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International Practicum Shanghai-Beijing

Country Overview

The sources listed here provide general overviews with varying emphasis on economic, business, political or social conditions in China.

  CIA World Factbook China
Just the bare bone facts, but essential.

  Political Handbook of the World (Sage/CQ Press)
Comprehensive country profiles chronicling national history, government, and political parties, as well as profiles on intergovernmental organizations, development banks, and the agencies and specialized bodies of the United Nations.

  Global Edge
Global business knowledge site providing access to authoritative data from Michigan State University.

  Economist Intelligence Unit
Navigate to the Country Report \"blue site\" for forward looking analysis of the politica, economic and regulatory environment.  Note that we do not subscribe to all modules.

  Business Source Premier (EBSCO)
BSP offers news, scholarship and practical business reports.  See the video to get only Country profiles.

Doing Business Guides

These doing business guides focus on practical aspects of organizing an investment

  U.S. Commercial Service Market Research Library
Free registration required. Use the drop down to select China.  Country Commercial Guide provides broad coverage of doing business issues.

  UHY Doing Business Guides
"Prepared by UHY’s member firms, each ‘Doing Business’ guide covers country specific business information you need to consider should you wish to pursue business interests there".

  Deloitte Taxation & Investment Guides
"The Taxation and Investment Guides are a first stop for investors wishing to gain a working perspective on the operating conditions and investment climate – including the legal, accounting and taxation framework."

  World Bank Doing Business
Data and reports on business regulation for regions, 189 nations and some subnational entities and cities.

  American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai
More than a doing business guide, this web site provides links to business news, events, directories and reports (don't miss the publications link).  Some resources are only available to members.

  China Council for the Promotion of International Trade
Promotes and facilitates foreign trade for China

Industry Reports

Industries are variously defined. It is not unusual to find reports more broadly or narrowly defined.  I include here analysis on the regional as well as state level.

Most of these databases aggregate reports written by several firms.  You will notice overlap between them.  There is not a way to search across these databases simultaneously. 

In the "start your search here box" navigate to the China Industry reports to browse by topic

  U.S. Commercial Service Market Research Library
Free registration required. Market research is hit or miss.  Browse the \"Best Market\" and \"Market Research\" reports

  Mergent WebReports
Mergent only offers regional industry reports.  Activate Industry Research tab, use the drop down to select the industry and choose Asia-Pacific.

  Passport (Euromonitor International)
Our subscription to Euromonitor only covers consumer goods & services. Despite this limitation the reports provide excellent insight and data.

  EMIS Intelligence (Emerging Markets Information Service)
Click on China to begin. Maximize the Industries module.  Choose the target industry.  If needed, limit content by language. Expand and browse the industry snapshots.

  ABI/INFORM Complete (ProQuest)
Market research reports from various publishers are aggregated here.  Use the drop down to limit the search to China, the source type check off to reports and try various terms to describe your target industry.  See the video below.

  Business Source Premier (EBSCO)
Business Source Premier is similar to ABI Inform in that it aggregates business news, scholarship and reports making extracting industry and market profiles tricky.  Use the drop down to search for China by Geography, search for your target industry by Subject or NAICS code. Limit publication type to Industry Profile.

Statistics & Data

Language barriers and reliability issues plague students and business people operating in China.  Google translate is an imperfect but widely available tool to lower language barriers.  OffStats China provides a list of authoritative data sources about China. 

  China Data Online (China Marketing Research Co.)
Provides national, provincial, city and regional data series including national accounts, prices, employment, income, industry, foreign trade, agriculture, construction, transportation, telecommunication, and education in monthly and annual time series.

  Economist Intelligence Unit
Market Indicators and Forecasts offers data covering a wide range of topics including demographics, macroeconomics, industries and risk ratings.

  World Bank Data China
Data on World Development Indicators, Finances, Economic Forecasting and Climate Change.

  IMF eLibrary Data
International Monetary Fund (IMF) statistics on Balance of Payments, International Financial Statistics, Government Finance Statistics and Direction of Trade Statistics. Time series are presented in browsable and searchable tree. Results may be downloaded in a variety of formats.

  Global Financial Data
Features historical data on worldwide stock exchanges, bond indices, intraday data, futures, interest rates, population, and much more. All data is clearly defined, easy to read, and readily downloadable into Excel.
Authorized users (on and off campus) limited to current Villanova students, faculty and staff.


BBC News China

Financial Times, World and Asia Pacific Sections  If you have not already done so, sign up for a subscription courtesy of VSB.

WSJ.com China Be sure to use your VSB subscription.

  Lexis Nexis Academic
To find China news sources browse the source directory, by News and Business Topics and Country, China, check the source and search by keyword.

Recent E-Book Titles:  Business & Economics

Check out this list of recently published ebooks on a wide range of business topics on China.  The list includes books on accounting, labor law, management, economic development and finance.

  Catalog at Falvey
Use the catalog for a focused search on specific topics related to business in China to retrieve print and ebooks.

lhauck Linda Hauck
Business Librarian
Falvey Library, Villanova University
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova , PA , 19085
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