General Country Sources

Key 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.

The Economist Intelligence Unit

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.

OECD iLibrary (2000)
Note: The online library of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. It comprises 20 book collections by theme, containing all of OECD’s monographs and reports: 24 periodicals, a reference title, and the OECD statistical databases.
Note: IFS – INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL STATISTICS from the International Monetary Fund includes data on exchange rates, international interest rates, prices, production and international transactions (including balance of payments) as well as individual country government, finance and national account data for individual countries.
*For more information see Country Snapshots, Country Statistics, Development, Economic & Business Environment, Finance & Trade, and Industry and Markets sections in this guide. See also, the Economics Research Guide.

 

Country Snapshots

CIA World Factbook

http://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook
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.

Country Studies

http://lcweb2.loc.gov/frd/cs/cshome.html
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.

Note: Browse the “World Atlas” and explore the world. A guide to the world’s nations, people and places. Excellent international statistics site.
U.S. State Department: Background Notes

http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/
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.

Statesman’s Yearbook
Also at Pardee Reference X JA51 E64 (Kept at Reference Desk)
A statistical, political and economic account of the states of the world for the year. Arranged by country.
See also, Economic & Business Environment and Books & News in this Guide.

 

Country Statistics

International Data Base (IDB)

http://www.census.gov/ipc/www/idb/
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.

International Statistical Agencies

http://www.census.gov/aboutus/stat_int.html
The U.S. Census Bureau’s links to statistical agencies of countries from around the world, with notes as to the language(s) of the sites.

Monthly Bulletin of Statistics

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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.

Nationmaster

http://www.nationmaster.com/index.php
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.

 

World Development Indicators

 

*For more information see Key sources, country Snapshots, Development, Economic & Business Environment, Finance & Trade, and Industry and Markets sections in this guide. See also, the Economics Research Guide.

 

Economic & Business Environment

Country Commercial Guides (CCG)

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.

 

Global Edge

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.

Global Entrepreneurship Monitor

GEM houses the results of research conducted by the Global Entrepreneurship Research Association (GERA) on the level of entrepreneurship around the world.

OECD iLibrary (2000)
Note: The online library of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. It comprises 20 book collections by theme, containing all of OECD’s monographs and reports: 24 periodicals, a reference title, and the OECD statistical databases.

* For more information see Key sources, Country Statistics, Development, Economic Rankings, Finance & Trade, and Industry and Markets sections in this guide. See also, the Economics Research Guide.

 

Economic Development

Eldis – Country & Region Profiles

http://www.eldis.org/go/country-profiles

FAO/Food & Agriculture organization

http://www.fao.org
The FAO produces various publications related to food & agriculture. See statistics on top tool bar for FAO Statistical Yearbook.

World Bank Publications

http://www.worldbank.org/reference

World Development Indicators

*For more information see Key sources, Economic & Business Environment, Economic Rankings, Finance & Trade, and Industry and Markets sections in this guide. See also, the Economics Research Guide.

Economic Rankings

Competitive Alternatives City Profiles: KPMG’s Guide to International Business Costs

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.

Doing Business. Benchmarking Business Regulations.

http://www.doingbusiness.org
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.

Global Competitiveness Report

Country information includes rankings according to notable competitive advantages and disadvantages.

Finance & Trade

Central Banks on the Web

http://www.bis.org/cbanks.htm
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.

Euromoney

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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."

Note: Includes DIRECTION OF TRADE and IFS – INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL STATISTICS from the International Monetary Fund. IFS includes data on exchange rates, international interest rates, prices, production and international transactions (including balance of payments) as well as individual country government, finance and national account data for individual 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.

World Chambers Network

http://www.worldchambers.com
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.

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* For more on Money and Trade, see Economics Guide.
See also International Organizations in this guide or the specific Regional and Country Sources pages.
For books on Global Trade search Library Catalog subject headings “International Trade”, “Foreign Trade Regulation” and “World Trade Organization”.
Worldwide Tax Summaries
This resource, published by PricewaterhouseCoopers, provides quick access to information about the corporate and individual tax systems in over 150 countries worldwide.

 

Industry & Market

Business Monitor International (BMI) Industry Reports

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.”

Export.gov, Market Research

http://export.gov/mrktresearch/index.asp
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

http://www.eia.doe.gov/oiaf/ieo/index.html

International Yearbook of Industrial Statistics

Pardee Reference X HC 10 I68

Mintel oxygen (200?)
Note: Contains detailed Market Research mostly limited to European countries, with a focus on consumer products and retailing.
Mintel Graphing Tutorial

 

* For more information see Key sources, Development, Economic & Business Environment, Finance & Trade, and sections in this guide. See also, the Industry Information Sources research guide.

 

International Organizations

International Monetary Fund (IMF)

http://www.imf.org
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.

United Nations

http://www.un.org
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.

World Bank

http://www.worldbank.org
Historical information on the Bank, news coverage, publication lists, and country and regional information.

Labor

 

International Labor Organization Statistics

http://laborsta.ilo.org
LABORSTA Internet allows you to search a variety of tables by country. Tables include wages by economic activity.

 

News & Journal Articles

Note: Indexes over 1,500 publications including general business magazines, academic management journals, economic reviews and leading industry-specific trade journals. The database provides full text articles from over 600 of these periodicals and indexing and abstracts for an additional 800 titles.

Note: Indexes abstracts and provides full text of business publications, scholarly publications and peer-reviewed journals. It covers over 8,000 journals with full text for over 4,000 of these titles.

Factiva (2001)
Note: A Dow Jones-Reuters database providing full text access to all editions of Dow Jones publications, the Wall Street Journal (back to 1979), Barron’s, three months of the New York Times, and 8,000 other publications. In addition, this database provides reports for over 30,000 companies worldwide, over 8,000 selected business Web sites, and Reuters Business Briefings. Factiva also provides access to information on companies, industries and business and management topics.

Note: Provides access to a wide range of business information sources, including newspapers, trade journals, wire services and transcripts.

Note: Provides online access to over 400 titles of today’s newspaper’s from the around in full-color and full-page format.

Kidon Media-Link

http://kidon.com/media-link/index.shtml
Links to international newspapers, magazines, television, radio, and news agencies organized by country.

Newspapers of the World on the Internet

http://www.actualidad.com
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.