World Bank Data


World Bank data portal

WBThe World Bank Data Portal provides access to global economic and development statistics including World Development Indicators, International Debt Statistics, Millennium Development Indicators and data on poverty, education and gender. The annual World Development Report is available online.

Data series can be located via the World Bank Data Catalogue.

Household-level data are available via the World Bank Micro Data Catalogue.


World Development Indicators

World Development Indicators are presented in six categories: World View, People, Environment, Economy, States/Markets and Global Links.

WDI has been issued annually since 1960. The Users Guide provides further information about methodology and definitions.


World Development Report

The annual World Development Report (1978-2019) is available online with supporting data, maps and analytical papers. Multi-lingual synopses are available.


International Debt Statistics

International Debt Statistics - formerly known as Global Development Finance - is the World Bank's database on the external debt of developing countries. Data is from 1970 to present. IDS is available online via the World Bank Data Portal.

International Debt Statistics contains data on 128 countries in the World Bank's Debtor reporting System. The database combines observations from the World Bank's Quarterly External Debt Statistics and Quarterly Public Sector Debt series.

The IDS database is updated annually, with a narrative account of recent trends and tables summarising capital flows and debt statistics for reporting countries. IDS contains more than 200 debt and financial flow indicators.


Global Consumption Database

The Global Consumption Database - maintained by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation - is a "one-stop source of data on household consumption patterns in developing countries."

Data are based on national household surveys over four levels of consumption in each country: lowest, low, middle, and higher. A note on the standardisation of the database is on this World Bank page.


Subnational Population Database

The World Bank Subnational Population Database covers 1,350 provincial, state and regional sub-state units worldwide, and can be used for research on population distribution, development, intra-regional migration and urbanisation. Access the database via the World Bank portal. The database contains time series “population estimates for 75 countries… and includes the total population numbers for each area and the shares relative to total national population estimates.”

The World Bank provides the following caution: “In constructing this dataset, one of the biggest challenges is handling the changing subnational boundaries. As a result, some subnational population estimates might not reflect the current first level administrative unit framework. The World Bank describe this database as a ‘work-in-progress’ and continue to incorporate more and better data as they become available."


Database of Political Institutions

The Database of Political Institutions can be accessed on the web site of the Inter-American Development Bank.

Data is available in a zipped Stata file. Instructions on using ZIP files to compress and decompress data are available on this EUI page.


The Globe of Economic Complexity

Researchers working on development and trade may also be interested in the Atlas of Economic Complexity, maintained by the Center for International Development at Harvard University.


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Contact: Thomas Bourke at [email protected]


Page last updated on 26 April 2021

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