Up-to-date profiles of countries of the world. Includes political histories, economic statistics, and directory-style information on politics, media, and business. A "comparative statistics" section can be used to generate tables of comparative data on countries in formats suitable for exporting into Excel or SPSS.
Economics - Trade & International
Major Research Tools
Time series data on the financial and monetary conditions of countries around the world. From the International Monetary Fund.
Reviews of a country's economic performance, with a focus on recent trends and changes in policies. Print copies of many of these reviews may be borrowed from Skillman's collection.
Country-level, time series data from the World Bank. Topics covered include demographics, the economy, the environment, health, and education. Data may be saved as Excel or ASCII files.
Other Suggested Research Tools
Information assessing the risk in conducting business in countries worldwide.
Data on business regulations in 155 countries. Topics covered include starting a business, hiring and firing, and paying taxes. From the World Bank.
Detailed statistical information on the European Union and EU member states.
Coverage: 1970 - present
Time series data on foreign direct investment. Includes aggregate data for the world and for regions as well as data for individual countries. Portions of the site require free registration.
Compendium of current and historical foreign trade statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau.
Time series data on labor and employment for over 200 countries. From the International Labour Office.
Guides to investment climate, business regulations, foreign investment, and taxation in 130 countries or jurisdictions.
Industry and country-specific market reports. Especially valuable are the Country Commercial Guides. Intended for the U.S. business community, the reports provide economic, political, and market analysis of foreign commercial environments.
Coverage: 1970-two years into future
Extensive macroeconomic time series data for OECD countries and non-OECD zones. Includes historical statistics as well as projections extending two years beyond the current date.
Variety of economic and social data for OECD countries.
Data on U.S. commodity trade, including global trade patterns and state and metro-area export statistics.
Times series, national accounts data for countries around the world. Provides data in a way that allows for meaningful comparisons between countries and over time.
Data on the volume, origin and types of aid and resource flows to over 150 developing countries and territories. From the OECD.
Data, legislation, lists of links, and other information on trade in the Western hemisphere. Includes the full text of trade agreements. From the Organization of American States.
Country-level data covering trade and investment. Includes data on exports and imports by commodity, foreign investments, balance of payments, etc.
Collection documenting the 1999 protests of the World Trade Organization meetings in Seattle. Includes interviews with protest organizers and participants, photos, signs, fliers, and planning documents.