New EUI Library Resource Page for GGDC Economic Historical Data (Groningen)

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The Groningen Growth and Development Centre (Netherlands) maintains a portal of economic historical data resources for international macroeconomic research. GGDC-hosted data can be used for work on: historical population trends, GDP and GDP per capita; long-run economic growth and development; economic performance and productivity; economic interdependencies, inputs and outputs; and industrial sectors, labour and income. The portal gives access to Penn World Table data (8.1); Maddison Historical Statistics; the Total Economy Database and the GGDEC 10-Sector Database. Full details are on this new Library resource page.

The following resources are included in the GGDC historical data portal:

Penn World Table (version 8.1; 2015): Compendium of national accounts’ data on relative GDP per capita as a measure of standards of living, productive capacity of economies, and productivity levels. Coverage is for 167 countries from 1950 to 2011. First-time users should read this article by Robert C. Feenstra, Robert Inklaar and Marcel P. Timmer.

Maddison Historical Statistics: Database on worldwide population, GDP and GDP per capita from AD 1 to 2008, developed by quantitative economic historian Prof. Angus Maddison between 1978 and 1997. The University of Groningen Growth and Development Centre maintains and builds upon the database. An overview of MHS is given in Prof. Maddison’s book Contours of the World Economy (EUI LIB 330.9 MAD, 2007).

Total Economy Database: Annual database covering GDP, population, employment, labour productivity, capital services, labour productivity and total factor productivity for 123 countries. The Total Economy Database was developed by the Groningen Growth and Development Centre and is now maintained by The Conference Board (New York).

GGDC 10-Sector Database: Long-run internationally-comparable dataset on sectoral productivity performance in Asia, Europe, Latin America and the US. Variables include value added, output deflators and employment data for 10 broad economic sectors from 1950 to 2013. When using the GGDC 10-sector database, cite: M.P. Timmer, G.J. de Vries, and K. de Vries (2014). ‘Patterns of Structural Change in Developing Countries.’

EU KLEMS Database: Productivity data for selected EU member states, Japan and the USA; including measures of input and output growth, and derived variables such as multi-factor productivity at the industry level. The 2012 release includes basic output, input and productivity data for 34 industries according to the ISIC Rev. 4 industry classification. Coverage begins in 1970.

GGDC Productivity Level Database: Comparative data on inputs, outputs and productivity, at a detailed industry level for thirty OECD countries from 1997 to 2013. Complements the EU KLEMS database by providing comparative levels, and uses similar industry coverage, variable definitions and basic data.

Dataset on Comparative Historical National Accounts: Observations on Gross Domestic Product at current and constant prices, including an industry breakdown for 10 major sectors for the 19th and 20th centuries. Coverage is for 21 countries in Asia, Europe and North America. This dataset is a complement to Angus Maddison’s estimates of World GDP (above).

World Input-Output Database: Time-series data on world input-output in tabular format. 40 countries are covered, with a model for the rest of the world. Coverage is from 1995 to 2011. WIOD provides data on labour- and capital-inputs and pollution indicators at industry level.

Africa Sector Database: Internationally-comparable data on sectoral productivity performance in 11 Sub-Saharan African countries since the 1960s. Variables include annual series of value added, deflators, and persons employed for 10 broad economic sectors.

Related Economic Historical Resources provided by the EUI Library

Cross-National Time-Series: Database of internationally-comparative economic variables, including government expenditure, population, territorial size, per capita GDP, trade, infrastructure, conflict events, elections, legislative process, political measures and international status indicators. Coverage is for over 200 countries from 1815 onwards.

International Historical Statistcs: Compendium of national and international socio-economic data from 1750 to 2010. Interactive version of the three-volume work edited by Brian Mitchell (University of Cambridge). IHS is published by Palgrave. Data are available in both Excel and PDF tabular formats.

Trade in Value-Added database: Database designed to reflect the complexity of value-added in international trade, supply chains, component sourcing and other features of the globalised economy. TiVA uses underlying observations from the 2015 OECD Inter-Country Input-Output (ICIO) database. The database was launched by the OECD and the WTO in 2013 and updated in 2015.

Data users may also be interested in data from the World Bank; the International Political Economy Data Resource (University of Southern California); and the Atlas of Economic Complexity (Harvard/MIT).