General Country Sources
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Business Source Complete indexes, abstracts and provides full text of business publications, scholarly publications and peer-reviewed journals. It covers 8,000 journals with full text for over 4,000 of these titles. Among the sources covered in this database are EIU (Economist Intelligence Unit) Country Economic Reports, MarketLine (Formerly Datamonitor) Industry Profiles (international), MarketLine (Formerly Datamonitor) Company Profiles (international), and monographs.
Provides access to the EIU Publications; subscription includes Country Profiles and Country Reports and the following publications: Business Asia, Business China, Business Eastern Europe, Business Europe, Business Latin America, Country Commerce, Country Finance, and Country Monitor. Reports can be searched by title of publication, country and by key word.
Political, economic and social facts and statistics in the following categories: current issues, historical perspective, geography, people (including population with breakdowns by age and sex), government, economy, communications, military, transportation, and transnational issues.
A continuing series of books prepared by the Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress under the Country Studies/Area Handbook Program sponsored by the Department of the Army. On-line versions of books about over 100 countries are available at this web site. Search the BU Library Catalog to see if a particular country study is available electronically.
Essay-style information on geographic regions and international organizations. Data is updated as deemed necessary, and thus publication dates range from the early 90s to very recent.
A statistical, political and economic account of the states of the world for the year. Arranged by country.
U.S. Census Bureau International Programs Center. Provides data, estimates & projections from 1950 to 2050 on demographic and socioeconomic statistics for 227 countries and areas of the world. Amount of information for each country may vary. Major types of data include: population by age and sex, vital rates, infant mortality and life tables, fertility and child survivorship, migration, marital status, family planning, ethnicity, religion, language, literacy, labor health systems. Contains over 1,200 indicators including expenditures, utilization, financing, status, etc.
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Published by the United Nations and presents current economic and social statistics for more than 200 countries and territories of the world. It contains over 50 tables of monthly and/or annual and quarterly data on a variety of subjects illustrating important economic trends and developments, including population, prices, employment and earnings, energy, manufacturing, transport, construction, international merchandise trade and finance. Also issued online.
* For more statistics from the United Nations, see the UN Data Portal and UNSD Statistical Databases.
Graphically compare statistical data from such sources as the CIA World Factbook, United Nations, World Health Organization, World Bank, World Resources Institute, UNESCO, UNICEF and OECD. Topics cover: Agriculture, Background, Crime, Currency, Democracy, Disasters, Economy, Education, Energy, Environment, Food, Geography, Government, Health, Identification, Immigration, Industry, Internet, Labor, Language, Lifestyle, Media, Military, Mortality, People, Religion, Sports, Taxation, Terrorism, and Transportation.
Economic & Business Environment
Presents a comprehensive look at a particular country’s commercial environment including economic, political, and market analysis. Commercial specialists at U.S. embassies prepare the guides annually through a cooperative effort with several U.S. government agencies. The guides consolidate in one document many reports routinely prepared for the U.S. business community.
Created by the Center for International Business Education and Research at Michigan State University, this Website includes information from a variety of government sources organized in a convenient format. See Country Insights, Trade Bloc Insights and Industry Insights.
GEM houses the results of research conducted by the Global Entrepreneurship Research Association (GERA) on the level of entrepreneurship around the world.
Compares business costs in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. Data covers 128 cities in nine countries: Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, The Netherlands, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Produced by the World Bank, this database provides information on business regulations and their enforcement in many countries. Countries are ranked according to ease of doing business. The Doing Business Indicators are comparable across 175 economies. These indicators include starting a business, dealing with licenses, employing workers, registering property, getting credit, protecting investors, paying taxes, enforcing contracts, and others.
Country information includes rankings according to notable competitive advantages and disadvantages.
Finance & Trade
The Bank of International Settlements sponsors this web page, and links to the Web sites of many central banks with Internet presence. A source for statistical data about a country’s economy.
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Check Boston University’s Electronic Journals to see if this title is available full text.
“Monthly journal of money and capital markets.” Supplements, titled Euromoney Research Guides are published several times per year. Topics include country guides, world economic analysis, emerging markets, the European Monetary Unit, and other timely issues.
Description: "Even though Global Development Finance (GDF) is no longer listed in the WDI (World Development Indicators) database name and bulk download file names, all external debt and financial flows data continue to be included in WDI. The GDF publication, formerly Word debt tables, has been renamed International Debt Statistics (IDS). The Global Development Finance (GDF) is a comprehensive overview of development. It is the statistical benchmark that helps measure the progress of development. It focuses on financial flows, trends in external debt, and other major financial indicators for developing countries."
International Tax and Business Guides – Deloitte Touche
Provides information on taxation and other business conditions in 126 countries and jurisdictions. The Country Highlights series covers corporate, personal, and withholding tax, and select indirect tax rates and systems; administrative and compliance requirements; anti-avoidance rules; and the business and financing climate. The more detailed Guides cover the investment climate, business regulations, foreign investment, choice of business entity, business taxation, personal taxation, and the labor environment.
The worldwide chambers of commerce and industry initiative dedicated to international trade. Includes international trade information center, company files, chamber of commerce directory, and more.
This resource, published by PricewaterhouseCoopers, provides quick access to information about the corporate and individual tax systems in over 150 countries worldwide.
Industry & Market
International market intelligence, trend analysis, and forecasts. Click On Browse at the top of the page, then on Business and finally on Industry and Market Research.
MarketLine (Formely Datamonitor) Industry Profiles in Business Source Complete
Resource for global market information, identifies market size, competitive landscape and forecasts data for market performance. Do “keyword” search with name of product and country. Search results by clicking on “Industry Profile” or “Market Research Report.”
Click on Market Research to find industry sector analysis and market research organized by country and industry. Offers market information on specific industries that can help determine market potential, market size, and competitors. Some reports include useful links to Industry Associations. Must log-in to retrieve information.
International Energy Outlook – current edition
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IMF working papers, Staff Country Reports and Papers on Policy Analysis & Assessment are all available here in full text. News, fund rates, and information about the organization are also available. The easiest way to navigate this site is to use the site map.
For links to individual UN programs such as UNESCO, see the UN System of Organizations. The UN produces and collects huge amounts of both topical and country-specific data and statistics. Use the site search option, or go to the UN System Pathfinder to locate UN publications by topic.
News & Journal Articles
Major and minor newspapers from around the world, from the Aamulehti Tervetuloa (Finland) to the Zambia Daily Mail. Links are arranged by continent and then alphabetically by country. Many papers are in English or have a link to an English version, but a wide variety of languages are represented. Some of the newspapers on the list have brief descriptions.