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  • Chad Rector and Scott Kastner have a database of capital control events. The dataset, which can be found on the Papers page, contains information on whether capital controls were liberalized or tightened for a set of 19 OECD countries from 1951 through 1998. Please note their preferred citation of the data.
  • Menzie Chinn and Hiro Ito have a dataset on financial openness available here. The link to the dataset is in the first section under "Selected Working Papers and Publications." The dataset contains a measure of financial openness for more than 150 countries for the period 1970-2003.
  • The IMF has started a portfolio investment survey. Bilateral data on total portfolio investment, equity securities, long-term debt securities, and short-term debt securities for 1997 and 2001, 2002, and 2003.
  • The Penn World Tables by Alan Heston, Robert Summers and Bettina Aten contain a number of economic variables including GDP, openness, consumption, and savings. The most recent version of the data covers 188 countries from 1950 to 2004. Data are available as an HTML output table, in SAS format, or as a comma separated value file. Please note their preferred method of citation.
  • SourceOECD has a number of databases available under the Statistics tab of their main page. Data are available in various formats (downloadable or in pdf format) and the years covered vary with the database.(The databases mainly focus on economic indicators, but health and science data are also available.)
  • The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development has four databases available (The Handbook of Statistics, Commodity Price Bulletins, Trains, and Foreign Direct Investment).
  • The World Bank has two online databases available here. World Development Indicators covers more than 200 countries for the period 1960 to 2004. Global Development Finance Online has data on debt and financial flows for 136 countries from 1970 to 2013.
  • The World Income Inequality database from the United Nations University/World Institute for Development Economics Research has income inequality data available for various countries over a number of years. The data are available in zipped Excel format. Please note the preferred method of citation on the main page.
  • The World Trade Organization has links to statistical sources of trade data available here. The page includes a link to the WTO's own statistical database (with data from 1981 to the present) as well as links to national statistical offices, other national sources, and international organizations.



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