Answered By: Jeffrey Orrico
Last Updated: Feb 01, 2017     Views: 84

International business strategy revolves around factors specific to individual countries. Expert PEST (Political, Economic, Social and Technological) or PESTLE (Political, Economic, Social, Technological, Legal, and Environmental) analysis uses data from reputable business publishers. 


Edited, citable country-specific reports from reputable publishers (Economist, Mergent, Financial Times, etc.) are available online in our subscription databases and are updated throughout the year. These databases are equipped with a wide range of tools which make it easier to focus your search and locate the specific details you need: specific industries, specific economic & political measures, etc.  Those reports updated within the previous year are marked with an (*) asterisk.


[Caution: Often, public websites will offer a figure for a category of interest by checking Google, for example, “Mexico inflation”.  However, results are not necessarily from reliable sources appropriate for academic research, website content may be changed or become unavailable, and the sources and methods for calculating various figures may not be standardized and comparable to other figures.]


Business Source Premier (Enter name of country in search box, identify as “GE Geographic Term in drop-down search menu, and select “Country Report” in drop-down Publication Type menu in “Limit Your Results” portion of search screen. Alternatively, check “Country Report” in Source Type options in left-hand column of search in progress. Results will include a variety of publication sources.  Individual sources can be searched by entering name in search box and selecting "SO Publication Name" from drop-down menu.)

*Background Notes on Countries of the World (U.S. Dept. of State)

*Country Commerce (published by Economist Intelligence Unit) - Comprehensive guide to business, regulatory and trade framework. Includes key economic indicators, foreign investment, guidance on obtaining proper permits & complying with local tax laws-including e-commerce rules.

*Country Monitor (published by Economist Intelligence Unit) - Summarizes the key news items from EIU's other regional newsletters.

*Country Profile (published by Economist Intelligence Unit) - analysis & background information on a country’s economic & political situation.

*Country Report (published by Economist Intelligence Unit)           - Evaluates growth prospects, assesses opportunities and examines problems. Provides concise and lucid business-oriented analysis of the latest economic and political indicators

Emerging Markets Debt Report (SourceMedia, Inc.)

*Emerging Markets Finance & Trade (M.E. Sharpe Inc.) - Tracks the most critical questions facing the world's newest emerging market economies.

*Emerging Markets Monitor (Business Monitor International) - Political & economic analysis with specific asset class forecasts for over 64 emerging markets globally. How portfolio managers are investing in the emerging markets & financing & credit record

*IMF Economic Review (Palgrave Macmillan Ltd.)

* OECD Economic Surveys (OECD Publications and Information Centre)

Political Risk Yearbook (PRS Group, Inc.)


Mergent Online (In the right hand column of the Basic or Advanced Search screens, select a country from the drop-down menu in the “Country Profile” box.)

*Country Profiles – annual reports for approx. 100 economically significant nations, with information on history, population, governance, industries & resources, and investment factors.



Passport GMID (Euromonitor International) - (use Countries and Consumers drop-down menu from search screen)


Business Insights (Use Advanced Search to specify Publication Title (see titles below in bold), and  country you’re researching; a basic search will include news reports and journal articles as well)


*Country Reports  journal (published by Central European Business Ltd.)

Country Finance (published by Economist Intelligence Unit)

*Country Report (published by Economist Intelligence Unit) Economist Intelligence Unit Country Profile

Emerging Markets Debt Report (SourceMedia, Inc.)

Emerging Markets Monitor (Business Monitor International)

OECD Economic Outlook (OECD Publications and Information Centre)

*Political Risk Services (Financial Times Ltd.)



Governmental Agency Reports (A range of statistical records are maintained by national governmental agencies and intergovernmental groups; ask a reference librarian for assistance in locating the data you need.)


*Dept. of State – current background notes -

*Organization for Cooperation and Development (OECD) -

OECD Statistics from A-Z --​

*OECD Statistics Portal --​

*United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Institute for Statistics -

*International Monetary Fund (IMF) Data and Statistics -

*World Bank Data -


Print Resources

About 75 print books  (country studies) from the Library of Congress's Area handbook series give detailed country-specific information as well. Approximately 180 World Bank Country Study books included in the eBrary eBook collection, as well as a large number of IMF reports. The CIA's online World Factbook has current reports on each country, with convenient search tools.


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