The World Bank Group’s Doing Business project collects objective data on 11 areas of business regulations and their enforcement across the largest business cities of 190 economies.
To provide wide-ranging access, we make the World Bank Group’s Doing Business data available through various channels. Apart from the Doing Business website, the full dataset is available via:
- DataBank, a query tool which allows users to select indicators, economies and time periods
- Data Catalog, a one-stop shop for all of World Bank’s development data
- For more experienced users, indicators API make it easy to access the data programmatically (an API allows users to download data without interacting with a user interface);
In an effort to further improve the usability of the data, the Data Group, in close collaboration with the Doing Business team, has recently updated the Doing Business DataBank platform to offer users a set of enhanced analytical tools. We highlight a few of these tools and features and hope you will find them useful for your research:
- Simplified user interface and indicator search
The Doing Business data are organized according to 11 areas of business regulation, including “Starting a business”, “Registering Property” or “Getting electricity”, among other. Each of these topics has several components. For example, “Getting electricity” is composed of four sub indicators including the number, cost and time of each regulatory procedure required to connect to an electricity grid as well as the reliability of supply and transparency of tariff. The DataBank interface allows users to search for indicators within each topic in a simple and coherent way. All indicators within a topic are collapsed into a single category, and users can browse all topics in a side bar.