Eighth in a series of annual reports comparing business regulations
in 183 economies, Doing Business 2011 measures regulations affecting 10
areas of everyday business activity:
- starting a business,
- dealing with construction permits,
- employing workers,
- registering property,
- getting credit,
- protecting investors,
- paying taxes,
- trading across borders,
- enforcing contracts, and
- closing a business.
The report updates all 10 sets of indicators, ranks countries on
their overall ease of doing business and analyzes reforms to business
regulation- identifying which countries are improving strengthening
their business environment the most and which ones slipped. Doing
Business 2011 includes results on the ongoing research in the area of
"getting electricity" and illustrates how reforms in business
regulations can translate into better outcomes for domestic
entrepreneurs and the wider economy. It also focuses on how women in
particular are affected by complex business regulations.
"One of the merits of [the Doing Business] data is that for
any given regulatory obstacle in a country, it is easy to see which
neighbouring country is doing better, and whether there are any
relatively simple changes that would help."
-- The Financial Times , 9/12/09
"Encouragingly, reform seems to be contagious. Countries try
to emulate leaders in their regions... The willingness of governments
to keep reforming in such tough times strengthens the prospects for
-- The Economist, 9/10/09
"Here's a rare bright spot as a result of the global
financial crisis. The World Bank's Doing Business Report, which
tracks how easy or hard it is to start new businesses in various
countries around the world, is just out today, and more countries than
ever are slashing red tape around starting businesses."
-- Newsweek, 9/8/09
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