Use these resources to locate information about a country's history, political & socio-economic structure, business-friendliness, culture, and other subjects related to international business and travel.
A statistics portal that integrates data on over 60,000 topics from over 18,000 sources onto a single professional platform - categorized into 21 market sectors, providing direct access to quantitative data on media, business, finance, politics, and a wide variety of other areas of interest or markets..
Created by the International Business Center at Michigan State University (IBC), globalEDGE™ is a knowledge web-portal that connects international business professionals worldwide to a wealth of information, insights, and learning resources on global business activities. Partially funded by a U.S. Department of Education Title VI B grant (CIBE program), globalEDGE™ is your source for global business knowledge
Country Commercial Guides are an excellent starting point to find everything you need to know about doing business overseas, detailing 8 important factors to help you decide if a market is right for your product or service:
1. Doing Business in ...
2. Political and Economic Environment
3. Selling U.S. Products and Services
4. Leading Sectors for U.S. Exports and Investment
5. Trade Regulations, Customs and Standards
6. Investment Climate Statement
7. Trade and Project Financing
8. Business Travel
Works to expose and make transparent corruption in international business practices. In addition to the CPI, Transparency International publishes the Corruption Bribe Payers Index, and Global Corruption Barometer along with other reports assessing the scope and nature of corruption.
The Guides to Doing Business are prepared by Lex Mundi's member firms and provide a comprehensive overview of the legal and business environments in more than 100 jurisdictions worldwide. They can serve as a useful resource tool when planning an international business strategy or researching a new business market.
The 13th in a series of annual reports by IFC and the World Bank assessing regulations affecting domestic firms in 189 economies and ranks the economies in 10 areas of business regulation, such as starting a business, resolving insolvency and trading across borders. Doing Business presents quantitative indicators on business regulations and the protection of property rights that can be compared across 183 economies.
From the Inter-American Development Bank, DataGov provides publicly available governance indicators by country or region. It contains approximately 400 governance indicators grouped within five categories: Democratic system, market system, public management, rule of law, and socioeconomic indicators. (Requires Flash plugin)
The Business Environments Snapshots are a series of reports summarizing business environment indicators, laws, and World Bank Group project information for 183 countries. Each snapshot includes: reform priorities, data summaries, relevant laws, related World Bank Group publications, reports, project portfolios & Country Assistance Strategies.
160 country evaluations, drawn up on the basis of macroeconomic, financial and political data, are made freely available. Regularly updated, they provide an estimate of the average credit risk on a country’s businesses.