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COMMERCE 4SA3 - International Business
Country, company, industry and trade resources for international business research.
Country Commercial Guides (CCG) (International Trade Administration)
"Reports on market conditions, opportunities, regulations, and business customs prepared by U.S. Embassies worldwide by Commerce Department, State Department and other U.S. agencies' professionals." Pick a country from one of the geography menus. Each guide typically includes these sections: Doing Business in; Leading Sectors for US Exports & Investments; Customs, Regulations & Standards; Selling US Products & Services; Business Travel; Investment Climate Statement; Political & Economic Environment.
Country Information (U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs)
Includes information on safety, security, crime, medical facilities, travel warnings and more for countries worldwide.
Corruption Perceptions Index(Transparency International), 2016 to the present
Scores 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption, according to experts and business people.
Country Risk Assessments (Coface)
Includes 160 country assessments, based on macroeconomic, financial and political data. Provides an estimate of the average credit risk on a country’s businesses which gives an indication of a country’s potential influence on businesses’ financial commitments.
See also Coface's Handbook of Country Risk located in STORAGE HG 4538.R496 [2002-2017].
Search for a country name to locate a rating report which typically includes an analysis of a country's political environment and its economic structure & performance.
Doing Business: Measuring Business Regulations (World Bank)
Provides indicators of the cost of doing business by identifying specific regulations that enhance or constrain business investment, productivity, and growth. Regions and countries are ranked on topics such as starting a business, enforcing contracts, licenses, hiring and firing, credit, taxes, and cross border trading. Also includes annual reports for countries and links to laws.
Indexes articles from over 750 major economics journals.
A nongovernmental organization that assesses the level of government accountability, rule of law, and freedoms of expression and belief in countries worldwide.
Global Terrorism Database (GTD) (University of Maryland, National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism)
An open-source database including information on terrorist events around the world from 1970 through 2008. Search or browse by date, region, country, perpetrator, weapon type, attack type and target type.
GlobaLex (Hauser Global Law School, NYU)
Resources are divided into several categories. The International Law Research section includes guides on over 20 topics (e.g., international terrorism, international trade, etc.) and the Foreign Law Research section contains entries on over 100 countries.
Global Slavery Index (Walk Free Foundation)
Ranks countries according to the number of people living as slaves. Includes anyone who is forced into unpaid labour or debt bondage, is trafficked for sex purposes, or is born into servitude.
Human Development Reports (United Nations Development Programme), 1990 to the present
Location of Print: MILLS Government Publications (2nd floor) UN2 DE-H72 [1990-2014] (Subscription Cancelled).
Human Rights Library (University of Minnesota)
Comprehensive site includes full-text documents, treaties, charters, international agreements, and more.
ILOSTAT (International Labour Organization)
Provides labour related statistics (e.g., unemployment, hours of work, wages, etc.) for over 200 countries around the world.
International Labor Comparisons[archived link], site discontinued (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
Provides international comparisons of hourly compensation & productivity costs, consumer prices, employment rates and labor force participation rates for selected countries.
Investment Climate Statements, 2009 to current (U.S. Department of State)
Statements cover general characteristics, such as openness to foreign investment and treatment of foreign investors, as well as details about procedures for licensing and similar administrative matters.
Legal Systems of the World: A Political, Social, and Cultural Encyclopedia
Location: MILLS Reference (2nd floor) K 48.L44 2002 (4 volumes)
Mass Violence & Resistance (MV&R) - SciencesPo
An interdisciplinary online site focusing on 20th and 21st century massacres and genocides as well as on local resistance against mass violence.
To retrieve a report on a country's business enivornment (e.g., regulations, operating risks, access to finance, infrastructure, etc.), search for the words business dynamics and a country name (e.g., business dynamics and USA). To retrieve a general report on a country (e.g., facts and figures), search for the words country profile and a country name (e.g., country profile and China). To browse these and other reports on countries, mouseover Economies in the toolbar and select Business Dynamics and/or Economy, Finance and Trade from the menu.
Indexes the international literature in political science and public administration/policy, along with related fields. .
PRS Group / International Country Risk Guidevia Nexis Uni
Provides political, economic and financial risk analysis for approx. 100 countries. NOTE: The PRS links above will generate a results list view of all of the documents from these particular sources. Use the Search Within Results or Narrow By options to find specific documents of interest within these sources.
Risk Maps(Aon)- Some content requires registration
The 2020 edition provides insights into political risk, terrorism & political violence worldwide.
Year Book of Labour Statistics (International Labour Office)
Presents labour statistics (employment, unemployment, wages, hours of work, etc.) for more than 180 countries.
Location: MILLS Government Publications (2nd floor) UN9 L3-Y21 [1943 to 2009]