Global Indicators Group

The World Bank Group’s Global Indicators Group produces the following indicators and datasets.

Doing Business

Doing Business provides quantified, comparable measures of business regulations and their enforcement across 190 economies. Published annually since 2003, it measures the efficiency and strength of laws, regulations and institutions relevant to domestic small and medium-size companies throughout their life cycle. 

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Enterprise Surveys

Enterprise Surveys provide the world's most comprehensive company-level data in emerging markets and developing economies. Data are available on 146,000+ firms in 143 countries. Data are used to create indicators that benchmark the quality of the business and investment climate across countries. Visit Enterprise Surveys on Facebook.
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Subnational Doing Business

Subnational and Regional Doing Business reports capture differences in business regulations and their enforcement across locations in a single country or region. They provide data on the ease of doing business, rank each location, and recommend reforms to improve performance in each of the indicator areas. 
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Women, Business and the Law

Women, Business and the Law (WBL) measures gender inequality in the law. The dataset diagnoses legal barriers limiting women’s full economic participation and encourages policymakers to reform discriminatory laws and regulations. Its fifth edition will cover 189 economies and 7 topics: Accessing institutions, Using property, Getting a job, Providing incentives to work, Going to court and Protecting women from violence.

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Enabling the Business of Agriculture

Enabling the Business of Agriculture (EBA) focuses on identifying and monitoring regulations and policies that affect agriculture and agribusiness markets. The project aims to inform and encourage policy decisions that support inclusive participation in agricultural value chains and foster an environment that is conducive to local and regional business in agriculture. Six core topics were selected for the project's pilot phase: land, finance, seed, fertilizer, transport and markets. Three other topics have been identified for initial testing: contract farming, rural electrification, information and communication technology. Several others will be tackled in year 2 of the project’s implementation: agricultural mechanization, livestock, environmental sustainability, gender issues and access to water resources.
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Benchmarking Public Procurement

Benchmarking Public Procurement (BPP) measures transaction costs imposed by public procurement regulations and practices worldwide. It aims to support and enhance policy decision-making by providing cross-country comparison of public procurement laws, regulations and related practices in three policy areas: (1) bidding for a public procurement tender (assessing the ease of accessing public procurement opportunities and submitting a bid from the standpoint of a private sector supplier); (2) filing a complaint (analyzing the process to challenge a public procurement tender through a complaint system); and (3) integrity of public procurement systems (measuring the legal safeguards that come into play throughout the procurement process in order to guarantee the fair and equal treatment of bidders).

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FDI Regulations Database

FDI Regulations Database compares regulation of foreign direct investment around the world. It presents quantitative indicators on economies' laws, regulations, and practices affecting how foreign companies invest across sectors, start businesses, hire skilled expatriates, convert and transfer currencies, and arbitrate commercial disputes.
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Global Indicators of Regulatory Governance

The Global Indicators of Regulatory Governance present new measures of transparency, civic participation and government accountability across the life cycle of regulations. The project collects data for 185 countries worldwide.
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