Where do we go from here? The original idea of collecting data on the business environment in which companies
across different countries (or even across different regions within countries) operate continues to be good and important – again for research purposes and to inform the policy dialogue (though not to pre-empt policy outcomes). In a previous VoxEU
column in 2013, I called for moving away from rankings and to focus exclusively on data. Researchers do not need rankings, we need data. Policy makers need data and comparisons, while questionable rankings do not only not help a constructive reform
process, but narrows it down to what are not necessarily the best reforms. Finally, Doing Business data should be regarded as one of several gauges of the business environment firms face, forming part of a more broadly-based approach that draws on multiple
data sources and analyses. Such an approach might not hit the headlines as often, but might be more effective in driving policy reforms.