International Business - Country Data

Regulations, Contracts, Trade

  • free 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.

  • free 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.

  • wildcat 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:
    1. From the top of the screen, from the Source Directory box, select: Browse.

    LexisNexis browse

    2.. From #1, fill in the radio button by:News and Business Topics.
    3. From #2, "Filter by Publication Type", scroll down and select: Industries and Markets.
    4. From the immediate box on the right, highlight: Business Opportunities.

    LexisNexis browse business opportunities
    5.From #3, select the folder titled: Trade and Development.
    7.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 is an excellent choice.
    8.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, your search.Opportunities

  • free Prices and Earnings
    Published every three years since 1970. Since 1970, UBS ompares purchasing power in various cities around the globe, and contains interesting analyses and evaluations of changes in exchange rates and inflation. The latest edition of Prices and Earnings covers 72 cities in 58 countries.

  • free StatUSA
    Contains economic, business, and trade information about countries.  This site was discontinued; however, the University of Central Florida has provided an alternative resource.
  • free 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.

  • free Worldwide Tax Summaries Online
    This site, which is produced by PriceWaterhouseCoopers, provides the latest corporate and individual tax rates and regulations for more than 150 countries.


In the Baker University catalog, try the following subject headings to locate both print and e-books about trade regulations and contracts worldwide:

Trade regulation

International trade

business enterprises - government policy

Developing Countries - Economic policy

Slide your mouse over the book jackets for more info. Click on each one to see the catalog entry.

Doing business 2008

One Billion Customers

Doing business in the new Latin America

Doing business in the new China

Doing business in emerging Europe

Doing business with the new Japan