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Data and Indicators

Research & Diagnostics

Research data provides the basis for our work to improve the investment climate. Data is used to identify problem areas, set a baseline for improvement, inform project design, measure results, and validate development impact. It is also an important catalyst in building momentum for reform. We employ a range of diagnostic tools to guide our work and equip our government partners to self-assess and monitor their progress.

    • Doing Business

      The Doing Business project provides objective measures of business regulations and their enforcement across 183 economies and selected cities at the subnational and regional level. It measures the regulations applying to domestic small and medium-size companies through their life cycle as reflected in 10 indicators: starting a business; dealing with construction permits; employing workers; registering property; getting credit; protecting investors; paying taxes; trading across borders; enforcing contracts; and closing a business.


    • Subnational and Regional Doing Business

      Subnational and regional Doing Business reports capture differences in business regulations and their enforcement across locations in a single country or region. They provide data on the ease of doing business, rank each location, and recommend reforms to improve performance in each of the indicator areas.


    • Investing Across Borders

      The Investing Across Borders project benchmarks the quality of regulations and efficiency of administrative processes for foreign direct investment based on an annual survey of law firms and other professional service providers.


    • Global Investment Promotion Benchmarking

      The Global Investment Promotion Benchmarking project reviews the capabilities of 210+ investment promotion intermediaries worldwide in responding to inquiries and providing online information to potential investors.


    • Better Regulation for Growth

      The Better Regulation for Growth program reviews experiences and advises on regulatory governance in developing countries. The program is a joint initiative of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the investment climate advisory service of the World Bank Group.


    • Enterprise Surveys

      Enterprise Surveys provide company-level data on 100,000+ firms in 121 countries among the world's emerging markets and developing economies. Data are used to create indicators that benchmark the quality of the business and investment climate across countries.


    • Investment Climate Assessments

      Investment Climate Assessments identify key constraints to growth in a country and areas for reform. These reports analyze perception of entrepreneurs and firm performance in the country and their link to quantitative data found in investment climate surveys.  

    • Business Environment Snapshots

      Business Environment Snapshots is a one-stop guide to business environment indicators, laws, and World Bank Group project information for 183 countries.


    • Entrepreneurship Database

      The 2008 World Bank Group Entrepreneurship Survey measures entrepreneurial activity in over 100 developing and industrial countries over the period 2000-07. The database includes cross-country, time-series data on the number of total and newly registered businesses, collected directly from registrar of companies in our 100 countries around the world.


    • The Little Data Book on Private Sector Development 2010

      The Little Data Book on Private Sector Development 2010 is one of a series of pocket-sized books intended to provide a quick reference to development data on different topics. It provides data for more than 20 key indicators on business environment and private sector development in a single page for each of the World Bank member countries and other economies with populations of more than 30,000. These more than 200 country pages are supplemented by aggregate data for regional and income groupings.