A guide to the Doing Business rankings

How a high ranking could impact foreign investments

A guide to the Doing Business rankings

1 Overview

The challenge

Almost 2,000 articles in the international press have made a connection between a high Doing Business ranking and foreign direct investment. These articles were written after the World Bank’s 2016 Doing Business report launch. The articles drew parallels between a higher Doing Business ranking and the job creation, new technologies, and processes that direct foreign investment can bring. As a result, many business owners look at Doing Business data to see which countries are good choices to do business with.

The aim

To be able to decide whether a high Doing Business rating is an effective indicator of a business-friendly economic climate. This guide looks at whether a high Doing Business indicator reflects a climate which is favourable overall to investing in a different economy.