Title: Country patterns and effects on the ease of doing business and competitiveness: a global study

Authors: Jorge Mongay Hurtado

Addresses: ESIC Business and Marketing School, Avenida de Valdenigrales s/n, Pozuelo de Alarcón, 28223 Madrid, Spain

Abstract: The research collects data from 166 nations and analyses the relationship between the ease of doing business during years 2010-2015 and 13 country factors using an analysis of variance and an estimated size effect with a cloud of data in the analysis of N = 2,324. The results are quite relevant discarding associations in nine factors in total while the independent variables or factors 'income', 'geographical region', 'economic freedom' and 'corruption' show significance at < 0.05 level. The findings explained by the size effect square results, state that up to a 53% of the variations of the ease of doing business levels can be explained by the 'income' and up to a 46% can be explained by the variable 'geographical region', recommending to managers to incorporate these two issues in their analysis when evaluating country attractiveness or ease of doing business.

Keywords: country patterns; doing business; legislations; globalisation; region; income; corruption; economic freedom; analysis of variance; ANOVA; estimated size effect.

DOI: 10.1504/IJC.2018.091478

International Journal of Competitiveness, 2018 Vol.1 No.3, pp.206 - 220

Received: 29 Nov 2016
Accepted: 13 Jul 2017

Published online: 30 Apr 2018 *

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