Doing Business in Mexico 2014

Subnational Data

Also available in Spanish
Author: Subnational Doing Business
Published: May 29, 2014
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Doing Business in Mexico 2014 — the fifth subnational report of the Doing Business series in Mexico—compares business regulations in 31 states and Mexico City. The report focuses on federal, state and municipal regulations that affect 4 stages in the life of a small to medium-size domestic firm: starting a business, dealing with construction permits, registering property and enforcing contracts. The report finds that each of the 31 states and Mexico City improved in at least one of the benchmarked areas, making it easier for local entrepreneurs to start and operate a business.

Where is it easiest to do business in Mexico?

Main Findings

  • This year’s report finds that the pace of reform has improved by 27% since Doing Business in Mexico 2012, with a total of 81 reforms registered against 64 in the last report.
  • Once again it is easiest to do business in Colima, followed by Aguascalientes and Guanajuato.
  • The State of Mexico and Puebla were the states that improved the most in the ease of doing business since the last measurement.
  • Guerrero was the state that most improved in business start-up and, State of Mexico was the most improved city for construction permitting, Puebla improved the most in property registration, while Guanajuato improved the most in contract enforcement.
  • All states have improved their business environment. As a result, all of them perform well above the average of Latin American countries.
  • States that make the most efforts to reach out to peers for knowledge sharing are also the ones with better performance.
  • The regulatory business environment in Mexico is converging towards the average performance of high income OECD economies, but there is still a wide performance gap between Mexican states.

More Information

Spanish website 

Press release (in Spanish - PFD, 90KB)

Time series: Compare 2014 results to 2007 (Excel, 90KB)

Presentation of the project by World Bank Group (in Spanish - 3MB, PPT)

Presentation of the findings by C-Estrategia (in Spanish - 2.2MB, PPT)

Country Profile: Mexico (PDF, 1.0MB)

 Doing Business in Mexico 2012 (Spanish, 1.8MB)

 Doing Business in Mexico 2009 (Spanish, 0.8MB)

 Doing Business in Mexico 2007 (PDF, 0.8MB)

 Doing Business in Mexico 2006 (PDF, 0.7MB)

Simulate Reforms

How would a city's ranking change if it reformed? See the impact of reforms by using the ranking simulator (Excel, 400KB) to change indicator values. This exercise assumes that other cities don't reform.

Recent Reforms

View a brief summary of Mexico's reforms in recent years.