As companies become increasingly global, the “sticking VAT” has become a cost of business for many companies and is taking on greater importance.    

Tamar Matiashvili, Joanna Nasr |

Since Getting Electricity was first added to the areas measured in the Doing Business report in 2010, a total of 189 reforms were implemented around the world, leading to improvements in access to…

Viktoriya Ereshchenko, Youmna Al Hourani, Lidia Panarello, Silvia Carolina Lopez Rocha, Erick Tjong |

When facing economic slowdowns like now, it is vital to put more liquidity in the private sector. We suggest to pay for completed procurement work as fast as you can, and front-load payments on…

Erica Bosio, Simeon Djankov, Rita Ramalho |

To inform policy decisions, policymakers need evidence that answers questions about causality. Adapting randomized controlled trials (or RCTs) to answer these types of development policy questions…

Xavier Gine, Hanan Jacoby |

To manage COVID-19 crisis, some governments have announced preliminary measures. The urgency is warranted; similar questions were asked during the global financial crisis. 4 ideas from Doing…

Erica Bosio, Simeon Djankov, Rita Ramalho |

Does the ownership structure of electricity distribution utilities matter? Distribution utilities are usually private or government-owned.

Ahmad F. AlKhuzam, Jean Arlet, Silvia Lopez Rocha |

Small differences in the time and cost to trade can determine whether or not a country participates in global value chains. In this respect, the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Trade Facilitation…

Inés Zabalbeita Múgica, Marilyne Youbi, Cécile Ferro |

Also available in: العربية | Español | Français  | 中文  While I welcome criticism and comments on the Doing Business (DB) report—or any other data and research product of the World Bank, for that…

Shanta Devarajan |

A cyclical growth recovery in Latin America and the Caribbean began in 2017. The upturn in regional growth, from -1.5 percent in 2016 to 0.9 percent in 2017, reflects broadly improving conditions…

Dana Vorisek |