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The Ease of Doing Business Index as a tool for Investment location decisions

  • João Zambujal Oliveira

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    (Centre for Management Studies (CEG-IST); Department of Engineering and Management (DEG); Technical University of Lisbon (UTL-IST))

  • Ricardo Pinheiro Alves

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    (Instituto de Artes Visuais, Design e Marketing and Gabinete de Estratégia e Estudos do Ministério da Economia, da Inovação e do Desenvolvimento,Portugal)

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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Paper provided by Gabinete de Estratégia e Estudos, Ministério da Economia e da Inovação in its series GEE Papers with number 0030.

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Length: 19 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2010
Date of revision: Dec 2010
Handle: RePEc:mde:wpaper:0030
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