V-Dem Data - Version 6.1

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

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 & 39 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: SPSS, STATA, STATA-IC, CSV or EXCEL
  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. STATA-IC version excludes HPD intervals for the ordinal scale and standard devation for the relative and original scale of the Measurement Model output.

Download zip archive in

SPSS

STATA

STATA  (STATA-IC version)

CSV

EXCEL

Each ZIP includes:

  • Dataset
  • Codebook V6
  • List of Relevant V-Dem Project Documents
  • What's New?
  • 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

EXCEL

Each ZIP includes:

  • Dataset
  • Codebook V6
  • List of Relevant V-Dem Project Documents
  • What's New?
  • 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 for STATA-IC and other software handling a max of 2,000 variables/columns. STATA-IC version excludes HPD intervals for the ordinal scale and standard devation for the relative and original scale of the Measurement Model output.

 

Download zip archive in 

SPSS

STATA

STATA  (STATA-IC version)

CSV

EXCEL

Each ZIP includes:

  • Dataset
  • Codebook V6
  • List of Relevant V-Dem Project Documents
  • What's New?
  • 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 hope to be able to correct them for version 7 of the dataset.

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.

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 (v6.1) 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.

V-Dem Data Access

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

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