The World Bank Group’s Global Indicators Group produces the following indicators and datasets.
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Doing Business provides quantified, comparable measures of business regulations and their enforcement across 189 economies. Published annually since 2003, it measures the efficiency and strength of laws, regulations and institutions relevant to domestic small and medium-size companies throughout their life cycle. Visit Doing Business on Facebook.
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Enterprise Surveys provide the world's most comprehensive company-level data in emerging markets and developing economies. Data are available on 130,000+ firms in 135 countries. Data are used to create indicators that benchmark the quality of the business and investment climate across countries. Visit Enterprise Surveys on Facebook.
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Subnational 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.
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Women, Business and the Law
Women, Business and the Law measures how laws, regulations and institutions differentiate between women and men in ways that may affect women’s incentives or capacity to work or to set up and run a business. It analyzes legal differences on the basis of gender in 143 economies, covering seven areas: Accessing Institutions, Using Property, Getting a Job, Providing Incentives to Work, Building Credit, Going to Court and Protecting Women from Violence. Visit Women, Business and the Law on Facebook.
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The unit houses three projects that build on the Doing Business methodology: Benchmarking Public Procurement, Enabling the Business of Agriculture, and FDI Regulations Database. The unit is expected to grow as there are new initiatives currently being developed.
Enabling the Business of Agriculture
Enabling the Business of Agriculture (EBA) focuses on identifying and monitoring regulations and policies that affect agriculture and agribusiness markets. The project aims to inform and encourage policy decisions that support inclusive participation in agricultural value chains and foster an environment that is conducive to local and regional business in agriculture. Six core topics were selected for the project's pilot phase: land, finance, seed, fertilizer, transport and markets. Three other topics have been identified for initial testing: contract farming, rural electrification, information and communication technology. Several others will be tackled in year 2 of the project’s implementation: agricultural mechanization, livestock, environmental sustainability, gender issues and access to water resources.
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Benchmarking Public Procurement
Benchmarking Public Procurement (BPP) measures transaction costs imposed by public procurement regulations and practices worldwide. It aims to support and enhance policy decision-making by providing cross-country comparison of public procurement laws, regulations and related practices in three policy areas: (1) bidding for a public procurement tender (assessing the ease of accessing public procurement opportunities and submitting a bid from the standpoint of a private sector supplier); (2) filing a complaint (analyzing the process to challenge a public procurement tender through a complaint system); and (3) integrity of public procurement systems (measuring the legal safeguards that come into play throughout the procurement process in order to guarantee the fair and equal treatment of bidders).
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FDI Regulations Database
FDI Regulations Database compares regulation of foreign direct investment around the world. It presents quantitative indicators on economies' laws, regulations, and practices affecting how foreign companies invest across sectors, start businesses, hire skilled expatriates, convert and transfer currencies, and arbitrate commercial disputes.
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