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The iMBA's Guide to Digital Business Research

Country Analysis

Country profiles/reports are important as they cover:
  • Political conditions
  • Economic conditions 
  • Some forecasts
  • May include risk factors and regulatory environment

The following library databases are great for finding information on country profiles:

PEST Databases

PEST Databases

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
✔Stability
✔Political Conditions
✔History
✔GDP
✔Spending and Taxation
✔Trade and Exchange Rate
✔Foreign Investment
✔Human Development Index
✔Demographics
✔Etiquette
  ✔Reports
✔News
✔Scholarly Analysis
Annually with occassional updates
EIU ✔Structure
✔Stability
✔Internatonal Relations
✔Corruption
✔GDP
✔Growth
✔Inflation
✔Exchange rates
✔Forecast
✔Population
✔Demographics
✔Culture
✔Telecommunication
✔Technological Readiness
✔Time Series Data
✔Reports
✔News
✔Forecasts
Monthly with daily news
Passport ✔Structure
✔International Relations
✔Natural Resources
✔Trade
✔GDP
✔Inflation
✔Growth
✔Culture
✔Consumer Behavior
✔Education
✔Population
✔High-tech Goods
✔Internet Users
✔Time Series
✔Reports
✔News
✔Forecasts
✔Ranking
Annually with quarterly economic updates
Statista ✔Political Environment
▪Corruption
▪Governance
▪Stability
✔Economic Conditions
✔Trade & Investment
✔GDP
✔Consumer Behavior
✔Population
✔Human Development Index
▪Standard of Living
▪Education
▪Life Expectancy
▪Income
✔Digital Infrastructure
▪Internet Penetration
▪Cell Phone Users
✔FinTech
✔Telecommunication
✔Country Reports
✔Charts
✔Data
Annually

EIU Country Intelligence

In search box, type country name, then click GO

 

 

The results will show a profile of the country. You may search through the tabs at the top of the profile or go to the REPORTS tab, and click 'Generate Country Reports'.

 

Emerging Markets Information Service

To find information: first select a country or multiple countries; then click on company analysis, industry analysis, or country analysis tab; and type the name within search box.

International Monetary Fund (IMF) Country Reports

IMF Country Reports

Reports and statistics about a country's economic conditions, developments and issues. Provides articles, news announcements, and analyses published by IMF staff.

OECD iLibrary

Baker McKenzie Global Transactions Forecast

Need More Help?

The Business Information Services Staff can assist you in getting started with these and other resources.  If you have any questions, please e-mail  BIS@library.illinois.edu.