On Info Links and Data Links further information and data concerning the economics of aging is provided.

Info links delivers an insight into the research field of population aging and it offers information on pension and social policy. Moreover, we provide selected links to demographic research facilities and state-run institutions as well as literature databases and the institution funding us.

Data links contains various links to micro- and macroeconomic databases.


Information on pension

Information on social policy

Links to demographic research facilities, state-run institutions and demographic initiatives

Literature databanks

Universities and research institutes

Our funding



Economic data in the web – macroeconomic data

  • Federal Statistical Office The FSO offers an amplitude of economic data. A lot of data is available without restrictions above all recent time series such as price indices, national accounting and population statistics. An extensive databank of time series is only available with a personal user identification that has to be requested.
  • German Bundesbank (Central bank of the Federal Republic of Germany) The Homepage offers among other recent press reports of the Bundesbank as well as monetary time series from the statistical annexes of the monthly reports.
  • FRED The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis administrates a wide archive of us-american macroeconomic data (time series).
  • Global Development Network Database This dataset made up from different sources by the World Bank contains selected macoreconomic time series for most of the countries worldwide for the periods from 1950 to 1962. Among other data there is data about public spending, public debt and taxes as well as about educational background, standard of living, political stability etc.
  • Economic Growth Resources You can find a diversified repertoire of datasets on this website of the Nuffield College in Oxford, UK: datasets from Barro, Summers and Heston, data about productivity from Gray and Bartelsman, corruption rankings etc.
  • Deininger and Squire Dataset Deininger and Squire formed a dataset concerning the disparity of income which contains Gini-coefficients and income-quantiles. Further description of the dataset is available in Deininger and Squire (1996). For a broader version use the World Income Inequality Database of the UNDP.
  • World Development Indicators The WDI contain international data about the general economic development , markets, infrastructure, educational background of the population, public sector, development of the population etc.

Economic data in the web - microeconomic data

  • The German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) Information about the socio-economic panels of the DIW. However, the actual datasets are not available.
  • German Social Science Infrastructure Services e.V. (GESIS) GESIS in Cologne administrates series of microeconomic datasets for secondary analysis e.g. the ALBUS-dataset, the IAB-employee sample and the SAVE-data. The website contains information about the different datasets; access to the data has to be requested.
  • U.S. Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID) The american PSID is comparable to the german SOEP. The website contains both general infromation and detailed datasets.
  • U.S. Consumer Expenditure Survey (CES) The CES contains data on consumer behaviour of a U.S.-citizens panel. One version that has already been worked off by John Sabelhaus, U.S. Congressional Budget Office is available at the NBER.
  • U.S. Health and Retirement Survey (HRS) / Asset and Health Dynamics among the Oldest Old (AHEAD) The Health and Retirement Survey and the Asset and Health Dynamics among the Oldest Old contain microeconomic data receptive to the titel of the datasets. The data itself is only available after registration but there are detailed general information.
  • SHARE The Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) is a multidisciplinary and cross-national panel database of micro data on health, socio-economic status and social and family networks of more than 45,000 individuals aged 50 or over.

Economic data in the web – miscellaneous

  • W. A. Barnett´s Recommendations His Homepage contains in addition to many useful internet-tips a wide range of links to internet sites with economic datasets.
  • NBER online data The NBER provides access to a number of interesting datasets for both micro- and macroeconomic.
  • International Database Demography-databank of the U.S. -census. It contains data to age-specific population groups, population growth fertility and mortality.



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