Hello again, Craig.
Well, I must confess. I've learned a lot more about international GDP
measurements than I ever expected to know. That's one of the great
things about being a researcher here, though.
Here are the descriptions and the access information for the three
sources I mentioned earlier.
Before rating this answer, please let me know if you need any
additional assistance. If anything I've written below is unclear --
or if you have any further questions -- just post a Request for
Clarification and I'll be happy to help you further.
Best of luck with your research.
Comparative GDP statistics can be found from the United Nations'
Statistical Division at:
Clicking on "Basic Data Selection" will take you here:
where you can select the relevant query criteria.
First, select the countries of interest to you -- you can add as many
countries as you need by simply double-clicking on the country name.
Next, use the "Select Series" pull-down menu to choose the best "GDP
by Economic Activity" series for your needs -- you'll have to decide
how you want the data presented, e.g. national currency units, current
dollars, 1990 dollars, etc.
Thirdly, select one or more years for your query, and click "Submit".
The results should be provided in a table -- NOTE that at the very top
of the table is an option to "Download" the entire table to a file.
The table has headings as follows:
Country or Area
Agriculture, hunting, forestry, fishing
Mining, Manufacturing, Utilities
...Of which Manufacturing
Wholesale, retail trade, restaurants and hotels
Transport, storage and communication
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development has two data
sources of note. To access the first, free but less detailed, data,
and click on: Statistics (left hand side of the page), to go to:
Then click on: National Accounts (center of the page):
and another click on: Annual National Accounts for OECD Member Countries
Here, you'll have a choice of the type of GDP data to access,
including the two most relevant tables:
2a. GDP by Output, at Current Prices
2b. GDP by Output, at 1995 Prices
For instance, clicking on Table 2a will open up a table -- which is
also downloadable at the "Download report data" option at the top of
the page-- which includes:
Agriculture, hunting and forestry; fishing
Industry, including energy
Wholesale and retail trade, repairs; hotels and restaurants; transport
Financial intermediation; real estate, renting and business activities
Other service activities
Lastly, there are the full-fledged datasets, with 31 or so sectors for
GDP data, that are available by subscription to the OECD's data
service site, SourceOECD:
Let's begin here by conducting a search -- eventually, it will lead
you to the subscription options for SourceOECD.
Use the pull-down menus under "Statistics" (at the bottom of the
page). The pull-down menus labeled "OECD Databases" offers an option
for "National Accounts" -- select this, and press "Go". This should
take you here:
Press the button that says: Statistical Database Sets -- GO! You'll
be taken to a page with a heading for:
Annual National Accounts Vol I and II
Click on the button labeled "Tables", and you'll wind up at a page
that includes a listing for:
Annual National Accounts Volume II - Detailed Tables - Main Aggregates Vol 2003
Make sure to find the Volume II report, as Vol I only has non-detailed data.
The link will probably have a frowny-face next to it, meaning you
can't access the full data yet (and if it has a happy face, then
you're in luck -- you can get the full dataset).
Click on "Abstract". On the next page, click on "Data Delivery",
which should take you to instructions for getting the full dataset,
which look like this:
We're sorry, but access to our full text or data is restricted to
subscribers and to those who work or study at subscribing
You can purchase printed copies of our books and periodical issues,
including instant PDF delivery, from our online bookshop. You can
order our statistical databases on CD-ROM too.
If you'd like to have full subscriber access to SourceOECD we suggest
you contact your institution's librarian/information manager, or if
you don't have one, contact us directly.
There are links here if you want to buy the data through their
bookshop, or if you want to contact their sales staff. The data
available is just what I described earlier -- detailed sector
categories for contribution to GDP, but with many of the fields
unpopulated for a number of the OECD countries.
Now, before you do any purchasing...here's a good hint. I contacted
OECD's Washington DC Office at:
and asked to speak to their librarian, who was extremely helpful, and
who promptly offered me limited, trial access (at no cost) to
So, you may want to try the same tactic, and see if they make you the same offer.
I hope this is the information you need. It's a shame that finding
and accessing some fo the data is such a complicated process, but I
hope I've laid out the steps for you clearly and concisely.
Again, if there are any questions, just ask.