United Nations data
UN general data
data on everything, including data from most of the data sources
Keep this in mind
: The copyright page of
says "All data and metadata provided on UNdata’s
website are available free of charge and may be copied freely,
duplicated and further distributed provided that UNdata is cited
as the reference."
Unfortunately, most other UN sites say this "The United Nations
grants permission to Users to visit the Site and to download and
copy the information, documents and materials from the Site for
the User’s personal, non-commercial use, without any right to
resell or redistribute them or to compile or create derivative
works therefrom..." I use data.un.org for all data.
UN Social and Economic Commissions http://unstats.un.org/unsd/methods/inter-natlinks/sd_intstat.htm
lists various regional commissions and their data pages.
UN Population Programme, Economic and
Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
has basic demographic data for 57 Asia and Pacific
countries, such as population, growth rate, infant mortality,
urban population, gdp per capita. Data completeness varies
considerably by country. Data are also presented by individual
country (i.e., 57 individual data files)
Millenium Development Goals Indicators http://mdgs.un.org/unsd/mdg/Default.aspx
can get a variety of data here
Data at Unicef http://data.unicef.org/
data on women, infant, child indicators of health.
Statistical yearbook http://unstats.un.org/unsd/syb/
most recent and access to previous yearbooks.
World Bank has a data page http://data.worldbank.org/
page http://go.worldbank.org/OJC02YMLA0 says
"You may extract, download, and make copies of the information
contained in the Datasets, and you may share that information
with third parties." and then lists various conditions.
There are also some specifications on how you attribute the data
One data set is the Ease of Doing
"objective measures of business regulations for local firms in
185 economies and selected cities at the subnational level"
OECD's Society at a glance http://www.oecd.org/social/societyataglance.htm
various data for OECD countries.
Development Bank statistics page http://www.adb.org/data/statistics
Has data on a number of topics, such as population,
poverty, environment. See for example the key indicators
page, which has population, health, education, employment, over
African Development Bank http://www.afdb.org/en/
has a statistics page. Click on "knowledge" and then
statistics. Data on human development indicators, macroeconomic
indicators and other economic indicators. There are tables showing
cross country comparisons and individual country tables.
The African Development Bank now also has the Open
Data For Africa http://opendataforafrica.org/
Can get data and make charts for a wide variety of variables.
This is open data: the terms and conditions say "Users are
free to copy, distribute, disseminate or include the data in
other products for commercial and/or noncommercial purposes at
no cost." (but users should list the source when using the
Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre
for Islamic Countries (SESRTCIC), at http://www.sesric.org/
provides a variety of data about its member states.
These fifty-seven states include Afghanistan, Bahrain, Chad,
Egypt, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Morocco, Qatar, Syria, Turkey and
Uzbekistan, amongst others.
The Economic Commission for Latin
has statistical yearbooks with data on economics,
social welfare, social conditions. For English speakers,
from the home page, click on English and then on Publications and then Statistical Yearbook.
has all sorts of stuff.
FAO stat http://faostat3.fao.org/home/E
has data on agriculture, food and nutrition, population,
plants, animals, etc
Also see the State of food insecurity in the world http://www.fao.org/hunger/en/
which has tables in pdf format.
FAO copyright page http://www.fao.org/contact-us/terms/en/
says "Except where otherwise indicated, content may be
copied, printed and downloaded for private study, research and
teaching purposes, or for use in non-commercial products or
services, provided that appropriate acknowledgement of FAO as
the source and copyright holder is given and that FAO's
endorsement of users' views, products or services is not stated
or implied in any way."
Sustainable Society Foundation presents the Sustainable Society
Index, SSI, every two years. The SSI includes Human,
Environmental and Economic Wellbeing: http://www.ssfindex.com/ssi/
The data are here http://www.ssfindex.com/data/
a variety of areas like pollution, education, employment etc.,
from 151 countries. There are also interactive maps.
Prosperity index http://www.prosperity.com/default.aspx
kind of a general overall index, including economic and other
quality of life factors.
The Open Data Hub of the European Union https://open-data.europa.eu/en/data
The European Commission Data Portal provides access to
open public data from the European Commission. It also provides
access to data of other Union institutions, bodies, offices and
agencies at their request.
World Statistics http://world-statistics.org/index.php
from Jean-Michel Durr. "World Statistics is a new portal that
gives free and easy access to data provided by International
Organizations, such as the World Bank, the United Nations and
Indices of Social Development (ISD) http://www.indsocdev.org/
"brings together 200 indicators, synthesising them into a usable
set of measures to track how different societies perform along
six dimensions of social development: civic activism, inclusion
of minorities," etc. Data from 1990 to 2010. Supported by World
Bank, site hosted by International Institute of Social Studies
in The Hague
Focus Economics http://www.focus-economics.com/
has data for 76 countries, 20+ indicators. Data for the past 5
year period can be accessed for free on their indicator and
The sites listed here are mainly demography sites, but have
other data as well.
UN data, world
population prospects http://data.un.org/Explorer.aspx?d=PopDiv
Population Reference Bureau http://www.prb.org/
Click on the World Population Data Sheet, or the data
finder page http://www.prb.org/datafinder.aspx
for some basic demographic data on world countries.
The sites listed here are sites mainly about economic data,
but have other data as well.
Penn World Tables http://www.rug.nl/research/ggdc/data/pwt/
"The Penn World Table displays a set of national accounts
economic time series covering many countries. Its expenditure
entries are denominated in a common set of prices in a common
currency so that real quantity comparisons can be made,
both between countries and over time. It also provides
information about relative prices within and between
countries, as well as demographic data and capital stock
estimates." The Penn World Tables currently comprise data
for 150 countries and 30 subjects, including population, real
GDP, consumption share of GDP, investment share of GDP, real GDP
per adult, a Standard of Living Index (Consumption plus
government consumption minus military expenditure, % of
GDP). The data can be downloaded at the site above,
and there are papers available.
Groningen Growth and Development Centre
"The Groningen Growth and Development Centre is a research
group of economists and economic historians at the Economics
Department of the University of Groningen. The group carries out
research on comparative analysis of levels of economic performance
and differences in growth rates in the world economy." They
have a number of data bases available for free including these: Total
with timeseries for GDP in constant 1990
and 1999 prices, Employment, Population and Working Hours for at
most 75 countries. Series for GDP per Capita, GDP per person
employed and GDP per hour worked are also available.Series run
from 1950-2002 for OECD countries and from 1950-2000 for other
countries. 60-industry database
: series on value added in
current and constant prices, employment and value added per person
engaged for at most 60-industries covering the economy for 16
countries. Series run from 1990 onwards. 10-sector database
consists of series on real GDP in national currencies, employment
and, in some cases, annual working hours by broad sector of the
economy for about 20 countries across North America, Europe, Asia
and Latin America from 1950 onwards. ICOP industry Database
provides estimates of comparative productivity levels by industry,
which are compiled within the framework of the International
Comparisons of Output and Productivity project. We now provide
annual series from 1950-2000 for manufacturing. The ICOP Database
presently covers approximately 30 countries. They also publish
The world economy statistics
At present, (January 2015), this is GDP per capita from all
countries from 1950 to 2010, and from many countries from as early
as 1800, and even some "countries" from 1500
The original site was here http://www.theworldeconomy.org/statistics.htm
This book is from Angus Maddison, at the OEDC. Very
interesting data, including very long term data. For
example, Table 1-3 Level and Rate of Growth of GDP: World and
Major Regions, 0-1998 A.D.
, and Figure 1-4 Comparative
Levels of GDP Per capita: China and West Europe, 400-1998 A.D
These are samples from the book.
ECONOMIC FREEDOM OF THE WORLD Annual Report by the
Fraser Institute. http://www.fraserinstitute.org/
the Research and News page, in Economic Freedom. The
summary index is based on 23 components designed to identify the
consistency of institutional arrangements and policies with
economic freedom in seven major areas, including size of govt,
structure of markets, freedom to trade with foreigners, and
other... See the freetheworld reports page http://www.freetheworld.com/reports.html
that also lists the current report, and earlier reports,
and research generated from the economic freedom of the
The data are also here http://www.freetheworld.com/datasets_efw.html
INTERSTATE STATISTICAL COMMITTEE OF THE
COMMONWEALTH OF INDEPENDENT STATES. http://www.cisstat.com/ see the Main Macroeconomic Indicators
The pages for individual countries have annual data from 1995 to
2010 on indicators such as GDP, CPI, Capital Investments, and so
INDEX OF ECONOMIC FREEDOM http://www.heritage.org/index/
measures the level of freedom and prospects for growth in
our global economy. The Index is a practical reference guide to
the economies of 161 countries. This site links to the book.
You can see the rankings of the countries, including rankings from
1995 through current. Can also find it here http://www.heritage.org/index/Default.aspx
Includes data in both urls.
INSTITUTE OF ECONOMIC POLICY ANALYSIS http://www.mkeever.com/
includes ratings of economic policies of about 27
countries. Specifically, the ratings look at whether the
policies facilitates or obstruct wealth creation.
statistics data http://www.ilo.org/ilostat
includes "Yearly statistics of Employment, Unemployment,
Hours of Work, Wages, Labour Cost, Consumer Price Indices,
Occupational Injuries, Strikes and Lockouts" 1969 to
current. Also, "Monthly statistics of Employment, Unemployment,
Hours of Work, Wages, Consumer Price Indices. 1976 to
current. Completeness of data for yearly and monthly
varies by country, for example, some countries only have data
for 1990 to present, some earlier.
(very long url) has a table showing income distribution.
The table is labeled WDI 2007 poverty. The years of the
data vary from 1993 to 2005.
Study site http://www.lisdatacenter.org/
poverty rates for children. These tables are free.
The actual data is free to academic researchers in member
countries, and to students world wide.
Competitiveness Report http://reports.weforum.org/global-competitiveness-report-2015-2016/
ranking countries. "The Global Competitiveness Report is a
contribution to enhancing our understanding of the key factors
which determine economic growth, and explain why some countries
are so much more successful than others in raising income levels
and opportunities for their respective populations, and in
joining the upper ranks of international competitiveness.
Unfortunately, no central page for these reports, so need to
search for other years."
has a data page. UTIP is a small research group concerned
with measuring and explaining movements of inequality in wages
and earnings and patterns of industrial change around the
UNCTAD World Investment Report http://unctad.org/en/Pages/DIAE/World%20Investment%20Report/World_Investment_Report.aspx
includes data sets such as Inward FDI Stock as a
Percentage of Gross Domestic Product, and many others.
Statistics (IDS) online databases on aid and other resource
flows http://www.oecd.org/dataoecd/50/17/5037721.htm data on donor
World Income Inequality Database http://www.wider.unu.edu/research/WIID3-0B/en_GB/database/
"The UNU-WIDER World Income Inequality Database (WIID)
collects and stores information on income inequality for
developed, developing, and transition countries." From the
United Nations University. The last update is from 2014.
I'm not entirely sure of the relationship, but some
other databases are here http://myweb.uiowa.edu/fsolt/swiid/swiid.html
World Top Income Database http://g-mond.parisschoolofeconomics.eu/topincomes/
as of March 2012, "top income share time series over the
long-run for more than twenty countries to date."
PovCalNet http://go.worldbank.org/WE8P1I8250 "PovcalNet is an interactive
computational tool that allows you to replicate the calculations
made by the World Bank's researchers in estimating the extent of
absolute poverty in the world, including the $1 a day poverty
measures, as published in the background papers by Chen and
Ravallion and in the 2007 World Development Indicators."
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Some research indicates that change is related to governments.
Specifically, successful change requires the presence of stable
and flexible political systems. I'm not sure there is data
on this exact topic, so these sites have data that might be
indicators of state stability or flexibility. A number of
these sites focus on political or economic freedom.
Index http://www.bertelsmann-transformation-index.de/ another political index
of some sort
The Comparative Study of Electoral Systems
threefold: illuminate how electoral institutions constrain the
beliefs and behaviors of citizens to condition the nature and
quality of democratic choice as expressed through popular
elections; understand the nature of political and social
cleavages and alignments; and shed light on how citizens, living
under diverse political arrangements, evaluate democratic
institutions and processes." They can look at
"satisfaction with the performance of democracy: how do citizens
respond to varying institutional forms of democracy?"
Freedom house http://www.freedomhouse.org/
especially see their country ratings page, which is "an
annual assessment of state state of freedom by assigning each
country and territory the status of "Free," "Partly Free," or
"Not Free" by averaging their political rights and civil
liberties ratings. This data is available as html,
excel and pdf, for 1972/73 to the current year.
Index http://www.globalintegrity.org/report assesses the existence,
effectiveness, and citizen access to key national-level
anti-corruption mechanisms across a diverse range of countries.
The Polyarchy Scale http://www.nd.edu:80/~mcoppedg/crd/datacrd.htm
for 2000. Developed by Michael Coppedge. The scale
ranges from "Meaningful fair elections are held, there is full
freedom for political organization and expression, and there is
no preferential presentation of official views in the media." to
"No meaningful elections are held, all organizations are banned
or controlled by the government or official party, all public
dissent is suppressed, and there is no public alternative to
The Center for
Systemic Peace http://www.systemicpeace.org/
sets including the Polity IV (governance), armed conflict,
terrorists, and more. Look at other data on the Center for
International Development and Conflict Management (CIDCM)
State failure http://globalpolicy.gmu.edu/political-instability-task-force-home/ has data (and research)
about Internal Wars and Failures of Governance, 1955-most
recent data. Although, to tell the truth, I don't exactly see
where to get the data.
Sachs and Warner http://www.bris.ac.uk/Depts/Economics/Growth/sachs.htm
is rated as 'open' and 'institutional quality index' which is
political stability, corruption, a few other criteria. The
Sachs and Warner data set is also available at http://www.cid.harvard.edu/ciddata/ciddata.html
SIPRI database on
military expenditure http://www.sipri.org/databases
especially read the sources and methods carefully.
corruption perception index http://www.transparency.org/
See "What we do"
then Publications. These are also available at Internet Center
for Corruption Research http://www.icgg.org/ The TI site also has a
global corruption barometer and a bribe payers survey.
World Audit http://www.worldaudit.org/ lists data on
democracy, political rights, civil liberties, corruption.
The civil liberties and political rights are Freedom House data
governance indicators http://info.worldbank.org/governance/wgi/index.aspx#home
data on corruption and other governance
indicators. This data set is also listed at the World
Bank Research Data Sets described above. The
variables in this data set are: Voice and Accountability,
Political Stability and Absence of Violence, Government
Effectiveness, Regulatory Quality, Rule of Law, and Control of
Women in Parliments
http://www.ipu.org/wmn-e/world.htm from the
InterParlimentary Union. Data on number and percent of
women in parliments, by region and by country. Currently
has 2004 data is on this site.
Vision of Humanity http://www.visionofhumanity.org/ from the Institute for
Economics and Peace (IEP), a non profit think tank. http://economicsandpeace.org/
. The Vision of
Humanity has a couple of indexes, including the Global Peace
Index, Terrorism Index, and peace indexes for a couple of
Global Terrorism Database
http://www.start.umd.edu/gtd/ an open-source database
including information on terrorist events around the world since
Department of Peace and
Conflict Research http://www.pcr.uu.se/ houses a whole bunch of
data at their datasets page http://www.pcr.uu.se/research/UCDP/ such as the Data on Armed
Conflict, and a lot of other conflict type data.
Carleton Indicators for Foreign
Policy http://www4.carleton.ca/cifp/ has indicators for
governance and fragile states
Conflict and Security Indices: A Summary of Open-Source
this 2008 paper by Pavlovic, Nada J. ; Blackler, Kristen ;
Mandel, David R. reviews a bunch of measures of conflict and
Correlates of War http://www.correlatesofwar.org/
includes data on war, but also religion and some other
Country Indicators for Foreign Policy (CIFP) http://www4.carleton.ca/cifp/
see the country ranking tables, and the indicator
descriptions for explanations. Many variables are ranked from
1996 to 2000, for many countries. Variables include armed
conflict, gov stability, militarization, demographics, and
The Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) https://www.prio.org/Data/
have a number of data sets on various topics. Of particular
interest is that they offer data used in publications, that
people can download and duplicate the published
research. PRIO also has research available.
Unesco statistics about
and data bases of education. http://www.uis.unesco.org/Pages/default.aspx
click "literacy" then "statistical tables". Requires Java.
WORLD DATABASE OF HAPPINESS http://worlddatabaseofhappiness.eur.nl/
This is "an ongoing
register of scientific research on subjective appreciation of
life. It brings together findings that are scattered throughout
many studies and provides a basis for meta-analytical
studies." The data are available as an spss file from the
author. Also, click on Finding Reports and then Rank reports
of Happiness in Nations. This leads to a table showing a list of
countries and their average happiness. You can also go to
Happiness in Nations, then Search Findings by Item Type and some
of the questions have data for a large number of countries.
Barro-Lee education data set http://www.cid.harvard.edu/ciddata/ciddata.html
UN Refugee agency http://www.unhcr.ch/
ton of international refugee data, including current and some
trend statistics. Click on refugee statistics, then there
are a number of reports available. The annual reports are in
Ethnic, linguistic and religious
fractionalization data available here, as well as a
paper, by Romain Wacziarg and others. Fractionalization is
presented for three factors: ethnic, linguistic and region.
Data for each country varies from 1983 (e.g. Angola) to 1998
(e.g., Austria), but seems only for one year for each
country. Overall, there is high correlation between
ethnicity and language (0.63) but low correlation between language
and religion (0.24) and between religion and ethnicity
(0.14). That is, ethnicity and language seem tied together,
but religion seems independent.
Ethnolinguistic Fractionalization (ELF)
Indices for 1961 and 1985 http://weber.ucsd.edu/~proeder/data.htm
from the population (country) will be from different ethnic
groups." There is high correlation between Roeder's ELF and
Wacziarg et al's ethnic (0.79) and language (0.75)
fractionalization, but low between ELF and religious (0.33)
Political Instability, and the Size of Government http://www.imf.org/External/Pubs/FT/staffp/2001/03/annett.htm includes a data set
showing fractionalization of a country's population (along
ethnolinguistic and religious dimensions) . The ratings are
Without Borders http://en.rsf.org/
has worldwide press freedom index 2002 to current.
Quality of Life http://www.economist.com/media/pdf/QUALITY_OF_LIFE.pdf
Quality of life data for 2005, includes data. The data are
also in this file http://gsociology.icaap.org/data/PD_useful.xls
available on my data sets page.
Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index, 2015 http://reports.weforum.org/travel-and-tourism-competitiveness-report-2015/
from World Economic Forum
Social Statistics http://www.postyour.info/
get some statistics on line or download the data set.
The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life http://www.pewforum.org/
has a lot of data on religion. Their data are free to use for
research, academic, but with conditions. One example of a data
set is the Global Religious Landscape http://features.pewforum.org/grl/population-number.php
numbers and percent of national populations in major religious
The Fraser Institute has this project "Towards a Worldwide Index
of Human Freedom" https://www.fraserinstitute.org/research/towards-a-worldwide-index-of-human-freedom
from January 2013, which measures economic and also
personal freedom, including religion. A table showing data is in
The UN Office on Drugs and
Crime http://www.unodc.org/ has a section on data
and analysis, including a crime statistics database http://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/data-and-analysis/crimedata.html .
UN Survey on
crime http://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/data-and-analysis/Crime-Monitoring-Surveys.html data are available from
surveys. A summary is available for total crimes, "total
recorded crimes per 100,000 population" on this page. Also
the latest report is the 9th (as of April 2008)
International Centre for Prison Studies http://www.prisonstudies.org/
has world prison briefs where you can get data on prison
totals, rates, and other related data.
The European Sourcebook of Crime and Criminal Justice
Crime and criminal justice data. This is a wordpress site
of The University of Lausanne.
National and international
well being and progress
OECD's Measuring the Progress of Societies http://www.wikiprogress.org/
Measuring national well-being http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/guide-method/user-guidance/well-being/index.html
Gross National Happiness http://www.grossnationalhappiness.com/
for Bhutan Studies
Canadian Index of Wellbeing https://uwaterloo.ca/canadian-index-wellbeing/
Social Progress Index http://www.socialprogressimperative.org/data/spi
"The Social Progress Index is an aggregate index of social and
environmental indicators that capture three dimensions of social
progress: Basic Human Needs, Foundations of Wellbeing, and
World Happiness Report http://worldhappiness.report/
can download data. The website doesn't say who
organized/produced this, except at the bottom of a couple of
pages it says "The Sustainable Development Solutions Network
(SDSN) was commissioned by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in
2012 to mobilize scientific and technical expertise from
academia, civil society, and the private sector to support
practical problem solving for sustainable development at local,
national, and global scales." However, Columbia's Earth
Institute seems to be involved: http://blogs.ei.columbia.edu/2016/03/16/world-happiness-report-2016-launched/
How's Life? 2015, Measuring Well-being http://www.oecd.org/std/how-s-life-23089679.htm
How’s Life? describes the essential ingredients that shape
people’s well-being in OECD and partner countries.
National Accounts of Well-being http://www.nationalaccountsofwellbeing.org/
murder by governments.
Axel Dreher has an index of globalization, and another on
The CSGR Globalisation Index http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/csgr/index/
these into an overall globalisation index, or score."
An International website featuring worldwide up to date
Internet Usage Statistics and Population Data for over 233
countries and world regions. Their world table http://www.internetworldstats.com/stats.htm
shows world data, and they have more detailed data by region.
Telecommunications Union has a statistics page http://www.itu.int/ITU-D/ict/statistics/
prosperity index http://www.prosperity.com/
another indicator of wealth and welbeing
Cline Center for Democracy http://www.clinecenter.illinois.edu/data/
has a number of data sets that are publicly
Societal Infrastructure and Development (SID)
Datasets - religious composition, educational attainment,
The Social Political and Economic Event
Database Project Datasets - (civil unrest, property rights,
electoral processes, etc.
Global Innovation Index http://www.globalinnovationindex.org/
something about the national economy that allows for innovative
Sites that list other data sites
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BLS link to other official data sites http://www.bls.gov/bls/other.htm
UN links to other
official data sites http://unstats.un.org/unsd/methods/inter-natlinks/sd_natstat.htm
Official Statistics of the
Points for Statistics http://www.rba.co.uk/sources/stats.htm
Data on topics related to development.
Guide to freely
available international data resources http://ukdataservice.ac.uk/get-data/other-providers/international.aspx
from ESDS international
The Macro Data
has some comments about the data quality
This Open Directory page http://www.dmoz.org/Society/Government/Multilateral/Regional/
also lists various regional organizations, many of which
Data Portal Tools
an open-source data portal platform. The website says "CKAN is a
powerful data management system that makes data accessible – by
providing tools to streamline publishing, sharing, finding and
using data. CKAN is aimed at data publishers (national and
regional governments, companies and organizations) wanting to
make their data open and available."
Open Data Catalogs http://census.okfn.org/
from the Open Knowledge Foundation. "The open data census
assesses the state of open data around the world. This site
hosts the census and presents the results along with other key
facts about the state of open data and especially open
government data around the world."
Data Hub http://datahub.io/
The site says "Give your data a home"
European Union's Open data: An engine for innovation, growth and
transparent governance http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=COM:2011:0882:FIN:EN:PDF
Whitehouse has a Making Open and Machine Readable the New
Default for Government Information http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/memoranda/2013/m-13-13.pdf
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work on 7/2/16. I'll try another time.
Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation
http://statistics.apec.org/ has tables of