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Transparent Government and Business Regulation : "Open for Business?"

ACCESS TO INFORMATION ACCESSIBILITY ACCOUNTABILITY ADMINISTRATIVE PROCESSES AGGREGATE INDICATORS BRIBES BUREAUCRACY BUSINESS INDICATOR BUSINESS INDICATORS BUSINESS REGULATION BUSINESS REGULATIONS BUSINESSES CITIZEN CITIZENS CIVIL LIBERTIES CIVIL RIGHTS COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY COMPETITIVENESS COMPOSITE INDICATOR CONNECTIVITY CORRELATION MATRIX CORRUPTION CORRUPTION INDICATOR CORRUPTION VARIABLE DATA ANALYSIS DATA COLLECTION DEMOCRACY DEVELOPMENT ECONOMICS DIGITAL DIVIDE DISCLOSURE REQUIREMENTS E-GOVERNMENT E-GOVERNMENT INDEX E-GOVERNMENT SOLUTIONS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ECONOMIC GROWTH EGOVERNMENT ELECTORAL PROCESS ELECTRICITY ENTERPRISE SURVEYS FIGHTING CORRUPTION FIXED COSTS GOOD GOVERNANCE GOVERNMENT AGENCIES GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS GOVERNMENT POLICIES GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS GOVERNMENT SERVICES GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS HUMAN CAPITAL IMPERFECT INFORMATION IMPLEMENTING AGENCIES INCOME INCOME LEVEL INCOME LEVELS INFORMATION ACCESSIBILITY INFORMATION AVAILABILITY INFORMATION SYSTEMS INTERNATIONAL BEST PRACTICE INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS LAW INDEX LICENSE LOCAL GOVERNMENTS MATERIAL NUMBER OF USERS ONLINE SERVICES OPEN ACCESS OPEN GOVERNMENT PARTICIPATION VARIABLES PC PENETRATION RATES POLICY MAKING POLITICAL ECONOMY POLITICAL PARTICIPATION POLITICAL RIGHTS POLITICAL SYSTEM PRIVACY PRIVATE SECTOR PRIVATE SECTOR DEVELOPMENT PRIVATE SECTOR GROWTH PRODUCTIVITY PUBLIC AGENCIES PUBLIC PARTICIPATION PUBLIC SERVANTS PUBLIC SERVICE DELIVERY PUBLIC SERVICES QUALITY OF SERVICES REGISTRIES REGISTRY REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT REGULATORY PROCESSES REGULATORY QUALITY REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS REGULATORY SYSTEMS RESULT RESULTS RULE OF LAW SEARCH SERVICE DELIVERY SERVICE QUALITY TECHNOLOGICAL CHANGE TELECOMMUNICATION TRANSPARENCY TRANSPARENT GOVERNMENT WEB WORLDWIDE GOVERNANCE INDICATORS
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World Bank, Washington, DC
Africa | Europe and Central Asia | Middle East and North Africa | Sub-Saharan Africa | Middle East | North Africa | Eastern Europe | Central Asia
2014-12-12T21:29:31Z | 2014-12-12T21:29:31Z | 2014-12

This paper presents new indicators for 185 economies measuring the accessibility of business regulatory information. The paper shows that the new data can serve as meaningful proxies for the overall transparency of governments and the new data have explanatory power for the quality of business regulation. The paper finds the regulatory environment to be most opaque in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East and North Africa, where businesses can often only access basic regulatory information by meeting a government official. By contrast, in countries in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and Eastern Europe and Central Asia, access is more direct via websites, public billboards, and brochures. Moreover, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development economies are more consistent in their transparency efforts across government agencies. The paper also finds that while resources as proxied by income levels play some role in explaining why some economies make more information easily accessible than others, those resources are not the only determining factor; regardless of income, more democratic governments tend to make greater transparency efforts. Finally, easier access to basic regulatory information is associated with greater regulatory quality and less corruption.

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