May 28, 2022

New Reference Database: World Bank and IFC Launch Global Consumption Database

New from The World Bank and International Finance Corp (IFC).

From the Launch Announcement:

The World Bank’s Development Data Group and the IFC recently joined forces to launch the Global Consumption Database, the most comprehensive dataset to date on consumer spending patterns in developing countries.  The database, based on government surveys of more than one million households in more than 90 countries, will help companies discover untapped demand and design market research to evaluate business opportunities in emerging markets.


The database’s features include:

  • Data on how 4.5 billion low-income consumers spend their income on food, housing, clothing, education, and other areas of consumption;
  • Country-owned survey results that provide household and individual spending data for 107 products and services across 12 sectors in over 90 countries;
  • Data available by country, rural or urban location, spending level (lowest, low, middle, and higher);
  • For larger countries (Brazil, India, and South Africa), the dataset provides information by state or province; and
  • Access to spending numbers, graphs, tables, and downloadable data for analysis.

Direct to Global Consumption Database

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