Resources

This page lists datasets on Liberia which could be of interest to economic researchers.

The IGC Liberia country team is happy to help researchers with specific resource requests, including conducting face-to-face meetings in-country and requesting administrative data for potential IGC researchers, on research related to the four IGC themes: Cities, State, Firms and Energy. Please contact our team to discuss or suggest additions to the below.

Data from IGC Liberia projects will be added to project pages as they become available. Economics of Ebola datasets will appear on the individual project pages and on the Economics of Ebola research page as it is released. The data for the MIT/IGC Governance Lab project is available via HDX Beta and Data4EbolaRecovery.

Firms

Recent data on labour markets (School to Work Transition Survey and the Labor Demand Employer Survey) is available from the International Labour Organisation . The most recent Labor Force Survey was 2010, obtainable from LISGIS. An Establishment Census is due in the next three years; the Census was last undertaken in 2007-08 (access is also through LISGIS). The last World Bank Enterprise Survey took place in 2008-09 and is available from the World Bank.

Firms listings: Depending on website availability, listings of registered businesses are available via these pages:

State

Population and housing census: The most recent population and housing census (2008) is technically available from LISGIS, with a subset available from IPUMS . Older censuses are described in a document on Google Books.

Demographic and Health Survey, Household and Income Expenditure Survey, and Core Welfare Indicator Questionnaires: The latest DHS (2013; previously 2010, 2007) and HIES (2014) are accessible from the IHSN and DHSprogram catalogues. Core Welfare Indicator Questionnaires were collected in 2010 and 2007.

CPI data is collected by the Central Bank of Liberia and may be available upon request; please contact the country team, who will endeavour to facilitate this. National Accounts were assembled during 2012 and 2008.

Financial inclusion data is available from Findex 2011.

Educational data: The Ministry of Education’s school census data (2011-2014) is available via the Ministry of Education in pdf format. The MoE may provide additional data on request. A National Education Census was undertaken in 2007 with several successive waves to 2015. The 2015 round adds questions on distance to travelled to school. Data includes enrolment, physical facilities including WASH, and staffing information.

Infrastructure: A limited amount of 2011 infrastructure data was collected from the AICD exercise. The Logistics Cluster website may also provide some useful information. Further infrastructure data is available upon request, facilitated by IGC. Data was also mapped by the US Army during the Ebola response. This includes a buildings survey; land use mapping; selected border crossings; hydrology mapping; and transportation mapping.

National Budgets and the civil service census: Budgets are available via the MFDP website, via this ‘Liberia’s budget at a glance’ page, and as part of the IBP Library of Public Budget Documents Google Drive. The most recent Civil Service census took place in 2005, and is technically accessible via LISGIS.

Elections: 2011 national electoral data is available from the National Elections Commission, here.

The Cornell Law Library has a special section on Liberian legislation.

Private sector development: Concessions agreements are on LEITI and the National Bureau of Concessions website, with a map at flexicadastre. Planned IGC work will enlarge the data available in this area.

Academic survey data: Standard searches can be found via HDX, IHSN, and Dataverse. Please also find Annan and Blattman’s cognitive behavioural therapy RCT data. Further Blattman data will be available from his page.

Transnational datasets:  FAO, WDI, Harvard Worldmaps ; Afrobarometer; IFS; ACLED; satellite data such as Hansen et al or EOSDIS; IATI, and FEWS NET – some contain reasonable postwar coverage.

An 2015 ODI SET survey of recent official data is here.