Kirstein Business Library & Innovation Center

Lower Level, Johnson Building, Central Library, 617 536-5400,

Economic Resources on the Internet

Boston Foundation’s Boston Indicators Report
This website shows how Boston is doing in the areas of civic health, culture, education, the economy, the environment, housing, public health, public safety, technology and transportation.

Bureau of Labor Statistics
Consumer Price Index (CPI) from 1913 to present, CPI-U for Boston, Producer Price Index (PPI), employment statistics, compensation data, & much more.
More data on each of the New England states available from the BLS’ Boston Office .

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

Federal Reserve Bank of New York

What is a dollar worth?
This calculator from the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis compares the purchasing power from any year since 1913 to the present or to any other year.

Hussman Econometrics Free Data Series and Charts
Charts of historical exchange rates, money supply, treasury yields, international financial statistics and other economic data.

Inflation Calculator
Adjusts any given amount of money for inflation for any years 1800 to 1996 (based on the Consumer Price Index).

Massachusetts Department of Business and Technology �

New England Economic Indicators

New Residential Construction — US Census Bureau
Current statistics on Building Permits, Housing Starts, and Housing Completions.

Olsen & Associates Currency Counter
View exchange rates between many currencies for any date since 1990. A helpful explanation of how the rates are calculated is provided.

Prime Rate

World Bank
Includes discussions of many national economies, particularly African nations and developing countries. Click on “About the World Bank” and you’ll find commodity prices (under “Business and Development: Pink Sheets”) and region by region economic summaries (“World Bank Briefs”).