One of the aims of the Open Economics Working Group is to define the scope and purpose of open economics data and survey relevant projects, best practice, as well as legal, regulatory and technical standards for open economic data.

Economics datasets

Available platforms for pre-registration

Any researcher from any discipline who is interested in self-registering a study is welcome to take advantage of the Political Science Registered Studies Dataverse. This dataverse is a fully-automated resource that allows researchers to upload design information, pre-outcome data, and any preliminary code. Uploaded designs will be publicized via a variety of free media. List members are welcome to subscribe to any of these announcement services, which are linked in the header of the dataverse page.

Besides this automated system, there are also a few other proto-registries of note:

* The EGAP: Experiments in Governance and Politics ( website has a registration tool that now accepts and posts detailed preanalysis plans. In instances when designs are sensitive, EGAP offers the service of accepting and archiving sensitive plans with an agreed trigger for posting them publicly.

* J-PAL: The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab ( has been hosting a hypothesis registry since 2009. This registry is for pre-analysis plans of researchers working on randomized controlled trials, which may be submitted before data analysis begins.

* The American Political Science Association’s Experimental Research Section ( hosts a registry for experiments at its website. (Please note, however, that the website currently is down for maintenance.)

See background by James Monogan

Data blogs

Datasets in development economics

Educational Resources

Relevant Projects and Networks

  • The Contribution Economy The Economics of Knowledge Contribution and Distribution research program is housed at the Rotman School of Management and is administered by Professors Joshua Gans and Fiona Murray and funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Its activities include funding research and post-doctoral students, workshops, online outreach and a policy summit. The blog is about issues and research into scholarly publishing and its impact.
  • Open Data Research: a research network to explore emerging impacts of open data in developing countries, bringing together researchers from the global south to look at open data in action, where it meets processes of governance: impacting on decision-making and implementation in a wide range of settings.
  • EUI Library Blog Economics and Research Resources for Economists and Users of Statistical Data
  • The Research Data Alliance is a organisation that aims to accelerate international data-driven innovation and discovery by facilitating research data sharing and exchange, use and re-use, standards harmonization, and discoverability.
  • RECODE: The Policy Recommendations for Open Access to Research Data in Europe (RECODE) project will leverage existing networks, communities and projects to address challenges within the open access and data dissemination and preservation sector and produce policy recommendations for open access to research data based on existing good practice.
  • Zenodo offers a one-stop-store for research output. Created by OpenAIRE and CERN, and supported by the European Commission, this new-generation online repository offers its service from the OpenAIRE pan-European initiative, which expands the linking of research output to datasets and funding information, in European and national contexts.
  • The Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS)is a new effort to promote transparency in empirical social science research. The program is fostering an active network of social science researchers and institutions committed to strengthening scientific integrity in economics, political science, behavioral science, and related disciplines. Central to the BITSS effort is the identification of useful strategies and tools for maintaining research transparency, including the use of study registries, pre-analysis plans, data sharing, and replication.
  • Quandl is a repository of time-series data on the internet, tailored for researchers, students and other data professionals. Quandl is an open and free tool which allows you to quickly find the numerical data you need, get that data in any format you want, have complete transparency to the source of the data Quandl currently has over 6 million time-series datasets. Most of the data is in the domains of finance, economics, demography, sociology, energy and the environment. 1000s of new datasets are added to Quandl daily.

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