China has recently achieved a remarkable improvement in its business environment as measured by the World Bank’s global Doing Business report. Over the past two years, China moved up by almost 50…

Marcin Piatkowski, Sylvia Solf, Wenting Wei |

A well-regulated construction sector plays an important role in economic development. By building infrastructure and productive facilities, it contributes to national socio-economic development,…

Kamal Chakaroun, Jayashree Srinivasan |

It might be assumed that public procurement is most heavily regulated in high-income countries, given that they have greater public sector capacity, more efficient institutions and longer…

Marko Grujicic, Joseph Lemoine, Greta Polo |

A recent Doing Business study, conducted in Italy before the crisis, measures how tape affects SMEs in five areas.

Tommaso Rooms |

The theory delivers a basic prediction, namely that procurement regulation is more valuable when the incentives of the bureaucrats are not closely aligned with support for social welfare. Properly…

Erica Bosio |

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 |