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Basic Country Characteristics

Country characteristics serve as additional indicators to assess the state of countries’ institutions. Not only are countries’ long-term characteristics to foster growth and wealth affected by institutions, they can also have repercussions on institutions themselves. For a brief overview of basic country characteristics DICE provides data on Gross Domestic Product (GDP), inflation rates, international trade, etc.


This field provides information on anti-discrimination and gender issues, consumer protection and European Union legislation.

Product Markets

Barriers to trade and entrepreneurship continue to exist in different countries, although there is a general consensus that they are detrimental. Interference in product markets by governments affects prices and may lead to inefficient resource allocation. The DICE Database provides information about regulations that countries have put in place for different product markets.

Structural Policy

In times of globalisation and technological change structural policy is a crucial part of each country’s economic policy. It is one of the factors that determines the social compatibility of structural changes and is supposed to prevent structural crises on industrial and regional levels. The DICE Database provides cross-country comparisons of industrial policy schemes and indicators of sectoral structures. Furthermore, DICE offers an overview of regional policy measures taken by governments in different countries.

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