WDI 2010 Is Out — And Free!

The World Bank has released the World Development Indicators 2010 — and it is freely downloadable in multiple file formats.

http://data.worldbank.org/data-catalog

This is great news.  You can just download a spreadsheet (excel or .csv).  No more messing with a CDROM or MS Access databases!  (Those who have worked with older versions know what I mean.)

It is still a bit of a pain to work with.  It is too big for my (older) version of Excel.  And, the format remains quirky:  years are columns, countries are rows, with variables stacked long (a column contains a the variable identifier). Fortunately, Stata’s “reshape” command can get it into a more useful format.  I can post the syntax if people are interested.

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