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A PESTLE analysis typically covers the Political, Economic, Social, Technological, Legal, and Environmental(PESTLE) structure of a country.
Explore the resources on this Country Information subject guide to find relevant databases and websites to support PESTLE research. This guide includes links to sources for country profiles, statistics, information on doing business in a country, and more. Each database will have unique information, and searching across multiple sources may help to find information on a variety of topics related to a country.
(GlobalData) Provides access to a comprehensive collection of business information on over 200 countries and 3500 industries. It contains in-depth information on over 30000 public and private companies, market data for consumer products, and news feeds. Search tip: Type the name of the country into the MarketLine search bar, and use the drop-down menu under 'All Research' to select 'Country Profiles'.
(EBSCO) Provides access to one of the industry's most used business research databases of magazines, journals, newspapers, reports, profiles, case studies, books and trade publications. Search tip: Type the name of the country into the search box. Under 'Publication Type', tick the box to limit the search to 'Country Report'.
Search for demographic information by country. Click on the Economies or Consumers tabs and then select a category such as "Income and Expenditure." Or use the Search Analysis box to select a topic and geography.
Select specific country from the drop-down menu. Compare countries through Comparative Statistics button. Find and compare country profiles and statistics by industry, finance, external trade, and more.
GDP, GDP per Capita; GDP Composition by sector (Ie. agriculture, industry, services)
Government deficit/debt as ratio to GDP; government deficits
Country credit rating; issuer default rating
Current account surplus - value; as a percentage of GDP
Long term foreign currency holdings
Better Life Index (BLI) - based on 11 topics identified by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). These range from housing, income, community and education to environment, civic engagement and health. The index also allows a comparison of gender differences.
Price inflation rate
Wage growth; employment generation
Average disposable income, changes in disposable income
Central Bank interest rates
Foreign exchange rates
Economic growth patterns (contraction, growth, etc.); declines or increases in consumption
Main contributors to the economy (manufacturing, services, natural resources, etc.
Chief exports/Chief Imports
Exports and imports - value; volume; growth rates
Foreign direct investment value
Purchasing Manager's Index value (PMI)
Consumer confidence index
Business confidence index
World Bank Doing Business Report scores, rankings
Impact of Covid 19 on the economy (travel restrictions, lockdown measures, vaccine roll out, stimulus measures)
Income inequality magnitude, growth or decline patterns
General Progress Indicator (GPI) -incorporates social and environmental factors not measured by GDP, such as the cost of ozone depletion, crime or poverty on a nation’s economic health. It nets the positive and negative results to decide whether economic growth has benefited the population overall.
Happy Planet Index (HPI): developed by the UK’s New Economic Foundation, combines four elements – life expectancy, wellbeing, ecological footprint and inequality – to show how efficiently people in different countries are using environmental resources to lead long, happy lives.