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GRD – Government Revenue Dataset

Presents a complete picture of government revenue and tax trends over time

The most recent version of the Government Revenue Dataset - updated in June 2020 - is open and free to use. 

The GRD aims to present a complete picture of government revenue and tax trends over time and allows for analysis at the country, regional or cross-country level. Where possible, figures are expressed both inclusive and exclusive of natural resource revenues, which helps to overcome a major obstacle to cross-country comparisons in existing data sources.

Visualization tool

The GRD Explorer tool allows users to access the GRD, compare countries, regions, and indicators and visualize the data. Alternatively, the dataset is available for download in Stata and Excel formats below. Currently, the GRD Explorer is optimized for desktop.

Full dataset and resources
Excel Stata User guide
File ICTDWIDERGRD_2020.xlsx PDF icon ICTD_GRD_User_Guide.pdf

Users wishing to access and download the underlying data for Central or General Government, can find these under Resources.

Please contact us for any questions on the dataset. We welcome comments from users of the dataset, particularly with reference to recent updates. A user guide and working paper describing the construction of the GRD can be found under Resources.  

Please cite this dataset version as 'UNU-WIDER Government Revenue Dataset’, 2020,


Main subject

Theme: 2019-23, Transforming societies