A new page featuring the Informal Sector Enterprise Surveys is now available

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Enterprise Surveys offers an expansive array of economic data on 180,000 firms in 154 countries

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COVID-19: Impact on firms

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Bribery incidence varies widely by country. 

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Enterprise Surveys offers an expansive array of economic data on 180,000 firms in 154 countries

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Enterprise Surveys offers an expansive array of economic data on 180,000 firms in 154 countries

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Data Updates

The World Bank Enterprise Surveys (WBES) team has released new survey data for Germany and Malaysia. In addition to the core questions included in all standard WBES, the survey in Germany has questions on business-government relations, management practices, technology adoption, and COVID-19; and the survey in Malaysia has questions on infrastructure and services, technology, competition, finance, business-government relations, labor, and firm performance.

 

The WBES team has created a new webpage featuring the Informal Sector Enterprise Surveys, which measure the characteristics and activities of unregistered businesses. Informal businesses are ubiquitous around the world, though they are almost always missing from official records and listings of active businesses. Consequently, they are usually ignored in most business-level surveys. The WBES team has developed a new methodology addressing the challenges of surveying this sector. The new webpage features recent surveys for India (covering nine cities) and Iraq (covering four cities).

 

The WBES team has also released Enterprise Surveys of Micro firms for India, along with a third round of the WBES follow-up survey data which measures the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on businesses for Armenia. These follow-up surveys re-interview the respondents of recently completed WBES to collect information about closures (temporary or permanent), changes in sales, employment, and finance, along with policy responses, expectations, and other topics. The WBES team has comparable surveys in 46 countries. The data are released as soon as they become available.

 

Additionally, panel data from South Africa 2007-2020 are also now available.

 

All datasets are available on the data portal. The status of several Enterprise Surveys can be found on the current projects page.

 


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What’s Holding Back the Private Sector in MENA? Lessons from the Enterprise Survey

This report presents the findings of Enterprise Surveys conducted in eight economies in the region in 2013 and 2014: Djibouti, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia, the West Bank and Gaza, and Yemen. By analyzing detailed information on more than 6,000 private firms in the manufacturing and services sectors, the report provides fine-grained insights into the key drivers of firms’ performance and the major challenges of the business environment in which they operate.

View main findings and download the report

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We are currently gathering data in 14 countries around the world.
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The Enterprise Surveys implemented in European and Central Asian countries are also known as Business Environment and Enterprise Performance Surveys (BEEPS) and are jointly conducted by the World Bank Group, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investment Bank (EIB), and the European Commission (EC). Enterprise Surveys in Latin America are jointly funded with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). Enterprise Surveys in the Middle East and North Africa are jointly funded with EBRD and the EIB. In the past, other institutions have contributed to the Enterprise Surveys: the UK's Department for International Development(DFID) in South Asia and a subset of African countries, the Dutch Good Growth Fund (DGGF) in a subset of francophone West African countries (DGGF), and COMPETE Caribbean in the Caribbean.