Doing Business

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The World Bank has an annual global doing business report available here <http://www.doingbusiness.org/>. The latest data has been pulled from the 2017 report.

Current Status

Chris Williams pulled and Marianne Hughes vetted this data. It was completed on July 11 for the 7.29 packaging.
It should be consolidated into 7.29. Link to teamwork task: - https://pardeecenter.teamwork.com/#tasks/4713405 - We should update this series again in early 2018 when the next report comes out.

Series pulled from the World Bank Doing Business report 

DataDict 720
Table Group Definition Source Last IFs Update UsedInPreprocessor Years
SeriesGovWBDoingBusConstructionPermitDays Economic;Trade The number of days need to get a construction permit World Bank Doing Business; http:// www.doingbusiness.org/ 2014/04/28 No
SeriesGovWBDoingBusConstructionPermitProcedures Economic;Trade Number of procedures needed to get a construction permit World Bank Doing Business; http://www.doingbusiness.org/ 2014/04/28 No
SeriesGovWBDoingBusContainerExportCostUSD Economic;Trade Cost of exporting one container in USD World Bank Doing Business; http://www.doingbusiness.org/ 2017/07/11 No
SeriesGovWBDoingBusContainerImportCostUSD Economic;Trade Cost of importing one container in USD World Bank Doing Business; http://www.doingbusiness.org/ 2017/07/11 No
SeriesGovWBDoingBusContractEnforceDays Economic;Trade Number of days required to enforce a contract World Bank Doing Business; http://www.doingbusiness.org/ 2017/07/11 No
SeriesGovWBDoingBusCostClose Economic;Trade Average cost of closing a business in percent of estate World Bank Doing Business; http://www.doingbusiness.org/ 2017/07/11 No
SeriesGovWBDoingBusCreditTransparency Economic;Trade World Bank index on the depth of credit information (0-6) World Bank Doing Business; http://www.doingbusiness.org/ 2014/04/07 No
SeriesGovWBDoingBusDirectorLiability Economic;Trade World Bank index on the extent of director liability World Bank Doing Business; http://www.doingbusiness.org/ 2017/07/11 No
SeriesGovWBDoingBusDisclosureIndex Economic;Trade World Bank index on the extent of disclosure World Bank Doing Business; http://www.doingbusiness.org/ 2017/07/11 No
SeriesGovWBDoingBusEmpRigiIndex Economic;Trade World Bank index on the rigidity of employment World Bank Doing Business; http://www.doingbusiness.org/ 2010/03/30 No
SeriesGovWBDoingBusExportDocumentationNeeded Economic;Trade Number of documents needed to export World Bank Doing Business; http://www.doingbusiness.org/ 2014/04/07 No
SeriesGovWBDoingBusHiringDiffIndex Economic;Trade World Bank index documenting the difficulty in hiring workers 0-100 World Bank Doing Business; http://www.doingbusiness.org/ 2010/03/30 No
SeriesGovWBDoingBusImportDays Economic;Trade Number of days required to import World Bank Doing Business; http://www.doingbusiness.org/ 2017/07/11 No
SeriesGovWBDoingBusImportDocumentationNeeded Economic;Trade Number of documents needed to import World Bank Doing Business; http://www.doingbusiness.org/ 2014/04/07 No
SeriesGovWBDoingBusinessCostofStarting Economic;Trade Cost of registering a business as a percent of per capita income WDI BATCH PULL 2017/07/11 Yes
SeriesGovWBDoingBusinessCustomsDays Economic;Trade Number of days required to clear customs WDI 2015 September BATCH PULL 2015/10/08 No
SeriesGovWBDoingBusinessProcedures Economic;Trade Number of procedures required to start a business World Bank Doing Business; http://www.doingbusiness.org/ 2017/07/11 No
SeriesGovWBDoingBusinessPropRegDays Economic;Trade Number of days required to register property World Bank Doing Business; http://www.doingbusiness.org/ 2017/07/11 No
SeriesGovWBDoingBusinessRanking Economic;Trade Total overall ranking of ease of doing business World Bank Doing Business; http://www.doingbusiness.org/ 2017/07/11 No
SeriesGovWBDoingBusinessStartDays Economic;Trade Number of days required to start a business World Bank Doing Business; http://www.doingbusiness.org/ 2017/07/11 No
SeriesGovWBDoingBusInvestorProtection Economic;Trade World bank index measuring the strength of investor protection (0-10) World Bank Doing Business; http://www.doingbusiness.org/ 2017/07/11 No
SeriesGovWBDoingBusLegalRightsStrengthIndex Economic;Trade World Bank index of the strength of legal rights, specifically property rights (0-10) World Bank Doing Business; http://www.doingbusiness.org/ 2017/07/11 No
SeriesGovWBDoingBusPropertyProceduresRequired Economic;Trade Number of procedures required to register for property World Bank Doing Business; http://www.doingbusiness.org/ 2017/07/11 No
SeriesGovWBDoingBusRedundancyCostperWeekSalary Economic;Trade Cost of firing a worker (in weeks of salary) World Bank Doing Business; http://www.doingbusiness.org/ 2010/03/30 No
SeriesGovWBDoingBusRedundancyIndex Economic;Trade World Bank index on the difficulty in firing a worker World Bank Doing Business; http://www.doingbusiness.org/ 2010/03/30 No
SeriesGovWBDoingBusShareholderSuits Economic;Trade World Bank index measuring the ability of shareholders to take legal action World Bank Doing Business; http://www.doingbusiness.org/ 2017/07/11 No
SeriesGovWBDoingBusTax%Profit Economic;Trade Total tax rate as a percentage of profit World Bank Doing Business; http://www.doingbusiness.org/ 2017/07/11 No
SeriesGovWBDoingBusTaxHoursperPerson Economic;Trade Number of hours per year a person works to pay taxes World Bank Doing Business; http://www.doingbusiness.org/ 2017/07/11 No
SeriesGovWBDoingBusTimeClose Economic;Trade Average number of years needed to close a business World Bank Doing Business; http://www.doingbusiness.org/ 2017/07/11 No
SeriesGovWBDoingBusTotalTaxRate Economic;Trade The total tax rate expressed as a share of commercial profits. World Bank Doing Business; http://www.doingbusiness.org/ 2017/07/11 No
SeriesGovWBDoingBusExportCostDocCompli
Economic;Trade The cost of exporting with regard to documentary compliance.
World Bank Doing Business; http://www.doingbusiness.org/
2017/07/11
No
SeriesGovWBDoingBusImportCostDocCompli
Economic;Trade
The cost of importing with regard to documentary compliance. World Bank Doing Business; http://www.doingbusiness.org/
2017/07/11 No

Instructions on pulling doing business series 

Doing Business Documentation

First I downloaded the data from the World Bank’s Doing Business database page http://data.worldbank.org/data-catalog/doing-business-database by clicking on the link entitled "Doing Business(Excel)"

This World Bank file contains three sheets with the names Data, Series, and Footnote. The Doing Business data was pulled from the Data tab. Prior to pulling the data from the Doing Business file, the country names were concorded with IFs country names. This resulted in some of the territories in the original World Bank file being excluded from what was imported into IFs.

Certain series we had in the system are not being measured in the Doing Business data. If the data was included in the original download spreadsheet, then it was nearly always marked as Old methodology. Series that were not included in this data were typically not updated last time this data was pulled as well. 

Old series that were not updated are as follows: Rigidity of employment, difficulty of hiring, worker redundancy, redundancy index, average days to clear customs, and total tax rate (not a percentage of profit). The first four fall into the Labor Market regulation data, which the World Bank didn't include in their index of ease of doing business. There is separate data for this, however, the variables still don't seem to quite match up. There is no redundancy Index, there is no difficulty of hiring index, or rigidity of employment index. Average days to clear customs used old methodology. Total tax rate % profit was changed to Total tax rate % commercial profits the previous time this was pulled. 

This left me with 24 series to update.