Business Research Database Blog Series: World Development Indicators (WDI)

The Emory community has access to a wealth of business research databases. This series highlights many of these great resources, including content and the best applications for classes and career prep.

What Will You Find?

World Development Indicators (WDI) is a great resource for locating time series data for 200+ countries across 800+ indicators. Subject areas include: Agriculture & Rural Development, Aid Effectiveness, Climate Change, Economic Policy & External Debt, Education, Energy & Mining, Environment, Financial Sector, Gender, Health, Infrastructure, Labor & Social Protection, Poverty, Private Sector, Public Sector, Science & Technology, Social Development and Urban Development.

  • Once in the resource, you can custom-select variables on the left of the screen from the following: Database, Country, Series, Time.
  • Once you have selected all the items of interest, click on “Apply Changes” and the data will display.
  • Click on the Layout tab to rearrange how the data appears in your table and then download to Excel.

Use for Class Projects

If you are working on a global project for a class, WDI is a great resource for locating a variety of information tied to your specific country. Identify information about infrastructure, communications, economic data, travel & tourism, public & private sector, and more using WDI. You can also download data about multiple countries at one time to review with ease on your own time.

Use for Interview Prep

Interested in interviewing for a global company? Identify key indicators for your country using WDI, such as growth rates of national accounts, local currency information, capital & financial accounts, and more.

Additional Business Resources

You can also use the Business Research Guide to locate additional business resources, locate tips for how to use them, and understand which are best for your specific research needs.

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