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World Debt Tables, 1970-1992 (ICPSR 8313)

Principal Investigator(s): World Bank. Debt and International Finance Division


These time series data offer information on external debt for 129 countries that reported to the World Bank through the Bank's Debtor Reporting System (DRS). Reporting countries are grouped into six geographic regions: (1) Africa, south of the Sahara, (2) East Asia and the Pacific, (3) Latin America and the Caribbean, (4) North Africa and the Middle East, (5) South Asia, and (6) Europe and Central Asia. Data are provided on public and publicly-guaranteed long-term debt as well as on private nonguaranteed debt, short-term debt, International Monetary Fund (IMF) credit, and major economic aggregates. For public and private long-term debt and for short-term debt, variables include debt outstanding, disbursements, principal repayments, and interest payments. In addition, detailed information on debt restructuring transactions is provided for public and publicly-guaranteed long-term debt. Variables include principal rescheduled, interest rescheduled, disbursements from rescheduling, and debt stock reductions. Data on IMF credit include use of credit, purchases, repurchases, and charges. Major economic aggregates include Gross National Product, export of goods and services, import of goods and services, international reserves, and current account balance.

Series: World Debt Tables Series

Access Notes

  • Data in this collection are available only to users at ICPSR member institutions. Please log in so we can determine if you are with a member institution and have access to these data files.


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Study Description


World Bank. Debt and International Finance Division. World Debt Tables, 1970-1992. ICPSR08313-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2010-01-26. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08313.v2

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08313.v2

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    credit, debt restructuring, economic indicators, government expenditures, international economics, national debt, nations

Geographic Coverage:    Africa, Asia, Central America, Europe, Global, Latin America, North America, South America

Time Period:   

  • 1970--1992

Date of Collection:   

  • 1970--1992

Universe:    All countries reporting to the Debtor Reporting System (DRS) of the World Bank.

Data Type(s):    aggregate data

Data Collection Notes:

Data are expressed in terms of United States dollars.

Due to an agreement between ICPSR and the World Bank, this study is available only to users at IPCSR member institutions. Those who wish to use the study and are at non-member institutions should contact the World Bank directly.

The World Bank and ICPSR are no longer updating this study.

The original codebook is included for user's reference. The column location and variable information for the study can be found in the ICPSR codebook.


Data Source:

reports submitted to the Debtor Reporting System (DRS) of the World Bank

Description of Variables:    The column location and variable information for the study can be found in the ICPSR codebook.

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 ICPSR members may obtain these data directly from the World Bank.


Original ICPSR Release:   1985-03-18

Version History:

  • 2010-01-26 Data have been converted to ASCII format, set-up files for SAS, SPSS, and Stata have been created, and ready-to-go file have been created for SAS, SPSS, and Stata.

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