The GSRE dataset - developed at the German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA)  since 2009 - is a novel data collection, which is based on historical documents from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Archives. The dataset improves the coverage and accuracy of state budget data for most authoritarian regimes and some democracies since the end of World War II. Version 1.0 of GSRE includes 39 unique indicators covering major aspects of state finance for 161 countries between 1946 and 2006. In addition, GSRE also provides selected data on nine different indicators of public and government employment. More details on the dataset’s creation, coding, and coverage can be found under User Manual (Richter and Lucas, 2016).

Between 2011 and 2013 the GSRE dataset was initially funded by the German Research Foundation / Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) with a grant (RI-2023/2-1) for the project “Stability and Change of Authoritarian Regimes: A Systematic Comparison of Institutional and Material Conditions” at the German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA).

The GSRE dataset is the winner of the 2017 Lijphart/Przeworski/Verba Data Set Award by APSA’s Comparative Politics Section.

We constantly work on the extension and improvement of the GSRE dataset. If you have collected similar historical data on specific countries or a group of countries please contact us for potential collaboration. Please send feedback and all inquiries to thomas.richter (at) giga-hamburg (dot) de.