The dataset contains public expenditure data for 147 countries and 8 sectors: agriculture, communication, education, health, defense, mining, social protection, transport, transportation and communication (as a group) for the time period 1980-2010.
IFPRI researchers have compiled data from multiple sources, including the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and national governments, and conducted extensive data checks and adjustments to ensure consistent spending measurements over time that are free of exchange-rate fluctuations and currency denomination changes.
SPEED is a user friendly tool that could help governments to better allocate their resources to be consistent with their policy objectives, and citizens’ needs and priorities. Because of the wide coverage of time periods, countries, and sectors, it could help policy makers and researchers to better understand the linkages between different types of public expenditure and development. It could also help examine historical trends and compare those to other countries.
SPEED is funded by the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM).