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Useful International Links
Country Research and Ratings
|World Economic Forum||World Competitiveness Report
Global Competitiveness Rating
Micro Competitiveness Rating
|Rates both country (macro) and company (micro) competitiveness of the countries of the world annually and ranks them.|
|A.T. Kearney/Foreign Policy||Globalization Index||Evaluates and ranks the level of globalization of the countries of the world.|
|A.T. Kearney/Foreign Policy||FDI Confidence Index||Rates the investors’ level of confidence in a country.|
|International Country Risk Guide||International Country Risk Rating||As a private organization evaluates the country risk regularly. Other organizations that offer similar services include Economist Intelligence Unit, Institutional Investors, Moody’s etc.|
|Freedom House||Rating of political freedom and civil liberties||Evaluates the level of freedom in a country based on political freedom and civil liberties. Rates countries as “free” or “partially free”.|
|Heritage Foundation||Index of Economic Freedom||Evaluates the countries on the basis of economic freedom. Emphasizes on openness/liberalization of the country.|
|Fraser Institute||Economic Freedom Index||Very similar to Heritage Foundation’s rating. Rates the economic freedom of the countries.|
|United Nations Development Program||Human Development Index (HDI)||HDI is a composite of per capita income, education and life expectancy at birth. Annually, scores the level of human development in different countries.|
|United Nations Development Program||Technology Achievement Index||Evaluates the level of technology in the country.|
|CIBER, Michigan State University||Market Potential Indicators||Indicates the market potential indicators of the 26 emerging markets of the world.|
|The World Bank||GINI Index||Indicates the level of inequality in a country with the help of a mathematical formula of Gini.|
|The World Bank Institute||Governance Indicators||Governance indicators show the efficacy of the governments|
|Transparency International||Corruption Perception Index (CPI)
Bribery Payer's Index (BPI)
|CPI indicates the level of corruption in the country. BPI specifically refers to the level of graft practices in a country.|
Integration and Trade