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Doing Business 2018

Doing Business 2018: Reforming to Create Jobs, a World Bank Group flagship publication, is the 15th in a series of annual reports measuring the regulations that enhance business activity and those that constrain it. Doing Business presents quantitative indicators on business regulations and the protection of property rights that can be compared across 190 economies—from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe—and over time. Read more »

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Doing Business in the European Union 2018: Croatia, the Czech Republic, Portugal and Slovakia—the first report of the subnational Doing Business series in these countries—assesses the business regulatory environment and its impact on local entrepreneurs.

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Subnational reports has benchmarked 485 locations in 71 economies since 2005.


Milestone dates for Doing Business 2019:

  • End of January – February: questionnaires distributed for Doing Business 2019 data collection.
  • March: open call to WBG colleagues and Executive Directors to send updates on ongoing reforms expected to affect the Doing Business indicators.
  • Late June: the Doing Business team circulates its “reform update memos”, a compilation of the reforms the team has captured thus far in the data collection cycle in the areas measured by Doing Business. The memos go to WBG regional colleagues.
  • July – mid August: Written exchanges with government officials about the data, ahead of the publication of the report.
  • Late August: Bank-wide review of the draft Doing Business 2019 report. The updated reform memos will be sent to Executive Directors.
  • Late October: release of embargoed report to senior management and Executive Directors.
  • October 31: Doing Business 2019 report official launch date.


  • Statement on Doing Business External Audit 2018: English l Spanish
  • Doing Business External Audit 2018 Full Report (English) & Executive Summary (Spanish)
  • Doing Business External Audit 2018 Management Response: English l Spanish