EOPP: Data Resources
A good site to start with is DevEconData
- A blog developed by Masayuki Kudamatsu, a PhD student at the Department of Economics and a member of EOPP, listing datasets for development economists.
EOPP Indian States Data
Indian States Data
related to land reform, media and political agency,
and labour regulation.
Data on democracy, accountability and corruption
The Africa Research Program, Harvard has a good roadmap of the available data in this field for ALL
countries, available at http://africa.gov.harvard.edu/links/politlnk.htm
Other sources are:
- World Bank: Governance & Anti-Corruption Data
A site with links to datasets with disparate types of governance variables, presentational charts, maps, tables and statistical information.
- Polity IV: Political Regime Characteristics and Transitions, 1800 - 2004
Polity IV contains coded annual information on regime and authority characteristics for all independent states (with greater than 500,000 total population) in the global state system and covers the years 1800-2004.
- Freedom in the World survey/ The Gastil (democracy) Index.
Information on the construction of the index - which is broken down as political rights, civil liberties and freedom status can be accessed at Freedom House.
- Database of Political Institutions
This database by Thorsten Beck, George Clarke, Alberto Groff, Philip Keefer, and Patrick Walsh provides a variety of data for a large number of countries. It includes more than 100 variables regarding the chief party in power, major opposition parties, legislature, checks and balances, electoral rules and federalism.
- International Country Risk Guide (ICRG)
Data on corruption with the following variables: Socioeconomic Conditions, Investment Profile, Government Stability, Rescaled External, Conflict Risk (0-10), Corruption [0,6], Military in Politics, Religion in politics, Law and Order Tradition, Ethnic Tensions, Democratic Accountability, Quality of Bureaucracy. For further information see The PRS Group website.
- The Corruption Perception Index (CPI)
The CPI ranks more than 150 countries by their perceived levels of corruption, as determined by expert assessments and opinion surveys.
The survey is published annual by Transparency International.
Papers citing useful frameworks, data and methodologies
- Torsten Persson, Guido Tabellini and Francesco Trebbi, 2003. "Electoral Rules and Corruption," Journal of the European Economic Association, MIT Press, vol. 1(4), pages 958-989.
Also published as CEPR Discussion Paper 2741
- Torsten Persson and Guido Tabellini, Guido, 2001. "Political Institutions and Policy Outcomes: What are the Stylized Facts?," CEPR Discussion Papers 2872.
- Daniel Triesman, 2000 "The Causes of Corruption: a Cross-National Study," Journal of Public Economics, vol. 76, pages 399-457.
- Daniel Kaufmann, Aart Kray and Pablo Zoido-Lobaton, 1999. "Aggregating Governance Indicators", World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 2195. Dataset available.
- Rafael La Porta, Florencio Lopez-de-Silanes, Andrei Shleifer, Robert W. Vishny, 1998. "Law and Finance," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 106(6), pages 1113-1155.
Also published as NBER Working Paper 5661
- Rafael La Porta, Florencio Lopez-de-Silanes, Andrei Shleifer, Robert W. Vishny, 1999. "The Quality of Government," Journal of Law, Economics and Organization, Oxford University Press, vol. 15(1), pages 222-79
Also published as NBER Working Paper 6727