user name. 

Global Financial Data. Contains long runs of historical data (over 6,000 series) on security markets and macroeconomic trends for over 150 countries, including some historical commodity price data. Click "logon annonymously" or register for a free account as a Berkeley student.

Historical Statistics of the United States.  Coverage begins with the colonial and pre-Federal period and goes up to 2000.  Excellent source of information for studying U.S. history, economics, politics, and other topics.

International Historical Statistics. Africa, Asia and Oceania, 1750-2005. B.R. Mitchell. Key economic and social indicators for Africa Asia and Oceania from 1750. Print volumes shelved in Government Reference, Doe Library HA4675 .M55 2007.   

International Historical Statistics: the Americas, 1750-2000. B.R. Mitchell. Key economic and social indicators for the Americas from 1750. Print volume shelved in Government Reference, Doe library HA175 .M55 2003.   

International Historical Statistics. Europe, 1750-2005. B.R. Mitchell. Key economic and social indicators for European countries from 1750.  Print volume shelved in Government Reference, Doe Library HA1107 .M5 2007.

Montevideo Oxford Latin American Economic History Database.  Statistical series for a range of economic and social indicators covering countries in Latin America for the twentieth century and beyond. Includes data on population, labour force, selected industries, transport and communication, external trade, finance, national accounts, and commodity prices indices.

NBER Macroeconomic History Data. Covers all aspects of the pre-WWI and interwar economies, including production, construction, employment, money, prices, foreign trade, and government activity. Many series are at the monthly or quarterly frequency. Some coverage of the United Kingdom, France and Germany, although it predominantly covers the United States

USA Trade Online. Find specific U.S. export and import information on more than 18,000 commodities worldwide. This is a passworded site. To access, ask at the Doe Reference Desk.

Last Update: September 16, 2013 13:50