Dataset description and subject
The World Economic Outlook (WEO) database contains selected macroeconomic data series from the statistical appendix of the World Economic Outlook report, which presents the IMF staff's analysis and projections of economic developments at the global level, in major country groups and in many individual countries.
This database can be used to find data on national accounts, inflation, unemployment rates, balance of payments, fiscal indicators, trade for countries and country groups (aggregates), and commodity prices whose data are reported by the IMF.
IMF World Economic Outlook (WEO) site:
CommonGIS interface for the IMF World Economic Outlook: www.intute.ac.uk/sciences/worldguide/gis/CommonGIS/WEO2004.html
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Accessing the World Economic Outlook dataset
To access the ESDS International macro-economic datasets you must be a user from a UK higher or further education institution. We cannot provide data to users outside of this community due to the data re-distribution license agreements we have with our data providers. If you are a member of a UK higher or further education institution access to the macro-economic datasets is provided free of charge.
Access to data requires ESDS registration and uses the federated access management authentication system. Registration is a simple online process - go to the How to Register web page at www.esds.ac.uk/aandp/access/access.asp to begin the process.
You can access the World Economic Outlook dataset via ESDS at: http://esds.mcc.ac.uk/wds_weo. Once you have registered with ESDS and attempt to access one of the macro-economic datasets, you will automatically be prompted to agree to additional dataset specific conditions if they apply.
Note: the IMF itself also has an online interface to the WEO which is freely available for all to access at the IMF World Economic Outlook website: http://www.imf.org/external/ns/cs.aspx?id=28
Countries in the World Economic Outlook
The IMF's World Economic Outlook data have time series for approximately 180 countries, for some countries, data are incomplete or unavailable for certain years:
Periodicity and Time Range
Annual data are available from 1980 to the present, and projections
are given for the next five years. For some countries, data are incomplete
or unavailable for certain years. At ESDS International the database
is updated twice a year. See the latest
data update page for further information.