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Financial Openness and Growth in 213 Countries: A Finance and Growth Panel Dataset


  • Joseph Francois

    () (Johannes Kepler University Linz)

  • Gus Garita

    () (Tinbergen Institute and Erasmus University)

  • Julia Swart

    () (Tinbergen Institute and Erasmus University)


In this paper, we provide information on an extended and improved version to the economic growth dataset as initially constructed by Eschenbach, Francois, and Nitzsche (2003). We give detailed information on the variables included in the Finance and Growth Panel dataset (FGPD) and on the respective data sources. This new dataset contains over 230 variables and covers 213 countries for the period 1970-2007. The main building blocks of the database are variables on economic growth and related macroeconomic performance, quality of institutions, and financial (openness) indicators. NOTE the *.zip archive includes the database in Excel format, and the background paper describing the data set.

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  • Joseph Francois & Gus Garita & Julia Swart, 2009. "Financial Openness and Growth in 213 Countries: A Finance and Growth Panel Dataset," IIDE Discussion Papers 20090804, Institue for International and Development Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:lnz:wpaper:20090804

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    Macroeconomic Statistics; Financial Development; Economic development;

    JEL classification:

    • C82 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Data Collection and Data Estimation Methodology; Computer Programs - - - Methodology for Collecting, Estimating, and Organizing Macroeconomic Data; Data Access
    • C88 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Data Collection and Data Estimation Methodology; Computer Programs - - - Other Computer Software
    • O1 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development

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