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Country Overviews

 

FitchConnect  *(Current UCI students, faculty, & staff)  *New!*
Geography:  US & Global
A global intelligence database, featuring a Country Risk & Industry Research module with global, regional and country risk assessments, analysis, and expert commentary on 20+ industries and more than 200 countries and territories that collectively account for 99% of world GDP.  The industry and country specific reports provide 5 and 10-year forecasts and in-depth analysis of current risks and future opportunities.  Industry reports also feature SWOT analyses.

 

Investext (via Mergent Online)
Geography: Global​
This replaces the Thomson ONE database.  Investext, i.e. the Thomson Reuters Embargoed Research Collection, offers analyst research reports from more than 1,700 brokerages, investments banks and independent research firms worldwide, including Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) Country Reports.

 

MarketLine Advantage
Geography: Global​
Country profiles include PEST/LE (Political, Economic, Social, Technological, / Legal, Environmental) analyses. 
 

 

Europa World Plus
Geography: Global​
Access is limited to ONE user at a time!  Information on hundreds countries and territories, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, including recent country history.  Has statistics on area and population, health and welfare, agriculture, forestry, fishing, mining, industry, finance, external trade, transport, tourism, communications media, education, and politics.

 

Business Source Complete
Geography: Global​
Includes country reports from many well-known publishers, including IHS Global, Political Risk Yearbook, and BMI Research.  

 

Passport Global Market Information Database *(Current UCI students, faculty, & staff)
Geography: Global​
Profile reports on many countries' business dynamics, as well as finance, trade, and economies. 

 

CIA World Factbook
Information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities.

 

Transparency International
Non-partisan group that works with partners in government, business and civil society to put effective measures in place to tackle corruption.  Offers reports and publications on corruption in different countries throughout the world. 

 

 

 


Country Risk

 

FitchConnect  *(Current UCI students, faculty, & staff)  *New!*
Geography:  US & Global
A global intelligence database, featuring a Country Risk & Industry Research module with global, regional and country risk assessments, analysis, and expert commentary on 20+ industries and more than 200 countries and territories that collectively account for 99% of world GDP.  The industry and country specific reports provide 5 and 10-year forecasts and in-depth analysis of current risks and future opportunities.  Industry reports also feature SWOT analyses.

 

Political Risk Yearbook
Available via the Publications tab in the Business Source Complete database.  Includes all 100 of Political Risk Services' annual country reports, which provide the means for risk mitigation as well as the insight in order to exploit political and economic events for profit.

 

Country Commercial Guides
From the US Commercial Service.  Reports on market conditions, opportunities, regulations, and business customs for over 125 countries prepared by trade and industry experts at U.S. embassies worldwide.

 

Transparency International
A non-partisan global NGO with the mission to stop corruption and promote transparency, accountability and integrity at all levels and across all sectors of society.  Produces research, data, country indexes, and reports covering several types of corruption risks worldwide.

 

Institute for Economics and Peace
Global think tank dedicated to developing metrics to analyze peace and to quantify its economic value. Developes global and national indices, calculating the economic cost of violence, analyzing country level risk and understanding positive peace.

 

Global Conflict Risk Index
Developed by the Joint Research Centre in cooperation with the Conflict Prevention, Peacebuilding and Mediation Instruments Division within the EU External Action Service (EEAS).  Provides an accessible, objective and open-source evidence base to support decision-making on long-term conflict risks.

 

Tip:

For in-depth scholarly research articles about global politics and business risk, explore these databases of Academic Articles:

Worldwide Political Science Abstracts

Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO)

Business Source Complete

 
Country Regulation and Policy

 

Country Commercial Guides
From the US Commercial Service.  Reports on market conditions, opportunities, regulations, and business customs for over 125 countries prepared by trade and industry experts at U.S. embassies worldwide.

 

Doing Business Report Series
From the
World Bank.  Annual report that gives an overview of business regulations and enforcement across 183 economies.  The report provides data on the ease of doing business, ranks each location, and recommends reforms to improve performance.

 

Trade Policy Reviews
From the World Trade Organization.  Surveillance of national trade policies and regulations, so that individuals and companies know as much as possible about the conditions of trade.  Achieved in two ways: governments give regular “notifications”; and the WTO conducts regular reviews of individual countries’ trade policies.

 

CBP Information Center 
From US Customs & Border Protection.  Gives gives overviews of applicable laws and regulations for importers and exporters.  Features on the site include a report titled "Importing into the US," plus a keyword search box. 

 


Country Financial and Economic Data

International Debt Statistics
Geography: Global​
Also known as "GDF Online."  A subscription from the World Bank.  Has data for the 135 countries that report to the World Bank's Debtor Reporting System.  Indicators include external debt stocks and flows, major economic aggregates, and key debt ratios, average terms of new commitments, currency composition of long-term debt, debt restructurings, and scheduled debt service projections.  Also includes topical country data and regional aggregates.

 

IMF eLibrary
Geography: Global​
A licensed supplement to the open access content on the IMF website. The IMF eLibrary delivers the IMF’s publications, research, analytical papers, reports, and data as a one-stop resource for IMF content.  Includes the IMF's International Financial Statistics. 

 

OECD iLibrary
Geography: Global​
All publications and datasets released by OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development), International Energy Agency (IEA), Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA), OECD Development Centre, PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment), and International Transport Forum (ITF) since 1998.

 

World Bank eLibrary
Geography: Global​
The full collection of all publications and research including: All Economic Review (WBER) and Research Observer (WBRO) since 1996. All Development Outreach issues. All Policy Research Working Papers since 1995. All content is made available immediately upon release.  

 

World Development Indicators
The primary World Bank collection of development indicators, compiled from officially-recognized international sources. It presents the most current and accurate global development data available, and includes national, regional and global estimates.

 

International Labour Organization
Key global information regarding the world of work, as well as economic and social development, including both publications and datasets of indicators. 

 

US Census:  International Programs
Demographic, economic, and geographic studies of 100+ countries. 

 

EPS China Data
Geography: China​
A service provider in China offering statistical Time Series Data.  Coverage includes five sectors:  Economic Operation, Industry Operation, Trade & External Economy, Social Development, Resources & Environment.

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