Government Finance Statistics (ICPSR 8624)

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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.

International Monetary Fund. Government Finance Statistics. Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2010-07-28.

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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   Western Samoa   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   Luxembourg   Brazil   Algeria   Slovenia   Antigua and Barbuda   Colombia   Ecuador   Moldova   Vanuatu   Italy   Honduras   Micronesia (Federated States)   Nauru   Haiti   Afghanistan   Burundi   Singapore   French Guiana   American Samoa   Russia   Netherlands   Martinique   Kyrgyzstan   Reunion   Bhutan   Romania   Togo   Philippines   Uzbekistan   Asia   Democratic Republic of Congo   British Virgin Islands   Zimbabwe   Pacific Ocean   Indonesia   Dominica   Benin   Angola   Sudan   East Timor   Portugal   New Caledonia   North Korea   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   Sao Tome and Principe   Thailand   Equatorial Guinea   Kiribati   Costa Rica   Pitcairn Island   Kuwait   Nigeria   Croatia   Sri Lanka   Uruguay   Cook Islands   United Kingdom   Switzerland   Spain   Palestine   Liberia   Venezuela   Burkina Faso   Swaziland   Palau   Estonia   Gaza Strip   Wallis and Futuna   South Korea   Austria   Mozambique   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   Serbia and Montenegro   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


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.

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1971 -- 1998
1971 -- 1998
  1. 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.

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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).

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

  8. 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.


129 countries of the world.

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.



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. Government Finance Statistics. ICPSR08624-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2010-07-26.

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.