Q1 2018 update of World Development Indicators available


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The World Development Indicators database has been updated. This is a regular quarterly update to 1,600 indicators and includes both new indicators and updates to existing indicators. 

This release features updates for national accounts, balance of payments, demography, health, labor market, poverty and shared prosperity, remittances, and tourism series. New estimates are also available for electricity-related indicators from the Global Tracking Framework, adjusted net savings, law and regulation towards gender equality from Women, Business and the Law, ownership of financial accounts from the Global Findex, mobile and internet, and education series.

New indicators include those for health expenditures, value added per worker by sector, sex-disaggregated indicators on the completeness of birth registration, export/import unit value index, population exposed to PM2.5 pollution by interim target level and net ODA provided. For the latest list of additions, deletions, and changes in codes, descriptions, definitions, see here.

To accompany the data, a new online edition of World Development Indicators featuring stories, documentation and discovery tools will be available in Summer 2018. 

Data can be accessed via various means including:

- The World Bank’s main multi-lingual and mobile-friendly data website, http://data.worldbank.org 
- The DataBank query tool: http://databank.worldbank.org which includes archived versions of WDI
Bulk download in XLS and CSV formats and directly from the API

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April 25, 2018

Interested in healthcare costs

okol simon
May 01, 2018


Dr. Karthik Gunasekaran
May 11, 2018


June 02, 2018

Good work !!

James Oehmke
June 07, 2018

For an open data source, finding the webpage where I can select country, indicator and time and download data is getting increasingly complicated. After latest update I can't find it at all. Sort of defeats the purpose of open data.

David Mariano
July 16, 2018

Thanks for your input, James. You can find that info on Databank -- http://databank.worldbank.org 
You may also try our Help Desk if you have other data-related concerns: https://datahelpdesk.worldbank.org/