The Dynamics of Socio-Economic Development

by Adam Szirmai,


This website presents indicators of socio-economic development for the period 1950-2005. It complements the textbook The Dynamics of Socio-Economic Development. An Introduction by Adam Szirmai, published by Cambridge University Press in 2005. The book has a strong empirical orientation and contains over 70 tables with statistical data on different dimensions of development for a sample of 29 developing countries and aggregate data for regions.

The website presents the detailed worksheets that underlie each of these tables. This provides students with insights into how tables are constructed from the original raw data, how different sources can be merged and how concepts and choice of years may influence the final results. The tables are updated on a continuous basis.

The website also provides links to important sources of international data for the study of growth and development.


The following tables have recently been updated:

table 1.1, 1.2, 3.1, 3.2, 3.5, 4.1, 6.2, 6.3 and 6.7. For details see update information.


Link to Cambridge University Press




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