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The 2017 edition of International Debt Statistics is out

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The 2017 edition of International Debt Statistics has just been published.

IDS 2017 presents statistics and analysis on the external debt and financial flows (debt and equity) for the world’s economies for 2015. This publication provides more than 200 time series indicators from 1970 to 2015 for most reporting countries. To access the report and related products you can:

This year’s edition of International Debt Statistics been reconfigured to offer a more con­densed presentation of the principal indicators, along with additional tables showcasing quar­terly external debt statistics and public sector debt to respond to user demand for timely, comprehensive data on trends in external debt in low middle and high income coun­tries.

By providing comprehensive and timely data that reflects the latest additions and revisions, and by expanding the scope of the data available online, we aim to serve the needs of our users and to reach a wider audience.

While the dissemination format has changed over the years, the core purpose of these statistics continues to be the coordinated and comprehensive measurement of stocks and flows of the external debt of developing countries. They are used by client governments, economists, investors, financial consultants, academics, bankers, and a broad spectrum of the development community.

“These comprehensive international debt statistics are a vital input for debt managers and researchers around the world working to improve the management of global capital flows. Making them available to all is an important element of the Bank’s commitment to Open Data” says Haishan Fu, Director of the Development Data Group.

International Debt Statistics 2017 now provides a summary overview of:

  • Regional trends in debt stocks and flows for low an middle income countries,
  • Overview of capital flows and tables of indebtedness indicators
  • Global trends in the external debt of high income countries, including aggregate tables
  • Global trends in Public Sector Debt Statistics, including aggregate tables

You can look forward to blogs featuring content from IDS here on the Data Blog and on @worldbankdata on Twitter. If you have any questions related to IDS or our other data products, please visit our Data Helpdesk.


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