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OECD Dataset

The QoG OECD dataset consists of approximately 1000 variables from approximately 75 data sources. The dataset includes OECD member countries and has high data coverage in terms of geography and time.


When using QoG OECD Data, make sure to cite both the original source and out publication:

Teorell, Jan, Staffan Kumlin, Stefan Dahlberg, Sören Holmberg, Bo Rothstein, Natalia Alvarado Pachon & Richard Svensson. 2020. The Quality of Government OECD Dataset, version Jan20. University of Gothenburg: The Quality of Government Institute, doi:10.18157/qogoecdjan20

In the QoG OECD CS dataset, data from and around 2016 is included. Data from 2016 is prioritized, however, if no data is available for a country for 2016, data for 2017 is included. If no data exists for 2017, data for 2015 is included, and so on up to a maximum of +/- 3 years.

In the QoG OECD TS dataset, data from 1946 to 2019 is included and the unit of analysis is country-year (e.g., Sweden-1946, Sweden-1947, etc.).

In the Codebook, you can find a description of all data sources and variables. We provide a list of the variables categorized into eighteen thematic topics. Detailed descriptions of all variables are sorted by original data sources. We hope that this will facilitate your search for variables.