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OECD Main Economic Indicators Databank, 1960-2017

Title details

SN: 4744
Title: OECD Main Economic Indicators Databank, 1960-2017
Alternative title: OECD MEI
Persistent identifier: 10.5257/oecd/mei/2013-04
Depositor: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
Principal investigator(s): Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

Subject Categories

Economic conditions and indicators - Economics


Abstract copyright UK Data Service and data collection copyright owner.

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) produces annual, quarterly and monthly data for around 3,800 main economic indicators (MEI). The variables cover national accounts, industrial production, employment, prices, business trends and trade for the member countries of the OECD and 6 non-member countries. The dataset also includes the OECD's leading indicators (key variables that signal changes in the business cycle).

The OECD defines each variable separately for each country. Nevertheless, the data are considered sufficiently similar to enable comparisons between countries, especially for relative values and rates of change.

These data were first provided by the UK Data Service in January 2003. The UK Data Service web site includes further information on its OECD MEI holdings, including a dataset user guide and details of latest database updates.

Citation: The bibliographic citation for the database is: Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development ({YYYY}): Main Economic Indicators ({Ed. YYYY-MM}). Uk Data Service. DOI: {edition specific doi - e.g.}.

Alternative DOIs: 10.1787/mei-data-en (to access via OECD.Stat subscription).

Main Topics:
The topics listed below correspond to the first OECD subject level:
  • leading indicators (indicators that run 6-12 months ahead of GNP cycle)
  • national accounts
  • national income
  • production
  • business tendency surveys
  • consumer surveys
  • manufacturing
  • construction
  • domestic demand
  • employment
  • unemployment
  • other labour market indicators
  • labour compensation
  • producer prices
  • consumer price index
  • other prices
  • monetary aggregates and their components
  • domestic credit and debt
  • interest rates
  • security issues
  • share prices
  • currency conversions
  • external finance
  • foreign trade
  • balance of payments
  • capital and financial accounts
  • financial accounts
  • net errors and omissions
  • world trade

Coverage, universe, methodology

Time period: 1960 - 2017
Country: Multi-nation
Spatial units: Countries
Observation units: Administrative units (geographical/political)
Kind of data: Numeric data
Aggregate (macro) level
Universe: Cross-national; National
OECD member countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany (pre- and post-1990), Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States.
Non-member countries (7): Brazil, Chile, People's Republic of China, India, Indonesia, Russian Federation, South Africa.
Time dimensions: Time Series
monthly, quarterly and annual
Sampling procedures: See documentation for details
Method of data collection: The OECD provides a Sources and Definitions page which gives explanations on sources and definitions used by each member country and the OECD to compile the main economic indicators. Alternatively, the latest edition of the OECD publication Main Economic Indicators: Sources and Definitions (PDF format), was released in July 2000.
The UK Data Service provides an online dataset user guide which has a section on associated documentation.
Weighting: See documentation for details

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Administrative and access information

Date of release:
First edition: 07 November 2003
Latest edition: 25 October 2017 (108th Edition)
Copyright: Copyright Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
Access conditions: The depositor has specified that registration is not required.
Please note: Effective July 15th 2015, the UK Data Service made access to OECD online statistics databases free to all users. Please refer to the OECD's Terms and Conditions.
Availability: UK Data Service
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