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Country Reports

This guide provides a selective list of regularly updated country reports and profiles that are free on the Web, print publications, or from American University Library's subscription databases.

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Economic country reports

  • Asian Development Outlook (1996 to present) from Asian Development Bank
    (Call number: HC411 .A17). AU Library has print editions from 1991-2009.
  • Country Commercial Guides from the U.S. Commerce Service, International Trade Administration, U.S. Dept. of Commerce
    Country Commercial Guides (CCG's) are prepared annually by U.S. embassies with the assistance of several U.S. government agencies. These reports present a comprehensive look at countries' commercial environments, using economic, political and market analysis.
  • Country Reports on Economic Policy and Trade Practices (1993 to 1999) from the U.S. Department of State
    Comparative analysis of the economic policies and trade practices of countries with which the United States has significant economic or trade relationships.
  • Department of Labor's Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004)
  • EITI Reports (Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative)
    Revenue flows from oil, gas and mining activities.
  • Global Competitive Report from World Economic Forum
    Latest report is free of charge. Earlier reports going back to 2001 only has the executive summary or portions of the report.
  • International Monetary Fund (IMF)
  • Investment Climate Statements (2009 to present) from U.S. Department of State
    Looks at the following factors for each country:
    1. Openness To, and Restrictions Upon, Foreign Investment (Laws/Regulations of Foreign Direct Investment; Industrial Strategy; Limits on Foreign Control and Right to Private Ownership and Establishment; Privatization Program; Screening of FDI; Competition Law); 
    2. Conversion and Transfer Policies (Foreign Exchange; Remittance Policies);
    3. Expropriation and Compensation
    4. Dispute Settlement (Legal System, Specialized Courts, Judicial Independence, Judgments of Foreign Courts);
    5. Performance Requirements and Investment Incentives
    6. Protection of Property Rights (Real Property; Intellectual Property Rights);
    7. Transparency of the Regulatory System;
    8. Efficient Capital Markets and Portfolio Investment (Money and Banking System, Hostile Takeovers);
    9. Competition from State-Owned Enterprises (Sovereign Wealth Funds);
    10. Responsible Business Conduct;
    11. Political Violence;
    12. Corruption;
    13. Bilateral Investment Agreements;
    14. Investment Insurance Programs;
    15. Labor;
    16. Foreign Trade Zones/Free Ports/Trade Facilitation
  • National Trade Estimate Report on Foreign Trade Barriers (NTE) (2007 to present) from the Office of the United States Trade Representative
    Surveys significant foreign barriers to U.S. exports by country. Includes import tariffs and taxes, export subsidies, intellectual property rights protection, service and investment barriers, and other policies.
  • NATLEX Country Profiles from the International Labour Organization
  • National labor laws, and countries' ratification and application of international law standards.
  • Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
    Statistics mainly of member countries.
    • OECD Economic Outlook (1997 to present) from OECDiLibrary AU-only icon
      Twice-yearly report of the major economic trends and prospects for the next two years. Provides projections for output, employment, prices and current balances based on a review of each member country and of the induced effect on each of them on international developments.
    • OECD Economic Surveys (1997 to present) from OECDiLibrary AU-only icon
      Reviews of member and non-member economies covering key economic challenges being faced and recommendations for dealing with the challenges.
    • Economic Policy Reforms (2005 to present) from OECDiLibrary AU-only icon
      Annual report giving an overview of structural policy developments in OECD countries followed by a set of indicators that reflect structural policy evolution.
  • Trade Policy Agenda and Annual Report of the President of the United States on the Trade Agreements Program (2007 to present) from the Office of the United States Trade Representative
  • Overview of U.S. trade policy and the status of regional and bilateral negotiations with individual countries