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Econ 382: Economics of Development

Library resources for country study project.

How to use this guide

Once you have chosen your country and policy issue, you can begin searching these various resources. 

You are going to want to search for:

  • Background information about the country or region you are exploring
    • Locate your country or region in the World Factbook and CIAO (Country Outlook).
      • Every country has an Economy section (GDP, Industries, Labor, Unemployment, Budget, etc).
      • Collect basic demographic, socio-economic-political information that will help inform you about the locale. 
    • Many of the development bank resources have a section about "Where we work" or "Regions we operate in," this is where you will find your country's profile and policy plans. 
  • Policy Issue: What are the events or decisions that have shaped this policy? 
    • Begin looking through research reports- Once you have identified some issues affecting your country or region, locate a policy paper or report on this topic. 
    • Sometimes it helps to trace a timeline of how your policy was shaped.
    • Look through News Sources- How is this policy being reported about in various new sources? Domestically? Internationally?
  • Analyze choices under consideration: What are the routes or options that were not taken? You may have to search through economic opinions, perspectives, and think pieces to gather alternative options. 

Country Information

Policy Information