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Structural policy indicators database for economic research (SPIDER)


  • Balázs Égert


  • Peter Gal


  • Isabelle Wanner



This document describes the OECD’s new Structural Policy Indicators Database for Economic Research (SPIDER). The database compiles data from various existing databases. It contains indicators capturing structural policies (including institutions, framework condition policies and policies specifically related to labour markets and drivers of productivity and investment such as trade, skills and innovation). It also contains some basic macroeconomic indicators. The main idea of the database is to provide all the data needed for empirical analysis on structural policies in one place to facilitate empirical investigations. The indicators collected comprise three types of data: data with long-time series covering OECD countries, data covering a larger set of countries for a varying number of years, and finally a set of time-invariant indicators. The paper illustrates the use of the database on the basis of different growth regressions employed in the literature.

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  • Balázs Égert & Peter Gal & Isabelle Wanner, 2017. "Structural policy indicators database for economic research (SPIDER)," OECD Economics Department Working Papers 1429, OECD Publishing.
  • Handle: RePEc:oec:ecoaaa:1429-en
    DOI: 10.1787/39d69dff-en

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    1. Balazs Egert, 2022. "Public policy reforms and their impact on productivity, investment and employment: new evidence from OECD and non-OECD countries," Public Sector Economics, Institute of Public Finance, vol. 46(2), pages 179-205.
    2. Balázs Egert & Fredj Jawadi, 2018. "The Nonlinear Relationship between Economic growth and Financial Development," EconomiX Working Papers 2018-26, University of Paris Nanterre, EconomiX.
    3. Campos, Nauro F. & Eichenauer, Vera Z. & Sturm, Jan-Egbert, 2020. "Close encounters of the European kind: Economic integration, sectoral heterogeneity and structural reforms," European Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 129(C).
    4. Annabelle Mourougane & Balazs Egert & Mark Baker & Gábor Fülöp, 2020. "The Policy Drivers of Self-Employment: New Evidence from Europe," CESifo Working Paper Series 8780, CESifo.
    5. Vera Eichenauer & Ronald Indergand & Isabel Z. Martínez & Christoph Sax, 2020. "Constructing Daily Economic Sentiment Indices Based on Google Trends," KOF Working papers 20-484, KOF Swiss Economic Institute, ETH Zurich.
    6. Crespo Cuaresma, Jesús & Huber, Florian & Onorante, Luca, 2020. "Fragility and the effect of international uncertainty shocks," Journal of International Money and Finance, Elsevier, vol. 108(C).
    7. Christine Lewis, 2019. "Raising more public revenue in Indonesia in a growth - and equity-friendly way," OECD Economics Department Working Papers 1534, OECD Publishing.
    8. Metodij Hadzi-Vaskov, 2018. "Assessing the Macroeconomic Impact of Structural Reforms in Chile," IMF Working Papers 2018/285, International Monetary Fund.
    9. Balázs Égert, 2017. "The quantification of structural reforms: Extending the framework to emerging market economies," OECD Economics Department Working Papers 1442, OECD Publishing.
    10. Jean-Marc Zogheib & Marc Bourreau, 2021. "Public vs. Private Investments In Network Industries," EconomiX Working Papers 2021-4, University of Paris Nanterre, EconomiX.

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    database; economic growth; economic research; emerging economies; indicators; OECD; structural policies;
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    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
    • O11 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Macroeconomic Analyses of Economic Development
    • O47 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - Empirical Studies of Economic Growth; Aggregate Productivity; Cross-Country Output Convergence
    • Y1 - Miscellaneous Categories - - Data: Tables and Charts

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