Investigator(s): International Monetary Fund
This series consists of annual time series data from the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Beginning in 1948, the series summarizes every country's balance of payments, with collateral data on its principal components such as trade and reserves, and data on the principal cause and effect elements, such as monetary expansion and contraction, government surpluses and deficits, production, prices, and interest rates. The 196 nations for which data are provided have data covering a variety of time spans with the maximum span being 1948-1978. While some time series began in 1948, some others began as late as 1970.