Doing Business Regional, National, and Subnational Reports

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    Subnational Doing Business in Brazil 2021: Comparing Business Regulation for Domestic Firms in 27 Brazilian Locations with 190 Other Economies
    (World Bank, Washington, DC, 2021-11-08) World Bank Group
    Subnational Doing Business in Brazil 2021 focuses on business regulations and their enforcement. It goes beyond Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo to benchmark other Brazilian locations across five regulatory areas. The report also includes two pilot studies on registering as an individual microbusiness owner (Microempreendedor Individual, MEI) and paying taxes. under the simples nacional tax regime in five locations in Brazil. The study’s objectives are to provide a broader understanding of Brazil’s business regulatory environment and highlight good practices that can inspire improvements around the country. This report presents data current as of September 1, 2020 and includes comparisons with other economies.
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    Doing Business in Malaysia 2020
    (World Bank, Washington, DC, 2020-04) World Bank
    Doing Business in Malaysia 2020 focuses on business regulation and its enforcement across three Doing Business areas. The study goes beyond Kuala Lumpur to benchmark five other cities in the areas of dealing with construction permits and registering property. It also measures the process of trading across borders through four Malaysian ports. This study contains data current as of November 1, 2019, and includes comparisons with other economies based on data from Doing Business 2020. Doing Business measures aspects of regulation that enable or hinder entrepreneurs in starting, operating or expanding a business - and provides recommendations and good practices for improving the business environment.
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    Doing Business in the European Union 2020: Italy
    (World Bank, Washington, DC, 2020) World Bank Group
    Doing Business was the first global indicator created to measure aspects of regulation that enable or hinder the owners of small and medium-size businesses in starting, operating or expanding their companies. In its annual publication, each economy is represented by its largest business city and compared globally with another one hundred and eighty-seven economies. Doing Business in the European Union 2020 Italy benchmark twenty-four additional cities, capturing regional differences in regulations and their enforcement. This report focuses on the rules and regulations that govern business activity across Italy, as well as on the efficacy of the bureaucracy at local level. This layer of administration is especially important in a country like Italy, where local authorities play a crucial role in determining how national regulations are implemented. Cities’ variations in regulatory performance on the five Doing Business indicators studied in this report highlight an opportunity for local policymakers to adopt in-country examples of good practices to improve regulatory performance in their jurisdictions.
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    Doing Business in the European Union 2020: Ireland
    (World Bank, Washington, DC, 2020) World Bank Group
    Doing Business was the first global indicator created to measure aspects of regulation that enable or hinder the owners of small and medium-size businesses in starting, operating or expanding their companies. In its annual publication, each economy is represented by its largest business city and compared globally with another one hundred and eighty-seven economies. Doing Business in the European Union 2020 Ireland benchmark twenty-four additional cities, capturing regional differences in regulations and their enforcement. This report aims to fill some of the gaps in what is known about the quality and features of business regulations in Ireland by creating regional level data that can be used to analyze the regulatory hurdles entrepreneurs face in five main cities of Cork, Dublin, Galway, Limerick and Waterford. The report also lists recommendations for reforms and good practices in each of the five areas measured that Irish cities can adopt to allow businesses to operate more effectively.
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    Doing Business in the European Union 2020: Greece
    (World Bank, Washington, DC, 2020) World Bank Group
    Doing Business was the first global indicator created to measure aspects of regulation that enable or hinder the owners of small and medium-size businesses in starting, operating or expanding their companies. In its annual publication, each economy is represented by its largest business city and compared globally with another one hundred and eighty-seven economies. Doing Business in the European Union 2020 Greece benchmark twenty-four additional cities, capturing regional differences in regulations and their enforcement. This report highlights the divergence in regulatory performance among six Greek cities and suggests ways to bridge the implementation gap and converge toward best regulatory practices in the five areas benchmarked.
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    Doing Business in the European Union 2020: Greece, Ireland and Italy
    (World Bank, Washington, DC, 2019-12-31) World Bank
    Doing Business was the first global indicator created to measure aspects of regulation that enable or hinder the owners of small and medium-size businesses in starting, operating or expanding their companies. In its annual publication, each economy is represented by its largest business city and compared globally with another one hundred and eighty-nine economies. Doing Business in the European Union 2020 Greece, Ireland and Italy goes beyond Athens, Dublin and Rome to benchmark twenty-one additional cities, capturing regional differences in regulations and their enforcement. By providing a factual baseline, along with local good practice examples, the study will allow policymakers to target implementation gaps and promote peer learning. Coordinating across different levels of government and institutions is essential to reduce the regulatory burden on companies and to increase the pace of convergence toward best practices. Details about the main findings for each country can be found at the beginning of the respective country chapters. Each country chapter also includes data analysis and reform recommendations, based on national and European good practices, in all five areas benchmarked.
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    Economy Profile of Greece
    (World Bank, Washington, DC, 2019-10-24) World Bank Group
    Doing business 2020 is the 17th in a series of annual studies investigating the regulations that enhance business activity and those that constrain it. Doing business presents quantitative indicators on business regulations and the protection of property rights that can be compared across 190 economies - from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe - and over time. Regulations affecting 12 areas of the life of a business are covered: starting a business, dealing with construction permits, getting electricity, registering property, getting credit, protecting minority investors, paying taxes, trading across borders, enforcing contracts, resolving insolvency, employing workers, and contracting with the government. The employing workers and contracting with the government indicator sets are not included in this year’s ranking on the ease of doing business. Data in doing business 2020 are current as of May 1, 2019. The indicators are used to analyze economic outcomes and identify what reforms of business regulation have worked, where, and why. This economy profile presents indicators for Greece; for 2020, Greece ranks 79.
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    Economy Profile of Bangladesh
    (World Bank, Washington, DC, 2019-10-24) World Bank Group
    Doing Business 2020 is the 17th in a series of annual studies investigating the regulations that enhance business activity and those that constrain it. Doing Business presents quantitative indicators on business regulations and the protection of property rights that can be compared across 190 economies— from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe—and over time. Regulations affecting 12 areas of the life of a business are covered: starting a business, dealing with construction permits, getting electricity, registering property, getting credit, protecting minority investors, paying taxes, trading across borders, enforcing contracts, resolving insolvency, employing workers, and contracting with the government. The employing workers and contracting with the government indicator sets are not included in this year’s ranking on the ease of doing business. Data in Doing Business 2020 are current as of May 1, 2019. The indicators are used to analyze economic outcomes and identify what reforms of business regulation have worked, where and why. This economy profile presents indicators for Bangladesh; for 2020, Bangladesh ranks 168.
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    Economy Profile of Canada
    (World Bank, Washington, DC, 2019-10-24) World Bank Group
    Doing business 2020 is the 17th in a series of annual studies investigating the regulations that enhance business activity and those that constrain it. Doing business presents quantitative indicators on business regulations and the protection of property rights that can be compared across 190 economies - from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe - and over time. Regulations affecting 12 areas of the life of a business are covered: starting a business, dealing with construction permits, getting electricity, registering property, getting credit, protecting minority investors, paying taxes, trading across borders, enforcing contracts, resolving insolvency, employing workers, and contracting with the government. The employing workers and contracting with the government indicator sets are not included in this year’s ranking on the ease of doing business. Data in doing business 2020 are current as of May 1, 2019. The indicators are used to analyze economic outcomes and identify what reforms of business regulation have worked, where, and why. This economy profile presents indicators for Canada; for 2020, Canada ranks 23.
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    Economy Profile of Ireland
    (World Bank, Washington, DC, 2019-10-24) World Bank Group
    Doing Business 2020 is the 17th in a series of annual studies investigating the regulations that enhance business activity and those that constrain it. Doing Business presents quantitative indicators on business regulations and the protection of property rights that can be compared across 190 economies— from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe—and over time. Regulations affecting 12 areas of the life of a business are covered: starting a business, dealing with construction permits, getting electricity, registering property, getting credit, protecting minority investors, paying taxes, trading across borders, enforcing contracts, resolving insolvency, employing workers, and contracting with the government. The employing workers and contracting with the government indicator sets are not included in this year’s ranking on the ease of doing business. Data in Doing Business 2020 are current as of May 1, 2019. The indicators are used to analyze economic outcomes and identify what reforms of business regulation have worked, where and why. This economy profile presents indicators for Ireland; for 2020, Ireland ranks 24.