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Management Review of Data Irregularities in the Doing Business Reports from 2016 to 2020 : Verification Report (English)

On August 27, 2020, World Bank management announced reports of data irregularities in the Doing Business 2018 report (published in October 2017) and the Doing Business 2020 report (published in October 2019). Development Economics Vice Presidency (DEC) management conducted a review of data changes in the Doing Business (DB) reports from 2016 to 2020 in response to the data irregularities reported by the DB team. The review was completed in December 2020 and the results of the review have been described in the report: “Review of Data Irregularities in Doing Business”. DEC management defines the data irregularities as “data changes that were made outside of the appropriate review process and were not justified by the DB methodology or by any new information provided to the DB team”. As requested by the World Bank Group President’s Office (EXC), Group Internal Audit (GIA) conducted an independent verification of the DEC management review.

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Management Review of Data Irregularities in the Doing Business Reports from 2016 to 2020 : Verification Report (English). Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group. http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/569901608154479291/Management-Review-of-Data-Irregularities-in-the-Doing-Business-Reports-from-2016-to-2020-Verification-Report