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Development Database

World Population (1000-2010)
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Because the global economy and financial markets are increasingly dependent upon non-economic variables, GFD also provides over 50 years of data on non-economic variables relating to the environment, education, health and poverty as well as other sociological variables.

The Development Database provides users with important data that indirectly influences financial markets and the economy. Most of these are social indicators, rather than economic indicators, but ones that impact the performance of markets.

Some of the indicators are important measures of economic development. As economies develop, the role of agriculture shrinks and data on agriculture can help to measure these changes. Similarly, education, energy production and infrastructure grow and improve as economies develop. Technology is the basis of the modern economy, so indicators of the spread and development of technology are included in the database. Each of these subjects can be used as indicators of economic change over time.

Population data not only measure the overall level of population, but provide information on birth and mortality rates, as well as demographic information on different age groups. The quality of health care is an important indicator of economic development and the quality of life, so data on health is included as well.

Data on the private sector and public sector are an important component of the Development Database. The data on the private sector focuses on the factors that affect the ability to conduct business in a country. This would include access to credit, the regulatory environment, access to infrastructure, trade and other factors that impact new and existing businesses. Factors relating to government policy, such as corruption, regulations, democratic participation and other important factors influencing business are included in the public sector section of the database.

The Development Database provides context to the economy that enables analysts to understand the world and how it affects financial and economic markets.

Summary of contents of Development Database

  • Agriculture
  • Defense and Conflict
  • Education
  • Energy Production
  • Environment
  • Health
  • Infrastructure
  • Population
  • Private Sector
  • Public Sector
  • Technology
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