The World Bank first published the World Tables in 1976. As noted by the World Bank, the economic and social time series in the World Tables database
... are intended to be suitable for cross-country analysis. They follow the standard data formats and definitions developed by the World Bank for its own uses. Considerable effort has been made to standardize the definitions, coverage, timing, valuation, and other characteristics of the basic data. (World Tables, 1983, p. vii)
Although the World Bank ceased publication of the World Tables in 1996, most of the time series in the World Tables are still available in the World Bank World Development Indicators database.
Because the World Tables database has always been such a convenient and popular source of long time series of key macroeconomic and social data comparable across countries, EconData continues to maintain the database in dX format, as it has done since 1991.
Currently the World Tables database contains about 21,000 annual time series beginning as early as 1960 for over 200 countries.
In the Topical Pages, tables cover per capita aggregates, GDP and growth, key aggregates as a percentage of GDP, and trade. In the individual country sections of the database, tables cover national accounts in current and constant prices, domestic prices and deflators, monetary indicators, central government finances, foreign trade, balance of payments, external debt, and social indicators.
EconData updates the World Tables database annually following the release of the World Development Indicators database.
The database matches the layout of the printed publication, with Topical Pages of tables with series arranged by country, and then tables of series for each individual country.