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Research datasets

Research datasets

We have published a selection of datasets to crowdsource answers to our key research questions and support collaboration between our staff and external researchers:

Inflation Attitudes Survey data

This dataset contains the individual responses to our Inflation Attitudes Survey, a quarterly survey of people’s feelings about inflation and other economic variables like the interest rate.

Long-run Inflation Attitudes Survey summary results data
November 1999 to present

Full datasets - Inflation attitudes individual responses
XLSX file (29MB)
STATA zip file (4.5MB)

In an inflation-targeting framework, inflation expectations are a key measure of central bank credibility and can give an indication of wider economic developments. This micro-level dataset provides greater scope for investigating inflation attitudes, including inflation perceptions and expectations.

Bank of England/NMG household survey data

This annual survey poses questions on people’s balance sheets and spending. It is carried out by NMG Consulting on our behalf.

Bank of England/NMG household survey data
2004-11 (7MB)
2011-16 (22MB)

Results of the survey are summarised in the Q4 edition of our Quarterly Bulletin each year.

The survey data provide a timelier update of developments in households’ finances than other surveys, which are typically published with a longer lag.

Agents’ historic company visit scores

Our Agents collect economic intelligence from the business community around the UK. They make regular quantitative assessments of the intelligence, which we publish as the Agents’ scores.

In addition, the Agents make an assessment following each visit to a company, based on current and future-looking responses to eleven questions, scored on a  scale from -5 to +5.

This dataset contains the Agents’ scores from 2008 Q1 to 2014 Q4.

Agents’ historic company visit scores

Further information on the Agents’ scores is set out in the following articles:

The Agents scores: a review

The Agents’ company visit scores

A millennium of macroeconomic data

The dataset contains a broad set of macroeconomic and financial data for the UK stretching back in some cases to the C13th and with one or two benchmark estimates available for 1086, the year of the Domesday Book. The dataset was originally called the 'Three centuries of macroeconomic data' spreadsheet but has now been renamed given its broader coverage. Version 3 of the dataset has now been updated to 2016.

A millennium of macroeconomic data (25MB)

The spreadsheet was originally constructed alongside a Quarterly Bulletin article in 2010 which contains a number of charts of the data.

The UK recession in context: what do three centuries of data tell us?

The Bank of England’s balance sheet

Historical data on our balance sheet is available in three spreadsheets. The first includes annual data on the balance sheet from 1696 to 2014.  The second has weekly data on the Issue and Banking Department balance sheets from 1844 to 2006.  The third provides more detailed data on the Bank’s activity as a Lender of Last Resort over the 1844-1919 period based on a staff working paper.

Annual data on the Bank of England's balance sheet, 1696 to 2014

Weekly data on the Bank of England's balance sheet, 1844 to 2006 (7MB)

The Bank of England as Lender of Last Resort Historical dataset, 1844-1919 (3MB)

The weekly data can be used alongside our digitised daily account books, which provide even more detail on our balance sheet from 1851 to 1993.

Quantitative easing data

This dataset contains data on our quantitative easing programme, known as the asset purchase facility (APF).

QE related data (4MB)

We also publish daily yield curve estimates, which may be useful for analysing the impact of quantitative easing.

Decision Maker Panel

We launched our Decision Maker Panel in August 2016 to collect information on how business conditions are changing in the face of substantial UK and international economic uncertainty.

The panel was created in partnership with Professor Nicholas Bloom of Stanford University and Professor Paul Mizen of the University of Nottingham. It is made up of senior executives from different industries across the UK.

The survey is being partly funded by the University of Nottingham’s ESRC Impact Accelerator Fund.

View members of the Decision Maker Panel project and recruitment teams

What data does the panel collect?

We collect data from the panel through a short monthly online survey, and aim to sample around 2,500 companies each month. Each survey will focus on one of three topics:

  1. Firms’ expectations for the year ahead and any resulting uncertainty about changes in their sales and prices.
  2. Employment and costs.
  3. Borrowing and capital expenditure.

All information collected from panel members is held in strictest confidence, and any published results will be aggregated so that individual responses cannot be inferred.

How will the Bank use the data?

The responses to the survey will help our Monetary Policy Committee to assess the prospects for the UK economy and the outlook for business, which will inform the committee’s interest rate decisions and other policymaking.

Evidence from the Decision Maker Panel - Tracking the views of British businesses.

Decision Maker Panel results - September 2017

Agents' summary of business conditions and results from the Decision Maker Panel 2017 Q3

Further information on the Decision Maker Panel

If you would like to know more, please email or call +44 (0) 203 461 3096.