V-Dem Data - Version 7.1

Welcome to the V-Dem Data page where you can download the V-Dem data free of charge!
The Varieties of Democracy Project is releasing new datasets every year around April, smaller updates to the datasets may be released in-between.

Download a V-Dem dataset:

  • 177 countries – data from 1900 to today
  • 350 V-Dem indicators & 45 democracy indices
  • Codebook and other related materials

How to:

  1. Select type of dataset: Country-Year or Country-Date
  2. Select size: V-Dem data only or V-Dem data + data from other sources
  3. Select format: SPSS, STATA, STATA-IC, CSV or EXCEL
  4. Click on the link to download the file. Fill in name, affiliation, and additional information in the pop-up window
  5. The dataset and documentation are all yours!

 

 

Dataset 

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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-IC

CSV

EXCEL

Each ZIP includes:

  • Dataset
  • Codebook V7.1
  • List of Relevant V-Dem Project Documents
  • What's New and Cautionary Note
  • How to Cite

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 V7.1
  • List of Relevant V-Dem Project Documents
  • What's New and Cautionary Note
  • How to Cite

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-IC

CSV

EXCEL

Each ZIP includes:

  • Dataset
  • Codebook V7.1
  • List of Relevant V-Dem Project Documents
  • What's New and Cautionary Note
  • How to Cite

What's New and Cautionary Note:

Please check the "What's New and Cautionary Note" document included in each dataset package.

It is also available for download here  What's new v7.1 and Cautionary Notes.pdf (414.7 KB) .

Publications:

Please notify us about any publications that result from the use of V-Dem data by sending your bibliographic citation to contact@v-dem.net and including information on your publication.

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 (v7.1) that you can download directly from our website.

We also have an archive, here you find:

  • the coder-level version of the dataset, and accompanying documentation
  • posterior distributions for variables
  • older versions (v1-v7)

To access the archive, click here.

V-Dem Data Access

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