African Economic Research Consortium
The Consortium supports locally based researchers to conduct policy-relevant economic inquiry. The website hosts available research articles in the areas of poverty, income distribution and labour market issues; as well as articles on how the policies of the World Bank-IMF-WTO combine will affect African nations.
Agrarian South: Journal of political economy
The aims of Agrarian South are to promote research on the political economy of agrarian change and global agriculture from a Southern perspective. The ongoing transformations in the world economy have brought to the fore a series of historic challenges linked to the food, energy, climate, and economic crises, which will definitively mark the whole of the 21st century. As the period of neoliberal globalisation comes to a close, there is a profound need to rethink the agrarian question in innovative ways, and especially what it means to the peoples of the South. The journal intends to provide an outlet for innovative thinking on the agrarian question and give priority to thematic areas which the Centre for Agrarian Research and Education for South (CARES) deems fundamental, namely: the role of rural and land movements in democratic, national, and global struggles; the unequal integration of Southern societies and agricultures in the world system; and the construction of alternative development strategies towards a multipolar world.
Agricultural Market Access Database
This site maintains a dataset on tariffs, Tariff Rate Quotas (TRQs) and imports of agricultural products for a number of WTO Member countries. The database includes mainly raw data on market access commitments and trade, as found in WTO members’ commitments and in national publications, at the level of detail and disaggregation found in the original sources. However, additional reference data are also provided to enable the user to calculate derived data such as ad valorem equivalents, or tariff aggregates for product or commodity categories.
AMAD database is a result of co-operative effort by Agriculture and AgriFood Canada, EU Commission – Agriculture Directorate-General, Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, The World Bank, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, United States Department of Agriculture – Economic Research Service. Access to data is free.
Anyone looking for an organization working for taxation and control of capital flows would be interested in ATTAC. ATTAC’s primary goal is to make the Tobin Tax known to all people. In addition a weekly newsletter ‘Sand in the Wheels’ in pdf format has a variety of articles from different parts of the world.
Bretton Woods Project
Useful website that scrutinises and monitors the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, their roles, policies, social issues, governance, financial liberalisation and private sector. Here you will find the bimonthly digest, Bretton Woods Update, briefings and reports, and advocacy and action by non-governmental groups.
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
The Centre specialises in the production of research reports, opinion pieces, fact-sheets and other publications that offer an alternative viewpoint to social and economic justice issues from a Canadian point of view, and sometimes from a global perspective.
CorpWatch works to support anti-corporate globalization movements around the world. It provides information on transnational corporations to movements opposed to the forces of globalization. It also educates and mobilizes key constituencies in the US and other countries to take action in support of campaigns against globalization worldwide.
The site believes in blowing the whistle on corporate misdeeds and cover-ups. A voice of the anti-corporate globalisation movements, there are sections on news, profiles, features, new research and campaigns. Those interested in keeping watch on corporations in India can visit www.corpwatchindia.org
ECLAC is one of the five regional commissions of the UN. It is committed to a greater integration of Latin American and Caribbean economies with world markets but advocates a stable system of international governance for managing capital flows. The website is a good place to look for secondary data on economic and social trends in the region.
ECONOMIC POLICY INSTITUTE
A useful website that focuses on the economic conditions of low- and middle-income America. Check out analyses of key government data and policy issues; consumer’s guide to public opinion data on the web; opinion pieces by EPI staffers and much more. You can surf by topic.
The website of the European University Institute, in Firenze, Italy, provides useful links to economic resources available on the Internet. For the non-specialist, the library CDROM server on the site hosts important macro data culled from OECD, World Bank, Eurostat and IMF sources.
A network of NGOs spread over sixteen European countries, which actively campaigns for the incorporation of poverty considerations in debt reduction policies such as the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) Initiative, to achieve ” sustainable” levels of debt. The website hosts worldwide debt data, debt updates, debt projections as well as critical analyses on debt-related issues.
If you’re someone with an ineluctable appetite for “truth” as opposed to mainstream media banter, then here’s the website for you. FAIR (Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting) is a media watch group, which has been offering well-documented criticism of media bias and censorship in the US since 1986. The website’s Archives section is a great place to look at if you’re interested in alternative interpretations of popular news events.
FAOSTAT is an on-line and multilingual databases currently containing over 1 million time-series records covering international statistics in the following areas of food and agriculture: Production, Trade, Food Balance Sheets, Fertilizer and Pesticides, Land Use and Irrigation, Forest Products, Fishery Products, Population, Agricultural Machinery, Food Aid Shipments.
Focus on the Global South
Focus on the Global South is a group of scholar-activists committed to the generation of ideas and information resources contextualising local movements of change in the Asia-Pacific region within the global North/South divide. The website has terrific resources on anti-globalization initiatives in the region.
Food First is a member-supported nonprofit think tank and education-for-action center, which promotes food security initiatives organized around the key principle of food as a fundamental human right. The website is highly recommended for those who wish to be updated on corporate activities in the global food economy, especially on the indiscriminate production and sale of genetically modified food items.
Global Labour Column
The current crisis presents both challenges and opportunities for labour. On the one hand labour faces mass redundancies, increasing short time working and further casualisation. On the other, renewed debate has opened up about alternatives to neoliberalism. The acute challenges for labour presented by the crisis can best be met with a collective, coordinated and well informed response. The Global Labour Column aims to provide a forum in which labour movements and their allies around the world can connect, debate, and share knowledge and experiences. It is our hope that, by drawing on leading academic researchers and trade union leaders and activists, we will stimulate debate on union responses to the crisis and, more broadly, to the challenges of globalisation.
This portal of heterodox economics provides very useful information about journals, schools, societies, courses and conferences about heterodox economics. It also has a news section where information about heterodox conference, book, course announcements etc are given.
Heterodox Economics Web
This site promotes heterodox economics by providing a web resource for teachers, researchers, and students. It also features a very useful list of organizations/research institutes which are involved in heterodox research.
A unique cooperative network that aims at building capacities for the production of scientific journals and improving general access to scholarly literature in countries with less developed systems of publication and dissemination. Check out the Programme for the Enhancement of Research Information (PERI), through which libraries and researchers across Africa are gaining access to current research results on an unprecedented scale. There is a lesson here for NGOs in other underdeveloped countries working to ensure equitable distribution of the benefits of information technology.
International Trade Center
This website is jointly maintained by WTO and UNCTAD and provides wide ranging trade related data on product and country basis. It also provides data on Trade Performance Index (TPI) which shows sectoral export performance and competitiveness of countries. Data on trade simulation are also available for some countries.
The Initiative for Policy Dialogue is a global network of economists and social scientists based in Columbia University, which provides intellectual resources through special task forces, country dialogues, training and research programs for strengthening civic participation in economic policy-making in countries undergoing stabilization and structural adjustment.
The London School of Economics web guide has a great Social Science Information Gateway link, which connects to a large variety of social science resources available on the Internet including statistical data at different levels of aggregation.
This website builds capacities to analyse mainstream economic orthodoxy and strengthen an alternative economic paradigm focusing on distributive justice, economic sovereignty and the need for state intervention and regulation both in the Indian and the global economies. You will find a comprehensive database on the Indian economy and analytical surveys of recent macroeconomic trends. There are regular updates on economic issues, and comprehensive economic reports.
Media Pekerja translates to ‘Women and Workers Independent Media and Training Center’. The site gives updates on the latest labor related events and activities in Malaysia, especially providing useful information, analysis and resource for workers, labor groups and trade unions to assist them in their struggle and in upholding the just cause of the workers.
MIT DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMICS
The Center is home to the largest collection of social science data in the world. It primarily promotes academic scholarship, especially in the area of applied social s
ience research, but can be accessed by non-specialists as well.
The North American Congress on Latin America (NACLA) is an independent non-profit organization founded in 1966. NACLA publishes NACLA Report on the Americas which provides policy makers, analysts, academics, organizers, journalists, community groups and others with information on U.S.-Latin American and Caribbean relations and on a range of political, social and economic issues in the Americas.
Is run by an editorial collective of individuals who aspire to bring an alternate perspective to that of the corporate media that dominates the world today. This is possible as the website is based on voluntary efforts and contributions of readers and our well wishers who want to see an independent voice on matters that affect them. It will address the key issues in today’s world — issues from the point of view of the poor, the working class, the farmers — all of which are virtually missing from the coverage of the corporate media.
NORTH SOUTH INSTITUTE
The NSI is an independent research organization, which tracks Canada’s performance in meeting its international development commitments, especially, in the area of poverty reduction in developing countries. Check out the three case studies available on the website that provide country-specific illustrations of how Canada’s aid and non-aid policies interact with poverty reduction policies in the recipient countries.
The official website of the Organization for Economic Co-operation & Development. The website’s statistics portal is a good place to surf for data on key economic variables at different levels of aggregation.
The website keeps regular tabs on human rights violations all over the world. Oneworld Radio is a particularly innovative link on the site. It also features regular updates on global-warming and other related issues.
The website of the Oxfam International, a confederation of twelve non-governmental organizations working together in more than 80 countries to find lasting solutions to poverty, suffering and injustice. The website contains links to the individual Oxfams plus regular updates on the organization’s peace initiatives worldwide, which highlight the mounting human costs of international conflicts.
The Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) is an independent unit at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. PERI’s mission is to facilitate research, graduate education, and outreach in the area of policy-relevant political economy. The Institute is committed to conducting and disseminating research to inform policy makers and grassroots activists who are trying to improve living standards and to create a more just, democratic, and ecologically sustainable world. PERI’s work is organised into three programmes: Globalisation and Macroeconomics; Labour Markets and Living Wages; and Development, Peacebuilding, and the Environment.
post-autistic economics review
Economics is under intense pressure to reform from students and economists. Their complaint is that economics as taught today neither explains contemporary reality nor provides a framework for critical debate. The review is a journal of the Post-Autistic Economics Network, and features short essays written by a diverse range of contributors, many of them leading names in the profession. Subscribe for free.
Reforming Global Finance
The Globalist’s ”Reforming Global Finance” presents essays and analyses by experts in the fields of economics, financial markets and financial governance. They point the way forward to a global financial system that is more transparent, accountable and effective. Our goal is to alert a global audience of experts and non-experts alike to the relevance of financial reform to their own lives and futures. The series is supported by a grant from the Reforming Global Financial Governance intitiative in the Ford Foundation’s Democracy, Rights and Justice program.
Review of Agrarian Studies (RAS)
The Review of Agrarian Studies is the peer-reviewed journal of the Foundation for Agrarian Studies (www.agrarianstudies.org), a charitable trust based in India and established in 2003. The major objectives of the Foundation are to facilitate and sponsor multi-disciplinary theoretical and empirical enquiry in the field of agrarian studies in India and elsewhere in less-developed countries. The Foundation does so in association with a wide section of people interested in the agrarian question, including persons associated with academic institutions, social and political activists, members of mass organizations working in the countryside, and other professionals and scholars.
A very rich website for researchers of development economics. It focuses exclusively on Africa, Asia, Latin America, Chile and China. Particularly interesting: analytical research papers and documents, teaching materials, statistics, rich glossaries, and links to relevant institutions.
Scholars without Borders
The website of Scholars without Borders is a one-stop online bookshop for scholarly books published in India. Much of the original research that is carried out in India is of relevance to the wider world. Here we aim to highlight the best of such Indian academic writing. We list selected texts, monographs, reports, conference proceedings, journals and periodicals, and present a wide variety of publishers and cover a range of disciplines.
Social Capital Gateway
Social Capital Gateway is actually linked as an useful resource by hundreds of research institutions all over the world, among which academic departments and libraries, international organizations and public and private research institutes, and has been acknowledged as an exemplary material for teaching and learning economics by the Journal of Economic Education.
Third World Network
The Third World Network is an independent non-profit international network of organisations and individuals involved in issues relating to development, the Third World and North-South issues.
Well established as an independent research institution for global problems. Of special concern are issues related to militarism and conflict, poverty and marginalisation, social injustice and environmental problems. There are two ongoing campaigns: Nuclear Abolition and Bringing Pinochet to Justice. TNI-News is a fortnightly journal.
TURKISH SOCIAL SCIENTISTS
The fully-liberalised Turkish economy is beset with problems. This website run by The Independent Social Scientists Economics Group includes articles evaluating programmes and government policies; and the role of the Bretton Woods Institutions. Currently, the website is entirely in Turkish.
UC Atlas of Global Inequality
A project of the Center for Global, International and Regional Studies (CGIRS) at the University of California, Santa Cruz, the UC Atlas of Global Inequality explores the interaction between globalisation and inequality, and provides online, downloadable maps, graphics and data. Apart from providing descriptions and data on the variables used for measuring globalisation, distribution of global income, income inequality, global connectedness, etc., the site also provides brief discussions as well as some useful links and references to the global income inequality debate, the relationship between growth, income inequality and well being, etc. All these materials, which may be of use to researchers and activists, can be used freely provided they are attributed to the UC Atlas of Global Inequality.
UNCTAD Trade Analysis and Information System (TRAINS) Database
This database, maintained by UNCTAD, provides Trade Control Measures (Tariff, para-tariff and Non-Tariff Measures) information at tariff line level for 119 countries. It also covers imports by suppliers at 6-digit level of the International Convention on the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System (HS) covering more than 85% of the world trade. This database is one of the most comprehensive database on Non-Tariff Measures currently available.
The official website of the United Nations Institute for Social Development, an autonomous UN agency engaged in multidisciplinary research on the social dimensions of economic development. Available on the website are quality research papers on issues of pressing importance to development economists such as the links between racism and public policy.
WORLD DEVELOPMENT MOVEMENT
This small organisation based in Britain is at the forefront of the worldwide movement against GATS or the General Agreement on Trade in Services and for the cancellation of Third World Debt. There’s a wealth of information on the issues involved, the ongoing campaigns, particularly in Britain, and publications.
World Economics Association (WEA)
The World Economics Association (WEA) was launched on May 16, 2011. It fills a gap in the international community of economists — the absence of a truly international, inclusive, pluralist, professional association. The American Economic Association and UK’s Royal Economic Society provide broad associations mainly for their country’s economists. The WEA will do the same for the world’s community of economists, while promoting a pluralism of approaches to economic analysis. The WEA welcomes, as members, non-economists interested in economics and its relationship with their own field of interest. To this end, the WEA will initially publish online three quarterly journals and host online conferences. Online subscriptions are free to members (a fee will be charged for print copies). The anticipated size of the WEA’s membership means that its journals will have one of the largest readerships of any in the world.
The website of the Public Services International, an international confederation of public sector trade unions. It has links to the associated unions plus great resources on labor-market discrimination and labor-related issues in general, particularly child labor and gender discrimination in the workplace.
The website functions in the Trade Observatory of the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, a research organization based in Minneapolis, in the US. A useful site for keeping track of WTO-related developments, both at the level of policy-making and critical initiatives.