In its two decades of existence, the annual Doing Business report became a flagship publication of the World Bank and one of the primary data references in the area of improving the business environment. The decision of World Bank management to discontinue the Doing Business report has presented a challenge for countless research organizations that depend on the report’s data for ongoing research projects. It also poses a challenge to policy makers, as these data are one of the helpful aids in understanding and reforming business regulation. This paper proposes how an independent, academic institution could feasibly carry on the Doing Business project in a way that improves the process and the product.
Financial Markets Group Special Papers SP 265