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All Northwestern faculty, staff and students can access DRI/Basic Economics through a web browser [link]. Subscription to DRI/Basic is managed by Northwestern University library.

DRI Basic Economics can also be accessed through Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS) under "Global Insight". In addition to DRI/Basic Economics, WRDS' implementation offers access to the "US Central weekly" portion of DRI/Global Economics.

DRI/Basic Economics was formerly known as "Citibase".


Northwestern subscribes to the "Basic Economics" databases. The Basic Economics database comprises four kinds of databases:

  • Economics: Annual, quarterly and monthly data for the US starting as early as 1946 when available. The data are mostly macroeconomic indicators (GDP, personal income, government revenues and expenditures, foreign trade, etc) and aggregate sectoral data (e.g., retail sales and inventoriess, housing vacancies, value of manufactures shipments, new orders, inventories, etc). Data sources are the Bureau of the Census, Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Federal Reserve System, different stock exchanges, producer associations, etc.
  • Weekly: In addition to financial indicators (interest and foreign exchange rates, bond yields, stock price indexes, etc), the weekly data bank includes monetary and banking statistics. Weekly data goes back to 1959 for some series.
  • Daily: Commodity prices, derivatives, foreign exchange, interest rates, and stock market and options indexes. Daily data may start as early as 1973, when available.
  • Foreign Exchange: Commodity prices (previous metals and oil), foreign exchange rates (spot and futures), US interest rates, international interest rates, Eurocurrency deposit rates. The data in this bank go back to 1985 on a daily frequency.

The access link is provided in the library's record for this database:

Northwestern University Library record for DRI

Vendor information

Global Insight, Inc.
1000 Winter Street
Waltham, MA 02451-1241
Phone: +1 (781) 487-2100
Fax: +1 (781) 890-6187

Accessing DRI

  • Online documentation at Kellogg
  • To access DRI you need a web browser (select "Datainsight-Web" in the left panel menu).
  • When extracting data, make sure that data extraction preferences (date range and maximal umber of observations) are set the way you need.

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