Balance of Payments Statistics (ICPSR 8623)

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These time series data provide information on the balance of payments among countries and geographical areas of the world. Detailed tabulations included in this collection describe (1) transactions in goods, services, and income between an economy and the rest of the world, (2) changes of ownership and other changes in that country's monetary gold, special drawing rights (SDRs), and claims and liabilities to the rest of the world, and (3) unrequited transfers and counterpart entries that are needed to balance, in the accounting sense, any entries for previous transactions and changes that are not mutually offsetting. Aggregated and detailed presentations show data for items such as investments, short- and long-term capital, reserves, and changes in reserves.

International Monetary Fund. Balance of Payments Statistics. Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1992-02-16.

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

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  1. (1) ICPSR's subscription with IMF for monthly updates of the DIRECTION OF TRADE (ICPSR 7628), BALANCE OF PAYMENTS STATISTICS (ICPSR 8623) and GOVERNMENT FINANCE STATISTICS (ICPSR 8624) series expired with the July 1998 tapes. ICPSR staff has been negotiating with the IMF staff to resume and continue the subscription for another year. We apologize for the resulting delays and inconveniences to our user community.x (2) The data are stored in packed zoned decimal format. A supplemental COBOL processing program is available for use with this dataset. (3) 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 annual, quarterly, and monthly data. There are approximately 50,000 time series included in this collection. (4) The term "country," as used in this dataset, does not in all cases refer to a territorial entity which is a state as understood by international law and practice. The term also covers some territorial entities that are not states but for which statistical data are maintained and provided internationally on a separate and independent basis. (5) For intercountry comparison, all statements are expressed in terms of SDRs. When not reported in SDRs, figures are obtained by conversion. (6) One codebook now documents these 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). (7) Years for which no data (monthly, quarterly, or annual) are available have been eliminated from each time series. (8) The codebook is provided by ICPSR as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using PDF reader software, such as the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided on the ICPSR Web site.


135 countries and geographical areas.

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2018-02-15 The citation of this study may have changed due to the new version control system that has been implemented. The previous citation was:
  • International Monetary Fund. Balance of Payments Statistics. ICPSR08623-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2009-01-29.


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