Tuesday, 20 October 2020

Economics ETextbooks are now available via Kortext and Bibliu

 Due to the difficult situation this year with Covid-19 the University and the University Library have provided extra funding to support online learning. We have been fortunate to receive support from this funding for many of the key Economics Textbooks. Most of the core titles used across the Tripos and the MPhil courses are being provided by two companies: Kortext and Bibliu. 


To access these etextbooks simply search for titles on iDiscover in the usual way. You can refine your search by 'ebooks'

Click on Online access below the record and you will be taken to the relevant providers site, in this case Kortext

If you click through to the details of a record it will show you which provider is providing the ebook . It also tells you it is part of a temporary pilot collection for 2020-21

When you have clicked on Online Access you will be taken to Kortext.

You need to choose University of Cambridge from a list - or type it into the box. You will then be taken to the usual Raven login page to access the book

Then you will be asked to create a personal password for the Kortext site to access their textbooks for you:

Once you have logged in you will immediately be accessing the book you want to read online and Kortext will ask you to take a tour - so you can learn about the functionality available...

You can search the book, go to the contents page to find a chapter at a time, take notes, create bookmarks, create references to download using Endnote or Refworks, and print (up to 10%). All these functions are available on the side menu

Here is a list of the titles we have available via Kortext:

Varian, Hal (2019) Intermediate Microeconomics: A Modern Approach. Norton, 9th ed.
Mankiw, & Taylor (2020) Macroeconomics. Cengage, 5th ed.
Jones, C.(2016) Macroeconomics. Norton, 4th ed.
Mann, P. (2016) Introductory Statistics, Wiley, 9th ed.
Stiglitz, & Rosengard, (2015) Economics of the Public Sector, Norton4th ed
Dixit & Skeath (2014) Games of Strategy, Norton4th ed
Wooldridge (2019) Introductory Econometrics Cengage, 7th ed.
McLaren (2012) International Trade. Wiley
Tirole (2010)The Theory of Corporate Finance. Princeton University Press
Pepall (2011) Contemporary Industrial Organization: A Quantitative Approach. Wiley
Jones & Vollrath (2013) Introduction to Economic Growth, Norton, 3rd ed.
Acemoglu (2008) Introduction to Modern Economic Growth. Princeton University Press
Hayashi, F.(2011) Econometrics. Princeton University Press
Woodford, M. (2011) Interest and Prices: Foundations of a Theory of Monetary Prices. Princeton University Press
Camerer. C. (2011) Behavioral Game Theory: Experiments in Strategic Interaction. Princeton University Press
Bishop, S. & Walker, M. (2010) The Economics of EC Competition Law: Concepts, Applications and Measurement. 3rd ed. Thomson Reuters


We also have the following titles via Bibliu - access is via iDiscover like Kortext

When you click through to online access you get taken to the Bibliu site via the usual Raven login route

However the Bibliu site takes you straight into the book you want to use - you can see the functions on the top menu e.g. search and notes -similar to the Kortext site

Here are the titles we have via Bibliu:

Borjas, G. (2019) Labor Economics. McGraw Hill. 8th ed.
Gali, J. (2015) Monetary Policy, Inflation and the Business Cycle: An Introduction to the New Keynesian Framework and its Applications. Princeton University Press. 2nd ed.
Hillier, D. (2020)Financial Markets and Corporate Strategy. European Ed.
Lind, Marchal & Wathen (2020) Macroeconomics. 18th ed.
Mas-Colell, A. et al. (1995) Microeconomic Theory. Oxford University Press
Romer, D. (2018) Advanced Macroeconomics. McGraw Hill, 5th ed.
Stock & Watson (2020) Introduction to Econometrics. 4th Global Ed.

Monday, 12 October 2020

Faculty of Economic Access to Global Financial Data, by Clare Trowell, Marshall Librarian & Mike Cerneant, Global Financial Data.

I am delighted to announce the purchase of Global Financial Data with support from the University Library and Faculty Board. This dataset should really help students with data for projects and dissertations. It should also be of great use to researchers in the Faculty of Economics. Read on to see what data is available via this new service. Mike Cerneant, our account manager, has written an explanation of what the database contains and how it may be useful. He is also happy to work with lecturers to provide Zoom Room demos for Economics classes. Please get in touch with me if you are interested in this opportunity.

Scroll down to the end of the data description to read how to access the database

Global Financial Data - what does it contain?

 Global Financial Data provides the most comprehensive, historical economic and financial information available anywhere. GFD specialises in providing Financial and Economic Data that extends from the 1000s to the present—beyond what any other data provider has ever delivered. For over twenty-five years, Global Financial Data has been accumulating and transcribing rare data sources into research-quality databases.  

GFD combines daily market data from traditional data feeds with historical values collected from print sources to generate complete, unabridged data series. These original source documents include academic journals, newspapers, periodicals, books and numerous other archival sources that were once only recorded by a quill pen. The data offered are verified, cross-referenced, tested and accurate.  

The Global Financial Database is a global macro database that provides data never before compiled into a single electronic format. It spans more than 200 global markets and extends coverage back to the year 1000. GFD supports full data transparency to enable our users to verify financial data points, tracing them back to the original source documents.

The GFD Suite of Solutions
The most comprehensive and extensive collection of economic and financial data. One of the most cited electronic databases ever developed. As part of the service GFDFinaeon you can chart, graph and analyse a number of series using custom features e.g. Screen-in-Time, Events-in-Time, Constituent Membership and Index Creator. Includes

  • Asset Classes from 1800
  • Commodities from 1000
  • Equity Indices from 1694
  • Forex form 1383
  • Fixed income from 1285
  • Emerging Markets from 1821
The GFD UK Equities is the first of its kind to provide full coverage of the exchange that once dominated world finance. It features stock prices from the Amsterdam exchange beginning in 1602 and London Stock Exchange from 1692.

  • Ordinary, Deferred and Preferred Shares
  • Emerging Markets
  • Foreign and Domestic Government Bonds
  • Dividend and Capitalization Data

This data source provides unique insight into the early stages of the US market as it grew from 14 million in 1791 to over 30 Trillion today. Going beyond NYSE GFD has researched every stock ever traded on the US Exchange, including regional exchanges such as Chicago, Boston and Philadelphia, as well as equities trading on the OTC, AMEX and NASDAQ.

  • 25,000 Delisted Stocks from 1791
  • Dividend data from 1866
  • Earnings Data from 1924
  • Fundamental Data from 1950
  • Constituent Membership of each major index
Using data derived from the London Stock Exchange GFD ha calculated alternative market indices that measure stock market performance beginning in 1602, for over 50 countries. Although tick data are necessary for day-to-day decisions, accurate long-term analysis and forecasting models must rely upon historical data. These new indices can identify patterns between sectors and securities never before identified.

  • The GFD US-100
  • The GFD UK-100
  • The GFD Emerging Market Index
  • The GFD World Index

Using over 80,000 historical events that have occurred through time you will be able to identify trends in market behaviour when similar events repeat. Natural disasters, recessions, strikes, elections and assassinations are a few examples of such events.
Complex movements in real estate can optimally be analyzed using GFD/Winans Real Estate Data. Winans International US Real Estate Index (WIREI) tracks prices of new homes beginning in 1830.

  • 500 US Real Estate Indicators
  • 300 Foreign Indices
  • National, Regional, State and Metropolitan Housing Data
  • New Home sales from 1963

Accessing Global Financial Data
You can access the service via this address: 

You will have to register your own account the first time you login - but you only have to do it the first time.
To get to the Login/Register screen click the link on the top right hand side of the Home Page

When you click to register or login you will be taken to this screen

Do go and take a look and have a play with the resource. I hope you will find this dataset really useful.