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International Monetary Fund data

The IMF provides statistical data on government finance, monetary relations, financial stability, international trade, exchange rates, balance-of-payments and global economic prospects. IMF data can be accessed via:

  • Datastream for integrating IMF data with other international data series
  • UKDS.Stat platform for time series downloads
  • IMF data homepage.

Supporting documentation and IMF publications are available via the IMF eLibrary.

The sections below provide details of series metadata; Balance of Payments Statistics; Direction of Trade Statistics; Government Finance Statistics; International Financial StatisticsCoordinated Direct Investment SurveyWorld Economic Outlook and the IMF Financial Data Query tool.


IMF Data via Datastream

IMF data can be accessed via the Datastream (Thomson Reuters) platform by EUI members. Datastream can be used to combine IMF data series with other international sources. Datastream also provides an archive of (discontinued) IMF Composition of Foreign Exchange Reserves (COFER) data.

EUI members can access IMF data in Datastream via EUI desktops: Start > Programmes > Datastream > Advance > Economics > Explorer > International Historical Series > IMF.  Full details are in the Library's Datastream resource guide. First-time users should consult the Datastream 'Getting Started' manual. 


IMF Data via UKDS

The UK Data Service UKDS.Stat platform can be used for bulk downloads of IMF data. Select series via the left menu under 'Data by Provider' > IMF on the UKDS.Stat platform.


Downloading via IMF platform

Data can also be accessed at 'My Data' in the centre of the IMF Data homepage. Read the Query Building Instructions at this link.

  • Click on 'Register' (for new users) or 'Sign in' (for existing accounts)
  • Go to 'Build your own Query'
  • In the Query Builder, combine scopes by country, concept, database (eg. IFS) and time
  • Click on the green 'Download' button
  • IMF data concepts and definitions are on the IMF Data help page.


Series metadata
  • Information about IMF series metadata are on this page
  • When series open, click the red 'i' next to the data source for further information
  • For information on data dissemination standards, consult the Special Data Dissemination Standard guide at the Badia Library, shelfmark 336.0072; and the Special Data Dissemination Standard Plus guide at shelfmark 336.0072.

Balance of Payments Statistics (IMF)
  • Coverage: 1967-2019

Balance of Payments Statistics are quarterly and annual data on international economic transactions, including traded goods, services, income and capital transfers. The Balance of Payments and International Investment Position Compilation Guide is available online. Paper copies are available at the Badia Library and the Economics Departmental Library at shelfmark 382.17. International Reserves and Foreign Currency Liquidity: guidelines for a data template is available online and at the Badia Library, shelfmark 382.17.


Direction of Trade Statistics (IMF) 
  • Contemporary DOTS data: 1980-2019
  • Historical DOTS data, 1948-1979

Direction of Trade Statistics are annual, quarterly and monthly time series of merchandise export and import data for 187 countries. World trade flow aggregates between major regions are also provided.

Non-reported DOTS monthly data are estimated according to the methodology described in the Guide to Direction of Trade Statistics also available in paper version at the Badia Library and the Economics Departmental Library.


Government Finance Statistics (IMF)
  • Contemporary GFS data: 1990-2019
  • Historical GFS data, 1972-1989

Government Finance Statistics contains data on revenue, expenditure and transactions in assets and liabilities for the state sector and sub-sectors for 137 countries from 1990 to present, based on GFSM2001 methodology. The related Historical Government Finance Statistics database covers 1972 to 1989; based on GFSM1986 methodology.

The Government Finance Statistics Manual is available online. Paper copies are available at the Badia Library and the Economics Departmental Library at shelfmark 336.0072. A Guide to IMF Stress Testing: methods and models is at shelfmark 332.152. The External Debt Statistics Guide for Compilers and Users is available at shelfmark 336.0072.

Online GFS data are based on the Government Finance Statistics Manual 2001 methodology (GFSM2001). GFSM2001 data begins in 1990 - except for major aggregates (eg. revenue, expense, &c.) - that begin in 1970. Due to changes in GFSM2001, the IMF no longer carries GFSM1986 data in the GFS database.


International Financial Statistics (IMF)
  • Coverage: 1948-2019

International Financial Statistics provides global data on exchange rates, international liquidity, money and banking, interest rates, prices, production, international transactions and national accounts. Observations are presented in tables by country, region and world aggregates.

A guide to IFS is on this page. The IMF Dissemination Standards Bulletin Board (DSBB) gives details of the Special Data Dissemination Standard (SDDS), the General Data Dissemination System (GDDS) and the Data Quality Reference Site (DQRS).


Coordinated Direct Investment Survey (IMF)

  • Coverage: 2009-2019

The Coordinate Direct Investment Survey provides annual data on foregin direct investment (FDI) stocks and flows worldwide.


World Economic Outlook (IMF) 
  • Coverage: 1980 [~2023]

World Economic Outlook data and annual reports provide short- and medium-term IMF analysis of global economic developments. The archive of World Economic Outlook data is on this IMF page.


Financial Data Query tool (IMF)
  • Coverage: 1984-2020

The IMF Financial Data Query tool gives access to cross-country financial data from 1984 to present, including IMF members’ quotas, reserve tranche positions, special drawing rights holdings, outstanding credit, projected payments due and monthly historical transactions with the IMF.


Supporting documentation and IMF publications are available via the IMF eLibrary.

Data homepage

Contact: Thomas Bourke at [email protected]





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