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Distance to Frontier

The distance to frontier score aids in assessing the absolute level of regulatory performance and how it improves over time. This measure shows 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. This allows users both to see the gap between a particular economy’s performance and the best performance at any point in time and to 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 DB 2015 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 DB 2016 would indicate the economy is improving. In this way the distance to frontier measure complements the annual ease of doing business ranking, which compares economies with one another at a point in time.

Multi City = Multi-city data for same economy is available.

Methodology
Explanation of how the ease of doing business rankings and the distance to frontier score (PDF, 95KB) are measured and calculated.

Download Dataset
Download the full Distance to Frontier dataset, 2004-2016 (Excel, 500KB)

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Afghanistan40.6937.9639.4540.0841.2840.6540.58
Albania62.1762.3458.6758.9059.3766.7760.50
Algeria50.9650.7050.9051.1653.3345.4045.72
Angola37.7137.6140.6342.8845.7037.4639.64
Antigua and Barbuda64.8164.6764.3863.9564.0659.8959.70
Argentina56.9156.7657.1956.3356.4856.8256.78
Armenia61.8262.3764.8768.7870.3472.6874.22
Australia80.8081.1580.9881.6381.6980.0980.08
Austria76.4476.8076.7977.9578.5478.3678.38
Azerbaijan62.3862.3763.5464.3065.7466.6567.80
Bahamas, The65.3865.4064.9665.0565.2857.7759.00
Bahrain67.0667.1967.2567.5268.2566.7966.81
Bangladesh    49.1442.7143.10
Bangladesh - Dhaka 47.4349.2548.0047.4749.4142.7543.14
Bangladesh - Chittagong     48.2142.5842.95
Barbados  62.1862.2362.2156.8856.85
Belarus54.0956.5961.7464.7067.0971.7972.33
Belgium74.0573.7974.0574.2074.2372.3972.50
Belize61.0660.9661.5261.7261.8056.7756.83
Benin38.0539.5842.0243.7544.9045.3747.15
Bhutan56.5855.9858.8759.3260.3164.9065.21
Bolivia49.5349.7450.0850.2349.9246.9947.47
Bosnia and Herzegovina52.0453.2454.6655.1756.0963.3663.71
Botswana64.9065.3366.5167.0268.3764.4264.98
Brazil    53.1657.6657.67
Brazil - São Paulo 53.7353.3453.3153.2353.5257.1257.12
Brazil - Rio de Janeiro     52.6058.5258.52
Brunei Darussalam60.9460.9862.2662.3764.8758.0262.93
Bulgaria68.4168.5468.2268.6668.9873.6273.72
Burkina Faso40.7242.0245.2845.5746.5648.9750.81
Burundi35.6435.8441.8846.6450.6348.8048.82
Cabo Verde53.3255.8258.5858.8559.5355.2855.54
Cambodia49.8250.1750.6851.5851.5252.7855.22
Cameroon43.3345.3847.7548.7949.2444.0244.11
Canada79.8280.8180.4080.8280.4879.9080.07
Central African Republic27.5027.5133.7132.4632.7536.1536.26
Chad29.4329.0531.7231.7032.6837.8338.22
Chile68.4569.8572.4071.6772.3170.8671.49
China    61.1362.8162.93
China - Shanghai 56.5259.4558.5859.9461.2063.2263.38
China - Beijing     61.0462.3162.39
Colombia65.7066.8569.0368.9970.0369.8970.43
Comoros45.1745.5547.4048.7349.7046.0948.22
Congo, Dem. Rep.30.1533.3234.4034.8037.5534.7938.14
Congo, Rep.36.8034.4437.4238.5540.1941.4841.88
Costa Rica57.1256.8258.0660.1062.4063.5968.55
Côte d'Ivoire41.3641.5044.1844.8348.5949.7150.93
Croatia61.3261.8963.1162.7963.9272.5072.71
Cyprus66.5567.7769.1469.4369.4467.3771.78
Czech Republic62.1866.8767.5868.7369.6673.8673.95
Denmark84.2485.4285.7285.7985.7184.2684.40
Djibouti44.3043.5244.0544.5049.3243.9444.25
Dominica63.9763.8864.0664.3064.2561.1061.44
Dominican Republic63.0762.7062.4062.3762.4760.7761.16
Ecuador57.4357.4957.8457.4657.9457.1457.47
Egypt, Arab Rep.55.9356.8657.9058.2758.6554.1954.43
El Salvador60.0059.5059.6759.7059.8959.9462.76
Equatorial Guinea45.6344.9447.4047.7449.0140.0640.03
Eritrea32.2133.3733.6234.4834.8127.4027.61
Estonia75.9776.3275.9675.5976.2979.2779.49
Ethiopia46.2448.2949.1950.0954.5849.2449.73
Fiji68.1968.4568.3367.5167.2162.5262.58
Finland80.8981.4582.1882.2282.3280.9581.05
France70.3671.0371.0670.8770.7775.5475.96
Gabon47.5748.3750.7550.3151.4346.5945.99
Gambia, The48.4748.7749.9051.6051.1448.8448.99
Georgia74.3576.7879.4981.7282.2676.8477.45
Germany79.9679.9280.0679.7180.0279.6479.87
Ghana61.0363.1563.7967.3466.5757.6557.69
Greece62.3160.2960.5362.5263.2268.3068.38
Grenada59.2960.3760.3960.5160.3953.4453.46
Guatemala61.2961.2461.6662.1265.3863.4163.49
Guinea37.0335.7738.3941.2844.3542.8345.54
Guinea-Bissau33.4633.6240.9842.1244.6838.8740.56
Guyana58.3758.6058.4458.6358.9753.0451.83
Haiti42.9943.1242.5542.6344.0739.5139.56
Honduras59.2158.4359.3660.0359.8056.9558.06
Hong Kong SAR, China88.2888.6789.3489.3388.6782.8783.67
Hungary64.4866.3066.0566.1966.1872.4572.57
Iceland81.0381.3582.6282.7383.0478.8978.93
India    50.3652.6754.68
India - Mumbai 48.8150.1352.4552.7852.9853.5755.56
India - Delhi     48.0451.8753.91
Indonesia    56.8156.7358.12
Indonesia - Jakarta 57.0557.6258.5058.8056.6956.8758.31
Indonesia - Surabaya     57.2156.2357.48
Iran, Islamic Rep.56.7856.9857.0758.6558.8156.7457.44
Iraq49.0448.3648.6849.8250.4246.0846.06
Ireland82.6182.0281.4982.4883.0778.8579.15
Israel71.3371.8671.8472.9373.5470.5970.56
Italy65.7466.1266.4567.0167.8071.7172.07
Jamaica61.2062.1162.2863.8063.8464.6867.27
Japan    77.8674.7274.72
Japan - Tokyo 78.4278.0178.3178.2478.5474.7874.78
Japan - Osaka     76.5974.6174.61
Jordan56.8357.2658.0858.1259.1957.8157.84
Kazakhstan57.0659.9662.9062.9463.6269.3472.68
Kenya57.6057.0757.2257.4660.0353.6058.24
Kiribati58.7258.5858.6358.6158.5149.9949.50
Korea, Rep.81.6281.8682.7883.9984.1783.9183.88
Kosovo55.9355.7155.8061.2964.6566.1166.22
Kuwait60.7160.6561.7161.5761.2459.7760.17
Kyrgyz Republic60.8962.8761.4563.3264.9265.4066.01
Lao PDR47.2949.2149.9350.3052.1651.2253.77
Latvia73.1973.7176.7676.9078.0777.5178.06
Lebanon61.6161.9362.3362.7662.5156.5056.39
Lesotho50.4451.5151.7454.4256.5557.6757.69
Liberia41.0341.1645.1447.4850.8239.0140.19
Libya   33.8435.0531.9931.77
Lithuania73.4473.4774.0274.2376.4878.1978.88
Luxembourg65.5065.8166.7466.7966.8168.3268.31
Macedonia, FYR63.3063.6666.8770.1574.2179.6980.18
Madagascar45.5344.9046.6446.4647.6644.2845.68
Malawi48.3249.2049.6048.1749.4549.7451.03
Malaysia74.1375.9079.3479.4881.2379.0879.13
Maldives59.5163.8066.5264.8263.0455.0555.04
Mali43.8747.0848.5549.7750.7650.1150.81
Malta  62.1162.0662.3963.6963.70
Marshall Islands55.0257.5857.5757.4957.7051.5851.58
Mauritania41.4242.5245.0045.1246.1240.4144.74
Mauritius73.4373.9674.0376.5377.2674.3975.05
Mexico    70.9372.1573.72
Mexico - Mexico City 65.2567.5869.1971.0570.8171.5473.16
Mexico - Monterrey     71.4775.1776.49
Micronesia, Fed. Sts.50.1750.1750.2250.2248.1949.6849.67
Moldova58.7459.3660.3761.3065.5470.7670.97
Mongolia58.7358.8160.0361.8363.1968.1968.83
Montenegro60.6961.6663.1465.3467.3871.0571.85
Morocco60.8660.2863.6163.0564.6963.4764.51
Mozambique53.3954.5053.3953.6957.3153.6653.98
Myanmar   43.1343.9340.0945.27
Namibia63.1963.2263.3463.7863.6359.7260.17
Nepal60.4358.1359.5660.1062.7760.3060.41
Netherlands75.2075.2075.8677.1377.0876.0275.94
New Zealand88.8489.0889.0989.5389.3986.7586.79
Nicaragua54.1054.1957.3658.0658.2255.7355.78
Niger36.6437.6940.9442.6543.5144.6546.37
Nigeria    48.3343.5644.69
Nigeria - Lagos 42.8742.7043.9743.7447.8742.7244.03
Nigeria - Kano     49.8646.3846.90
Norway82.3882.5182.5383.7983.8981.5381.61
Oman65.8565.8867.6168.7468.9263.6765.40
Pakistan    58.1851.6251.69
Pakistan - Karachi 56.3456.2357.2857.3659.3551.9752.04
Pakistan - Lahore     56.0050.9651.03
Palau56.7356.7057.1556.6061.1853.4353.43
Panama65.4165.9366.0366.2667.8165.7565.74
Papua New Guinea57.2957.1057.2457.1459.8050.6750.74
Paraguay60.7861.5061.7261.7162.1260.2560.19
Peru67.6869.3570.6171.8871.8371.3771.33
Philippines54.2754.9855.6555.9260.4859.9460.07
Poland63.1465.1565.9571.9374.0875.3876.45
Portugal71.4773.8474.8076.1975.9277.4377.57
Puerto Rico (U.S.)70.6571.4371.0971.7771.5568.7368.73
Qatar68.4167.7169.2271.1471.1865.8265.97
Romania63.0462.8162.8664.3364.8573.5973.78
Russian Federation    65.3469.2670.99
Russian Federation - Moscow 54.9354.3256.6658.3665.4069.4271.13
Russian Federation - Saint Petersburg     65.2268.8970.66
Rwanda57.8959.6259.8364.1769.1168.8868.12
Samoa65.2667.2367.4967.5467.0960.6360.70
San Marino   65.4265.1463.6464.21
São Tomé and Príncipe42.9741.1448.0848.2248.5845.2245.50
Saudi Arabia68.1669.8169.2570.2169.8062.6963.17
Senegal41.8942.0843.9444.2745.1046.5948.57
Serbia58.3359.0559.7360.6360.6465.2568.41
Seychelles62.2462.2962.8762.8663.2758.3161.05
Sierra Leone39.7744.2248.3149.1254.8749.6749.69
Singapore91.7992.4292.4292.4493.3087.3487.34
Slovak Republic68.7369.9869.9871.1171.0974.7475.62
Slovenia63.1066.0067.8169.8271.1173.6975.62
Solomon Islands55.0859.5760.9562.1161.8757.7457.86
South Africa68.0968.4769.5570.5770.8464.9364.89
South Sudan   36.5834.0735.5634.78
Spain68.1868.2270.1370.1969.5073.7874.86
Sri Lanka57.0756.0457.1261.0361.6057.5058.96
St. Kitts and Nevis61.4261.4060.5560.5159.9555.8155.83
St. Lucia65.3565.1265.2065.3865.1664.1964.20
St. Vincent and the Grenadines63.6863.7963.9363.1163.2157.9057.91
Sudan49.2749.4349.8651.4551.5046.1146.97
Suriname44.0444.4144.5744.6446.5447.0947.69
Swaziland54.7358.2258.5959.2759.7659.0059.10
Sweden81.6983.1782.7582.4082.5181.4081.72
Switzerland75.3475.3975.4875.6675.6575.9576.04
Syrian Arab Republic50.5650.7251.5251.7046.5041.6142.56
Taiwan, China74.3974.8275.9279.2179.2480.5380.55
Tajikistan41.0743.4243.6544.4747.3851.3754.19
Tanzania52.6255.3856.5156.5156.8850.8951.62
Thailand74.5974.0373.8273.9974.4071.3371.42
Timor-Leste42.0042.5842.9743.1145.0444.0844.02
Togo38.5839.6741.6243.6146.4947.5449.03
Tonga64.5864.6965.7465.2566.3064.1764.13
Trinidad and Tobago61.8862.1362.5463.5263.7562.6462.58
Tunisia66.5468.3568.4468.5669.2664.1264.88
Turkey65.3065.3466.0566.9168.5269.9369.16
Uganda48.8651.0749.9449.8354.1051.8056.64
Ukraine39.6944.1844.3548.8658.1262.3163.04
United Arab Emirates71.5771.7371.9973.4875.7174.3375.10
United Kingdom83.4084.1984.3284.3584.7482.1882.46
United States    82.3282.1582.15
United States - New York City 85.7285.7285.6584.9484.8283.1383.13
United States - Los Angeles     78.5680.6880.69
Uruguay58.9858.9362.0163.3963.7361.1661.21
Uzbekistan39.9941.0944.1046.9648.7358.8162.60
Vanuatu61.2961.6362.8464.1065.3160.0261.08
Venezuela, RB36.7238.3538.0339.2338.9636.3035.51
Vietnam58.6659.4559.5260.0560.4460.3562.10
West Bank and Gaza51.3650.8850.9451.5553.3353.7154.83
Yemen, Rep.56.8056.7457.7955.5157.0244.5344.54
Zambia57.5757.2857.3560.7962.1560.6960.50
Zimbabwe41.7041.8045.4043.8445.1647.3348.17