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Business Sources: Country Data & News

Databases and Websites

Additional Resources

  • United Nations  Contains some member information but focuses on UN and international issues
  • World Bank--Data and topic reports, e.g., education in Afghanistan
  • Economist Intelligence Unit Country Reports  Country, industry, and risk analysis from The Economist
  • Economic Report of the President   Contains table on international statistics
  • Statistical Abstract of the United States  Includes a section on Foreign Commerce and one on International Statistics
  • CIA World FactBook Country data including information on geography, people and society, government, economics, military, and transnational issues
  • Doing Business in...   The Doing Business report series includes annual reports going back to 2004, a wide variety of national studies, and a number of special reports dealing with regions or topics. Use the tabs to read report summaries and to download. Additional country and regional reports can be downloaded.
  • Country Studies-This website contains the on-line versions of books previously published in hard copy by the Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress as part of the Country Studies/Area Handbook Series sponsored by the U.S. Department of the Army between 1986 and 1998. Each study offers a comprehensive description and analysis of the country or region's historical setting, geography, society, economy, political system, and foreign policy
  • Country Risk and Economic Research  The Country rating reflects the extent to which a country’s economic, financial, and political outlook influences financial commitments of local companies.
  • Legal Information institute--section "World Law" has links to individual country's banking laws, sometime monetary policy, etc.
  • Eldis   Eldis is an online information service providing free access to relevant, up-to-date and diverse research on international development issues.

Also...

Ka Neng Au, Business Librarian and creator of the International Business LibGuide at Rutgers University, has given permission to link to his guide and the extensive list of sources on International Business that he has compiled

Reference Books

Don't overlook  reference books. 

REFERENCE BOOKS  WITH WEBSITES

Economic Report of the President   Ref./HC 106.5  .A272 Contains table on international statistics

Statistical Abstract of the United States   Ref./HA202 .S8  Includes a section on Foreign Commerce and one on International Statistics (online is  available for free from 1879-2012; more recent vols are in the reference collection)