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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
  • IMF data homepage
  • UKDS.Stat platform for time series downloads.

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

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


IMF Data via Datastream

IMF data can be accessed via the Datastream 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 Excel on EUI desktops: Open Excel on an EUI desktop computer • Click on the 'Datastream' tab in the Excel top-bar (upper right) • Click on the red icon (upper right) which will turn green • If the icon does not turn green - report the issue to [email protected] or via Helpdesk to receive the work-around instructions. • At the upper left of the Excel top-bar; click either 'Time Series Request' or 'Static Request' • The search panel opens • Use the 'Series/List' field or the 'Datatypes/Expressions' field in the search panel to retrieve data series • Click 'Submit' • Excel file is populated. Detailed information is available in the Library's Datastream resource guide.


Downloading via IMF platform

Data can also be accessed via the IMF Data homepage. Read the Query Building Instructions at this link.

  • At upper right; 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 coverage
  • Click on the green 'Download' button
  • IMF data concepts and definitions are on the IMF Data help page.


IMF Data via UKDS

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


Series metadata

Information about IMF series metadata is 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)

Balance of Payments Statistics are quarterly and annual observations 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. Supporting documentation and related research papers are available via the IMF eLibrary.

  • Coverage: 1967-2022


Direction of Trade Statistics (IMF) 

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. Supporting documentation and related research papers are available via the IMF eLibrary.

  • Contemporary DOTS data: 1980-2022
  • Historical DOTS data, 1948-1979


Government Finance Statistics (IMF)

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.

  • Contemporary GFS data: 1990-2021
  • Historical GFS data, 1972-1989

Users may also be interested in the UNU Government Revenue Dataset which presents "revenue and tax trends over time and allows for analysis at the country, regional or cross-country level" drawn from IMF, OECD and other international data sources. Supporting documentation and related research papers are available via the IMF eLibrary.


International Financial Statistics (IMF)

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.

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). Supporting documentation and related research papers are available via the IMF eLibrary.

  • Coverage: 1948-2022


Coordinated Direct Investment Survey (IMF)

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

  • Coverage: 2009-2022


World Economic Outlook (IMF) 

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.

  • Coverage: 1980 [~2026]


Financial Data Query tool (IMF)

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.

  • Coverage: 1984-2022.


Data homepage

Contact: Thomas Bourke at [email protected]


Page last updated on 19 September 2022

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