Groningen Growth and Development Centre (GGDC)

The Groningen Growth and Development Centre (GGDC) was founded in 1992 within the Economics Department of the University of Groningen by a group of researchers working on comparative analysis of levels of economic performance and differences in growth rates. 

Databases used to measure economic performance include:

  • Total Economy Database which contains annually updated series on real GDP, population, employment and working hours for 125 countries from 1950 onwards. Formerly developed and maintained by the GGDC, this database is now hosted by The Conference Board.
  • GGDC 10-Sector Database includes series on output in current and constant prices, and employment by major sectors of the economy for 22 countries.
  • GGDC 60-Industry Database which contains data on value added at constant and current prices, and persons employed for up to 60 industries covering the economy of the 26 OECD countries and Taiwan from 1990-2003. Previous versions are also available.
  • Total Economy Growth Accounting Database The GGDC Total Economy Growth Accounting Database provides measures of labour, capital services and multi factor productivity at the aggregate economy level. The database covers 15 European Countries, the European Union and the United States from 1980 onwards.
  • GGDC Productivity Level Database The GGDC Productivity Level database provides comparisons of output, inputs and productivity at a detailed industry level for a set of thirty OECD countries for 1997. It complements the EU KLEMS growth and productivity accounts by providing comparative levels and follows it in terms of country and industry coverage, variable definition and basic data.
  • Historical National Accounts Database The datahub on Comparative Historical National Accounts provides information on Gross Domestic Product at current and constant prices, including an industry breakdown for 10 major sectors, for the 19th and 20th centuries. This dataset is a complement to Angus Maddison’s estimates of World GDP. Currently it covers 21 countries in Asia, Europe and North America.
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Freely available data on internet.