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McCann: Modern Urban and Regional Economics 2e

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Key International Urban and Regional Datasets

The OECD regional database
The database is on the OECD the stat portal
http://dotstat.oecd.org/Index.aspx

  • You have to choose data by theme/regional statistics and then choose either TL2 or TL3 regions.
  • The OECD has also recently produced a metropolitan database that covers the 268 metropolitan areas with population of 500,000 or more (functional urban areas) in OECD countries (excluding Israel, Australia, New Zealand). The database includes annual time series on a set of indicators such as: population, land use, GDP, employment, unemployment Co2 emissions, air quality, patents. The data base is publicly available on the OECD Statistical portal http://dotstat.oecd.org/Index.aspx?Datasetcode=CITIES. You can also visualise the performance of cities through interactive maps, histograms and metro profile here: http://measuringurban.oecd.org/
  • This new approach used to identify the 268 metropolitan areas, starts by identifying functional urban areas beyond the administrative boundaries of the city to capture the economic geography in which people live and work (commuting area around the densely populated urban cores). You can find the methodology adopted to the OECD countries in the publication Redefining urban: A new way to measure metropolitan areas"; OECD Publishing 2012: www.oecd.org/gov/regional/measuringurban.
  • Through this methodology the OECD identifies the whole system of functional urban areas of different sizes (starting from 50k population) in each country. You can see the list of functional urban areas by country here: http://www.oecd.org/gov/regional-policy/functionalurbanareasbycountry.htm

European Union Regional Datasets
http://epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/portal/page/portal/region_cities/regional_statistics/data/database

EU ESPON Database
http://www.espon.eu/main/Menu_ToolsandMaps/ESPON2013Database/

Australia: The Australian Government Regional Databases published on line by BITRE Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics:
http://www.bitre.gov.au/databases/regional.aspx

Brazil: The Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics
http://www.ibge.gov.br/english/

Cambridge Econometrics European Regional Database
http://www.camecon.com/Europe/Regional_Local_Cities/KnowledgeBase/Appendices/EuRegM/Data_Definitions.aspx

EUI European Regional Database
http://www.eui.eu/Research/Library/ResearchGuides/Economics/Statistics/DataPortal/ERD.aspx

Japan: Regional Statistics produced by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications.
http://www.stat.go.jp/english/data/chiri/index.htm

Russian Regional Database
http://www.cspp.strath.ac.uk/catalog11_0.html

Israel Regional Database
http://geobase.huji.ac.il/

US State and County Level Data
http://censtats.census.gov/usa/usa.shtml

Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program for USA
http://www.brookings.edu/about/programs/metro/stateofmetroamerica

Brookings Institution Global Metro Monitor
http://www.brookings.edu/research/reports/2012/11/30-global-metro-monitor

Brookings Institution Metro Monitor for USA
http://www.brookings.edu/research/interactives/metromonitor#US-recovery-overall-nv

World Bank Urban Development Data
http://data.worldbank.org/topic/urban-development

UN-Habitat Urban Indicators
http://www.unhabitat.org/stats/Default.aspx
http://www.unhabitat.org/content.asp?typeid=19&catid=646&cid=8383
http://www.unhabitat.org/content.asp?typeid=19&catid=646&cid=8385