Economics and Finance: Websites

Subject websites

Anyone can publish content on the internet, carefully evaluate free information according to the following criteria:

  • Accuracy: Can you verify the facts provided on this site? Is a methodology stated?
  • Authenticity: Consider the author’s credentials. Is it academic discussion? Who owns the site?
  • Objectivity: Are arguments presented fairly? Is the information biased in its presentation?
  • Coverage: Is adequate detail provided? Is the information too basic, too complex or irrelevant?
  • Currency: Is the information time sensitive? When was this website last updated?

Working papers

Working papers, or discussion papers as they are sometimes known, are documents which are a “work in progress”.

They are published as a means of sharing ideas and inviting comment and are often used as a precursor to peer reviewed journal articles. Although they are not the definitive article, they are still at the cutting edge of research.

Working papers have particular importance in the area of economics. Below is a selection of working papers which are available as either databases or via the web.

Web search tips

Google Scholar. Try using this to limit your search to scholarly sources.

Google Scholar Search

Google Advanced Search. You can search within a particular domain eg This will limit your search to UK government publications.

Or, instead of searching the Internet, go directly to the source. We have selected some websites here that could be useful to your search.

"Double quotation marks". If you're searching for the title of a document or searching for a phrase, enclose your search in "double quotation marks".