Located with the Development Economics Vice-presidency, the Global Indicators Group produces primary data and analysis that increase transparency and accountability. All the data products have strong emphasis on benchmarking (being comparable across territories and time), are based on economic research and have clear policy and operational value. Over the years, Global Indicators Group products have inspired governments to reform their business regulations, engage with the WBG on reform advisory work and enabled peer-to-peer learning. The work also feeds into research produced by academia, international organizations, think tanks and policy advocacy conducted by Civil Society Organizations and non-governmental organizations.
While the department has originally focus on private sector development issues, its scope has expanded over time. However, this expansion needs to be true to the original goals that we collect data to: increase transparency and accountability, correct government and market failures and provide the tools for governments to improve and reach efficient but also equitable outcomes.
The Global Indicators Group produces widely cited reports and databases such as Doing Business, Subnational Doing Business, Enterprise Surveys and Women Business and the Law.