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Issue 21: Fall 2014

Latin American Business and Economics Resources

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WEB PORTALS

America Latina Portal Europeo
http://www.red-redial.net/ External Link
Spanish interface

Web portal of European information and research on Latin America. This portal is sustained by the networks of REDIAL (Red Europea de Información y Documentación sobre América Latina) y CEISAL (Consejo Europeo de Investigaciones Sociales de América Latina). It covers humanities and social sciences about Latin America.

Latin American Network Information Center (LANIC)
http://lanic.utexas.edu/project/archives/lagda/ External Link

Excellent portal for Latin American Studies maintained by the University of Texas at Austin. It provides Latin American resources in the areas of economy, education, government, media and the social sciences. Portal includes student and faculty research. LANIC hosts Etext collections of publications of Center for Latin American Social Policy, CLASPO External Link and Texas Papers on Latin America.External Link Search this repository by "departments" of the university to acquire business and economics content.

Latindex
http://www.latindex.unam.mx/ External Link
Spanish interface

Web portal to search journal titles provided by the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Dirección General de Bibliotecas. Browse the list of journals in "ciencias sociales." There are over 300 economics journals listed. Some links are provided to full text of journals.

Mercatrade
http://www.mercatrade.com External Link
English interface with some Spanish language product descriptions.

Business-to-Business (B to B) trade portal for buyers/sellers or exporters/importers in the US and Latin America. Search for products to find companies/manufacturers, then refine the search by topic or geographic location, or browse categories of products from the homepage. Provides tips for doing business in each of the region's countries. Wholesale suppliers are broken down by country, Andean Region, Mercosur and the Union of South American Nations.

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ASSOCIATIONS

Asociación de Consumidores Libres
http://www.consumidoreslibres.org External Link
Spanish interface

Consumer rights and consumer protection association based in Costa Rica which covers all of Latin America. Provides a free electronic bulletin El consumidor inteligente, with registration. This association actively participates in Latin American negotiations related to a free market.

Asociación Latinoamericana de Integración (ALADI)
Latin American Integration Association LAIA

http://www.aladi.org/nsfweb/sitio/index.htm External Link
Spanish interface

This organization replaced the Latin American Free Trade Association or Asociación Latinoamericana de Libre Comercio (LAFTA / ALALC) in 1980. It currently has 13 members (Argentina, Bolivia, Brasil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, México, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, Uruguay and Venezuela). The mission of the organization is to promote trade and economic cooperation to extend markets within Latin America. Preferential tariff treatment is provided between members. This site provides the organization's documents and a composite of socioeconomic and international trade statistics of ALADI from 1980-2010 External Link

Asociación Latinoamericana de Organizaciones de Promoción al Desarrollo (ALOP)
http://www.alop.org.mx/?q=iniciob External Link
Spanish interface

A Latin American association of nongovernmental organizations NGOs who produce research publications representing both national and international efforts for social and economic development, as well as subregional and international economic integration. Recent and archived publications are available in full text on their website.

Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association (LACEA)
http://www.lacea.org/portal/ External Link

An American-based economic association which publishes the journal Economia.External Link Search the abstracts of articles in all issues for free from 2000-present External Link or use a number of subscription databases to search the full text of articles (Note: Access limited to onsite patrons and other subscribers.)

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INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

Executive Secretariat for Integral Development (SEDI)
http://portal.oas.org/en/sedi/ External Link
English and Spanish interfaces

SEDI is a part of the Organization of American States OAS. This portal provides links to publications, projects and news about SEDI activities in Latin America. Topics are many, including sustainable development, economic development, technical cooperation, trade agreements, business development and competitiveness. Explore the projects and read the newsletter to get information on conferences and national or subregional level projects and initiatives. Search information about projects by selecting a participating country in the Database of Cooperation Projects.External Link

Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO). Secretaría General.
http://www.flacso.org External Link
Spanish interface

The FLACSO main website lists all of the FLACSO institutions in Latin American countries which offer social science Master's degrees and/or produce social science publications about each country. Some of the country-level institutions are included in this guide.

Inter-American Development Bank
http://www.iadb.org/en/inter-american-development-bank,2837.html External Link
English interface

Full text of publications External Link available in PDF. Browse by publication type. Since publications are in English, Spanish and Portuguese it would be beneficial to search using terms in those languages. Search the InterAmerican Bank website by topics and countries as well.

International Finance Corporation: Latin American and the Caribbean
ttp://www.ifc.org/.../regions/latin+america+and+the+caribbean External Link

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in developing countries. This subpage on the website focuses on the Latin America and the Caribbean private sector.

Institute for the Integration of Latin America and the Caribbean (Inter-American Development Bank)
English interface External Link
Instituto para la Integración de América Latina y el Caribe (INTAL)
Spanish interface External Link

The Institute is based in Buenos Aires. Provides publications, research, and data on economic development and economic integration. Search full text documents using the Online Catalog.External Link

International Monetary Fund
http://www.imf.org/external/ External Link

Provides a list of publications and reports on member countries.External Link World Economic Outlook (WEO) External Link database offers analysis and projections of economic developments, policies, financial markets, and the global economic system.

International Statistical Agencies
https://www.census.gov/population/international/links/stat_int.html

Link list of international statistical agencies, including Latin American countries, provided by the US Census Bureau. Excellent place to start seeking the official country level data and data sets provided by the government of every Latin American country.

United Nations. Economic Commision for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) / Comisión Económica para America Latina y el Caribe CEPAL
Publications page External Link

This search interface allows keyword, subject choices from dropdown box, and limiters by date. Links to collections of publications on the left side of this interface provides original English, Spanish, and Portuguese language publications.

United Nations. International Labour Organization.
Latin American & Caribbean Region. Publicaciones External Link

Spanish-language publications from the ILO about Latin America and the Caribbean. Search by topic or country. ILO databases External Link are very useful for global labor studies research. Research guides External Link of ILO Bureau of Library and Information Services include guides on microfinance, informal economy, etc. Very helpful guides for labor economics research.

US Agency for International Development. Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean.
http://www.usaid.gov/who-we-are/organization/bureaus/bureau-latin-america-and-caribbean

Provided economic development statistics in an annual publication Latin America and the Caribbean: selected economic and social data [PDF format: 2.92 MB / 213 pp.] (2011 last year of publication). Search for all issues 1991-2011 by using the title in the USAID Development Experience Clearinghouse. Also published in print from 1991-2011.

US Agency for International Development. Economic Analysis & Data Services (EADS)
https://eads.usaid.gov/

This agency provides development data and quantitative analytical tools listed on this site. Also see the regional page for Latin America and the Caribbean with information on USAID projects by country.

World Bank. Latin America and Caribbean page
English interface External Link
Spanish interface External Link

Home page of a massive resource on Latin American economic development. Entrepreneurs will want to take advantage of the Doing Business in … External Link series to learn more about the region.
Economists will want to browse Open Knowledge Repository External Link for World Bank publications.

World Trade Organization (WTO)
Economic Research and Analysis External Link

WTO provides a support program for PhD students External Link [PDF format: 467 MB / 6 p.] from developing countries. It also provides the following information resources useful for economists and students of international trade:
  • WTO documentation External Link on global trade rules, valuable annual text and statistical publications, economic reports with analysis, special reports, series of WTO working papers, discussion papers, etc.
  • Tariff Analysis Online External Link (TAO) database which allows for free registration to acquire tariff information in all member countries including Latin America. This database of tariff and trade data includes the ability to define the exporting and importing market and industry, with several years of historical data.
  • Guide External Link to downloading files from the WTO Website

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THINK TANKS

Canadian Defense and Foreign Affairs Institute (CDFAI)
http://www.cdfai.org External Link

Provides studies on Canadian and Latin American relations.

International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)
http://www.iisd.org/ External Link

Canadian think tank provides studies on Latin America and the Caribbean region. Recent studies on international trade and food security.

Latin America and Caribbean. Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR)
http://www.cepr.net/ External Link
Interface available in Spanish and Portugese

Nonprofit think tank in Washington, D.C. which makes available economic and social analysis of policies in Latin America and worldwide. Get recent data from Latin America Data Bytes.External Link

Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. Program on Latin American and the Caribbean
http://www.lincolninst.edu/about-lincoln-institute/departments-programs/program-latin-america-caribbean External Link

This institute is a resource for key issues concerning land policy, urban development, land use, regulation, and property taxation in Latin America. Tax Tools section includes Property Tax in Latin America External Link with extensive bibliographies External Link on tax related themes. Search interface for all publications can be found here.External Link

North-South Institute. Publications
http://www.nsi-ins.ca/publications/ External Link

Think tank in Canada which provides research on international development economics in emerging nations. Especially useful to understand the relationship of Canada's economic interests and industries with Latin America.

Peterson Institute for International Economics. Working Papers
http://www.piie.com/publications/pubs_year.cfm?ResearchTypeID=1&ResearchYear=2014 External Link

Full text working papers on Latin American countries, NAFTA, international trade, etc. from economists of this Washington, D.C. based think tank. Use the filter on a search to extract topics or country studies.

Center for Latin American Social Policy (CLASP)
https://www.rand.org/labor/centers/clasp.html External Link

CLASP is a RAND Labor and Population center that provides high quality research on Latin Americans and Hispanics in the US. Topics are: aging, crime and drug policy, data collection methods, education, environment, evaluation of policy interventions, immigration policy and labor markets. On this web site you will find: CLASP publications,External Link CLASP projects External Link and browse the Pardee RAND Graduate School dissertations External Link (a few on Latin America).

La Red Latinoamericana sobre Deuda, Desarrollo y Derechos (LATINDADD) Publicaciones
http://www.latindadd.org/?option=com_docman&view=docman&Itemid=673 External Link
Spanish interface

Seventeen institutions within 11 Latin American countries are members of this network which focuses on debt and development in Latin America. This subpage provides articles written by members of LATINDADD. The site also provides video, books, and news with critical analysis of Latin American finance.

Woodrow Wilson Center. Latin American Program
https://www.wilsoncenter.org/program/latin-american-program External Link

"A nonpartisan forum for experts from throughout the region and the world to discuss the most critical issues facing the Hemisphere." The Mexico and Brazil Institutes are part of the Latin American Program. One of the major initiatives of the Center is Trade and Economics.External Link Descriptions of their series of publications can be found here.External Link

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TRADE RESOURCES

Foreign Trade Information System
http://www.sice.oas.org/ External Link

Provides access to Latin American and Caribbean Area international trade agreements by country. Each member state of the Organization of American States maintains information on this site which includes:
  • Documents on national trade policy
  • Trade agreements
  • Bilateral investment treaties
  • National legislation on key trade disciplines
  • Links to relevant national agencies
  • Trade and tariff data
The Caribbean Trade Reference Center is part of the Foreign Trade Information System.

Market Access Map (International Trade Centre)
http://www.macmap.org/ External Link
Subscription database
Available for free to users in developing countries
Introductory video External Link

"Developed to support the needs of exporters, trade support institutions, trade policy makers and academic institutions in developing countries this database provides information about customs tariffs (including tariff preferences) applied by 196 countries and faced by 239 countries and territories. It also covers tariff rate quotas, trade remedies, rules and certificates of origin, bound tariffs of WTO members, non-tariff measures and trade flows to help users prioritize and analyse export markets as well as prepare for market access negotiations. Users can also find ad-valorem equivalents for all non ad-valorem duties and perform aggregations of products and countries as well as simulate tariff reduction scenarios." -- From Market Access Map website

Mercatrade
https://mercatrade.com/ External Link
English interface with some Spanish language product descriptions.

Business-to-Business (B to B) trade portal for buyers/sellers or exporters/importers in the US and Latin America. Search for products to find companies/manufacturers, then refine the search by topic or geographic location, or browse categories of products from the homepage. Provides tips for doing business in each of the region's countries. Wholesale suppliers are broken down by country, Andean Region, Mercosur and the Union of South American Nations.

US Chamber of Commerce Americas
https://www.uschamber.com/americas External Link

The website describes this organization as, An advocate for U.S. business throughout the hemisphere. Works with members, government, multilateral insittutions and American Chambers of Commerce to promote a wide range of hemispheric trade and investment initiatives. Helps to resolve specific commercial and regulatory challenges in Latin America, the Caribbean, and Canada.

United States. State Department
Country Commercial Guides

Posted on the Commercial Service website on a regular basis.

USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS)
Western Hemisphere subpage

Search by Latin American region of country to find the reports and data from the US Department of Agriculture, Foreign Agricultural Service. Particularly useful for information on US agricultural exports to Latin America.

World Trade Organization WTO
Economic Research and Analysis subpage External Link

WTO provides a support program for PhD students External Link from developing countries. It also provides the following information resources useful for economists and students of international trade:
  • WTO documentation External Link on global trade rules, valuable annual text and statistical publications, economic reports with analysis, special reports, series of WTO working papers, discussion papers, etc.
  • Tariff Analysis Online External Link (TAO) database which allows for free registration to acquire tariff information in all member countries including Latin America. This database of tariff and trade data includes the ability to define the exporting and importing market and industry, with several years of historical data.
  • Guide External Link to downloading files from the WTO Website

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DATABASES

CEPALSTAT Databases and Statistical Publications.
UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean

http://estadisticas.cepal.org/cepalstat/WEB_CEPALSTAT/Portada.asp?idioma=i External Link

This statistical database provides access to statistics and indicators produced by 33 members of ECLAC, 22 associated countries and many ECLAC Divisions. It includes an Open Access API, visualization for ease of use, and downloadable statistics and statistical publications. The site also offers a list of statistics and indicators External Link and methodologies and statistical classifications External Link

CLASE Citas Latinoamericanas en Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades
http://132.248.9.1:8991/F/...?func=find-b-0&local_base=cla01 External Link
Spanish interface

Database maintained by the Dirección General de Bibliotecas of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, UNAM. It has a large and growing number of social science journal articles.

Columbia International Affairs Online CIAO database
http://eresources.loc.gov/record=e1000120
Access limited to onsite patrons and other subscribers
Publisher/Supplier: Columbia University

Includes information on international economic relations of Latin American countries.

Consejo Latinoamericano de Ciencias Sociales (CLASCO)
Latin American Council of Social Sciences

http://www.clacso.edu.ar External Link
Red de Bibliotecas Virtuales de América Latina y el Caribe Colecciones External Link (Virtual Library subpage)
Spanish, English, and Portuguese interfaces

CLASCO virtual library network is open to members with logon. However, some collections are available free to the public. It also offers a searchable bookstore catalog.External Link

Economics Departments, Institutes and Research Centers in the World (EDIRC)
https://edirc.repec.org/data/spegvbo.html External Link

A RePec (Research Papers in Economics) service hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. This service provides a link list of worldwide economics institutions, think tanks, and associations that produce economic research studies.
Browse by: Offers keyword and Boolean search for names of institutions. A comprehensive listing of Latin American economics institutions is maintained by volunteers.
To evaluate the value of the RePEC portal, view the statistical graphs External Link of web analytics for each service.

EIU Country Reports
http://eresources.loc.gov/record=e1000555
Access limited to onsite patrons and other subscribers
Publisher/Supplier: Economist Intelligence Unit

Economic and political reports for all Latin American countries from the Economist Intelligence Unit. Excellent background information.

EIU Country Data
http://eresources.loc.gov/record=e1000257
Access limited to onsite patrons and other subscribers
Publisher/Supplier: Economist Intelligence Unit

Economic statistics for all Latin American countries from the Economist Intelligence Unit. Downloadable data sets.

EMIS Intelligence
http://eresources.loc.gov/record=e1000092
Access limited to onsite patrons and other subscribers
Publisher/Supplier: Internet Securities, Inc.

Includes economics and business information for Latin American countries from many sources in various languages.

FRED Economic Data
https://research.stlouisfed.org/index.html External Link

FRED® is a database of over 154,000 economic time series from 59 sources. With FRED®, you can download data in Microsoft Excel and text formats and view charts of data series. Search for Latin American data by country.External Link An excellent source of national economic, financial and business statistics, i.e. number of listed companies for Argentina. percentage of foreign bank assets among total bank assets for Nicaragua.

Handbook of Latin American Studies (HLAS) database
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/hlas/

Annotated bibliography on Latin America of all social science and humanities disciplines in all major European languages. Created and made available by The Library of Congress Hispanic Division. Includes scholarly reviews of Latin American economics and economic history sources from 1990 to present.

Hispanic American Periodical Index (HAPI)
http://eresources.loc.gov/record=e1000240
Access limited to onsite patrons and other subscribers
Publisher/Supplier: University of California Los Angeles

Indexes 500 periodicals. Covers Latin America and Hispanic Americans in the U.S. Many full text links available.

IDEAS
http://ideas.repec.org/d/fruspbr.html External Link

A RePEC (Research Papers in Economics) service hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. The web site states that IDEAS is the "largest bibliographic database dedicated to Economics and available freely on the Internet. Over 1,400,000 items of research can be browsed or searched, and over 1,300,000 can be downloaded in full text! This site is part of a large volunteer effort to enhance the free dissemination of research in Economics or RePEc External Link which includes bibliographic metadata from over 1,600 participating archives External Link including all the major publishers and research outlets." Includes most major economic research from Latin America. Offers numerous ways to search content. Very useful portal for any business and economics researcher.
To receive alerts or RSS feeds of New Economics Papers by research topic browse the NEP service External Link
To evaluate the value of the RePEC portal view the statistical graphs External Link of web analytics for each service.

IDB Data (Inter-American Development Bank)
https://data.iadb.org/ External Link
Interface in English and Spanish

Explore and download data by country or by indicator. Includes specialized datasets.

INTradeBID (Inter-American Development Bank)
https://www.intradebid.org/site/ External Link

Search for trade agreements, tariff information, favored nation status, etc.

LexisNexis Library Express
http://eresources.loc.gov/record=e1000623
Access limited to onsite patrons and other subscribers
Publisher/Supplier: LexisNexis

Comprehensive access to credible news, business and legal information from over 10,000 individual sources. News coverage encompasses hundreds of U.S. and world news publications; broadcast transcripts, specialized and foreign language publications; premium blogs and Twitter® feeds.
Business information includes detailed company profiles, industry overviews and competitor information, SEC documents and SWOT analysis.

OECDiLibrary
http://eresources.loc.gov/record=e1000055
Access limited to onsite patrons and other subscribers. Some free content on any Internet-enabled device.
Publisher/Supplier: Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development

This online library contains its books, papers and statistics and is the gateway to OECD's analysis and data. It replaced SourceOECD database in July 2010. It offers a significant number of working papers, statistics, and analysis of Latin American and Caribbean countries. It also contains publications of the International Energy Agency (IEA), the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA), the OECD Development Centre, PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment), and the International Transport Forum (ITF). OECD iLibrary presents all content so users can find - and cite - tables and databases as easily as articles or chapters in any available format: PDF, WEB, XLS, ActiveChart, DATA, ePUB, READ. Example of a useful OECD publication for Latin America is the annual Latin American Economic Outlook.External Link

PAIS International
http://eresources.loc.gov/record=e1000461
Access limited to onsite patrons and other subscribers
Publisher/Supplier: ProQuest

Public Affairs Information Service International provides citations to over 3,600 journal articles, books, hearings, reports, grey literature, government publications, Internet resources, and other publications from over 120 countries worldwide. PAIS includes coverage of publications in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish with English language abstracts and subject headings that deal with public affairs. Links to web resources and publisher websites. Newspapers and newsletters are not indexed. Business and economics researchers seeking information about economic and social policy of Latin American countries will be well served by this resource.

RAND: Latin America and the Caribbean
https://www.rand.org/topics/latin-america-and-the-caribbean.html External Link

Freely available reports published 1967-current. Limit search by content types, subtopics and authors.

RePEC (Research Papers in Economics)
See entries for IDEAS and EDIRC services.

Socio-Economic Database for Latin America and the Caribbean (CEDLAC)
http://www.cedlas.econo.unlp.edu.ar/wp/en/estadisticas/sedlac/ External Link

CEDLAC is a project of the World Bank and the National University of La Plata. It provides a wealth of statistical information in the form of documentation and visualization on maps of Latin American and the Caribbean regions. The search interface allows you to search by region or country and the following categories: demographics, education, housing and infrastructure, income, inequality, labor, and poverty. The data is taken from numerous household surveys and other documents. It can be downloaded into Excel. In order to understand the data and search the variables in the database please read the section on Methodology.External Link

University of North Texas Digital Library
Collection of Congressional Research Service Reports External Link

Search "Latin America" and drill down by country. Sort results set by "newest" to get the most recent reports available via this interface.

World Bank Data
http://data.worldbank.org/ External Link

Data Catalog External Link provides a list of all the available databases. You can refine the list by topics, economic coverage, periodicity and access options. Of particular interest is the Socio-Economic Database for Latin America and the Caribbean (SEDLAC) External Link database.

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