Thematic Reports

Doing Business thematic reports provide a detailed look at a topic, such as paying taxes.

The latest thematic reports are listed below.

Paying Taxes 2015: The Global Picture

This report, the ninth in a series from the World Bank Group and PwC, measures tax systems for a domestic company complying with tax laws and regulations in each economy. The case-study company is a small to medium-size manufacturer and retailer, chosen to ensure that its business can be identified with and compared worldwide.

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Does Doing Business matter for foreign direct investment?

This report, the seventh in a series from the World Bank Group and PwC, measures tax systems for a domestic company complying with tax laws and regulations in each economy. The case-study company is a small to medium-size manufacturer and retailer, chosen to ensure that its business can be identified with and compared worldwide.

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How transparent is business regulation around the world?

An institutional environment characterized by openness and transparency is of central importance not only for private markets but also for the effective and efficient management of public resources. This study fills this gap by presenting new data that speak to the efforts at transparency made by government agencies tasked with implementing business regulation.

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Making Security Interests Public

The importance of a strong secured transactions law and effective registration system for movable collateral has been a focal point of legal reform for international organizations over the past two decades. This report focuses on analysis of such institutions, highlighting the importance of a publicly accessible registry where information on interests in movable assets can be registered. This publication does so by using the results of a 2010 World Bank Group survey on collateral registries.

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Getting Electricity

Getting Electricity

Getting Electricity presents findings on the kinds of constraints entrepreneurs around the world face in getting access to electricity and illustrates patterns in connection processes. In the 10 economies with the fewest procedures, the process of obtaining an electricity connection takes only 56 days on average. In the 10 economies with the most procedures, it takes 215 days.

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