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Core Data Sources for Brazil

If you’re looking for data about Brazil’s economy and business it may not obvious where to start. Here we outline two good starting points for your search. Brazil is the world’s seventh largest economy and with a burgeoning middle class it has a lot to be excited about. As a BRIC country and a country that is still developing at quite a rapid pace, it is to be expected that the data available for Brazil might be less rich than for countries such as the US. However, there are some strong sources. We’ve chosen these two sources because they have an excellent range and breadth of data as well as strong credibility.

The Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia is a great source for Brazilian data. This covers a range of data-types from the economy, to geoscience to demographics. It is a governmental source and so is a strong official source of data.

The World Bank also has some excellent resources for Brazil with a large array of downloadable time series from their databank. The World Bank is a very well-known organization and will lend your presentation credibility.

It’s not easy to find great sources on Brazil, so if you have suggestions please do share them with us through our comment space.

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Core Data Sources on the US market

If you are wondering where to start in your search for US business and economic data, you’ve come to the right place. The US is the largest economy in the world. This means that its political, economic and societal data is both very significant and also that it is available in abundance.  Here are three useful and trustworthy sources that offer a very wide range of up-to-date data. We like these data sources because they represent a good balance between private and governmental data provision. From inflation data to the human genome project, these providers have got it covered.

www.usa.gov will very often be your first port of call. This isn’t a single database but really a hub with clear, quick and easy links to the relevant agencies and websites you may require. The scope is impressive with a range spanning economic indicators, health stats, climate data and law and order.

If you’re looking for Macroeconomic or Microeconomic data, the Library of Economics and Liberty is a great option. Perhaps not surprisingly given its name, this website has many measures for current economic variables. It has links to datasets measuring economic indicators from the present day until pre-WW1.

The Public Data Sets on AWS is an amazing set of public data hosted by Amazon which includes data from the Human Genome Project, Federal Reserve data and National labor statistics. This service is remarkable not just for its breadth of range but for the scale of the data hosted. Previously such large datasets would have taken a great deal of time to locate, download and then format for your needs. Now it is available to anyone.

Wherever you find your data, make sure it’s completely trustworthy. Nothing will ruin the credibility of your work more than a statistic from a dubious source or –even worse—a stat that’s just plain wrong.

We’d love to know which US sources you use, so get in touch with us through the comment space to get the conversation started.

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