International Economics

The World from the G-Econ Project Population The World at Night Rotating Earth The Visible Earth
Patterns of trade GDP per capita Foreign Direct Investment X+M/GDP Exports per capita
Scaled GDP map Worldmapper World wealth Exports/imports GDP maps
International Trade Statistics

Sources for the maps above:
Row 1: The rotating earth with GDP per capita is from the G-Econ Project , The population map is from Worldmapper, Sheffield Univerisity, UK , and the
satellite views of the world are from NASA's Visible Earth website.
Row 2: The patterns of trade, GDP per capita and FDI maps are from > UC Atlas of Global Inequality and the
Excel files for exports and imports as a share of GDP and exports per capita are from the WTO International Trade Statistics for 2003.
Row 3: Maps scaled by GDP or by exports and imports.
For the Worldmapper maps,
Syllabus -- Spring 2015

The following material is from previous International Econonomics courses

International Trade Links -- Country Information

This page offers useful links for work on specific countries and regions.
Since Web sites are often reorganized, the general links (for example to the Word Trade Organization) are given as well as the specific links to country information (for example, to the WTO's Trade Policy Reviews). Try the specific links first, but don't be too surprised if they are broken.
If they are, please go to the web site's home page and see if you can find the link; if you do, drop me an e-mail with the new address.


International Organizations

  • UNCTAD International Trade Center Excellent data on trade by country and category of goods; studies of revealed and potential comparative advantage. The most useful specific link is countries.htm ;use the small pull-down list at the top to select a country.

  • World Trade Organization Country Trade Policy Reviews are the most thorough source.

  • International Monetary Fund Staff research papers are often helpful; Standby Arrangements often discuss structural reforms. Check the Country Index

  • World Bank May be useful for developing countries, but focus is typically on individual projects rather than overall policy. You should check:
    • Research
      There is a pull-down list for countries on the left;
      typing a country name into the SEARCH box will give too many hits which are often only slightly relevant.
    • Country Index
    • World Economic Forum for the Global Competitiveness Report, compiled by the World Bank and the World Economic Forum.

  • OECD The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development coordinates economic statistics and does regular surveys of the economies of its members. Especially useful is the section on the economy(pull down the "Topics" menu on the top of the home page and click on "Economy")and its Economic Outlook surveys.

  • International Labor Organization Relevant to this course is the breakdown of country labor forces by sector, which can be found in the labor statisitics offered by the ILO.
    Note that "sectors" are defined in terms of the International Standard Industrial Classification and that the tables will show letters (for ISIC rev. 3) or numbers (for ISIC rev. 2), which can be decoded by clicking on the underlined ISIC in the table.

Country oriented links

  • McKinsey Consulting prepares reports on selected countries, which usually concentrate on productivity and comparative advantage. Requires (free) registration to access.

  • National Bureau of Economic Research Search on the Working Papers database, using the name of your country as a keyword. Chances are excellent that you will find useful papers.

  • Newspaper search using Pitt Library databases. Best procedure: Select National Newspapers , then limit your search to one newspaper by using the Publication Search feature. For example, if you select the letter W from the Publication Search screeen, you can choose to search the Wall Street Journal or the Washington Post . You have one further choice to make: select the Search Within Publication tab at the top, then enter your search terms. It may be a good idea to limit the date to the last 12 months for the first search.

  • Advanced Google Search . Using an ordinary Google search will almost surely result in a large number of not-very-useful links. To use the Google search engine efficiently:

    1. Enter your country's name in the first line (with all the words).
    2. Exact phrase: fill in
       "trade policy" 
      or another appropriately limited search term
    3. File format: choose Adobe PDF to select documents someone has taken time to prepare.
    4. Domain: fill in
      to avoid a massive number of hits.

    Then, of course, it is your job to browse through your hits for the truly useful links.

  • Country Studies/Area Handbooks by the Library of Congress provides detailed historical, political and economic background. Note that some of the country studies are a bit dated (oldest 1988), so check the publication date.
  • CountryWatch provides country overviews; full access only from University computers.
  • CIA World Factbook Brief encyclopedic survey, country by country.

US agencies