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The main source of the 1970 to 2007 population data for the OECD member countries is National Accounts of OECD Countries, Volume 1, OECD, Paris, 2009. Data for 1960 to 1969 have been estimated using the growth rates from the population series published in the OECD Economic Outlook No. 76. For the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland (1960 to 1969) and Mexico (1960 to 1962), the data are estimated using the growth rates from the population series from the World Bank published in the World Development Indicators CD-ROM. For the Slovak Republic, population data for 1960 to 1989 are from the Demographic Research Centre, Infostat, Slovak Republic.

The main source of the population data for the OECD non-member countries is World Development Indicators, World Bank, Washington D.C., 2009. Population data for Chinese Taipei, Gibraltar, Iraq and a few countries within the regions Other Africa, Other Latin America and Other Asia are based on the CHELEM-CEPII online database, 2009.

The main source of the 1970 to 2007 GDP series for the OECD member countries is National Accounts of OECD Countries, Volume 1, 2009. GDP data for 1960 to 1969 have been estimated using the growth rates from the series in the OECD Economic Outlook No 76 and data previously published by the OECD Secretariat. Data prior to 1990 for the Czech Republic and Poland, prior to 1991 for Hungary, and prior to 1992 for the Slovak Republic are IEA Secretariat estimates based on GDP growth rates from the World Bank.

The main source of the GDP series for the non-OECD member countries is World Development Indicators,

World Bank, Washington D.C., 2009. GDP figures for Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei Darussalam, Chinese Taipei, Cuba, Gibraltar, Iraq, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Myanmar, Namibia (1971-1979), Netherlands Antilles (available from 1980), Qatar, Turkmenistan, Former Soviet Union (before 1990), Former Yugoslavia (before 1990) and a few countries within the regions3 Other Africa, Other Latin America and Other Asia are from the CHELEM-CEPII online databases 2008, 2009. GDP figures for Albania (1971-1979), Angola (19711984), Bahrain (1971-1979, 2006-2007), Bulgaria (1971-1979), Ethiopia (1971-1980), Jordan (19711974), Kuwait (1990-1991, 2006-2007), Lebanon (1971-1987), Malta (2007), Mozambique (19711979), Oman (2006-2007), Romania (1971-1979), Serbia4 (1990-1998), United Republic of Tanzania (1971-1987), the United Arab Emirates (1971-1972 and 2006-2007), Vietnam (1971-1983), Yemen (1971-1989) and Zimbabwe (2006-2007) have been estimated based on the growth rates of the CHELEM-CEPII online database, 2009.

The GDP data have been compiled for individual countries at market prices in local currency and annual rates. These data have been scaled up/down to the price levels of 2000 and then converted to US dollars using the yearly average 2000 exchange rates or purchasing power parities (PPPs).5

3. Due to lack of complete time series, figures for population and for GDP of Other Latin America do not include British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Martinique, Montserrat, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, and Turks and Caicos Islands; and figures for population and GDP of Other Asia do not include Cook Islands.

4. Data for GDP for Serbia include Montenegro until 2004.

5. Purchasing power parities are the rates of currency conversion that equalise the purchasing power of different currencies. A given sum of money, when converted into different currencies at the PPP rates, buys the same basket of goods and services in all countries. In other words, PPPs are the rates of currency conversion which eliminate the differences in price levels between different countries.

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