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Many World Bank (WB) publications and datasets are available from their web site for free.  The University of Chicago Library also has a large collection of historical print publications and datasets going back to the 1940s.  You may search our Library Catalog or Ask A Librarian if you have any questions or need assistance.

Publications & Documents

Access World Bank Data

  • Data | World Bank
    This functions as a home page for WB data. You may search by:
    - Countries and Economies
    - Topic
    - Indicators (download access to over 2,000 indicators from WB data sets)
    - Microdata
  • World DataBank  
  • World Development Indicators (WDI)
    - WDI Home Page
    - WDI Tables
    The primary WB collection of development indicators, compiled from officially-recognized international sources. Includes national, regional and global estimates.
  • Data Catalog
    A listing of available WB datasets, including databases, pre-formatted tables, reports, and other resources.
  • Open Knowledge Repository
    The World Bank’s official open access repository for its research outputs and knowledge products.
  • Mapping for Results
    Visualize the locations of Bank-financed projects and international aid programs at the sub-national level. The tool overlays country maps with poverty and Millennium Development Goals data, such as infant mortality rates, with the geographic locations of donor-funded projects.
  • Microdata Library  
    Access to data may require registration and an application form. Also, files may be in SPSS, STATA or SAS.
  • Google Public Data Explorer  
    Use Google's Public Data interface to explore WB data.
    World Development Indicators via Google Public Data
  • Quandl - World Bank Datasets
    Quandl's long-term goal is to make all the numerical data on the internet easy to find and easy to use.
  • World Bank Group Finances
    Where has the World Bank Group disbursed money recently? What global funds does the World Bank Group manage? Explore raw data about the World Bank Group’s finances – slice and dice datasets; visualize data; share it with other site users or through social networks; or take it home with a mobile app.
  • Projects & Operations
    Country strategies, lending summaries, project maps, measuring results, status, and procurement data.
  • World Bank DataFinder Mobile Apps  
  • Developer APIs  

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