The Global Welfare Dataset (GLOW) is a cross-national panel dataset that aims at facilitating comparative social policy research on the Global North and Global South. The database includes 381 variables on 61 countries from years between 1989 and 2015. The database has four main categories of data: welfare, development, economy and politics.

GLOW is an outcome of a comparative welfare politics research project, Emerging Welfare (, funded by the European Research Council (ERC Grant number: 714868, Principal Investigator Dr.Erdem Yörük).

The data is the result of an original data compilation assembled by using information from several international and domestic sources. Please visit the official website of GLOW ( for further information.