Evolution of Life Expectancy at Birth (Total) , 1875-2011

Evolution of Global Extreme Poverty Cost of Basic Needs, 1820-2018

Evolution of Height, 1730-1970

Evolution of Numeracy (Total), 1620-1900

Evolution of Labourers Real Wage, 1925-2008

Evolution of Global Extreme Poverty Dollar a Day, 1820-2018

Raking and performance of all available indicators for the entire period covered by the data (download all indicators)

Period Best performing Worst performing Best ranking Worst ranking
1820-1869 27 Total Cropland Gender Equality
of Numeracy
Height Gini Biodiversity -
naturalness
1870-1919 29 Global Extreme
Poverty Dollar
a Day
Total SO2 Emissions Total Num. of Pigs Biodiversity -
naturalness
1920-1959 30 Composite Measure
of Wellbeing
Total CO2 Emissions Height Total CO2 Emissions
1960-2010 57 Labourers Real Wage Global Extreme
Poverty Dollar
a Day
Global Extreme
Poverty Cost of
Basic Needs

Global Extreme
Poverty Dollar
a Day
Total CO2 Emissions
Overall     65 Total Num. of Pigs Goats per Capita Pigs per Capita Biodiversity -
naturalness
         

Evolution of Height Gini, 1810-1950

Evolution of Total Urban Population, 1500-2000

Evolution of Cattle per Capita, 1500-2010

Evolution of Cropland per Capita, 1500-2010

Evolution of Goats per Capita, 1500-2010

Caribbean

Anguilla[No Data]

Antigua and Barbuda1500 (5)-2013 (21)

Aruba[No Data]

Bahamas1500 (5)-2013 (23)

Barbados1500 (5)-2016 (28)

Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba[No Data]

British Virgin Islands[No Data]

Cayman Islands[No Data]

Cuba1500 (8)-2016 (35)

Curaçao[No Data]

Dominica1500 (5)-2016 (21)

Dominican Republic1500 (6)-2018 (38)

Grenada1500 (5)-2013 (21)

Guadeloupe[No Data]

Haiti1500 (6)-2018 (36)

Jamaica1500 (6)-2018 (35)

Martinique[No Data]

Montserrat[No Data]

In 2010, the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) awarded a subsidy to the Clio Infra project, of which Jan Luiten van Zanden was the main applicant and which is hosted by the International Institute of Social History (IISH). Clio Infra has set up a number of interconnected databases containing worldwide data on social, economic, and institutional indicators for the past five centuries, with special attention to the past 200 years. These indicators allow research into long-term development of worldwide economic growth and inequality.

Global inequality is one of the key problems of the contemporary world. Some countries have (recently) become wealthy, other countries have remained poor. New theoretical developments in economics - such as new institutional economics, new economic geography, and new growth theory - and the rise of global economic and social history require such processes to be studied on a worldwide scale. Clio Infra provides datasets for the most important indicators. Economic and social historians from around the world have been working together in thematic collaboratories, in order to collect and share their knowledge concerning the relevant indicators of economic performance and its causes. The collected data have been standardized, harmonized, and stored for future use. New indicators to study inequality have been developed. The datasets are accessible through the Clio Infra portal which also offers possibilities for visualization of the data. Clio Infra offers the opportunity to greatly enhance our understanding of the origins, causes and character of the process of global inequality.