Cross National Time Series (CNTS) Data Archive

Alternative Title: 

The Cross-National Time-Series (CNTS) Data Archive provides ranges of annual data from 1815 to the [latest available in 2013 ed.] for circa 240 countries. Variable groups include: area and population data, computer usage, domestic conflict events, elections, energy, highway vehicle data, industrial and labour force data, industrial production, international status indicators, legislative processes, mail, media, military, national government revenue and expenditure, national income and currency, telephones, physicians, political data, railroads, school enrollment, telegraph, trade, and urbanization. Derived variables include percent annual increase.

Spatial Coverage: 
Data Creator: 
Arthur S. Banks, Center for Comparative Political Research, State University of New York.
Time Period: 

1815 - 2013

Data Publisher:


User's Manual.doc, Codebook.xls, Bibliography.xls and the list of countries (Independent States Since 1815.xls) are available on the CD. The 2007 version of the User's manual is also available at <'s%20Manual.doc> and the Bibliography of sources at <>.


The Archive should be cited as follows: Banks, Arthur S., Wilson, Kenneth A.  Cross-National Time-Series Data Archive. Jerusalem: Databanks International, 2013. See

File Storage: 

CD-rom in University of Edinburgh Data Library.


Excel format data file.

Data Access: 

Contact the Data Library for access to the CD-ROM. Please note: Copyright laws and international copyright treaties, as well as other intellectual property laws and treaties protect the DATA. The database is licensed, is not transferable and may not be sold by third parties. Users of the DATA at institutions/libraries must be currently enrolled or associated with the licensee institution. Such users may not take the DATA with them when they leave the institution. By using this data, you are agreeing to these terms.