About Doing Business USAID – WORLD BANK TRAINING November 3, 2009 What does Doing Business measure? Doing Business indicators: Focus on regulations relevant to the life cycle of a small to medium-sized domestic business. Are built on standardized case scenarios.
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The index is calculated as the ranking on the simple average of its percentile
rankings on each of the 10 topics
# 1 reason: reforms
Changes to the methodology
New economy additions
What are limitations of the Doing Business methodology?
The collected data refer to businesses in the country’s largest business city and may not be representative of regulation in other parts of the country.
The data often focus on a specific business form—a limited liability company (or its legal equivalent) of a specified size—and may not be representative of the regulation on other businesses, for example, sole proprietorships.
Transactions described in a standardized case scenario refer to a specific set of issues and may not represent the full set of issues a business encounters.
The measures of time involve an element of judgment by the expert respondents.
The methodology assumes that a business has full information on what is required and does not waste time when completing procedures.
The ease of doing business index is limited in scope.
Final data / contributors list
What is the deadline for counting reforms in Doing Business 2011?
June 1, 2010, is the deadline to count reforms that happened during the 12 months prior and that were implemented.
What is measured is the implementation of regulatory reform.
For the Paying Taxes indicator, the tax burden of a standardized company based is assessed on a calendar year. So, in Doing Business 2010, the data are based on calendar year 2009.
If a country implemented a reform with impact on the Doing Business case study between January 2009 and June 2010, the reform would be counted in Doing Business 2010, but the impact will not be reflected in the data until the Doing Business 2011 report.
Thank you. For more information:www.doingbusiness.org