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 2002, the World Bank has collected this data from face-to-face interviews with top managers and business owners in over 155,000 companies in 148 economies. More detailed information about the Enterprise Surveys can be found on the Methodology page. Since 2005-06, most data collection efforts have been centralized within the Enterprise Analysis Unit; these surveys are conducted using the Global Methodology. To date, over 125,000 interviews in 139 countries have taken place under the Global Methodology.
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.
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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 upcoming 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).
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