International Business - Country Data
Regulations, Contracts, Trade
- Doing Business: Benchmarking Business Regulations
Provided by the World Bank and IFC. A great source to find materials on doing business in a foreign country. Information can be found by topic (starting a business, dealing with licenses, employing workers, registering property, getting credit, protecting investors, paying taxes, trading across borders, enforcing contracts, closing a business) and by country.
- Earth Trends
EarthTrends is a comprehensive online database, maintained by the World Resources Institute, that focuses on the environmental, social, and economic trends that shape our world. It gathers data from the world's leading statistical agencies, along with WRI-generated maps and analyses, into a single database.
- Foreign Labor Statistics
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics collects and makes available comparative wage and compensation data for select countries and select industries within those countries.
- Lexis/Nexis Academic
Includes access to a variety of sources that cover commercial opportunities and their windfalls, risk guides that could affect business, trade or investments in countries around the world, worldwide broadcasts, along with information on business and investment opportunities around the world.
Follow these steps to access this group of resources:
- From the blue navigation tabs on the left, select: Sources
- Select: Browse Sources
- From #1, fill in the radio button by,: News and Business Topics.
- From #2, "Filter by Publication Type", scroll down and select: Industries and Markets.
- From the immediate box on the right, highlight: Business Opportunities.
- From #3, select the folder titled: Trade and Development.
- Place a check by all the sources you want to search.Use the "i" symbol next to each source to determine which source to select. Select your choices. World Business Opportunities is an excellent choice.
- When ready, click: O.K. continue.This brings all the sources to the first screen and now you can use any key words, products, industries, names of companies, etc. in your search.
- Prices and Earnings
Published every three years since 1970. Based on a unique survey of correspondents in 73 major cities across the globe, Prices and Earnings provides a comprehensive comparison of prices (122 goods and services plus apartment rents), incomes, income taxes, working hours and vacation days for 14 different occupations. A ranking of relative purchasing power, and thus the living standard for each of the 73 cities in the survey, is derived from this data.
- University of Central Florida Libraries
Contains economic, business, and trade information about countries. These statistics and reports used to be featured in the government site, STAT-USA that is now discontinued. The NTDB (National Trade Data Bank) provides access to Country Commercial Guides, Market Research reports, Best Market reports and other programs. The International Trade Library is a comprehensive collection of over 40,000 documents related to international trade. All are full text searchable, as well as key word searchable by country or product.
- World Bank
Contains development reports, resources on global economics and trade, and country and regional information. Current research projects and information on international development loans and activities are also included.
- World Bank - Mapped
This is a fun and informative site. Use the pull-down menu to choose a country, and the interactive map of the globe zeroes in on the “pin” placed in that nation (if there is World Bank activity). Click the pin to pull up basic population and economic data about the country, and then click a tab to read about recent World Bank news, activities, and projects for that country, as well as a summary of its lending. Consider this site if you want an easy, interactive, and visual way to research World Bank economic projects in countries around the world.
- Worldwide Tax Summaries
This site, which is produced by PriceWaterhouseCoopers, provides the latest corporate and individual tax rates and regulations for more than 100 countries.
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