London School of Economics EOPP: Economic Organisation and Public Policy Programme LSE
EOPP: Economic Organisation and Public Policy Programme

EOPP: Data Resources

Development Economics

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

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