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Selected Sources for Emerging Markets
Wednesday, 20th October 2010
DocuTicker editors contribute brief articles
to FUMSI on conducting research with grey literature - reports from government
agencies, think tanks, research institutes and public interest organisations.
In my work as a contributing editor for DocuTicker,
I research publicly available reports on a number of global topics.
Here are some of my favourite resources for Emerging Markets:
to Emerging Markets
markets' has become a buzzword in recent decades. In contrast to
the mature markets of Western Europe, North America, Australia and
Japan, emerging markets are seen as areas where investment could
bring especially rich returns as these regions become increasingly
industrialised and new swathes of consumers are created. However,
their rapidly expanding economic state is often
reflected in social, political and environmental instability.
Thus risks as well as returns need to be considered by potential
investors. To do this information is needed which is both reliable
and as current as possible. This is not to say that older
information is not worthwhile. Being an ‘emerging economy' is
part of a long-term process, even if short-term growth can be
astonishingly rapid (e.g. China).
the ubiquity of business information, much of it is itself treated as
a commodity. Nonetheless, it is possible to build up a picture of
many of the relevant factors when investigating the investment
climate for a country or region by using free or partly free Web
resources. DocuTip on Emerging Markets is an introduction to a
series of reports on specific regions deemed emerging markets.
way into this subject, other than DocuTicker itself, is to look at
news stories and research work from major international institutions.
Examples of these would include the International Monetary
Fund (IMF), Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
(aka Office of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), World
Bank and United Nations (see Related Links, below). Emerging markets
are also an area of academic research, so additionally it is possible
to find useful articles and collections of resources prepared
primarily for students, although some material will be restricted to
the members of an institution.
Economic Outlook: Crisis and Recovery published in April 2009, is
a comprehensive overview of the current state of economic affairs.
The recent crisis clearly has implications both for established
economies and those seeking to develop because of their
interdependence. Especially relevant in this report is Chapter 4,
‘How Linkages Fuel the Fire: The Transmission of Financial Stress
from Advanced to Emerging Economies'.
of academic resources are Chuan Li's concise essay, "What
are Emerging Markets?", a handy introduction, and the Market
Potential Index for Emerging Markets, provided by the
International Business Center at Michigan State University (MSU).
This uses a variety of indicators, such as Market Size, Market Growth
Rate and Country Risk to compare the emerging economies and come out
with an overall ranking. To help gauge trends, there is an archive
going back to 1996. The Index is complemented by MSU's Country
Insights, an excellent source to check facts about both countries
and regions that fall within the parameters of emerging markets.
the barriers to accessing information on emerging economies (mainly
due to cost or institutional restrictions), there is still a large
amount of information that can be gleaned from the Web. In a way
this reflects the phenomenon itself - as
countries grow economically they become more frequent objects of
research and, among other things, develop greater capability
themselves to gather and publish economic data. The motive of
self-interest also contributes: If governments and NGOs within
emerging markets wish to attract investment, one way to do so is to
make more information available. Government-published information
should of course be considered alongside more objective sources.
Markets Postings from DocuTicker
is a selection of some relevant postings from DocuTicker:
Impact of the Financial Crisis on Microfinance Institutions and Their
Quarters of All Messages Sent Via Mobile
New Competition for Global Resources
Tourism and Real Estate
insurance in 2007: emerging markets leading the way
is important to note that, although the links below will lead to
valuable material with regard to emerging markets, these sites merit
further exploration for relevant items, and all have site search
facilities to assist in this.
Monetary Fund Key Issues: Emerging Markets
Development Centre Insights
Bank: Growth in Emerging Markets
Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs
excellent collection of evaluative links, using colour-coding to show
at a glance which sites are free, offer a mixture of free and premium
content, or are exclusively premium in nature. There are also direct
links to the stock exchanges in emerging market countries.
By Adrian Janes
Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes is currently an Information Services Librarian with the London Borough of Havering.
In this role, he has particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by Free Pint Ltd. in 2007. He is also involved in training and publicising online reference resources and is a regular contributor to DocuTicker.
Adrian can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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