Database of the Month: IHS Connect

IHS Connect provides continuously updated analysis of general business conditions, economic information and general risk assessment for countries, continents and regions. Reports include political, economic, regulatory/legal, tax, operational and security considerations. Interactive maps, statistical data, charts, and graphs analyze and present data on specific geographies.

Users researching Global Studies, Economics, and business-related country and company topics will find this database useful. For example, information on the following common reference questions in those disciplines (and more) is included:

  • Risks associated with doing business in specific countries
  • World, regional and local economic forecasts
  • Current country and sovereign risk ratings from IHS Connect, Moody’s, S&P and other rating services
  • Headline Analysis, Risk Profile, Intelligence, and other analyst-authored reports naming specific countries and companies

Get Started with IHS Connect

To get started, click the gear icon in the upper right corner of the page and choose Show Subscribed Content to limit search results to Bentley’s subscription content. A basic search box for keyword searching is provided to the left of the gear icon; start typing a search term and a list of suggested topics appears below the search box. Results will be provided in one or more of the following subject areas: Global Economics, Risk, or Geographies.

Choose a Country

To see an interactive dashboard with comprehensive information about a specific country, click the Geography link of the navigation bar and enter a country name into the search box.

Partial view of Country Risk reports and data for Venezuela, showing Overview, Reports and Risk Ratings

Browse Interactive Risk and Economics Datasets

The IHS Data Browser organizes and displays Risk Rating and Global Economy data. Build reports by choosing from a detailed list of strategic or sovereign risk factors, or view economic indicators over time. The data can be exported to Excel by clicking the Export button.

Strategic risk ratings for South American countries

Get Database Help

View IHS Connect’s online help center by clicking the question mark icon on the main navigation bar.  Download the PDF user guide or view it online. User guides for a variety of in-depth tutorial information are also available. In-person assistance is available from Bentley librarians; our contact information and Reference Desk hours are available on the Bentley Library Research Help page.

Connect to the Database

Please visit our Databases A-Z page and click IHS Connect to begin your search. This database can also be viewed in the following Subject lists on the A-Z page: Country Research; Economics; International Business; Politics and Government.


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Database of the Month: IHS Connect (formerly IHS Global Insight)

ihsconnectFor a number of years the Bentley University Library has relied upon IHS Global Insight to provide us with comprehensive economic and country risk data.  Recently IHS has transitioned the content we received via Global Insight  into a new product, IHS Connect.  The IHS Country Profiles can now be found under the “geography” tab at the top of each IHS Connect page.  User can search for Country Reports based on geographic location for Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania.   The country reports are comprehensive, updated reports across major factors shaping foreign investment: political, economic, legal, tax, operational and security environment.  Country reports has a content area labeled “Research and Data Center” that provides Bentley users with exchange rates and CPI tables, monthly forecast tables, and quarterly forecast tables.  The tabular data is downloadable with Excel.

The Growth Outlook content area provides users with a number of tables based on key economic indicators, such as production and inflation, trade and exchange rates.  Key indicator tables can be exported to PDF, Excel and PowerPoint.  IHS provides 6-8 month projections of key indicators.  The Country Rankings content area  provides users with the ability to build a rankings table for 206 countries.  Countries can be ranked by GDP, CPI, foreign Debt, International Reserves, Long-term Interest Rates, and a number of other categories.  Any table in this section of IHS Connect can easily be downloaded to Excel.

A full country report is provided for each country covered by IHS.  Each report includes a Country Risk Statement prepared by IHS.  Each report also includes a Short-term Outlook section as well as Medium- and Long-term Outlook. The Short-term Outlook provides key points and analysis with recent and projected key macro-economic indicators.  The Medium- and Long-term Outlook section provides for a deeper analysis of each country’s economic growth.   Growth, labor markets, inflation, exchange rates, monetary and fiscal policy, and the external sector of each country are covered in the narrative of each country report.

Under the “Insight” tab users can find the Risks and Ratings content area.   This section provides tables of the IHS Country Risks and sovereign risks.  The IHS Country Risks provide weighted  risks (Political 25%, Economic 25%, Legal 15%, Tax 15%, Operational 10%, Security 10%) for doing business in all of the countries covered in the database.  The sovereign risk content area provides a quick tabular view of medium term risk with ratings from Fitch, Moody’s, and S&P.

IHS Connect is a large, comprehensive database with some content areas that are  not available to members of the Bentley community.   When logged into the database users will notice that some content areas are “grayed out” or a “lock” icon is used as an indicator that we do not have access to that content.

IHS Connect can be accessed via the Bentley Library’s Databases page ( or directly at


Database of the Month provides a very brief introduction to an important research database, highlighting key features of the database that you should know about. If you would like more information about this database (or any of the library’s databases) please Ask a Librarian. If you would like a demonstration of this database for a class, please contact the Reference Desk.