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This database is the best resource for economic indicators. It will also contain many statistics that you can use as independent variables.
Example: I want historical and forecasted GDP data and inflation rates for the United States and several other countries.
- Type GDP into the search box at the top and click search
- Click the link for Economies and Consumer Annual Data
- Go to "Convert Data" if you want to convert the different currencies into US Dollars.
Example: I am looking for demographic information on Malibu.
- Scroll to the bottom of the screen and click American FactFinder
- Type Malibu in the Community Facts box and click Go
- Select the relevant categories such population, selected economic characteristics, etc.
New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics Online This link opens in a new window
This is a great resource to lookup concepts and terms related to economics. It's updated quarterly and the entries are written by experts, including many Nobel laureates.