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Arts 140: How to Win a Trade War: Locating statistics and data

Databases

Here are some suggested international trade databases:

Some Statistics Canada Tools

Here are two fun interactive tools from Statistics Canada:

Which to use? Which to use?

Just as you need to evaluate articles, you need to evaluate statistics and data, specifically, their source and any underlying methodologies which may influence which source you choose to use.

For example,

  • are the data reported "as is" from the native country or does the aggregator rework them to fit a template?
  • how do they define the variables?
  • do they have a bias toward G7/G20 and/or underdeveloped countries?

Of course, your choice could also be determined by whether it covers the country/ies, timeframe, and variables in which you are interested!