Trade and Production, 1976-99

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Marcelo Olarreaga

University of Geneva; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Alessandro Nicita

World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

Date Written: November 2001


A new database eases the way for researchers analyzing statistics on trade, production, and tariffs.

Nicita and Olarreaga have prepared this paper as a companion to the Trade and Production database, which contains trade, production, and tariff data for 67 industrial and developing countries at the industry level for 1976-99. The sector disaggregation in the database follows the International Standard Industrial Classification (ISIC), with data provided at the three-digit level (28 industries) for all 67 countries and at the four-digit level (81 industries) for 24 of these countries. The production data are from the United Nations Industrial Development Organization's Industrial Statistics Database at the three- and four-digit level of ISIC. They include value added, total output, average wages, capital formation, number of employees, number of female employees, and number of firms.

The trade data are from the United Nations Statistics Division's Commodity Trade (Comtrade) database (through the World Bank's World Integrated Trade Solution, or WITS, software) and include imports and exports. Data on mirror exports (reported by trading partners) were obtained using WITS. The trade data are aggregated by region and income group, as defined by the World Bank. A separate data set provides bilateral trade flows (by partner) at the industry level. The data on average tariffs (most favored nation) are from the Trains database maintained by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development and from the World Trade Organization's Trade Policy Reviews and Integrated Database.

The database also provides an input-output table for each country using data from version 4 of the Global Trade Analysis Project (GTAP) database. The database is available on request on CD-ROM in a series of ASCII files and Microsoft Excel worksheets. It is also available on the Web at

This paper - a product of Trade, Development Research Group - is part of a larger effort in the group to study the determinants of trade patterns.

Suggested Citation

Olarreaga, Marcelo and Nicita, Alessandro, Trade and Production, 1976-99 (November 2001). Available at SSRN:

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