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Business in Emerging Markets

Issue Briefing

One of the most fruitful methods for identifying a relevant issue is to scan business news and analysis publications for recurrent themes.  The following sources covering business and economic topics in emerging markets.

New York Times the web version is most convenient to browse (Business & International section)  but you'll hit a pay wall.  Once you hit a pay wall you can use the library subscription to get fulltext.

Financial Times Sign up for a VSB sponsored subscription.

Wall Street Journal Browse the web version with your VSB account.  The library subscription is convenient for searching.

The Economist Browse the web version and search the library subscription when you hit the paywall.


Country Setting

The following resources provide good generalist background oun the political, legal, economic and business conditions.  You will have to make inferences about how they affect your chosen issue.

 Country Profiles

  Business Source Premier (EBSCO)
Aggregator of reports from Business Monitor International, CountryWatch and IHS Global Insight. Search for target country using the drop down geographic terms and then limit to source type country reports.

  CIA - The World Factbook
Profiles have sections on geography, government, economy, energy, communication, transportation, military, and transnational issues.

  Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU)
Country reports have in-depth coverage of the economy and politics with forecasts.

  Global Edge
Free source from Michigan State that restates authoritative country information from reliable sources covering economy, history, government, risk, corporations and culture.

  Mergent Online
Right bottom screen had drop down for country profiles.  Profiles list and provide data tables for economic conditions, top industries, trade, finance, history and geography, people, government, communication, and transportation.

  OECD iLibrary
Reports and studies on energy, environment, employment, education, trade, taxation, finance, and social conditions for OECD countries and selected non-member countries.  Recommended to browse by theme and country.

  Euromonitor (Passport)
Country and Consumer tab offers reports on the business environment, economy, finance, trade, industry, infrastructure, environment, & communication.  Uniquely strong in terms of reports on consumer lifestyles.

  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.

Industry/Sector Reports

Profiles of industries in emerging markets can be found by searching the following databases.  You will need to update the the industry profile may be defined more narrowly or broadly then one you have identified.  Expect to have to update these profiles by searching for trade news.

 Emerging Markets Industries

  Emerging Markets Information Service (EMIS)
Choose country first and then select industry reports, if necessary filter results by language.

Launch the OneSource module, search for industry by keyword and browse market research for you target country.

  ABI/INFORM Complete (ProQuest)
Search by industry keyword or NAICS code and limit results to Source Type, reports.  Aggregates foreign and US reports from Business Monitor International, First Research and others..

  Mergent WebReports
Regional industry reports broadly defined.

  NetAdvantage (Standard & Poor's, Capital IQ)
Industries are broadly defined really US bases.  They set the standard for industry reports so may be useful for industry introduction.

  U.S. Commercial Service Market Research Library
Free registration required. Select country and then browse market research reports via drop-down.

  Euromonitor (Passport)
Covers consumer products & services only.

Legal & Regulatory Bodies

Due to language barriers and challenges of primary legal research you may need to rely on summaries of legal and regulatory approaches to your issue. 

Inter-governmental agencies (IGO's) listed here as well as trade associations (typically referenced in industry reports) track regulatory issues.

For a comprehensive list of links to foreign law on the free web see Law Library of Congress Guide to Law Online Nations.


  Lexis Nexis Academic

  OECD iLibrary


Inter-American Development Bank

Asian Development Bank

African Development Bank

Caribbean Development Bank

Islamic Development Bank

World Trade Organization

World Bank

Entry Modes

Search business literature databases and our catalog for discussions about how to execute various market entry modes and their relative benefits.  Some suggested terms to search follow:

  • strategic alliances
  • international business enterprises
  • foreign investment
  • licensing
  • franchising
  • joint ventures
  • exporting
  • wholly owned subsidiaries
  • mergers and acquisitions

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Business Literature Article Databases

When searching article databases take advantage of assigned subject words and phrases.  Search by fields such as Geographic Terms or Subject Terms for precision.  Combine search terms with appropriate connectors (AND for both, OR for either, or).

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  Business Source Premier (EBSCO)

  ABI/INFORM Complete (ProQuest)

  Emerging Markets Information Service (EMIS)

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Last Modified: Thursday, September 4th, 2014