Indicators Group

The World Bank's Indicators Group produces following major indicator and data sets. Use the links below to access our major data products and the links to the right to access other related resources.

Doing Business

Doing Business provides quantified, comparable measures of business regulations and their enforcement across 189 economies. Published annually since 2002, it measures the efficiency and strength of laws, regulations and institutions relevant to domestic small and medium-size companies throughout their life cycle. Visit Doing Business on Facebook.

Enterprise Surveys

Enterprise Surveys provide the world's most comprehensive company-level data in emerging markets and developing economies. Data are available on 130,000+ firms in 135 countries. Data are used to create indicators that benchmark the quality of the business and investment climate across countries. Visit Enterprise Surveys on Facebook.

Subnational Doing Business

Subnational and Regional Doing Business reports capture differences in business regulations and their enforcement across locations in a single country or region. They provide data on the ease of doing business, rank each location, and recommend reforms to improve performance in each of the indicator areas.

New Initiatives

Benchmarking the Business of Agriculture

Global Indicators Group is partnering with the Agriculture and Environment Services Department to develop the Benchmarking the Business of Agriculture program which will provide new metrics to better understand how regulation can affect the emergence of a stronger commercial agricultural, agribusiness, and family farming sector. The project is in its pilot phase and it covers the following thematic areas: access to inputs (seeds, fertilizer, mechanization), access to finance, access to land, access to markets (regional trade, contract farming), access to transport, access to rural electrification, ICT in agriculture and water. Benchmarking the Business of Agriculture program will mainstream gender and sustainability analysis across the indicator areas and plans to develop an indicator set for the livestock sector.

Benchmarking Public Procurement

The Benchmarking Public Procurement initiative assesses the accessibility and efficiency of public procurement systems against good practices globally, and identifies ways of improvement. Benchmarking Public Procurement provides new indicators to measure transaction costs incurred by public procurement, with the aim to increase tender participation and stimulate competition. The project is in its pilot phase and it covers four thematic areas: accessibility of procurement regulations, accountability and oversight mechanisms, ease of bidding for a public procurement tender and filing a complaint.

FDI Regulations Database

FDI Regulations Database compares regulation of foreign direct investment around the world. It presents quantitative indicators on economies' laws, regulations, and practices affecting how foreign companies invest across sectors, start businesses, access industrial land, hire skilled expatriates, convert and transfer currencies, and arbitrate commercial disputes.

Other Resources

World Bank Data -- Statistics and data are a key part of knowledge that are easily accessible on the web for all users. The World Bank provides free and open access to a comprehensive set of data about development in countries around the globe.

Women, Business and the Law -- Presents indicators based on laws and regulations affecting women's prospects as entrepreneurs and employees.

Responsible Finance -- The World Bank is increasingly doing more work on financial consumer protection and surveys the users of financial services (the demand side) and the providers of financial services, policy and regulation (the supply side).

Readiness for Investment in Sustainable Energy (RISE) -- Provides indicators that compare the investment climate of countries across the three focus areas of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative: energy access, energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Infrastructure Projects Database -- Includes data on 4,100 private sector projects in 141 low- and middle- income countries.

Private Participation in Renewable Energy Database -- This website provides data on private participation in 900 renewable energy projects in developing countries.