Blogs and Free Newsletters and News Sources
about International Business and Economics--
Trade Daily, Real Time
Economics (Wall Street Journal), The
Business Times, iMFdirect,
Readiness Index-- From KPMG, in collaboration
with Oxford Economics, "an index which assesses the
ability of 90 countries (developed and developing) to
manage change and cultivate the resulting
opportunity." Features "in-depth country profiles
including specific strengths and opportunities,
country, region and income level comparisons, and full
rankings list for the overall CRI and the three
pillars (Enterprise Capability, Government Capability,
and People & Civil Society Capability)." Full
report available in PDF.
• Fraser Institute-- Independent
Canadian research and educational organization with
the mission "to measure, study, and communicate the
impact of competitive markets and government
intervention on the welfare of individuals." Sponsors
the Economic Freedom of the World
Project (Free the World), which conducts and
posts detailed comparative studies on economic freedom
around the world, most notably the Economic Freedom of the World
Report, with both global and
country-specific analysis and rankings.
From the International Business Center at Michigan
State University, "a knowledge web-portal that
connects international business professionals
worldwide to a wealth of information, insights, and
learning resources on global business activities" by
countries, U.S. states, industries, and trade blocs
with "statistics, indices, trade information, maps,
interactive rankings, and resources pages." The Global
Resource Directory "offers a rich collection of
thousands of international business- and trade-related
resources." There is an international business glossary.
Course Modules, "interactive educational tools
for use in the classroom or in executive
training,,..focus on issues pertinent to international
business and include a case study or anecdotes, a
glossary of terms, quiz questions, and a list of
references when applicable."
Innovation Index-- From the World Intellectual
Property Organization, INSEAD, and Cornell University,
"a leading reference on innovation and a valuable
bench-marking tool for decision-makers... provides an
annual ranking of the innovation capabilities and
performance of economies around the world."
of 8 Information Centre-- From the G8 Research
Group at the University of Toronto, "G7/G8 background
information, all documentation arising from G7 summit
meetings, available documentation from G7 ministerial
and other meetings," and "scholarly articles and
bibliographies about the G7 process."
• Index of Economic Freedom-- "A
practical reference guide to the world's economies. It
includes country-by-country analyses and the most
up-to-date data available on foreign investment codes,
taxes, tariffs, banking regulations, monetary policy,
black markets, and more," from the Heritage
Foundation, a conservative think tank aiming to
spread the ideas of free enterprise, limited
government, individual freedom, traditional American
values, and a strong national defense. Co-published
with The Wall Street Journal.
• Institute for Management Development--
One of the world's leading global business schools,
located in Lausanne, Switzerland, working to help
executives and companies find new and innovative ways
to sustain global competitiveness. Note the online
information from their widely-quoted World Competitiveness Yearbook,
"the world’s most renowned and comprehensive annual
report on the competitiveness of nations, ranking and
analyzing how a nation’s environment creates and
sustains the competitiveness of enterprises."
• International Trade Resources-- Excellent and very useful "Subject Tracer™ Information Blog, part of Marcus P. Zillman's Virtual Private Library™. "It is designed to monitor international trade resources on the World Wide Web and listed below."
• Peter G. Peterson Institute for International Economics-- A highly-regarded, private, nonprofit, nonpartisan American research institution devoted to the study of international economic policy, especially in anticipating emerging issues and offering "practical ideas, presented in user-friendly formats, to inform and shape public debate." Many working papers, policy briefs, speeches, testimonies, and so forth are online.
• Transparency International-- Transparency International is the "leading global non-governmental organisation devoted to combating corruption." Their many corruption surveys, indexes, and reports rank "the home countries of the payers of international bribes" and rank "countries in terms of the degree to which they are perceived to be the homes of bribe-takers-- public officials who abuse their office for personal gain."
NOTE: Also check the relevant links in the United States Government Information Sources section of this Web site.
• Bureau of Economic Analysis of the U.S. Department of Commerce-- Data, articles, and surveys on exports, imports, and capital flows to and from the U.S., and its position in the world economy.
Information-- From Export Development Canada,
international business-related analytical profiles for
most countries. Also visit their Knowledge
Centre, for in-depth analyses, free
publications, and a library of trade resources.
• Customs and Border Protection--
"The single unified border agency of the United
States." Information on the agency's border control
and customs functions, with official statements,
import, export, border security, and international
travel information, regulations, statistics, and
forms. Note the Customs Rulings Online Search System,
a database of CBP rulings, plus trade-related links.
• Department of Agriculture Agency
Reports-- Part of a "Newsroom"
to access and search current and past reports of the
Economic Research Service, Foreign Agricultural
Service, National Agricultural Statistics Service, and
World Agricultural Outlook Board of the U.S.
Department of Agriculture.
• Export.gov-- "The portal to all
export-related assistance and market information
offered by the [U.S.] federal government." A huge
amount of current market information and analysis for
many products and countries, advice on practical matters, and links to
related U.S. government websites on trade topics is
available through this site.
The excellent Market Research section contains
many analytical reports and statistics on a wide range
of international business-related information,
including country situations and practices. Note the U.S.
Free Trade Agreements section. The tariffs
and import fees calculator for international
markets helps you find and calculate estimated tariffs
and taxes on products. The free trade agreement tariff
tool allows users to find tariff information and
export data on specific industrial goods covered under
• Export-Import Bank-- The
Export-Import Bank of the United States is an
independent U.S. government agency that helps finance
the overseas sales of U.S. goods and services.
Agricultural Service-- News and analysis about
world agricultural trade and policy, from the U.S.
Department of Agriculture, by countries and
commodities, especially as affects the United States.
The USDA Economic Research
Service overview of U.S. Agricultural Trade has
information and data on U.S. agricultural trade with
all the countries and regions of the world. Also see
the more general USDA section on International
Markets and Trade for much topical information
• Overseas Private Investment
Corporation-- An independent U.S. government
agency that assists U.S. companies investing in some
150 emerging economies around the world.
• Trade.gov-- Website of the
International Trade Administration of the U.S.
Department of Commerce, "provides access to ITA's
valuable information and services regarding U.S.
international trade policy."
• Trade Data Online-- From
Industry Canada, the latest trade data for the U.S.
and Canada, obtained from Statistics Canada and the
U.S. Department of Commerce, by product and industry.
"Provides the ability to generate customized reports
on Canada's and U.S. trade in goods with over 200
• TradeStats Express-- From the
Office of Trade and Economic Analysis in the
International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of
Commerce, information about U.S. imports and exports
that can be arranged, compared, and contrasted in many
combinations and in a clear format by an advanced
• U.S. Foreign Trade Statistics--
From the U.S. Census Bureau. Includes profile of U.S.
• U.S. International Trade Commission--
An independent, quasi-judicial federal agency that
provides trade expertise to government, determines the
impact of imports on U.S. industries, and directs
actions against certain unfair trade practices, such
as patent, trademark, and copyright infringement. The
very useful Interactive Tariff and Trade DataWeb
allows customized free searches of various types of
U.S. trade data by country and product. Also note the
many publications free online. The Harmonized
Tariff Schedule section "contains the
chapter-by-chapter listing of the [U.S.] Harmonized
Tariff Schedule and general notes."
• United States Trade Representative--
Responsible for developing and coordinating U.S.
international trade, commodity, and direct investment
policy, and leading or directing negotiations with
other countries on such matters. Many full-text
reports and trade agreements available, plus issue,
regional, and sector-specific sections, including U.S.
• Coface North America-- Consulting firm that "helps companies -- of all sizes, in all industries -- minimize the risk of trading on credit. Our three main areas of business are credit insurance, credit reporting and collections services." Posts many general reports and specific country assessments of political and credit risk and business climate.
• Doing Business in…Booklets--
From HLB International, a fine set of country business
guides..."prepared for the use of clients, partners
and staff of HLB International member firms. They are
designed to give some general information to those
contemplating doing business in other countries and
are not intended to be comprehensive documents." Also
note the other free publications on this
Online-- Research and surveys, capital markets
league tables from Euromoney's proprietary databases,
and dates of forthcoming industry summits, conferences
• Global Trade.net-- Excellent site from the Federation of International Trade Associations that "assists in helping importers and exporters prepare their operations and find service providers to assist with their overseas business needs." Contains a knowledge resource of thousands of international trade reports, tips, and news flows; a database of thousands of service providers worldwide; country profiles; and a directory of Really Useful Links for International Trade.
• HSBC Global
Connections-- From HSBC Bank, a fine site for
plentiful international business news and analysis,
plus useful online tools, data, and suggested
strategies about current and probable future
international trade and investment conditions and
trends, globally, regionally, and by country, as well
as by industry or services sectors.
• International Chamber of Commerce--
From "the world business organization," information on
the organization, its activities, national affiliates,
conferences, and international trade and investment
• Journal of Commerce--
World-class international business newspaper.
• Lex Mundi Guides to Doing Business-- "Collection of [detailed] overviews written by Lex Mundi member [law] firms that provide detailed information about each firm’s country, state, or province." Includes the U.S. and Canada.
• Live Currency Converter-- "Converts any amount from one currency to another with more than 150 foreign currenies available. Exchange rates are updated every hour."
• Market Watch-- From the Wall Street Journal, thorough coverage of the world's stock markets.
• Trading Economics-- "Accurate information for 196 countries including historical data for more than 300.000 economic indicators, exchange rates, stock market indexes, government bond yields and commodity prices. Our data is based on official sources, not third party data providers, and our facts are regularly checked for inconsistencies." Current data is free, but historical data is by subscription.
• U.S. Council for International
Business-- American affiliate of the
International Chamber of Commerce, the Business and
Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD, and the
International Organisation of Employers. It officially
represents U.S. business positions both in the main
intergovernmental bodies and to foreign business
communities and their governments.
• XE Currency Converter-- Figures rates among scores of currencies and provides currency profiles.
• Agricultural Market Access Database--
Cooperative effort by several governments and
international organizations to make freely available
online for reference and calculation, for scores of
countries, "a common data set on tariffs, TRQs and
imports, as well as the tools for researchers,
policymakers, and others to use in analyzing levels of
tariff protection in agriculture among WTO members."
Data sets are by country, with a user's guide and
sample calculations. Requires free registration.
• Bank for International Settlements--
Owned and controlled by national central banks, the
BIS provides services to central banks and, through
them, to the international financial system more
generally. Site hosts Publications on world banking, statistics on international
finance, links to the central
banks of the world, and a Central Bank Research Hub with
publications from the world's central banks.
Trade Information System-- Trade Unit of the Organization of American States, with
information, statistics, and documents about
hemispheric integration, trade trends in the Western
Hemisphere, and links to further data.
• Global Preferential Trade Agreement Database-- From the International Trade Department of the World Bank, "information on preferential trade agreements around the world, including agreements that have not been notified to the World Trade Organization... indexed using a classification consistent with the WTO criteria... that allows users to search PTAs around the world by provisions or keywords and to compare provisions across multiple agreements."
• Global Trade Alert—“Provides
real-time information on state measures taken during
the current global downturn that are likely to affect
foreign commerce. It goes beyond other monitoring
initiatives by identifying the trading partners likely
to be harmed by these measures.” Supported by the
World Bank and several other prestigious
• International Monetary Fund--
The IMF oversees a wide range of international
economic and financial issues. At the eLibrary,
you can "find in-depth, independent analysis on the
financial crisis, development, macroeconomics,
poverty reduction, trade, globalization, and much
more." Numerous publications on economic and
financial issues, including country information and World Economic Outlook
reports, are available. Check the Data page to
find your statistical topic. The Data Mapper presents World Economic Outlook data in
map, graphic, and bubble chart form, such as GDP,
inflation, and current account balance, from 1980 to
the present, plus five-year projections. The Financial
Soundness Indicators database is "aimed at
supporting macroprudential analysis—the surveillance
and assessment of the strengths and vulnerabilities of
financial systems." There is a video
archive. Also see the quarterly
journal Finance and Development.
• International Organization for
Standardization (ISO)-- An NGO "network of the
national standards institutes of 162 countries, on the
basis of one member per country, with a Central
Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland, that coordinates
the system." Site has information on the ISO and its
work, with documents and reports about the
standardization of products and services in the global
Trade Centre-- A joint subsidiary organ of
the WTO and the United Nations, ITC posts excellent
infobases, including bibliographies, trade contacts
and information sources, international
trade statistics, services, and market briefs.
• Market Access Database-- From
the Commission of the European Union, market and trade
flow data by country, sector, or legal agreement area
for scores of non-EU countries. Also see the
European Commission's Trade site for much information
on EU trade matters, internally and with non-members.
• Organization for Economic
Cooperation and Development-- The international organization of the
industrialized, market-economy countries, to exchange
information and harmonize policy to maximize economic
growth within member countries and assist non-member
countries to develop more rapidly. OECD
Data is posted online. The Publishing
section is a good place to start searching for
publications, as are the Library and
Papers Series. OECD resources focusing on a
particular country (OECD member or not) can be found
in the Countries section. The
very useful yearly OECD
Factbook is "an essential tool providing a
global overview of world economic, social and
environmental trends." Read
the online version of the OECD
Observer magazine for a topical approach to the
latest interests of OECD research.
• UN Comtrade-- From the United Nations Statistics Division. Fine source, includes data visualization. "Free access to detailed global trade data... a repository of official trade statistics and relevant analytical tables. It contains annual trade statistics starting from 1962 and monthly trade statistics since 2010."
Nations Commission on International Trade Law--
"Core legal body of the United Nations system in the
field of international trade law... [whose] business
is the modernization and harmonization of rules on
international business." Posts resources on
international trade law and arbitration.
• United Nations Conference on Trade
and Development-- "UNCTAD is the principal organ
of the United Nations General Assembly dealing with
trade, investment and development issues." Site posts
major development studies in summary or full-text,
basic documents, and newsletters. UNCTADStat
is the master location for all UNCTAD statistics and
is continuously updated. Many
UNCTAD areas of work are relevant to international
business, such as Investment and Enterprise and Trade
Bank Group-- A very large number
of excellent online publications is available,
relevant to international business, as well as fine
specialized sections tuned to that purpose. Take a
look at the large Data
and Reports sections. The World
Bank Data Catalog is "a listing of available
World Bank datasets, including databases,
pre-formatted tables, reports, and other resources."
See the journal Finance & Development. The Countries and Economies page
presents time-series tables of key indicators by
country. Check out the large Trade section, with many online
publications. The very useful Doing
Business site "provides objective measures of
business regulations and their enforcement across 181
economies and selected cities at the subnational and
regional level," especially concerning how regulations
"enhance or constrain investment, productivity, and
growth." Country business environment profile and
annual world-wide reports are available. Business Environment Snapshots
is a very useful and thorough country profiling
facility, a "one-stop guide to business environment
indicators, laws, and World Bank Group project
information for 183 countries." The Logistics
Performance Index "is
an interactive benchmarking tool created to help
countries identify the challenges and opportunities
they face in their performance on trade logistics and
what they can do to improve their performance [which]
allows for comparisons across 160 countries." The Multilateral
Investment Guarantee Agency provides analyses of
global trends in political risk and case studies,
especially the annual "World Investment and Political
Risk." The Knowledge Resources
page allows the user "to
access our major data products,... publications,
toolkits and other resources." The World Bank's Enterprise Analysis unit
allows user-customized inquiries with the Enterprise Surveys of "data from
face-to-face interviews with top managers and business
owners in over 130,000 firms in 135 economies." The
Development Indicators is "compiled from
officially-recognized international sources. It
presents the most current and accurate global
development data available, and includes national,
regional and global estimates." The Global
Consumption Database "is a one-stop source of
data on household consumption patterns in developing
countries," excellent for "businesses seeking a better
understanding of the markets into which they are
expanding or those they are already serving."
• World Customs Organization--
This international organization dealing with customs
regulations worldwide posts much information,
explanation, and analysis of customs regulations and
procedures, news, WTO recommendations, historical
documents, a magazine, and links to national customs
• World Economic Forum-- A
world-class organization of leaders from business,
government, academia, and the media partnering to
create new business opportunities and to shape and
address in an action-oriented way the key issues on
the global agenda. Many excellent online
publications relevant to international business.
Note the prestigious annual reports on Global
Competitiveness, Global Enabling Trade, Financial
Development, Global Gender Gap, Global Risk, and other
valuable global, regional, and country reports.
• World Trade Organization-- The only global body dealing with the rules of trade among nations, whose agreements are the legal ground-rules for international commerce and for trade policy. Note the Documents and Resources page for statistics, research, publications and other services of the WTO, the International Trade and Market Access Data page, and the WTO Documents page for access to all online official WTO documents. Trade Topics is a directory for much of the information on the site. The annual World Tariff Profiles "provides detailed data on the bound and applied tariffs of WTO members." The detailed WTO annual report on international trade statistics and the Trade Profiles booklet are especially useful. There is a regional trade agreements section with an Information System that allows retrieval of information on all RTAs notified to the GATT/WTO. The Tariff Download Facility database "contains comprehensive information on Most- Favoured-Nation (MFN) applied and bound tariffs at the standard Harmonized System (HS) subheading level for all WTO Members."