About Us

An Enterprise Survey is a firm-level survey of a representative sample of an economy’s private sector. The surveys cover a broad range of business environment topics including access to finance, corruption, infrastructure, crime, competition, and performance measures. Since 2005-06, nearly all data collection efforts have been centralized within the Enterprise Analysis Unit, where a Global Methodology was developed and applied ever since. To date, over 131,000 interviews in 139 countries have taken place under the Global Methodology. More detailed information about the Enterprise Surveys can be found on the Methodology page. Surveys that deviate from this Global Methodology or were conducted prior to 2005 are available, along with all other raw data, on our portal.

The World Bank’s Enterprise Analysis Unit is a team of economists and firm-level survey experts that both 1) conducts Enterprise Surveys and 2) draws upon this wealth of firm-level data from developing countries to produce research on the micro-economic foundations of growth. Our findings and recommendations are helping policy makers identify, prioritize and implement reforms of policies and institutions that support efficient private economic activity. Key research topics of the unit include firm performance and job creation, legal gender parity for entrepreneurs and workers, informality, and export performance.

Enterprise Surveys Partners

The Enterprise Surveys implemented in Eastern Europe and Central Asian countries are also known as Business Environment and Enterprise Performance Surveys (BEEPS) and are jointly conducted by the World Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Enterprise Surveys in Latin America are jointly funded with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and surveys in the Caribbean are jointly funded with IDB and COMPETE Caribbean. Enterprise Surveys in the Middle East and North Africa are jointly funded with EBRD and the European Investment Bank. Enterprise Surveys in South Asia and a subset of African countries are jointly funded with the UK's Department for International Development (DFID). Enterprise Surveys in francophone West African countries are jointly funded with the Dutch Good Growth Fund (DGGF).

Contact Us

Enterprise Analysis Unit
Global Indicators Department, DEC
1818 H Street, NW
Washington DC, 20433 USA
Tel. (202) 473-1000

Please email your questions and feedback to enterprisesurveys@worldbank.org. Please include the name of your organization and the country in which you reside.

Meet the Team

The Enterprise Analysis team consists of economists and firm-level survey experts that coordinate the data collection and produce research on the micro-economic foundations of growth.

Frequent Questions

See the frequently asked questions section for more information on the Enterprise Surveys project.

Global Coverage

View which countries have Enterprise Survey data.

Doing Business

Enterprise Surveys and Doing Business are complementary, but different diagnostic tools. They differ in their sources of information and in the types of business environment data that are collected.

Global Indicators Group

Enterprise Surveys is part of Global Indicators Group.