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World Tables of Economic and Social Indicators, 1950-1992 (ICPSR 6159)

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


This study contains aggregate socioeconomic and demographic data for 189 countries in the period 1950-1992. Data are provided in both current and constant dollars for government revenues and expenditures, budget balance, gross national product (GNP), gross domestic product (GDP), private consumption, government consumption, government deficit or surplus, values of exports and imports, terms of trade index, long-term interest payments, net long-term loans, repayments on long-term loans, total external debt, net direct foreign investment, international reserves excluding gold, gold holdings at London market price, net workers remittances, government capital receipts and payments, money supply, consumer price index, gross domestic and national savings, food production per capita, and value-added in agriculture, industry, manufacturing, and services. Demographic and social variables include population characteristics such as the percentage of urban population, life expectancy at birth, infant mortality rate, total fertility rate, school enrollment rates, and the percentage of females enrolled in primary schools, as well as the percentage of the labor force in agriculture, and the percentage of the labor force that was female.

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, 1950-1992. ICPSR06159-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2009-05-11. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06159.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06159.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:    Afghanistan, Algeria, American Samoa, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bermuda Islands, Bhutan, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Channel Islands, Chile, China (Peoples Republic), Colombia, Comoros, Costa Rica, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Czechoslovakia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Denmark, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Faroe Islands, Fiji, Finland, France, French Guiana, French Polynesia, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia (Republic), Germany, Ghana, Gibralter, Global, Greece, Greenland, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guam, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Isle of Man, Israel, Italy, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macao, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Mali, Malta, Martinique, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, Netherlands Antilles, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, North Korea, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Reunion, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Saint Kitts-Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia and Montenegro, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Spratley Islands, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam (Socialist Republic), Virgin Islands of the United States, Wake Island, Wales, Wallis and Futuna, Western Samoa, Yemen, Yugoslavia, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Time Period:   

  • 1950--1992

Universe:    A total of 189 countries of the world in the period 1950-1992.

Data Type(s):    aggregate data

Data Collection Notes:

Most economic data for Germany refer to the Federal Republic of Germany before unification, while demographic and social data are for the unified Germany. There were insufficient data to include any information for the newly created countries of Slovenia, Croatia, the Czech Republic, and the Slovak Republic. Data are provided for the former Yugoslavia and the former Czechoslovakia.


Data Source:

World Bank Economic and Social Data Division

Restrictions: ICPSR obtained these data from the World Bank under the terms of a contract that 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:   1993-12-18

Version History:

  • 1997-05-30 These data are now available in ASCII format. The codebook has been revised to delete all references to EBCDIC.

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