Worldwide Bureaucracy Indicators

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The Worldwide Bureaucracy Indicators (WWBI) database is a unique new cross-national dataset on public sector employment and wages that aims to fill an information gap, thereby helping researchers, development practitioners, and policymakers gain a better understanding of the personnel dimensions of state capability, the footprint of the public sector within the overall labor market, and the fiscal implications of the public sector wage bill. The dataset is derived from administrative data and household surveys, thereby complementing existing, expert perception-based approaches.

The WWBI dataset encompasses three categories of variables: the characteristics of public-sector employment, wages and compensations of these, and the overall wage bill. Together, these provide an important, albeit narrow, picture of the skills and incentives of bureaucrats. Indicators on public employment track key demographic characteristics including the size of the public sector workforce (in absolute and relative numbers), their age, and distributions across genders and academic qualifications. Variables on compensation capture both the competitiveness of public sector wages (compared to the private sector) as well as wage differentials across occupation, gender, education, and income quintiles within the public and private sectors. The indicators on the size of the wage bill offer a glimpse into the structure and affordability of the public sector within the larger economy.

Type: 
Time Series
Acronym: 
WWBI
Languages Supported: 
English
External Contact Email: 
Topics: 
Economic Growth
Jobs
Public Sector Management
Granularity: 
Geographical Coverage: 
Cambodia
China
Indonesia
Mongolia
Palau
Papua New Guinea
Philippines
Solomon Islands
Thailand
Timor-Leste
Vietnam
Albania
Austria
Belgium
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bulgaria
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Estonia
Finland
France
Georgia
Germany
Greece
Hungary
Iceland
Ireland
Italy
Kazakhstan
Kosovo
Latvia
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Moldova
Montenegro
Norway
Poland
Portugal
Romania
Russian Federation
Serbia
Slovak Republic
Slovenia
Spain
Switzerland
Tajikistan
Turkey
Ukraine
United Kingdom
Uzbekistan
Argentina
Bolivia
Brazil
Chile
Costa Rica
Colombia
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
El Salvador
Guatemala
Haiti
Honduras
Jamaica
Mexico
Nicaragua
Panama
Paraguay
Peru
Puerto Rico
Uruguay
Venezuela, RB
Egypt, Arab Rep.
Djibouti
Jordan
Lebanon
Malta
Morocco
West Bank and Gaza
Tunisia
Canada
United States
Afghanistan
Bangladesh
Bhutan
India
Pakistan
Nepal
Maldives
Sri Lanka
Angola
Benin
Botswana
Burkina Faso
Cabo Verde
Cameroon
Central African Republic
Chad
Comoros
Congo, Dem. Rep.
Congo, Rep.
Ethiopia
Gabon
Gambia, The
Ghana
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Kenya
Lesotho
Liberia
Madagascar
Malawi
Mali
Mauritania
Mauritius
Mozambique
Namibia
Niger
Nigeria
Rwanda
São Tomé and Principe
Seychelles
Senegal
Sierra Leone
South Africa
Eswatini
Tanzania
Togo
Uganda
Zambia
Zimbabwe
Economy Coverage: 
Blend
High Income
IBRD
IDA
Low Income
Lower Middle Income
Upper Middle Income
Number of Economies: 
132
Periodicity: 
Annual
Temporal Coverage: 
2000 - 2018
Release Date: 
December 3, 2018

Last Updated

Last Updated: 
June 30, 2020

Update Frequency

Update Frequency: 
Annually

Harvest System ID

Harvest System ID: 
Indicators API

Harvest Source ID

Harvest Source ID: 
64
Access Options:
API Documentation, Query Tool, Download
World Bank. 2020. Worldwide Bureaucracy Indicators version 1.1

The Worldwide Bureaucracy Indicators (WWBI) database is a unique new cross-national dataset on public sector employment and wages that aims to fill an information gap, thereby helping researchers, development practitioners, and policymakers gain a better understanding of the personnel dimensions of state capability, the footprint of the public sector within the overall labor market, and the fiscal implications of the public sector wage bill. The dataset is derived from administrative data and household surveys, thereby complementing existing, expert perception-based approaches.

The WWBI dataset encompasses three categories of variables: the characteristics of public-sector employment, wages and compensations of these, and the overall wage bill. Together, these provide an important, albeit narrow, picture of the skills and incentives of bureaucrats. Indicators on public employment track key demographic characteristics including the size of the public sector workforce (in absolute and relative numbers), their age, and distributions across genders and academic qualifications. Variables on compensation capture both the competitiveness of public sector wages (compared to the private sector) as well as wage differentials across occupation, gender, education, and income quintiles within the public and private sectors. The indicators on the size of the wage bill offer a glimpse into the structure and affordability of the public sector within the larger economy.

FieldValue
Modified Date
2020-08-06
Release Date
Periodicity
Annual
Identifier
36b6d03c-640d-481e-8e49-7850311ab05a
Temporal Coverage

2000 - 2018

License
License Not Specified
Contact Email
Rating: 
4.25
Average: 4.3 (4 votes)
Acronym: 
WWBI
Type: 
Languages Supported: 
Time Periods: 
November, 2018
Number of Economies: 
132
Update Frequency: 
Data Classification of a Dataset: 
Start Date: 
Saturday, January 1, 2000
End Date: 
Monday, December 31, 2018
EEC
Programatic Region: 
Release Date: 
Monday, December 3, 2018
Last Updated Date: 
Tuesday, June 30, 2020
External Contact Email: 
Granularity: 
Harvest Source: 
Harvest System ID: 
64
Citation Text: 
World Bank. 2020. Worldwide Bureaucracy Indicators version 1.1
Modified date: 
18442
Primary Dataset: 
Yes

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