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World Bank Doing Business reports


The World Bank Doing Business project provides objective measures of business regulations and their enforcement across 183 economies and selected cities at the subnational and regional level.

The Doing Business reports are detailed subnational reports, which exhaustively cover business regulation and reform in different cities and regions within a nation. These reports provide data on the ease of doing business, rank each location, and recommend reforms to improve performance in each of the indicator areas. Selected cities can compare their business regulations with other cities in the country or region and with the 183 economies that Doing Business has ranked.

The project, launched in 2002, looks at domestic small and medium-size companies and measures the regulations applying to them through their life cycle. Doing Business and the standard cost model are the only standard tools used across a broad range of jurisdictions to measure the impact of government rule-making on firms and allows for empirical analysis on assessing economic impact of business regulation.

By gathering and analyzing comprehensive quantitative data to compare business regulation environments across economies and over time, Doing Business:

  • encourages countries to compete towards more efficient regulation;
  • offers measurable benchmarks for reform; and
  • serves as a resource for academics, journalists, private sector researchers and others interested in the business climate of each country.

Access the World Bank Doing Business reports.