Business ease analysis
Doing Business 2012 World Bank
World Bank Publications (October, 2011) $31.99
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The Doing Business report, which was started in 2003, has become one of the key ways in which the World Bank and other observers gauge the business climate in developing countries. Ninth in a series of annual reports comparing business regulations in 183 economies, Doing Business 2012 measures regulations affecting 11 areas of everyday business activity: starting a business, dealing with construction permits, employing workers, registering property, getting credit, protecting investors, paying taxes, trading across borders, enforcing contracts, closing a business, and getting electricity. A fundamental premise of Doing Business is that economic activity requires good rules that are transparent and accessible to all. Such regulations should be efficient, striking a balance between safeguarding some important aspects of the business environment and avoiding distortions that impose unreasonable costs on businesses.