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

Published: Mar 30, 2006

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


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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.

World Bank. Economic and Social Data Division. World Tables of Economic and Social Indicators, 1950-1981. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2006-03-30.

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

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1950 -- 1981

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.

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