Produced by the U.S. Census Bureau, this contains general demographic and socioeconomic variables for cities and counties, as well as some more interesting variables (including crime rates, manufacturing and other employment data.) It is very easy to use as the data are distributed in XLS files. (Prof. Matt Holian, SJSU, Econ Department)
This site has links to financial markets, coins and currency, economy in general, taxes, international news, Bureau of Economic Analysis, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the Economic Report of the President.
Links to all city departments, economic development, such as housing, planning and transportation, etc. Includes vital data and resources. Some reports in paper format are available at the King Library on the second floor.
The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research is a unique web site that allows social scientists from a variety of disciplines to deposit data for others to use. If you browse their collection, you will find an amazing amount of data on topics you're interested in as well as topics you've never thought about before. (Prof. Matt Holian, SJSU, Econ Department)
INFORM is a global, open-source risk assessment for humanitarian crises and disasters. It can support decisions about prevention, preparedness and response. Measures risks in 191 countries (risk being natural events or human inspired events), is free, and data can be downloaded.
The National Bureau of Economic Research hosts the following data page. Prof. Matt Holian, SJSU, Econ Department, comments that "NBER's working papers series is a great place to go if you to see frontier examples of economic research."
The American Economic Review, arguably the top economics journal, has recently adopted a "Data Availability Policy" which states, for papers published in their journal, "the raw data will normally be archived on the AER Web site." What this means for you is that you can access a wide variety of data sets that leading economists have assembled for their studies. (Prof. Matt Holian, SJSU, Econ Department)
This contains data on education, environment, economic, infrastructure and topics as well as many others, for all countries in the world, for many years; an easy-to-use database. This data is distributed by the World Bank. The World Bank also distribute a wealth of other data. You can explore their other offerings here: http://data.worldbank.org/ (Matt Holian, SJSU, Econ Department)