The Exporter Dynamics Database is the first database providing measures of exporter characteristics and dynamics across 70 countries across all geographic regions and income levels. The Exporter Dynamics Database contains close to 100 measures covering the basic characteristics of exporters, their distribution by size, the diversification in their products and markets, their dynamics in terms of entry, exit and survival, and the average unit prices of the goods they trade.
Kind of Data
Administrative records (customs)
v3: Edited dataset for public distribution. Please note that the datasets have been updated for Burkina Faso
Until not long ago, most trade databases focused on the aggregate flows of goods across borders and not on the exporting firms behind these flows. The Exporter Dynamics Database version 1.0 filled that gap by providing the first public database with detailed comparable information on the micro-structure of trade flows between countries. It offered a comprehensive picture of exporter dynamics in developed and developing countries.
Drawing upon data sets covering the universe of export transactions obtained directly from customs agencies, the measures in the Exporter Dynamics Database are comparable across countries. They cover basic micro-characteristics of the export sector (number of exporters, their size and growth), the degree of concentration and of diversification of exporters, their dynamics in terms of entry, exit and survival, and the average unit prices of the products they trade.
The Exporter Dynamics Database is helping to enhance our understanding of the micro foundations of export growth and lead to more informed policy-making. The measures in the Exporter Dynamics Database have been extensively used to support analytical work conducted for policy advising and they have also helped generate novel research by researchers in international organizations, academia, think tanks, etc.
The Exporter Dynamics Database version 2.0 now offers information for 70 countries. It also contains updated information and its time coverage has been extended with 2005-2012 being the period most commonly covered. For a selected group of countries, data is available from the 1990s and beyond 2012.
firm exports, export diversification, export dynamics, exporter, competitiveness, transaction, customs, export growth, export survival, firm dynamics, concentration, entry, exit, unit prices, export dynamics, intensive and extensive margin of trade
The database covers 70 countries across all geographic regions and income levels. It covers the following countries: Albania, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cote d'Ivoire, Croatia, Denmark, Dominican Rep., Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Estonia, Ethiopia, Gabon, Georgia, Germany, Guatemala, Guinea, Iran, Jordan, Kenya, Kosovo, Kuwait, Kyrgyz Rep, Laos, Lebanon, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Norway, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, Romania, Rwanda, Sao Tome, Senegal, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Sweden, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkey, Uganda, Uruguay, Yemen, and Zambia.
All sectors except HS2 digit code 27. All ISIC revision 3, 3-digit manufacturing industries codes 151-369.
Producers and sponsors
Development Research Group, Trade and International Integration Unit
Ana Margarida Fernandes
Martha Denisse Pierola
Aldo Pazzini Bortoluzzi
Knowledge for Change Program
Multi Donor Trust Fund
Strategic Research Partnership on Economic Development
Dates of Data Collection
Data Collection Notes
Data was gathered primarily from government customs administrations. For more information, please visit the Exporter Dynamics Database website contributors section.
Development Economics Research Group, Trade and International Integration Unit
Development Research Group
Users of the Database should please cite its source as:
Cebeci, T., Fernandes, A., Freund, C. and M. Pierola (2012). "Exporter Dynamics Database," World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 6229.
Disclaimer and copyrights
The user of the data acknowledges that the original collector of the data, the authorized distributor of the data, and the relevant funding agency bear no responsibility for use of the data or for interpretations or inferences based upon such uses.
DDI Document ID
Development Economics Data Group
The World Bank
Documentation of the DDI
Date of Metadata Production
DDI Document version
Version 03 (December 2015) - Datasets have been updated for Burkina Faso