Historical economic data

The blue sky law changes and index are most useful when combined with historical economic and other data at the state-year level. We collected several such datasets and made them available on Github:

Data sourceDescriptionSource/Notes
Number of banksNumber of banks and number of branchesSource: FDIC
Patents by state-yearNumber of patentsSource: PatentsView
IncomePersonal income (millions of dollars, seasonally adjusted)Source: BEA
PopulationPopulation by stateSource: ICPSR 34986
Agriculture outputFrom the United States Censuses of AgricultureSource: ICPSR 35206
Muni debt and railroadsCleaned Moody’s mannual (Bonded_debt, railway, assessed value, and rating)Source: Mergent Archives
State senatorsFederal senators by state and yearSource