Assessing Global Issues

last updated: January 4, 2010
Prepared for Mgt. 253: International Political Economy, Prof. Sanford Jacoby
(Note: Mexico is used to demonstrate this research strategy)

Country Picture Country Picture Country Profile Economic and Public Policy Current Conditions Economic Forecast Global Industries Global Industries Existing Industry Analyses Market Share Data Trends and Forecasts Consumer Market Business Conditions Business Conditions The Risk Factors Sources of Financing Existing Industrial Policies


Remote access to most of the databases linked below requires an Anderson login and the Anderson Web proxy server configured, or a Bruin Online (BOL) account and the BOL proxy server configured.


Country Picture Business Conditions Global Industries


A. THE COUNTRY PICTURE

A-1. How can I get a general overview of a selected country?
Type of information needed - country profile

A-2. Where can I find public policy or economic policy of a given country?
Type of information needed - public policy or economic policy

A-3. What is the current status of the country?
Type of information needed - current country situation

  • Business Source Complete database:
    type in Find box:  Mexico
    select in:  GE Geographic Terms
    type in next box:  econom*
    select in:  SU Subject Terms
    type in next box:  polic*
    select in:  AB Abstract or Author-Supplied Abstract
    click button:  <Search>
  • EIU Country Report. Quarterly. Economist Intelligence Unit.
    [see example for Mexico]
  • Factiva
    Type in Free text box:  mexic$ near country
    Date:  In the Last Year
    Search for in:  Headline & Lead Paragraph
    Click button:  Run Search
  • International Economic Trends. The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
  • International Financial Statistics (IMF) database. [statistical series, such as GDP and interest rates]
    click from left list:  Country Tables
    select from country list:  Mexico
    to get all now, click the button:  Continue
    Scroll down to “National Accounts” list
    select:  GDP Deflator
    Return to top and click  +  button
    Then click  Retrieve
  • *LexisNexis Academic - News Wires.
    click box:  News Wire Services
    un-click box:  Major U.S. and World Publications
    type in search box:  Mexic! and econom!
    click button:  Search

A-4. How can I find an economic forecast for a selected country?
Type of information needed - country forecast


B. "DOING BUSINESS" CONDITIONS

B-1. What are the risk factors in this environment?
Type of information needed - country risk ratings

B-2. Does the country provide financial assistance to business?
Type of information needed - financing sources

  • EIU Country Finance. Economist Intelligence Unit. [see example for Mexico]
    For each country, see the sections:
    Taxation and Investment Incentives
    Short-term Financing
    Medium- and Long-term Financing
    Trade Financing and Insurance
  • *U.S. Dept. of State. Country Commercial Guide.
    For each country, go to Chapter 7 on "Trade And Project Financing"

B-3. What industrial policies are in place? (price controls, rules of competition)
Type of information needed - "doing business in" guides


C. THE INDUSTRY - GLOBALLY

C-1. What analysis has already been compiled about the industry?
Type of information needed - industry analysis
  • *IBIS World Industry Market Research (from Business Databases A-Z)
  • Industry Analysis - U. S. International Trade Administration
    Select from menu on the right side of page.
  • *STAT-USA database.
    click on: GLOBUS & NTDB
    See: "Market and Country Research"

C-2. What about market shares for this industry?
Type of information needed - ranking lists, market share data

  • *Business Source Complete (EBSCO) database.
    type in Find box: market share
    select in: SU Subject Terms
    type in next box: mexico
    select: GE Geographic Terms
    change "and" to "not"
    type in next box: new
    select in GE Geographic Terms
    click button: Search
  • TableBase.
    click to Advanced Search
    under Concept Term, select: Market Share
    under Industry, select: Mobile Communications
    under Geo Region, select: Mexico
    click: Search

C-3. How can I update these industry analyses and find forecasts?
Type of information needed - trends from current news and forecasts

  • *Business Source Complete (EBSCO) database.
    type in Find box: wireless
    select in: SU Subject Terms
    type in next box: mexico
    select: GE Geographic Terms
    change "and" to "not"
    type in next box: new
    select in: GE Geographic Terms
    click button: Search
  • *LexisNexis Statistical
    Select: Search Find a Publication
    Type in: wireless (all fields)
    Type in: mexic* (all fields)
    Type in: forecast* (all fields)
    click button: Search

C-4. What is the size of the consumer market for the product and how has it performed in this country?
Type of information needed - consumer market data, product-specific, country-specific

  • *Business Source Complete (EBSCO) database.
    type in Find box: mexican consumers
    select in: AB Abstract
    type in next box: mexico
    select in: GE Geographic Terms
    change "and" to "not"
    type in next box: new
    select in: GE Geographic Terms
    click button: Search
  • *Global Market Information Database (Euromonitor).
    click: more text search options, then Advanced Search

  • STAT-USA database.
    click on: GLOBUS & NTDB
    See: Market and Country Research
    OR, at page bottom, click Trade Library
    type in box: mexic* and wireless and consum*
  • TableBase.
    click to Advanced Search
    under Marketing Term, select: Consumer Behavior
    under Industry, select: Mobile Communications
    under Geo Region, select: Mexico
    click: Search
  • *Factiva database
    type in Free text box: wireless near10 (user$ or consum$) and mexico
    change Date to: in the last 2 years
    search for free-text terms in: Headline and Lead Paragraph
    click button: Run Search

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