V-Dem Data - Version 5

Welcome to the V-Dem Data page - here you can download all V-Dem data free of charge!

These datasets were published in January, 2016.

Varieties of Democracy is launching new datasets every year during spring! Updates of the respective datatsets may be launched also during the year. 

Download a V-Dem dataset:

  • 173 countries – data from 1900 to today
  • 350 V-Dem indicators & over 30 democracy indices
  • Codebook and other related materials

How to:

  1. Decide dataset type: Country-Year or Country-Date
  2. Decide size: V-Dem only or V-Dem+data from other sources
  3. Decide format: STATA, SPSS or CSV
  4. Click on link to download, fill out name, affiliation, and some additional information in the pop-up
  5. Dataset and documentation are yours!

 

Dataset 

Download

Country-Year: V-Dem

All 350+ V-Dem indicators and indices (Country-Year format)

Suitable for STATA-IC and other software handling a max of 2,000 variables/columns.

Download zip archive in

SPSS

STATA

CSV

Each ZIP includes:

  • Dataset
  • Codebook V5
  • List of Relevant V-Dem Project Documents
  • How to Cite
  • Excel Form for Reporting Errors

Country-Year: V-Dem + other

All 350+ V-Dem indicators and indices + over 300 other indicators from other data sources (Country-Year format).

Download zip archive in 

SPSS

STATA

CSV

Each ZIP includes:

  • Dataset
  • Codebook V5
  • List of Relevant V-Dem Project Documents
  • How to Cite
  • Excel Form for Reporting Errors

Country-Date: V-Dem

All 350+ V-Dem indicators and indices (Country-Date format)

Type B, C and D indicators and most indices are in Country-Date format. For details on variable types, see the codebook. 

Suitable also for STATA-IC and other software handling a max of 2,000 variables/columns.

 

Download zip archive in 

SPSS

STATA

CSV

Each ZIP includes:

  • Dataset
  • Codebook V5
  • List of Relevant V-Dem Project Documents
  • How to Cite
  • Excel Form for Reporting Errors

WARNING:

  • We ask you to NOT use these quota and percentage variables: v2lgqugent, v2lgqugens, v2lgqumin, v2lgqugen. We have discovered series mistakes in the time series. 
  • We also ask you to be cautions when using the following percentage variables. Data for these variables have not gone through full quality control with thorough cross-referencing yet. We hope to be able to do so for the version 7 of the dataset. This concerns the following variables: v2elnoncit, v2elmalsuf, v2elfemsuf, v2elsnlpop, v2elsnmpop, v2psswitch, v2clsnmpct, v2clsnlpct, v2svstterr, v2svstpop, v2mefemjrn, v2meaccess, v2clrgwkch, v2csanmvch.
  • During the preparation of the data, identifiers for the main country coded of approximately 12% of experts were incorrectly assigned. As a result, cross-national comparability was reduced to an unclear extent. Starting from v7.1, the identification of the main country coded for all experts is correct, increasing cross-national comparability. 

What's New?

Changes:

  • All CSV files are now encoded in UTF-8. When importing CSV data on platforms where UTF-8 is not the default, ensure that the correct encoding is specified in order to properly render diacritics for text variables.

  • v2x_suffrage and v2elsuffrage have been modified with small changes to their respective comprising indices.

Bug fixes:

  • Superfluous variables corresponding to the means of the binary versions of the following variables have been removed: v2exdfdshg, v2exdfdshs, v2exdjcbhg, v2exctlhg, v2exctlhs, v2exrmhsol, v2exrmhgnp.
  • Country specific coding periods were previously incorrectly set for the 6.1 country-date dataset. As a result, 279 observations falling outside of the V-Dem coding periods have been removed.
  • Missing data for the variables v2expathhg and v2exaphogp for Serbia from 1900 to 1941 have been filled in.
  • A bug was fixed regarding the ordinalization of indices. Previously, for the corresponding 5 category ordinal variables, observations that were meant to be 0.75 were incorrectly set as 0.5.

Working Papers Submissions:

We encourage users of V-Dem data to submit papers to be published by the V-Dem Institute in the "V-Dem Data Users Working Paper Series", more information is available here

V-Dem Archive

We strongly recommend that you to use the most recent version (v6.2) that you can download directly from our website.

We also have an archive, there you find:

  • the coder-level version of the dataset, and accompanying documentation, or
  • posterior distributions for variables
  • older versions (v1-v6)

To access the archive, click here.

Working Papers Submissions:

We encourage users of V-Dem data to submit papers to be published by the V-Dem Institute in the "V-Dem Data Users Working Paper Series", more information is available here

 

V-Dem Archive

We strongly recommend that you to use the most recent version (v5) that you can download directly from our website.

We also have an archive, there you find:

To access the archive, click here.

V-Dem Data Access

To access this data, please fill out the following information.

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