The chart below displays databases with PEST (political, economic, socio-culture, and technological) information that BIS subscribes to annually. PEST is one rubric for country analysis and scanning the environment. This quick start chart provides the broad topics which are available within each database. To access the database desired, click on the database title to take you to the database. If you are off campus, you will be required to type your Illinois Net ID and password first for authentication.
|Database||Political||Economic||Socio-cultural||Technological||Type of Info Supplied||Regularity|
|Business Source Ultimate||✔Structure
✔Spending and Taxation
✔Trade and Exchange Rate
|✔Human Development Index
|Annually with occassional updates|
|✔Time Series Data
|Monthly with daily news|
|Annually with quarterly economic updates|
✔Trade & Investment
✔Human Development Index
▪Standard of Living
▪Cell Phone Users
Developed by Steven Altman and Philip Bastian of NYU's Stern School of Business, the DHL Global Connectedness Index (CGI) aims to provide a comprehensive account of world's top 140 countries' connections in terms of cross-border trade, capital, information (telecommunications, publications, Internet), people (immigrants, students, tourism) and stocks accumulated through 2020. These countries encompass the world's GDP (99%) and population (95%).
The Index of rankings is contained in a lengthy 250 page report, chock-full of insights gathered from various data sources, such as the United Nations, IMF, World Economic Forum, Heritage Freedom Index, Euromonitor, Telogeography.com, and Henley & Partners Visa Restrictions Index. Starting on page 86 are the country profiles, organized alphabetically.
A sample country profile and how to examine it is supplied below.
This index differs in that it does not have a political bias, unlike the Heritage Foundations' Index of Economic Freedom, published by a well-known US conservative think-tank (but considered an important barometer). The report utilizes many authoritative data sources.
Note: the study was funded by a logistics company, DHL.
Regular survey of CEOs, CFOs, and other top executives of Global 1000 companies, performed by AT Kearney, a global management consulting firm. The report, which focuses on expectations regarding international investment, is available for free and can be downloaded as a PDF.
Below is a chart of the top ranked countries.
Previous years' rankings:
Measures economic, social, and political aspects of globalization and provides an overall globalization index with sub-topics. Data are available on a yearly basis for 208 countries.
SocialProgress.org is a free, open access resource that measures the social and environmental aspects of progress for individual countries. Their interface allows you to compare countries in categories like basic human needs, foundations of wellbeing, and opportunity.