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Government Finance Statistics (ICPSR 8624)

Principal Investigator(s): International Monetary Fund


These time series present combined statistics on detailed revenues and expenditures for all levels of government. Topics covered include deficit/surplus or total financing, revenues or grants, expenditures, lending minus repayments, domestic financing, foreign financing, domestic debt or total debt, and foreign debt. Annual data are supplied for central government accounts and different levels of government in these categories: (1) central government budgetary accounts, (2) central government consolidated accounts, (3) central government extra budgetary accounts, (4) central government Social Security Funds, (5) state or province governments, (6) local governments, and (7) general governments.

Series: Government Finance Statistics Series

Access Notes

  • One or more data files in this study are set up in a non-standard format, such as card image format. Users may need help converting these files before they can be used for analysis.

  • 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.


DS1:  Original IMF File, 1971-Through Most Recent Data Available - Download All Files (13.754 MB)
DS2:  COBOL Funpack Program - Download All Files (0.03 MB)
DS3:  Yearly Records Extracted from Original IMF Data File - Download All Files (30.281 MB)
SAS    SPSS    Stata    ASCII    Excel/TSV
ASCII + SAS Setup    SPSS Setup    Stata Setup   

Study Description


International Monetary Fund. Government Finance Statistics. ICPSR08624-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2010-07-26. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08624.v2

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08624.v2

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    budgets, debt, economic conditions, economic indicators, federal government, finance, government expenditures, government revenues, international economics, local government, national debt, nations, provincial government, social expenditures, Social Security, state government

Smallest Geographic Unit:    country

Geographic Coverage:    Afghanistan, Africa, Albania, Algeria, American Samoa, Angola, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Asia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bermuda Islands, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia-Hercegovina, Botswana, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Cayman Islands, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China (Peoples Republic), Colombia, Comoros, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, East Timor, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Europe, Falkland Islands, Faroe Islands, Fiji, Finland, France, French Guiana, French Polynesia, Gabon, Gambia, Gaza Strip, 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, Israel, Italy, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macao, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Marshall Islands, Martinique, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia (Federated States), Moldova, Mongolia, Montserrat, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Netherlands, Netherlands Antilles, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, North America, North Korea, Norway, Oman, Pacific Ocean, Pakistan, Palau, Palestine, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Pitcairn Island, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Reunion, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Saint Helena, Saint Kitts-Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia and Montenegro, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, South America, South Korea, Soviet Union, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam (Socialist Republic), Wake Island, Wallis and Futuna, Western Samoa, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Time Period:   

  • 1971--1998

Date of Collection:   

  • 1971--1998

Universe:    129 countries of the world.

Data Collection Notes:

Due to an agreement between ICPSR and the IMF, 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 IMF directly.

ICPSR's subscription with the IMF for monthly updates of the GOVERNMENT FINANCE STATISTICS (ICPSR 8624) series expired with the July 1998 tapes.

The data for dataset 1 are stored in the packed zoned decimal format as distributed by the IMF. A supplemental COBOL processing program is available for use with this data file as dataset 2. Dataset 3 comprises the yearly records as extracted from the IMF data file.

One original codebook now documents the four IMF studies: DIRECTION OF TRADE (ICPSR 7628), INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL STATISTICS (ICPSR 7629), BALANCE OF PAYMENTS STATISTICS (ICPSR 8623), and GOVERNMENT FINANCE STATISTICS (ICPSR 8624). The original codebook is part of dataset 1 for all four studies.

Each time series can contain a variable number of logical records. The exact number of records in any time series in this collection is dependent upon the availability of data. Approximately 35,000 time series are included in this collection.

The full detail of general government operations is shown in national currency in country presentations, with major components and expenditures on education, health, social security and agriculture shown also as a percent of gross domestic product (GDP).

Years for which no data are available have been eliminated from each time series.

Dataset 3 has been added to the collection. Dataset 3 comprises the yearly records extracted from the IMF data file. The variable extraction was performed using SAS' PROC DATASOURCE. The data file generated by this extraction was subsequently processed with ICPSR's automated production routine. The new data should be considered minimally processed as no variable value checks or comparisons were performed. Variable descriptions for both dataset 1 and dataset 3 are found in the codebook for dataset 1.


Data Source:

Central bank reports and bulletins, IMF area departments, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, International Labor Organization, IMF Treasurer's Department, the United Nations, the National Bureau of Economic Research, and information from national authorities.

Restrictions: ICPSR obtained these data from the International Monetary Fund 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 the ICPSR membership. Individuals at institutions that are not members of ICPSR may obtain these data directly from the IMF.


Original ICPSR Release:   1987-02-26

Version History:

  • 2010-07-28 Additional explanatory notes have been added to the description of this study.
  • 2010-07-26 One dataset has been added to the collection. The new dataset comprises the yearly records extracted from the IMF data file. The variable extraction was performed using SAS' PROC DATASOURCE. The extracted data was converted to ASCII format, SAS, SPSS, and Stata. New set-up files have been created and ready-to-go files have been prepared.

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