International Trade and Investment
Updated February 28, 2013
Research links on International Trade and Investment are divided into:
History, Background, and Research Guides
Glossaries and Lexicons
Data, Polls, and Surveys
- Bureau of Economic Analysis: Interactive Data
Data included on International Transactions and Direct Investment and Multinational Companies.
- Census Bureau: Foreign Trade Data
State by state data, trade by commodity, U.S. total trade.
- Doing Business: Trading Across Borders data
International Finance Corporation and World Bank initiative; "procedural requirements for exporting and importing a standardized cargo of goods" by region or country.
- Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO): TradeStat
Food and agricultural trade statistics since 1961 by country and commodities.
- ITA: State Data
"Effects of international trade on all 50 states' economic infrastructures."
- ITA: Trade Stats Express
"Retrieve, visualize, analyze, print and download your customized output" on national merchandise exports, imports, trade balances and state merchandise exports.
- International Economic Statistics (IES) Database
From St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank: "links to individual indicators (such as GDP and CPI) for each country, as well as a detailed description of the data."
- World Bank: Logistics Performance Index
"To help countries identify the challenges and opportunities they face in their performance on trade logistics and what they can do to improve their performance...comparisons across 155 countries."
- World Trade Organization (WTO): International trade and tariff data
Statistic databases, annual analysis of trade data (leading traders, trade by sector and product, regional trade, LDCs, etc.).
U.S. Trade Position, Policy, and Agreements
Organizations and Institutes
- Doing Business: Trading Across Borders
From International Finance Corporation and World Bank; data, reports, rankings.
- Census Bureau: Foreign Trade
"Responsible for issuing regulations governing the reporting of all export shipments from the United States." Includes import and export statistics, information on export regulations, commodity classifications.
"Brings together resources from across the U.S. Government to assist American businesses in planning their international sales strategies and succeed in today’s global marketplace." Includes laws, logistics, liscense requirements, data sources, etc.
- ITA: Trade Compliance Center
"One-stop shop for getting U.S. government assistance in resolving the trade barriers or unfair situations you encounter in foreign markets."
- U.S. International Trade Commission
"Investigates the effects of dumped and subsidized imports on domestic industries and conducts global safeguard investigations...also adjudicates cases involving imports that allegedly infringe intellectual property rights."
- International Trade Union Confederation: Documents
"The promotion and defence of workers’ rights and interests, through international cooperation between trade unions, global campaigning and advocacy within the major global institutions."
- Legal Information Institute: Trade Regulation
Federal and state statutes and laws.
- OAS: SICE Trade-Related Issues - Disciplines
"Relevant national legislation, trade agreements provisions, and information on specialized governmental agencies" for anti-dumping, intellectual property.
- USTR: Trade Toolbox - Trade Laws
U.S. and International laws.
- Centre for Economic Policy Research: Global Trade Alert
Reports "measures taken during the current global downturn that are likely to affect foreign commerce...identifying the trading partners likely to be harmed." charts, map, statistics on specific measures between trading partners.
- CATO: Trade and Immigration
Subtopics with related publications, suggested reading list, Congressional voting record on free trade and protectionism
- The Economist Debates: Fair Trade versus Free Trade
Online debate between proposer and opposition, each with statements, rebuttals, and closing statements; includes input from guests and background reading.
- IIE: Hot Topics - Trade, Jobs, and Globalization
"Trade liberalization is often the focal point for anxiety about job insecurity, and job loss is costly for workers displaced from manufacturing industries where import competition is strong. Comprehensive adjustment and skill-building programs are theref