Weberian Comparative State Data Project
University of California San Diego (Evans-Rauch)
To provide a data source for research on the impact of bureaucratic structure on bureaucratic and economic performance.
This project was funded by the Center for Institutional Reform and the Informal Sector (IRIS), the Russell Sage Foundation, the World Bank, and NSF grant #SBR94-15480.
The dataset is primarily used as an input for academic papers submitted to a range of reviews. The database is supervised by Professor James Rauch, author of the papers.
Coded expert assessments based upon identified cases.
Data is provided for 35 countries drawn from across the world.
Professor James Rauch
Department of Economics
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093-0508
t: (858) 534-2405 f: (858) 534-7040
The data is collected by a survey of experts. 126 experts provided the data for 35 countries in total.
Each question has different scales and response types. See the original questionnaire for more details — http://weber.ucsd.edu/~jrauch/webstate/codebook.html. The codebook is required to understand the dataset. It is available at http://weber.ucsd.edu/~jrauch/webstate/website.out
The response results to most questions are tabulated in the form of averages. However for the discrete responses this type of tabulation is not appropriate. A better solution would be to give the mode results (in other words which of the 4 available responses received the highest response). For this reason we have not given any example results from this data source because their meaning is not clear.