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World Debt Tables, 1970-1992

Resource Type
Dataset : aggregate data
  • World Bank. Debt and International Finance Division
Other Title
  • Version 2 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • World Debt Tables Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
credit; debt restructuring; economic indicators; government expenditures; international economics; national debt; nations
  • Abstract

    These time series data offer information on external debt for 129 countries that reported to the World Bank through the Bank's Debtor Reporting System (DRS). Reporting countries are grouped into six geographic regions: (1) Africa, south of the Sahara, (2) East Asia and the Pacific, (3) Latin America and the Caribbean, (4) North Africa and the Middle East, (5) South Asia, and (6) Europe and Central Asia. Data are provided on public and publicly-guaranteed long-term debt as well as on private nonguaranteed debt, short-term debt, International Monetary Fund (IMF) credit, and major economic aggregates. For public and private long-term debt and for short-term debt, variables include debt outstanding, disbursements, principal repayments, and interest payments. In addition, detailed information on debt restructuring transactions is provided for public and publicly-guaranteed long-term debt. Variables include principal rescheduled, interest rescheduled, disbursements from rescheduling, and debt stock reductions. Data on IMF credit include use of credit, purchases, repurchases, and charges. Major economic aggregates include Gross National Product, export of goods and services, import of goods and services, international reserves, and current account balance.
  • Abstract

    The column location and variable information for the study can be found in the ICPSR codebook.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • 1970 / 1992
    Time period: 1970--1992
  • 1970 / 1992
    Collection date: 1970--1992
Geographic Coverage
  • Africa
  • Asia
  • Central America
  • Europe
  • Global
  • Latin America
  • North America
  • South America
Sampled Universe
All countries reporting to the Debtor Reporting System (DRS) of the World Bank.
Collection Mode
  • Data are expressed in terms of United States dollars.

    Due to an agreement between ICPSR and the World Bank, this study is available only to users at IPCSR member institutions. Those who wish to use the study and are at non-member institutions should contact the World Bank directly.

    The World Bank and ICPSR are no longer updating this study.

    The original codebook is included for user's reference. The column location and variable information for the study can be found in the ICPSR codebook.

2010-01-26 Data have been converted to ASCII format, set-up files for SAS, SPSS, and Stata have been created, and ready-to-go file have been created for SAS, SPSS, and Stata.
This study is freely available to ICPSR member institutions via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 8313 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR08313.v1
  • Firebaugh, Glenn. Scale economy or scale entropy? Country size and rate of economic growth, 1950-1977. American Sociological Review.48, (2), 257-269.1983.
    • ID: (URL)

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

World Bank. Debt and International Finance Division (1985): World Debt Tables, 1970-1992. Version 2. World Debt Tables Series. Version: v2. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.