V-Dem Dataset - Version 8

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.

Overview:

  • Countries: 201 countries
  • Year coverage: 1789-2017
  • 450 V-Dem indicators, 47 mid-indices and 5 high-level indices

How to download a V-Dem Dataset:

  1. Select type of dataset: Country-Year or Country-Date
  2. Select size: V-Dem Core, V-Dem, or V-Dem Extended
  3. Select format: SPSS, STATA, STATA-IC, CSV or EXCEL
  4. Click on the link to download the file and enter your details in the pop-up window
  5. The dataset and documentation are all yours!

Each ZIP includes:

  • Dataset
  • Codebook V8
  • What's New
  • Cautionary Notes
  • Suggested Citation

 

Dataset 

Download

Country-Year: V-Dem Core

The five V-Dem Democracy Indices and the indicators constituting them.

SPSS

STATA

CSV

EXCEL

Country-Year: V-Dem

All 350+ V-Dem indicators and indices 

STATA-IC version excludes HPD intervals for the ordinal scale and standard deviation for the relative and original scale of the Measurement Model output.

SPSS

STATA

STATA-IC

CSV

EXCEL

Country-Year: V-Dem Extended

All 350+ V-Dem indicators and indices + over 300 other indicators from other data sources.

SPSS

STATA

CSV

EXCEL

Country-Date: V-Dem

All 350+ V-Dem indicators and indices

STATA-IC version excludes HPD intervals for the ordinal scale and standard deviation for the relative and original scale of the Measurement Model output.

SPSS

STATA

STATA-IC

CSV

EXCEL

What's New and Cautionary Note:

We encourage you to read the What's_new_v8.pdf (177.8 KB) and Cautionary_notes_v8.pdf (177.6 KB) .

The note is also included in the dataset packages.

Tips for csv files:

When loading the csv file into a statistical software one must specify the encoding as UTF-8 and the delimiter as comma. In Microsoft Excel 2016 that would work the following way: Data -> Get External Data -> From Text; Choose the csv file, this opens the Text Import Wizard; Specify 'Delimited' and choose '65001: Unicode (UTF-8)' as File origin.

Citation:

Coppedge, Michael, John Gerring, Carl Henrik Knutsen, Staffan I. Lindberg, Svend-Erik Skaaning, Jan Teorell, David Altman, Michael Bernhard, M. Steven Fish, Agnes Cornell, Sirianne Dahlum, Haakon Gjerløw, Adam Glynn, Allen Hicken, Joshua Krusell, Anna Lührmann, Kyle L. Marquardt, Kelly McMann, Valeriya Mechkova, Juraj Medzihorsky, Moa Olin, Pamela Paxton, Daniel Pemstein, Josefine Pernes, Johannes von Römer, Brigitte Seim, Rachel Sigman, Jeffrey Staton, Natalia Stepanova, Aksel Sundström, Eitan Tzelgov, Yi-ting Wang, Tore Wig, Steven Wilson, and Daniel Ziblatt. 2018. "V-Dem [Country-Year/Country-Date] Dataset v8". Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) Project. https://doi.org/10.23696/vdemcy18

Pemstein, Daniel, Kyle L. Marquardt, Eitan Tzelgov, Yi-ting Wang, Joshua Krusell and Farhad Miri. 2018. “The V-Dem Measurement Model: Latent Variable Analysis for Cross-National and Cross-Temporal Expert-Coded Data”. University of Gothenburg, Varieties of Democracy Institute: Working Paper No. 21, 3d edition.

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

Disaggregated Dataset & Posteriors:

Will be available shortly.

V-Dem Data Access

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

The personal data you submit will be stored and used by V-Dem to update you (via email) when a new dataset is available. You can refrain providing this information.