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World Tables of Economic and Social Indicators, 1950-1988 (ICPSR 9300)

Principal Investigator(s): World Bank. International Economics Department


This data collection contains economic and social indicators for 136 countries. Included are economic variables such as gross national product, gross domestic product, value added in agriculture, industry, manufacturing, and services, value of imports and exports, private consumption, government consumption, gross national savings, gross domestic savings, government deficit or surplus, net direct foreign investment, repayments of long-term loans, public long-term debt, international reserves excluding gold, and gold holdings at London market price. Many variables are expressed both in terms of current prices and in terms of constant 1980 prices. Demographic and social variables include population, total fertility rate, crude birth rate, life expectancy at birth, food production per capita, percent of labor force in agriculture, percent of labor force that is female, and primary and secondary school enrollment rates.

Series: World Tables of Economic and Social Indicators Series

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Study Description


World Bank. International Economics Department. World Tables of Economic and Social Indicators, 1950-1988. ICPSR09300-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1990. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09300.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09300.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 dynamics, prices, school enrollments, service industry, social indicators, trade

Geographic Coverage:    Algeria, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Botswana, Bouvet Island, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Cayman Islands, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China (Peoples Republic), Colombia, Comoros, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Democratic Republic of Congo, Denmark, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia, Germany, Ghana, Global, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Mozambique, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, North Korea, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Rwanda, Saint Helena, Saint Kitts-Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Western Samoa, Yemen, Yugoslavia, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Time Period:   

  • 1950--1988

Data Type(s):    aggregate data

Data Collection Notes:

An earlier version of this data collection, WORLD TABLES OF ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL INDICATORS 1950-1981 (ICPSR 8197), may contain variables not included in the present collection.


Restrictions: 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 ICPSR. Individuals at institutions that are not members of ICPSR may obtain these data directly from the World Bank.


Original ICPSR Release:   1990-03-02

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