Economic Outlook

The semi-annual OECD Economic Outlook publication contains historical data and projections by the OECD Economics Department for the next two to two and a half years for a large number of key economic variables in the OECD countries and other regions of the world. The Economic Outlook database contains the full time span of historical and projected data for all time series in the publication together with a large number of unpublished series.


Currently the Economic Outlook database contains almost 10,000 annual and quarterly time series beginning as early as 1960.

The database in dX format is organized by EconData into individual annual and quarterly country tables for the 34 OECD member countries, and separate Annex Tables and Summary Tables with series arranged by country.

The 60 Annex Tables match the layout of the printed publication but with the full run of annual data. The 14 Summary Tables are the subset of the Annex Tables that is updated on a preliminary basis before the rest of the database.


EconData updates the Economic Outlook database four times a year as data are released by the OECD.

In June and December each year the OECD releases an update of the entire Economic Outlook database along with the final version of the printed publication.

In May and November the OECD also releases a small data "flashfile" along with the preliminary Economic Outlook publication. This contains seven years of data including the OECD projections for the coming two years. EconData use this flashfile to update the observations in the Summary Tables so that subscribers always have access to the most recent OECD projections. Then with the final release of the database all of the observations in the Summary Tables are updated along with the rest of the database.


Separate database Topics are used for the Summary Tables, the Annex Tables, and the Country Tables (both Annual and Quarterly). Within the Country Tables, each country appears within its own Section.