-Resource Links by Jerry Sullivan

Welcome to the IBUS 300 home page. This page is your gateway to massive amounts of information which will help you in locating data on foreign environments. All you need to do is click on the resource link and explore.

Best Resources

Best Resources is a collection of links that students will most likely use frequently when doing research for their country analysis reports. All students in IBUS 300 should familiarize themselves with these websites.

National Trade Data Bank (

The NTDB, in all it glory--the best resource available.

IMF Country Reports (

Extensive country and other reports--but Adobe Acrobat Reader needed.

Economist Intelligence Unit (

The most elaborate data available on country business practices.

Investment Promotion Network (

Click on "Document Catalog" for country and sector data.

Exchange Rates (

Current and historical rates for 164 countries.

Tradeport (

Build exporting skills, find data, and identify international job opportunities.

Trade Data OnLine (

Trade statistics by industry(SIC), commodity(HS), destination(exports), and source(imports).

Harmonized System Search (

Search the Harmonized System(Schedule B) by key word.


Fine directory of resources--index and search engine.

Global Connector(

A must use resource for country and market links.

UW Research Databases

UW Restricted databases are only available to computers on the UW network (including the modem pool). If you are off campus and are not using the modem pool, you may try using the UW Libraries Proxy Server.

Lexis-Nexis Academic Universe (

Data and analyses on countries and companies.


Recent information from hundreds of journals.

Periodicals Abstracts (

Up to date information from business publications.

Newspaper Abstracts (

News stories, often with full text.




Arbitrag is a simulation which allows users to take the role of either a corporate treasurer or an importer seeking to maximize global returns on investments without incurring currency risks. This is sometimes called the covered interest arbitrage problem. (A downloadable executable is also available here.)

Take a look at our other site offering help for exporters.

How Are Currency Values Determined?

Examine a model of economic and other impacts on currency values. </>

Cross-Cultural Management

Given your culture, how would you manage in another culture? (Macromedia Flash Player needed.)

Currency Predictor

Try your luck at predicting a currency's value six months from now. (A downloadable zip file available here.)


Data & Statistics

World Bank Data (

Indicators and many other data sets--Acrobat Reader required.

National Statistics (

Gateway to each country's statistics office.

Statistical Data Locators (

Links to country data at Nanyang Technical University(Singapore).

Trade Information Center (

Information on trade and country issues.

United Nations Data (

The best quick resource for country data on the Web.

Foreign Labor Statistics (

Find out how much you will have to pay employees in foreign direct investments.

U.S. Balance of Payments (

Data on payments,investment, GDP, and other U.S. economic information. Click on "Key statistics."

Demographic Data (

Useful population data for many countries.


Other Links

OECD Data and Reports (

Economic and other data for the 29 member countries.

Worldclass Supersite (

Well-organized gateway to over 500 IBUS sites.

Political Risk Services (

Extensive country analyses on politics and country risk--a pay site.

Corruption Perception Index (

Transparency International's ratings of country corruption in government.

Europa (

European Union policies, data, and issues.

International Trade Administration (

Advice on how to export.

Asia Observer (

Portal to a wealth of information on Asia.

Nikkeinet (

Mostly on Japan, but lots on Asia.

Asia-Pacific.Com (

Good material on Asia business opportunities.

American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (

Valuable gateway into Japanese business.

Royal Bank of Canada (

Excellent display of services offered by banks to international businesses.

Jerry Sullivan
Professor of International Business
University of Washington