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Doing Business provides objective measures of business regulations for local firms in 190 economies.

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Statement of World Bank Group on Discontinuing Doing Business Report

After data irregularities on Doing Business 2018 and 2020 were reported internally in June 2020, World Bank management paused the next Doing Business report and initiated a series of reviews and audits of the report and its methodology. Read the full statement released by the World Bank Group on the Doing Business report.

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External Panel Review of Doing Business Methodology

The World Bank Group commissioned an external review of the methodology of the Doing Business report.

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Read the cover letter here.

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Doing Business Data Corrections and Findings of Internal Audit

Review of Data Irregularities: Report prepared by Management of the Development Economics (DEC) Vice-Presidency, the World Bank Group

Management Review of Data Irregularities in the Doing Business Reports from 2016 to 2020: Verification Report

Data Integrity in Production Process of the Doing Business Report: Assurance Review


Corrected data

Complete historical data up to Doing Business 2020, revised to correct data irregularities: historical data (excel).



Doing Business 2020, a World Bank Group flagship publication, is the 17th in a series of annual studies measuring the regulations that enhance business activity and those that constrain it. Doing Business presents quantitative indicators on business regulations and the protection of property rights that can be compared across 190 economies—from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe—and over time.


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Doing Business methodology videos

Doing Business provides quantitative indicators covering 10 areas of the business environment. The methodology of each of these indicators is presented in a video format.

Subnational Doing Business in Brazil 2021

Subnational Doing Business in Brazil 2021 assesses the regulatory environment for small and medium-size enterprises in Brazil’s 26 states and in the Federal District. This study measures business regulations across five areas: starting a business, dealing with construction permits, registering property, paying taxes, and enforcing contracts. In each of these areas, the study highlights good practices and opportunities for improvement. The report also includes two pilot studies, which measure the processes of registering as an individual microbusiness owner (Microempreendedor Individual, MEI) and of paying taxes under the Simples Nacional tax regime in five locations in Brazil.

The Entrepreneurship Database Project

The Entrepreneurship Database Project compiles data on newly registered limited liability companies in 155 economies of the world over the past 13 years. It also compiles data on female entrepreneurship in 73 economies of the world over the past 5 years. The most recent update was released on December 4, 2019. Data were provided by business registries or by the private sector.

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El Salvador






Cabo Verde






The Gambia