PAI 776 Useful Links

Spring 2014

Research Tools

SU Libraries Home Page

Includes an on-line catalog and links to articles.

SU Libraries Research Guide for Economics

A good starting point for economic research.

SU Libraries Research Guide for Public Administration

Another useful library resource.

Resources for Economists on the Internet

Useful web sites for economists. Includes sources of data, information on the profession, and a link to jokes about economists!

National Bureau of Economic Research Productivity Program

Excellent source of current economic research on topics relating to innovation policy.

NBER Innovation Policy and the Economy book series

An annual volume providing explanations of key innovation policy topics.

Government Resources

Fed World Information Network

A useful starting point when searching for government data.  Run by the National Technical Information Service (NITS), a branch of the U.S. Commerce Department, this site indexes all sorts of government data available on the Internet.

National Science Foundation Division of Science Resources Statistics

An excellent site for data on science and technology issues.  The site includes extensive data on research and development (R&D) data by both industry and government.  Their annual publication Science and Engineering Indicators is particularly useful.

Statistical Abstract of the United States

A great site for statistical infomration. The data included in the statistical abstract tends to be the types of things that are of interest to many people. More in-depth data (e.g. details by state, detailed price indicies, etc.) can be found at other government web sites.

Economic indicators

Prepared and published monthly for Congress’ Joint Economic Committee, by the Council of Economic Advisers.  This is another good source for general economic information.

Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)

Census Bureau

These two government sites are the most useful if you are looking for detailed statistical tables. Be warned, however. Greater detail means it can take longer to find what you are looking for!

Bureau of Labor Statistics Multifactor Productivity Page

One of the tasks of the BLS is to track changes in productivity in the US.  Information on this effort, including extensive data, is available from this site.

World Trade Organization (WTO)

The website for the World Trade Organization includes a section on intellectual property.

Patent Offices

United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

An excellent site for patent information.  Contains information on patent laws, the application process, and extensive patent data.  Several searchable databases are available.

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

WIPO is a United Nations organization whose mandate is to promote the protection of intellectual property worldwide.  WIPO administers some 23 treaties in the field of intellectual property.

European Patent Office (EPO)

Similar to the US Patent Office, the EPO grants patents in up to 20 member states.  Rather than file for patent protection in each European country, inventors can file one application at the EPO and choose the countries in which they would like patent protection.


A searchable database of patents from over 50 countries.

News Media

The New York Times

NY Times News on Inventions and Patents

A collection of stories on inventions and patents from the NY Times.

Washington Post

Other useful sources for national or local news.

Other Useful Sites

Wacky Patent of the Month

Just for fun — check this site to see some of the more bizarre patents that have been issued.

Public Administration and International Affairs Homepage

Find out more about your favorite PAIA department.