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Global Findex 2017 microdata available for download

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We're thrilled to release the 2017 Global Findex microdata, featuring individual survey responses from roughly 150,000 adults globally. Get it here, along with documentation including a variable list, questionnaire, and information on sampling procedures and data weighting.
 
Downloading the data is easy. At the microdata library, you'll see a screen that looks like this:
 

 

Click on the green arrow next to the global dataset, or the individual country you want. Next, you'll see a screen like the below. Click on the "get microdata" tab.
 


 
You have to register with the World Bank's microdata library to complete the download, but registration is quick and easy and you'll have the data in no time.
 
The microdata delivers roughly 100 variables measuring how adults use bank accounts, mobile money, digital payments, savings, and credit, based on nationally-representative surveys conducted in more than 140 economies. Collected by Gallup, Inc. in calendar year 2017, the latest Global Findex follows earlier rounds from 2014 and 2017. 
 
In April, we published country-level data on key financial inclusion indicators. (For a quick overview of our main findings, watch our video.) But there are endless ways to splice the data – and we covered only a few of them.
 
The individual-level microdata lets you design pretty much any variable you want, including by gender, age, income, education, and workforce participation.  
 
Suppose you're a policymaker working on retirement, and you want to know how many elderly adults in your country receive public pension payments. Using the microdata, you can define "elderly" however you want (55 years or older? 65 years or older?) and find out. While you're at it, you might also want to know how they receive such payments – whether through a bank account, a mobile phone, or some other method. Again, the microdata has what you need. Don't get too carried away, though – you should only report numbers for which you have at least 100 observations.
 
We hope policymakers and researchers will dig into the microdata and use it to come up with new insights into the world's financial inclusion challenges and opportunities. Visit the Global Findex homepage if you want to read our report or look at the country-level indicators. Share your findings with us on Twitter @GlobalFindex, and don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions. 
 

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