Do you have quarterly or monthly data?

Most social data are collected annually, or less often. Some economic and financial data are available on monthly or quarterly basis. The World Bank publishes annual socio-economic data in our data publications and on our website. If the data series you are interested in originated from one of our data partners, please consult that organization's web site to see if they have quarterly or monthly data. For example, for quarterly GDP data, please consult the IMF’s International Financial Statistics database.

Do you have quarterly external debt data?

The Quarterly External Debt Database, jointly developed by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, brings together detailed external debt data that are published individually by countries that subscribe to the IMF’s Special Data Dissemination Standard (SDDS). The benefit of bringing together comparable external debt data for a large number of SDDS-subscribing countries in one central location is to facilitate macroeconomic analysis and cross-country data comparison. Fifty-two SDDS subscribing countries have agreed to participate in this database. Non-SDDS subscribing countries may be asked to participate in the centralized database at a later stage. Three sets of tables were developed for collecting quarterly time series information on external debt.

Where can I find GNP data on your website?

The World Bank has changed its terminology to be in line with the 1993 System of National Accounts and is now referring to GNP as "Gross national income" or GNI. All GNI data published in the WDI is equivalent to GNP. By definition, GNI in current (nominal) prices is equal to GNP. GNI in constant (real) prices is equivalent to GNP plus the terms of trade adjustment. WDI publishes GNI in current prices only, since complete and reliable GNI data in constant prices were not available. GNI in current prices measures the total domestic and foreign value added claimed by residents, and comprises GDP plus net receipts of primary income (compensation of employees and property income) from nonresident sources. The World Bank uses GNI per capita in U.S. dollars to classify countries for analytical purposes and to determine borrowing eligibility. Learn more about country classifications.

Do you have projections/forecasts data for GDP and GNI?

We do not publish individual country forecasts in most cases. However, we have short-term projections available in our “At a Glance Tables” on our country profile pages. The World Bank Global Economic Prospects report also publishes short-term regional growth rate projections. For more detailed projections from sources external to the Bank, please consult the IMF's World Economic Outlook publications, the private consulting firm DRI/WEFA, or Economist Intelligence Unit data.

Do you have population projection data?

We make population projection tables available on our World Development Indicators CD-ROM. The population projection tables provide population growth estimates and other demographic projections from 2000 to 2090, at five-year intervals. They are disaggregated by age-group and gender and cover approximately 200 economies. The input data used for the projections include a base-year population estimate by age and sex, and base-period estimates of mortality, fertility and migration. The projections estimates are produced by the World Bank's Human Development Network. For further information on the methodology, see Eduard Bos and others, “World Population Projections 1994-95,” Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, MD, 1994.

Where are your data on Taiwan?

Taiwan, China, is not listed as a separate country. For most indicators, Taiwan, China, data is not added to the data for China, but Taiwan, China, is added to the world aggregate and the high-income countries aggregate. There are some exceptions: For some agricultural data series received from the Food and Agriculture Organization, Taiwan, China, figures are part of the numbers cited for China (as are Macao, China, and Hong Kong, China); and for some of our trade data in World Development Indicators (WDI) tables, separate figures are reported for Taiwan, China. For data on Taiwan, please refer to the statistics published in the following official publications:

  • Financial Statistics, Taiwan District, The Republic of China
  • The Central Bank of China, Monthly Bulletin of Statistics of the Republic of China
  • Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics
  • Executive Yuan, The Republic of China
  • Quarterly National Economic Trends, Taiwan, China
  • China Statistical Information Network
  • Census and Statistics Department, Hong Kong
  • Ministry of Economic Affairs, ROC

Do you have data on the smaller economies?

Most of our data cover countries that have a population of 30,000 or more, or that are World Bank members. For smaller economies that are World Bank members and whose populations range between 30,000 and 1 million, World Development Indicators (WDI) table 1.6 offers key indicators. We published the Small States Supplement to the WDI in 2009 and the World Bank Atlas also offers data series on smaller economies.

Where can I find the data annex tables of the World Development Report?

The World Development Report data annex tables are available through the purchased publications. You may order the WDR online. The data for these annex tables are also available online as well as via CD-ROM.

Do you have any data on wealth?

We don't have a standard way of defining wealth. Wealth requires an evaluation of all productive assets, which accumulate (and depreciate) over years. This would also include measuring not just physical capital, but also human capital (education, experience, and perhaps social organization), and natural resources. This introduces additional complications of double counting (some financial assets represent ownership rights in physical assets) and offsetting liabilities (resulting from various complicated derivative-like instruments). On an experimental basis we have been publishing a measure of the additions and subtractions from total wealth. It appears in the WDI print edition as Table 3.16: "Towards a broader measure of savings."

Do you have more recent data than I currently see on your website?

No. There is usually a two-year lag between the present year and the most recent data reported to us for our World Development Indicators and Global Development Finance publications. In other words, if the year is 2010, then the data on our website will be for 2008.


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