Evolution of GDP per Capita , 1820-2016

Evolution of Total Population, 1500-2000

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

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

Evolution of Total Urban Population, 1500-2000

Evolution of Political Competition, 1810-2000

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 32 Composite Measure
of Wellbeing
Regulation of Chief
Executive Recruitment (XRREG)
Competitiveness of
Participations (PARCOMP)
Biodiversity -
1870-1919 36 GDP per Capita Latent Democracy Variable Competitiveness of
Participations (PARCOMP)
Biodiversity -
1920-1959 42 Executive Constraints
Polity2 Index SO2 Emissions
per Capita
Composite Measure
of Wellbeing
1960-2010 51 Average Years
of Education
Total CO2 Emissions CO2 Emissions
per Capita
Composite Measure
of Wellbeing
Overall     55 Total Num. of Pigs Sheep per Capita Total Num. of Goats Pasture per Capita

Evolution of Latent Democracy Variable, 1850-2000

Evolution of Competitiveness of Participations (PARCOMP), 1800-2012

Evolution of Regulation of Participation (PARREG), 1800-2012

Evolution of Political Participation, 1810-2000

Evolution of Polity2 Index, 1800-2012


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.

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