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ByLance T. Lee

Sep 7, 2022

The IIF Database has been an important source of economic and financial data for over 30 years, providing annual figures and forecasts for nearly 60 emerging and frontier markets. For all countries, the time series of our dataset consist of more than 250 key indicators in the categories: i) national accounts and employment; (ii) commercial account and current account; iii) External financing; iv) monetary accounts and policy variables; (v) fiscal accounts and public debt; (vi) Banking and financial markets; and (vii) the global economic framework. The regional and country teams, in conjunction with the Global Macro Analysis department, perform rigorous data checks to ensure that our members receive high quality data. Furthermore, the forecasts are the product of internal models and staff estimates, reflecting the interdependence of internal and external forces.

You can find a downloadable version of the FAQ document, with screenshots of how to download our data here.

1. How many and which countries do you cover?

We cover nearly 60 emerging and frontier markets in Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and Sub-Saharan Africa. Our report on capital flows includes 25 of these countries. A full list of countries by region can be found by clicking on ‘Search’ on the homepage, then clicking on ‘Regional and country’, and selecting the region (see question 3b).

2. What time period does the data cover?

Data series for some countries go back to 1978 if published by the authorities. In the meantime, forecasts are provided up to two years beyond the current year.


3. Where can I download data from the IIR website?

There are two ways to download country data:
a) Using the download tool on the homepage – click on ‘Search’, scroll down and click on the ‘Data’ icon. This is the best place to download transnational data.
b) From each country’s page – on the home page – click on “Search”, then click on “Regional and country” in the gray bar. Then select the region and country you are interested in. Scroll down the country page and click on the “Economic data” box. This is the best place to download a complete set of the most relevant national data in Excel. This covers the most recent eight years and includes forecasts.


4. Where can I find a complete list of variables available in the data download tool with their definitions?

All variables with their codes and definitions are listed in the IIF Database Glossary.


5.What are the codes for some of the most popular variables?

Real GDP growth (E101), unemployment (S440), current account % of GDP (B252), non-resident capital flow (F100), non-resident foreign direct investment (F110), non-resident portfolio flow -residents (F120), reserve accumulation (F500), total external debt (D100), non-gold reserves (A500), import cover (A506), private sector credit growth (M252), inflation (M805 and M815) , policy rate (K500 and K501), budget deficit % of GDP (G302), public debt % of GDP (G502 and G602).


6. Who do I contact if I have a problem?

If you are having difficulty using the Data Download Tool or have general questions, please contact [email protected]. If you have country-specific questions, please contact the analyst responsible for the country. Contact details can be found on all country specific publications.


7. Where can I find the IIF’s Global Growth Outlook?

We publish the global growth outlook as well as growth projections for major emerging markets twice a year (April/October) as an addendum to our flagship report on capital flows to emerging markets.


8. What are the advantages of IIF databases compared to other widely used databases such as the IMF’s WEO or the World Bank’s World Development Indicators?

The IIR uses an internally consistent framework to generate forecasts. All databases use the same assumptions for external variables such as oil prices and global interest rates. Additionally, we are unique in our approach to reconciling capital flows with changes in outstanding debt.

9. Where can I find data from the Capital Flows to Emerging Markets report?

We publish the full dataset of our Capital Flows to Emerging Markets report on our webpage here.


10. Where can I find Capital Flows Tracker data?

We publish the full dataset of our Capital Flow Tracker on our webpage here.


11. Where can I find underlying data for the Global Debt Monitor, Frontier Markets Debt Monitor and Sustainable Debt Monitor?

We publish the full dataset for our Debt Monitors on our webpage here.


12. How often are the various IIF datasets updated?

The IIF datasets are updated as follows: i) Country databases are updated twice a year in line with our Global Economic Monitor publication. Additionally, country analysts can provide ad hoc updates throughout the year when significant events occur; ii) the EM Growth Tracker is updated monthly; (iii) the Bank Lending Survey is updated quarterly; (iv) the report on capital flows to emerging markets and the corresponding annual/quarterly datasets are published at least twice a year; v) the Capital Flows Tracker is updated monthly; (vi) the Global Debt Monitor, the Sustainable Debt Monitor and related datasets are published on a quarterly basis; vii) The Frontier Markets Debt Monitor and its underlying database are published twice a year in February and September.


13. Where can I find more information?

Please contact us at [email protected] for any questions regarding our data.


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