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National Capability Data: Annual Series, 1950-1988

Resource Type
Dataset : aggregate data
  • Taylor, Charles Lewis
  • Amm, Joachim
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • National Science Foundation
Free Keywords
armed forces; economic history; economic indicators; energy consumption; international economics; industrial indicators; military expenditures; population characteristics
  • Abstract

    This collection contains economic, military, and population indicators for 155 countries during the years 1950-1988. There are 2 identification and 15 substantive variables, which include size of armed forces, military expenditure, crude steel production, energy consumption, urban and total population, real gross domestic production (RGDP), and percentage share of RGDP in consumption, investment, and government.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: Raw Data (Afghanistan-Bangladesh) and Data List Statement
    • DS2: Raw Data (Barbados-Burkina Faso) and Data List Statement
    • DS3: Raw Data (Burundi-Comoros) and Data List Statement
    • DS4: Raw Data (Congo-El Salvador) and Data List Statement
    • DS5: Raw Data (Eq. Guinea-Ghana) and Data List Statement
    • DS6: Raw Data (Greece-Hungary) and Data List Statement
    • DS7: Raw Data (Iceland-Jamaica) and Data List Statement
    • DS8: Raw Data (Japan-Lesotho) and Data List Statement
    • DS9: Raw Data (Liberia-Mauritania) and Data List Statement
    • DS10: Raw Data (Mauritius-Niger) and Data List Statement
    • DS11: Raw Data (Nigeria-Poland) and Data List Statement
    • DS12: Raw Data (Portugal-Sierra Leone) and Data List Statement
    • DS13: Raw Data (Singapore-Sweden) and Data List Statement
    • DS14: Raw Data (Switzerland-Uganda) and Data List Statement
    • DS15: Raw Data (U.A.E.-Yemen) and Data List Statement
    • DS16: Raw Data (Y.P.D.R.-Zimbabwe) and Data List Statement
    • DS17: Codebook for All Parts
Temporal Coverage
  • 1950 / 1988
    Time period: 1950--1988
  • Collection date: 1990
Geographic Coverage
  • Global
Sampled Universe
All countries in the world.
Collection Mode
  • The 16 data files, Parts 1-16, cover 155 countries, with 10 countries grouped alphabetically in each file, except for Part 16, which contains 5 countries. Each data file was created by an SPSS/PC write command and contains a data list statement which specifies variable names and column locations followed by the actual data records. Users should note that file structure, case count, variable count, and records per case specifications in the part information describe the data portion of each file, while record length specifications describe the physical character of each file, including the data list statements. Data for many countries for the years 1986-1988 are incomplete. Part 17, the Codebook for All Parts, notes which of the 16 data files to access for data on a particular country.

2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 17 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads. Funding insitution(s): National Science Foundation.
This study is freely available to ICPSR member institutions via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 9904 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Sislin, John. Arms as Influence: The Determinants of Successful Influence. Journal of Conflict Resolution.38, (4), 665-689.1994.
    • ID: 10.1177/0022002794038004004 (DOI)
  • Sabrosky, Alan Ned. Polarity and War: The Changing Structure of International Conflict. Boulder: Westview Press. 1985.
  • Weede, Erich. Weltpolitik und Kriegsursachen im 20. Jahrhundert. Munich: Oldenbourg. 1983.

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

Taylor, Charles Lewis; Amm, Joachim (1993): National Capability Data: Annual Series, 1950-1988. Version 1. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.