Methodology

This page offers links to the methodologies for each Doing Business topic, to the Doing Business 2014 questionnaire instruments and to the upcoming Doing Business 2015 questionnaire instruments. Visitors can also download several research papers (and the original datasets) that contributed to this project.

Methodology DB14 questionnaire
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DB15 questionnaire instruments Research papers supporting the methodology Download dataset
Starting a Business (PDF, 75KB) (PDF, 225KB) The Regulation of Entry (PDF, 131KB), by Djankov and others, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Feb 2002.
Zip (dta format, 20KB)
Dealing with Construction Permits (PDF, 150KB) (PDF, 100KB)
Getting Electricity (PDF, 115KB) (PDF, 100KB)
Registering Property (PDF, 190KB) (PDF, 110KB)
Getting Credit Legal (PDF, 130KB)
Private (PDF, 190KB)
Public (PDF, 190KB)
Legal (PDF, 150KB)
Private (PDF, 125KB)
Public (PDF, 130KB)
Private Credit in 129 Countries (PDF, 238KB), by Djankov, McLiesh and Shleifer, Journal of Financial Economics, May 2007.
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Protecting Investors (PDF, 135KB) (PDF, 145KB) The Law and Economics of Self-Dealing (PDF, 816KB), by Djankov and others, Journal of Financial Economics, June 2008. Excel
Paying Taxes (Excel, 750KB) (Word, 310KB) The Effect of Corporate Taxes on Investment and Entrepreneurship, by Djankov and others, American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, July 2010.
Excel
Trading Across Borders (PDF, 220KB) (PDF, 225KB) Trading on Time (PDF, 100KB), by Djankov and others, Review of Economics and Statistics, Nov 2008.
Zip (dta format, 56MB)
Enforcing Contracts (PDF, 160KB) (PDF, 200KB) Courts (PDF, 691KB), by Simeon Djankov and others, Quarterly Journal of Economics, May 2003.
Zip (Excel)
Resolving Insolvency (PDF, 125KB) (PDF, 110KB) Debt Enforcement Around the World (PDF, 216KB), by Djankov and others, Journal of Political Economy, Dec 2008.
Excel
Additional Topics* DB14 questionnaire instruments DB15 questionnaire instruments Research papers supporting the methodology Download dataset
Employing Workers (PDF, 120KB) (PDF, 125KB) The Regulation of Labor (PDF, 270KB), by Botero and others, Quarterly Journal of Economics, June 2004.
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Entrepreneurship  (PDF,66KB)      

* Special topics (not included in Doing Business rankings).

For more information on the Doing Business methodology, please see answers to the frequently asked questions (PDF, 950KB).

Methodology Updates

Upcoming changes to the Doing Business report (PDF, 147KB)

Ranking Methodology

Explanation of how the Ease of Doing Business Index (PDF) its sub-indices and the distance to frontier measures are calculated.