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The Ease of Doing Business Index as a Tool for Investment Location Decisions

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  • João Zambujal-Oliveira

    (Technical University of Lisbon (UTL-IST))

  • Ricardo Pinheiro-Alves

    (Gabinete de Estratégia e Estudos do Ministério da Economia, da Inovação e do Desenvolvimento, Portugal)

Abstract

The Ease of Doing Business Index (EDBI) uses 41 variables to compare the business environment of different countries. It is widely used by policy makers, researchers and multinational companies. This paper aims to assess EDBI’s consistency and validity in representing the business environment by using factor analysis. It is found that the EDBI presents a limited consistency and descriptive power of a country’s business environment. The consequence of these findings is that multinational firms should handle carefully the EDBI in their investment decisions.

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  • João Zambujal-Oliveira & Ricardo Pinheiro-Alves, 2011. "The Ease of Doing Business Index as a Tool for Investment Location Decisions," Working Papers 2011.2, International Network for Economic Research - INFER.
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    Keywords

    Location Decisions; Factor Analysis; Cross-Border Investments; Institutional Environment;
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    JEL classification:

    • C38 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Classification Methdos; Cluster Analysis; Principal Components; Factor Analysis
    • F21 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Investment; Long-Term Capital Movements

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