New Dataset and Report: World Bank Releases 2017 Global Findex Microdata (Financial Technology)
With the release of the World Bank’s 2017 Global Findex microdata last week, policymakers and researchers — for free — can now dig deeper into how billions of the world’s adults use bank accounts, mobile money, digital payments, savings and credit.
In April, the World Bank published its country-level data and released its report on financial inclusion indicators that are based on data from nationally representative surveys that Gallup, with the support of the World Bank team, collected in more than 140 economies in 2017. The release of the microdata opens up the individual survey responses from roughly 150,000 adults in these economies.
You have to register with the World Bank’s microdata library to complete the download, but registration is quick and easy and you’ll have the data in no time.
The microdata delivers roughly 100 variables measuring how adults use bank accounts, mobile money, digital payments, savings, and credit, based on nationally-representative surveys conducted in more than 140 economies. Collected by Gallup, Inc. in calendar year 2017, the latest Global Findex follows earlier rounds from 2014 and 2017.
In April, we published country-level data on key financial inclusion indicators. (For a quick overview of our main findings, watch our video.) But there are endless ways to splice the data – and we covered only a few of them.
The individual-level microdata lets you design pretty much any variable you want, including by gender, age, income, education, and workforce participation.
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