international business country analysis

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Using the two countries of Italy and Serbia go to globaledge.msu.edu You may also go to cia.gov Factbook pages to research your countries. Please make sure you include tables and graphs from your research for each country.

1. Describe the Economy.

a. Describe the economy (using the CIA Factbook) for Italy (5 points) and provide table for the following economic indicators: (5 points)

i. Current Account Balance

ii. Inflation

iii. Manufacturing Value Added

iv. GDP Growth

v. GDP per capita, PPP

b. Describe the economy (using the CIA Factbook) for Serbia (5 points) and provide table for the following economic indicators: (5 points)

i. Current Account Balance

ii. Inflation

iii. Manufacturing Value Added

iv. GDP Growth

v. GDP per capita, PPP

Infrastructure (20 points)

2. For each country, look up the following Infrastructure determinants –

a. mobile cellular subscriptions;

b. Roads, total network;

c. Rail lines;

d. Transport; and

e. Internet Users.

Do not just supply this information in the form of tables and graphs, also explain why infrastructure is important to FDI.

a. Italy – why is infrastructure important (5 points) and indicators tables and or graphs (5 points)

b. Serbia- why is infrastructure important (5 points) and indicators tables and or graphs (5 points)

HINT: In order to properly compare these numbers, you may want to scale these numbers per capita – divide each infrastructure indicator by population. The population is on the CIA Factbook.

Investment Potential (20 points)

3. Overall, what is your group’s informed opinion as to how receptive your countries are to FDI?

a. Which country, of the pair, is the most receptive? Provide a well-reasoned argument using the evidence presented in the Economics and the Infrastructure parts of this project.

b. Italy – well-reasoned argument (4 points)

c. Serbia- well-reasoned argument (4 points)

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