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Statistical data

Statistics are collected from all countries as available. There are many series published by international organisations that provide statistics on Latin American countries. Below are some of the more popular collections. Do take a look at the Data Library pages for further help.

Printed statistics

The more recent printed collection are held on the first floor and the historical statistics are on the lower ground floor. The printed statistics are classified by country - check the Library catalogue for the classmark or consult the table on the right for the country numbers.

Statistical yearbook for Latin America and the Caribbean This is a broad statistical publication covering the whole region. The Libary holds print copies from 1976 to the present but also holds the previous publication Statistical bulletin for Latin America

Online statistics

The main economic databases supplied by the World Bank cover the nations of Latin America. Browse the online data-catalogue for details.Other good sources are the international organisations listed on the Organisations pages.

Maintain a statistical website.These include regional socio-economic and trade statistics for Caribbean nations.There is also the specialist Tradsys Online which contains more detailed intra and extra regional trade statistics.

United Nations ECLAC
Produces the Statistical Yearbook for Latin America and the Caribbean this contains major economic and social indicators. Also available are Demographic Observatory bulletins

Inter-American Development Bank 
Established in 1959,  the largest source of development financing for Latin America and the Caribbean. Maintains 

DataIntal: Trade statistics of countries in the Americas developed by the Institute for the Integration of Latin America (INTAL). series on trade in the hemisphere, which begins in 1992 and encompasses thirty-one countries (Latin America and the Caribbean, the US and Canada).

Latin America and Caribbean Macro Watch Data Tool Over 500 indicators consolidating data on macroeconomics, social issues, trade, capital flows, markets and governance.

Sociómetro-BID - A complete dataset of social indicators providing insight into socioeconomic conditions in Latin America. The indicators are derived from national household survey data, covering 21 countries from 1990 to 2009. 

SICE - the Organization of American State's Foreign Trade Information System - centralizes information on trade policy in the Americas. On the SICE Website, you will find the full texts of trade agreements in force for OAS Member States, new and ongoing trade policy developments, information on national trade-related legislation, links to international, regional and national sources of trade policy information and more! SICE, with more than ten years online, strives to provide OAS member states and other users up-to-date and relevant information. It contains substantial trade data for the region.

Maintains a regional health observatory whioch has substantial statistics.These cover mortality as well as health care systems.

MOxLAD (Montevideo-Oxford Latin American Economic History Database)
MOxLAD database contains statistical series for a wide range of economic and social indicators covering twenty countries in the region for the twentieth century and beyond.

Latin American Economic Outlook - the  OECD Development Centre's annual analysis of economic developments in Latin America. Published since 2008.

SEDLAC (Universidad Nacional de La Plata) and The World Bank Socio-Economic Database for Latin America and the Caribbean includes information from over 200 household surveys carried out in 25 LAC countries: Argentina, Bahamas, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Chile, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela. 

Historical statistics

Several important series of historical statistics are held on microform in the Library. There is a selection of historic government statistics from Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Panama, Bolivia and Guatemala. Some of the Library's print collection have been microfilmed. This mainly covers census material from Brazil, Argentina, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Guatemala and Bolivia. These can all be found via the Library catalogue.

For historical economic statistics there are significant series of bank reports from the region for the countries and years soecified below.

Argentina 1913-1978
Bolivia 1929-1969
Chile 1926-2000
Colombia 1925-1969
Ecuador 1936-1988
Paraguay 1952-1971
Peru 1934-1992
Uruguay 1930-1955
Venezuela 1941-1981


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Country numbers for statistics


Argentina 82 
Bolivia 84
Brazil 81
Chile 83
Colombia 86 
Costa Rica 7286 
Cuba 7291 
Ecuador  866 

El Salvador

Guatemala 7281 
Guyana 88 
Honduras 7282 
Mexico 72 
Nicaragua 7285 
Panama 89 
Peru 85 
Surinam 883 
Uruguay 889 
Venezuela 87