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st: NEW MODULE: wbdata - World Bank Data Bases

From   JP Azevedo <>
Subject   st: NEW MODULE: wbdata - World Bank Data Bases
Date   Thu, 3 Feb 2011 15:13:10 -0500

Thanks to Kit Baum a new Stata module is now avaiable for download from SSC.

wbdata allows Stata users to download directly from within Stata over
3,000 series of indicators from the World Bank databases, including:
Development Africa Development Indicators; Doing Business; Education
Statistics; Enterprise Surveys; Global Development Finance; Gender
Statistics; Health Nutrition and Population Statistics; International
Development Association - Results Measurement System; Millennium
Development Goals; World Development Indicators; Worldwide Governance
Indicators. These indicators include information from over 256
countries and regions, since 1960.

The wbdata draws from the main World Bank collections of development
indicators, compiled from officially-recognized international sources.
It presents the most current and accurate global development data
available, and includes national, regional and global estimates. The
access to this databases is made possible by the World Bank's Open
Data Initiative ( which provide open full
access to World Bank databases.

Among the main options, users can chose to display the data on either
long and wide format, download the labeles in three different
languages (english, spanish and french), and chose betwee following
download format: country  (all indicators for all years for a single
country), topic (all indicators within a specific topic, for all years
and all countries), and indicator  (all years for all countries for a
single indicator.a country, indicator and topic).

I would like to dedicate this ado file to Dr Richard Sperling, who
asked us to support intelligent and well thought out public policies
that help those in society who are less fortunate than we are.

As usual comments and suggestions are most welcomed.

for those insterested simply type: ssc install wbdata
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