Business & Economics Research Tips

The Business of China

This week’s “Black Monday” market crash clearly demonstrates how interconnected China’s economy is with the rest of the world’s economies.  The Economist‘s online article The Causes and Consequences of China’s Market Crash provides insight into what seems to have been the cause.  Chinese markets have remained volatile since the devaluation of the yuan on August 11.  The continued decline last week of the Shanghai Composite Index is suggesting that China’s industrial activity is slowing.  University of Chicago researchers interested in diving into China’s industry data to form their own analysis can do so with China Data Online.  Data for over 30 industry categories are available for general analysis going back until 1999.  Monthly statistics on output and production, top enterprises and market analysis by city and region are available as well, including statistics from 2015.

University of Chicago researchers can also search Factiva and EconLit for articles discussing business in China.

 

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Citation: (2015, August 24). The causes and consequences of China’s market crash.  The Economist. Retrieved from http://www.economist.com/news/business-and-finance/21662092-china-sneezing-rest-world-rightly-nervous-causes-and-consequences-chinas

 

What is the value of a brand?

Earlier this year, the question What is the value of a brand? was  answered on The Big Question, a video series created by Booth’s research magazine Capital Ideas.  An expert panel consisting of Professor Ann L. McGill and Professor Pradeep K. Chintagunta as well as Ann  Mukherjee, the president of global snacks and global insights at PepsiCo, discussed the function of brands, building a brand,  and measuring and increasing brand value.

University of Chicago researchers can learn more about brand value using the following resources:

  • eMarketer provides rankings by brand value across different different industries based on overall financial return to an organization’s investors, the brand’s influence on the generation of demand through choice, and the ability of the brand to create loyalty and keep generating demand and profit into the future.
  • Factiva allows you easily filter your search for content in the subject area of Branding.
  • Passport GMID covers a range of topics including brand divestment and provides  international brand share statistics and brand analysis.

Questions?  Ask a Librarian.

New Features in Passport GMID

Passport GMID is a rich source of market research and analysis from Euromonitor International. Don’t let the name fool you, Euromonitor covers major markets world wide. You can now register on Passport GMID to gain access to some great new features.

  • Custom news feeds
    Select industries, market segments and geographies to get custom news when you log in or get email alerts when new research and analysis is available.
  • Save research reports to Saved Research for easy access
  • Save data to My Downloads for quick retrieval at a later date

Connect to Passport GMID here
At the home page, look for “Register for My Pages” in the right column. You’ll need to use a uchicago email address to register. Off-campus users will still need to authenticate through the proxy server to get access to the database.

Registration is not required but it is the only way you can get access to these features.

 

Researching demographic diversity in the United States

The United States Census Bureau continues to issue results and reports related to the 2010 national census.  The latest report is titled Overview of Race and Hispanic Origin: 2010.

The library has a detailed research guide, Finding Census Data that provides links to online data as well as listing our print holdings for both the population and economic censuses.

Social Explorer is a user friendly database for both downloading and mapping US Census data.  Social Explorer contains census data from 1790 to present (as the database announced that 2010 Census is now available as of March 25th).

If you are looking to compare United States demographics with other countries, try Passport GMID (Global Market Information Database) produced by Euromonitor.  We especially recommend the Consumer Lifestyles reports, which give detailed information on consumer demographics in over 70 countries.