The distance to frontier score helps assess the absolute level of regulatory performance over time. It measures the distance of each economy to the “frontier,” which represents the best performance observed on each of the indicators across all economies in the Doing Business sample since 2005. One can both see the gap between a particular economy’s performance and the best performance at any point in time and assess the absolute change in the economy’s regulatory environment over time as measured by Doing Business. An economy’s distance to frontier is reflected on a scale from 0 to 100, where 0 represents the lowest performance and 100 represents the frontier. For example, a score of 75 in 2016 means an economy was 25 percentage points away from the frontier constructed from the best performances across all economies and across time. A score of 80 in 2017 would indicate the economy is improving. Read the methodology, explaining how the ease of doing business rankings and the distance to frontier measure are calculated (PDF).
Distance to Frontier Calculator: Users can adjust values of any indicators of an economy and see what impact this would have on the economy's overall ranking. Download Doing Business 2017 distance to frontier calculator (Excel).
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The aggregate Doing Business distance to frontier scores and topic distance to frontier scores for Dealing with Construction Permits, Getting Electricity, Registering Property, Getting Credit, Protecting Minority Investors, Trading across Borders, Enforcing Contracts and Resolving Insolvency are not comparable between Doing Business 2014 and Doing Business 2015 due to methodological changes. The aggregate Doing Business distance to frontier scores and topic distance to frontier scores for Registering Property, Paying Taxes and Enforcing Contracts are not comparable between Doing Business 2015 and Doing Business 2016 due to methodological changes.