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Open Budget Survey, 2006-2012 (ICPSR 34932)

Principal Investigator(s): International Budget Partnership


The Open Budget Survey evaluated whether central governments in countries around the world provided the public with access to budget information and opportunities to participate in the budget process. Beginning in 2006, the Open Budget Survey is conducted biennially in partnership with independent civil society researchers within each country. To measure the overall commitment of the countries surveyed to transparency and to allow for comparisons among countries, the International Budget Partnership created the Open Budget Index from the Open Budget Survey which assigned a score to each country based on the information it made available to the public throughout the budget process.

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Study Description


International Budget Partnership. Open Budget Survey, 2006-2012. ICPSR34932-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2014-03-31. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR34932.v2

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR34932.v2

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    budgets, citizens, civil society, control, corruption, debt, democracy, economics, electoral systems, expenditures, government, Gross Domestic Product, interest (finance), international economics, law, legislation, legislatures, macroeconomics, organizations, participation, performance, policy, political corruption, political participation, population, World Bank

Smallest Geographic Unit:    country

Geographic Coverage:    Asia, Caribbean, Europe, Global, Latin America, Middle East, North Africa, North America, Sub-Saharan Africa, United States

Time Period:   

  • 2006
  • 2008
  • 2010
  • 2012

Date of Collection:   

  • 2005-05--2005-10
  • 2007-06--2007-09
  • 2009-06--2009-09
  • 2011-08--2011-12

Unit of Observation:    national governments

Universe:    national governments

Data Type(s):    administrative records data, aggregate data

Data Collection Notes:

This data collection includes several Comma Separated Values (.csv) files, as well as an Excel, which contain country codes, data summaries, question groupings, scores provided by the producer, survey questions, and regions that the surveyed countries are in. These additional files can be found in the zip file pkg34932-0001.zip.

The Original P.I. Documentation contains reference to over 200 countries in this collection. Please refer to the pkg34932-0001.zip file for more information.

For additional information on the Open Budget Survey, please visit the International Budget Partnership Web site.


Sample:    A convenience sample of the budgets of countries was used, based on availability of researchers and funding.

Weight:    The data are not weighted.

Mode of Data Collection:    record abstracts

Response Rates:    100 percent

Extent of Processing:   ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Created variable labels and/or value labels.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   2014-03-26

Version History:

  • 2014-03-31 Changes to the P.I., Codebook and Data Collection Instrument.



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