World Values Survey
The World Values Survey provides data on socio-cultural and political change worldwide. The WVS consists of national sample surveys in over 90 countries, using a common questionnaire with variables on beliefs, values, economic development, democratisation, religion, gender equality, social capital, and subjective well-being.
The survey is coordinated by the World Values Survey Association (Stockholm) and undertaken by social scientists since 1981. Work on the seventh wave of WVS commenced in 2017.
See also the EUI Library resource pages for the European Values Study, European Social Survey, Eurobarometer and the ICPSR data archive.
Six waves of the World Values Survey are available:
- Wave 6 (2010-2014)
- Wave 5 (2005-2009)
- Wave 4 (1999-2004)
- Wave 3 (1995-1998)
- Wave 2 (1990-1994)
- Wave 1 (1981-1984)
- Wave 7 (forthcoming 2020)
The WVS Association also provides integrated longitudinal multiple-wave data files in Stata, SPSS and rdata format:
The WVS documentation page gives user instructions and details of data collection methology.
Updates are available on the WVS news page.
Downloading is via the WVS platform following online registration.
Data are available in Stata, SPSS and rdata formats. Maps and underlying data can be exported to Excel.
The WVS network also provides an online data analysis tool with wave period sub-categories.
Contact: Thomas Bourke at [email protected]