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World Tables of Economic and Social Indicators, 1950-1981 (ICPSR 8197)

Principal Investigator(s): World Bank. Economic and Social Data Division


This dataset contains country level economic and social measures for 183 countries. Part 1, World Tables (1980 File), contains, where available, measures of (1)population, (2)national accounts and price data for 1950, 1955, 1960 through 1977, (3)data on external trade for 1962, 1965, 1970, and 1977, (4)data on balance of payments, debt, central government finance and trade indices for 1970-1977, and (5)social data for 1960, 1970, and (estimated) 1977. More specifically, the groupings include population, GDP by industrial origin and expenditures in constant local prices and current local prices, exchange rates and indices, balance of payments and external debt ($US), central government finance in local currency, social indicators, and external trade. Part 2, World Tables (1982 File), contains data on national accounts, prices, exchange rates and population for 1960-1981. The groupings include GDP by industrial origin as well as expenditure in current local prices and constant local prices, area, population, exchange rates, and indices and savings.

Series: World Tables of Economic and Social Indicators Series

Access Notes

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DS0:  Study-Level Files
DS1:  World Tables, 1980 - Download All Files (22.602 MB)
DS2:  World Tables, 1982 - Download All Files (6.0 MB)

Study Description


World Bank. Economic and Social Data Division. World Tables of Economic and Social Indicators, 1950-1981. ICPSR08197-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1984. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08197.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08197.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    agriculture, balance of payments, currencies, demographic characteristics, economic indicators, exchange rates, foreign investments, government expenditures, government revenues, Gross Domestic Product, Gross National Product, industry, infant mortality, labor force, life expectancy, manufacturing industry, national debt, population characteristics, prices, school enrollments, service industry, social indicators, trade

Geographic Coverage:    Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, American Samoa, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bermuda Islands, Bhutan, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China (Peoples Republic), Colombia, Comoros, Costa Rica, Cuba, Cyprus, Czechoslovakia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia, Germany, Ghana, Gibralter, Global, Greece, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guam, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Laos, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Luxembourg, Macao, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Martinique, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, Netherlands Antilles, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, North Korea, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paracel Islands, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Reunion, Romania, Rwanda, Saint Helena, Saint Kitts-Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, South Korea, Soviet Union, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Virgin Islands of the United States, Western Samoa, Yemen, Yugoslavia, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Time Period:   

  • 1950--1981

Data Type(s):    aggregate data

Data Collection Notes:

A more recent version of this data collection is available under a separate study number. The 1950-1981 dataset is being retained because it may contain variables not provided in more up-to-date releases of the study.


Restrictions: The ICPSR obtained these data from the World Bank under the terms of a contract which states that the data are for the sole use of ICPSR and may not be sold or provided to third parties outside of the ICPSR membership. Individuals at institutions that are not members of the ICPSR may obtain these data directly from the World Bank.


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-07-12

Version History:

  • 2006-03-30 File CB8197.ALL.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.

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