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Going Global Career Guides

Countries available in ABI/INFORM for 2004-2006 include: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and United States.

Some Going Global Career Guides are also available in Business Source Premier, including editions more recent than 2006 for Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Peru, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and United States. Business Source Premier also has older guides from 2002 for Argentina, Baltic States, Chile, Czech Republic, Hungary, Indonesia, Latin America, Malaysia, Mexico, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Thailand.

Americans Living and Traveling Abroad (USA.gov)

BNA Tax Management

BNA Tax Management - select the tab for "International Tax" -- (Subscription cancelled due to budget cuts. Paper copies of older editions are available in the General Collection, 3rd Floor - HJ 2381 .T392)

  • Foreign Income Portfolios: Business Operations Abroad for individual countries "contain information enabling foreign businesses and their professional advisors to determine the best methods of conducting business operations in [a specific country] from both the tax and general legal points of view. It analyzes in detail the statutory and procedural framework of [the country's] taxation as applied to corporations and individuals. In addition to a detailed explanation of the [country's] system of income taxation, the Portfolio discusses the legal forms of business enterprises, licensing and franchising in [the country], immigration regulations, labor relations, business financing, currency and exchange control, the value added tax, the tax on presumptive minimum income, the tax on real and personal property, as well as the different tax treatment derived from the tax treaties entered into by [the country]."
  • Foreign Income Portfolios: Taxation of Foreign Persons' U.S. Income include separate portfolios dealing with nonresident alien individuals, foreign corporations, partners & partnerships, foreign investment in U.S. real estate, foreign students & teachers & researchers, etc.
  • Foreign Income Portfolios: Taxation of U.S. Persons' Foreign Income include separate portfolios dealing with U.S. income taxation of citizens & residents abroad, tax aspects of foreign currency, foreign personal holding companies, controlled foreign corporations, foreign sales corporations, etc.

Doing Business in...Guides

See also print copies of some Doing Business in... Guides in the UCF Library's Reference Collection.

Geert Hofstede Cultural Dimensions

  • Power Distance Index (PDI) "expresses the degree to which the less powerful members of a society accept and expect that power is distributed unequally. The fundamental issue here is how a society handles inequalities among people. People in societies exhibiting a large degree of power distance accept a hierarchical order in which everybody has a place and which needs no further justification. In societies with low power distance, people strive to equalise the distribution of power and demand justification for inequalities of power."
  • Individualism (IDV) -- "The high side of this dimension, called Individualism, can be defined as a preference for a loosely-knit social framework in which individuals are expected to take care of themselves and their immediate families only. Its opposite, Collectivism, represents a preference for a tightly-knit framework in society in which individuals can expect their relatives or members of a particular in-group to look after them in exchange for unquestioning loyalty."
  • Masculinity (MAS) -- "The masculinity side of this dimension represents a preference in society for achievement, heroism, assertiveness and material reward for success. Society at large is more competitive. Its opposite, femininity, stands for a preference for cooperation, modesty, caring for the weak and quality of life. Society at large is more consensus-oriented."
  • Uncertainty Avoidance Index (UAI) "expresses the degree to which the members of a society feel uncomfortable with uncertainty and ambiguity. The fundamental issue here is how a society deals with the fact that the future can never be known: should we try to control the future or just let it happen? Countries exhibiting strong UAI maintain rigid codes of belief and behaviour and are intolerant of unorthodox behaviour and ideas. Weak UAI societies maintain a more relaxed attitude in which practice counts more than principles."
  • Long-Term Orientation (LTO) -- "The long-term orientation dimension can be interpreted as dealing with society’s search for virtue. Societies with a short-term orientation generally have a strong concern with establishing the absolute Truth. They are normative in their thinking. They exhibit great respect for traditions, a relatively small propensity to save for the future, and a focus on achieving quick results. In societies with a long-term orientation, people believe that truth depends very much on situation, context and time. They show an ability to adapt traditions to changed conditions, a strong propensity to save and invest, thriftiness, and perseverance in achieving results."

Global Property Guide - The Investor's Guide to Residential Property Buying Abroad

  • Prices, Rents, & Rental Yields
  • Long Term Investment Ratings
  • House Price Time Series
  • Transaction Costs
  • Capital Gains Taxes, Income Taxes
  • Landlord & Tenant Law and Practice
  • Inheritance Law

Guide to Europe (Monetos)

Monetos -- Independent Information and Research on the European Private Financial Sector

  • European Rental Guide
  • Student Life in the UK
  • Visiting a Doctor in the EU
  • Opening a Bank Account in the EU
  • Guide -- Discussion Forum
  • Money Management for Students
  • Resources: Universities, Colleges, Institutes, Official Websites

Index of Economic Freedom

Index of Economic Freedom

  • Business Freedom
  • Trade Freedom
  • Fiscal Freedom
  • Freedom from Government
  • Monetary Freedom
  • Investment Freedom
  • Financial Freedom
  • Property Rights
  • Freedom from Corruption
  • Labor Freedom

See also the Freedom House reports.

International Labor Comparisons

Social Security Programs Throughout the World

  • old-age, survivors, and disability;
  • sickness and maternity;
  • work injury;
  • unemployment; and
  • family allowances.

Transitions Abroad

see also a similar Web resource - ExpatExchange