Doing Business Report Series

The Doing Business report series includes annual reports going back to 2004, a wide variety of subnational studies, and a number of special reports dealing with regions or topics. Use the tabs to read report summaries and to download. Additional country and regional reports can be downloaded below.

Doing Business Reports

Doing Business 2016

Doing Business 2016: Measuring Regulatory Quality and Efficiency , a World Bank Group flagship publication, is the 13th 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 189 economies—from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe—and over time.

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Featured Subnational Report

Doing Business in Spain 2015

This report measures business regulations and their enforcement across 17 autonomous communities and two autonomous cities in Spain. The report examines 5 areas as measured by Doing Business: starting a business, dealing with construction permits, getting electricity, registering property and trading across borders.

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Featured Case Study

Measuring the cost of red tape

This note estimates the costs to firms from inefficient business regulations. Using the Doing Business data, we identify the time it takes in countries around the world for 6 major transactions regulated by governments: starting a business, transferring property, paying business taxes, exporting goods, importing goods and using courts to resolve a commercial dispute. Based on the data, we estimate that if the governments of 90 economies had applied best practice in regulating business entry in 2012, more than 45 million days of entrepreneurs’ time could have been saved.

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