This series was discontinued after Doing Business 2020 (see statement: https://www.worldbank.org/en/news/statement/2021/09/16/world-bank-group-to-discontinue-doing-business-report ). The goal of this series is to provide an objective basis for understanding and improving the regulatory environment for business. Each year, since the project began in 2003, Doing Business has presented a quantitative measure of regulations throughout the life cycle of small and medium-size domestic enterprises—key drivers of competition, growth, and job creation, especially in developing countries. This corporate flagship undergoes extensive internal and external review and is one of the key outputs of the International Finance Corporation and the World Bank.
(Washington, DC, 2006) World Bank; International Finance Corporation
Doing Business in 2006: Creating Jobs is
the third in a series of annual reports investigating the
regulations that enhance business activity and those that
constrain it. New quantitative indicators on business
regulations and their enforcement can be compared across 155
countries-from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe-and over time. Doing
Business in 2004: Understanding Regulation presented
indicators in 5 topics: starting a business, hiring and
firing workers, enforcing contracts, getting credit and
closing a business. Doing Business in 2005: Removing
Obstacles to Growth updated these measures and added another
two sets: registering property and protecting investors.
Doing Business in 2006 again up-dates all previous measures
and adds three more sets: dealing with licenses, paying
taxes and trading across borders, to create a total of 10
areas measured. The indicators are used to analyze economic
outcomes and identify what reforms have worked, where, and why.