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Frequently Asked Questions

These are the most frequently asked questions (click to see the answers):


How is the ranking constructed?

Economies are ranked on their ease of doing business, from 1 to 190. A high ease of doing business ranking means that the regulatory environment is more conducive to the starting and operation of a local firm. The ranking of economies is determined by sorting the aggregate ease of doing business scores. The aggregate ease of doing business score for each economy is the simple average of their scores on each of the 10 topics included in the ranking: starting a business, dealing with construction permits, getting electricity, registering property, getting credit, protecting minority investors, paying taxes, trading across borders, enforcing contracts and resolving insolvency. All topics are weighted equally.


What is the status of the indicator?

In parallel with the Doing Business 2018 study, the team conducted a pilot of the contracting with the government indicator for 18 countries. Through this pilot, and through extensive engagements with external experts, the team refined its questionnaire and conducted a much larger data collection exercise in parallel with the Doing Business 2019 study. Data were finalized for over 90 economies. By the publication of the Doing Business 2020 study, data have been finalized for all 190 economies benchmarked by the larger Doing Business dataset.


How do I become a Contributor?

The Doing Business project is grateful for the generous contribution of more than 14,000 lawyers, accountants, freight forwarders, architects and public officials who serve as contributors in 190 economies. Learn more.


Ask your questions:

Due to the high volume of queries we receive, we can only address questions directly related to the Doing Business study and online database. Please email your questions to Doing Business. Please include the name of your organization and the country where you reside.

If you have a question that is not specific to the Doing Business project, please see:

Enterprise Surveys, firm-level data on a variety of investment climate topics 
World Bank FAQs and information about the IFC