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Doing business in SEE


Over the 13 years since its inception the Doing Business report has become one of the world’s most influential policy publications. It is an annual report on the state of health of economies based on detailed diagnostics not of the relatively more visible features (such as growth) and various macroeconomic parameters (such as the public debt) but of underlying and embedded characteristics—such as the regulatory system, the efficacy of the bureaucracy and the nature of business governance. An economy’s scores on Doing Business indicators are somewhat akin to a measure of concentrations of various proteins and minerals in the human blood. They may not seem important to the lay observer, but they have huge long-run implications for an economy’s health, performance and growth.


Since 2003 Doing Business has been publishing annual quantitative data on the main regulatory constraints affecting domestic small and medium-size enter-prises throughout their life cycle. This year’s report presents data for 189 econ-omies and aggregates information from 10 areas of business regulation—starting a business, dealing with construction permits, getting electricity, register-ing property, getting credit, protecting minority investors, paying taxes, trading across borders, enforcing contracts and resolving insolvency—to develop an overall ease of doing business ranking. Data are also collected on the regulation of labor markets but these are not part of the overall ranking.


The Doing Business report is available for download here.


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