Database of the Month: PRS Group – CountryData Online

Political Risk Services (PRS) provides a methodology for political risk forecasting. The Bentley University Library now subscribes to the PRS CountryData Online service. CountryData provides access to PRS Group’s historical risk data back to 1984, as well as forecasts, economic, political, geographic, and social data from Political Risk Services. PRS country data is updated monthly on the CDO database.

CDO takes advantage of the Coplin-O’Leary Country Risk Rating System for PRS forecast to provide independent political risk forecasting. Coplin-O’Leary allows users to look at risk variables such as Direct Investment Risk, Equity Restrictions, Financial Transfer Risk, Tariff Barriers, Turmoil Ratings, and 19 others.

CDO allows users to create screening reports based on standard economic indicators, such as wages, inflation, GDP, debt, capital investment and inflation, back to 1984. Data can be viewed as CSV/Excel files.

Finally, CDO provides access to PRS Group’s ICRG Risk tables. ICRG Risk is tables of data as published monthly in the International Country Risk Guide from 1984 until the present, including all sets of data extracted from monthly issues of ICRG since 1984, including Political, Economic, Financial and Composite Risk Ratings.

Connect to This Database

PRS CountryData Online is available from the Databases A to Z listing. Please note that there is a two-user limit for this database. Contact the Reference Desk if you have questions or need assistance using this resource.


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