I came across a database on U.S. Public University Salaries, maintained by the Collegiate Times. This database is provided in accordance with the respective states’ Freedom of Information Act. All data can be accessed here.
One of the difficulties that I face in UMS is when asking students to do research-oriented project paper. The main obstacle is data accessibility, because our library doesn’t subscribe to key economic and financial databases. Luckily, the courses that I taught at the moment are quantitative-based or in the area of economics. The free database that I recommended to my students is the one provided by World Bank, in particularly World Development Indicators (click here).
In my earlier posting, I recommended the website of Yongfu Huang which contains excellent resources for research on financial development (click here). Currently, my undergraduate students are doing their project paper, and some of them work on topics related to financial development. For those who are looking for data on financial development, this is the permanent link at World Bank (click here). This database includes a range of indicators that measure the size, activity, and efficiency of financial intermediaries and markets. As of this post, the database has been updated through 2010.
In my previous posting (click here), I provided an overview of the stock market liberalization indicators in the existing literature. This post will share some slides that provide a systematic literature review on the subject matter.
Before you download (click here), there are some short remarks:
My postgraduate student, Chang Kwok Boon, has just submitted his Master thesis entitled “Foreign Ownership and the Informational Efficiency of Malaysian Stocks”. Among others, his Chapter 2 conducts an extensive survey of the existing indicators for stock market liberalization, with the ultimate objective of justifying the superiority of foreign ownership.
I hereby extract the summary that he provided in his thesis:
The Billion Prices Project is an academic initiative that uses prices collected from hundreds of online retailers around the world on a daily basis to conduct economic research. This project was designed by the M.I.T. economists Alberto Cavallo and Roberto Rigobon (for more information, click here and here).
This database covers gross government debt-to-GDP ratios for nearly the entire IMF membership (174 countries) and spanning an exceptionally long time period.
For researchers who are interested to explore on the area of financial development, Yongfu Huang’s website contains excellent resources including data sets (click here).
The World Bank has provided, free of cost, datasets used in their research projects (click here for the link).
Professor Andrei Shleifer, a leading scholar in finance, has generously provided the datasets used in many of his influential papers (click here). For instance, his data on law and finance have been widely used in cross-country studies.