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The Business Environment and Enterprise Performance Survey (BEEPS) – a joint initiative of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the World Bank, now in its 4th iteration, is a means for collecting firm-level data on broad range of issues about the business environment and performance of firms, including business-government relations, firm financing, labor, infrastructure, informal payments and corruption, and other topics such as training and innovation. In addition, in this round the questionnaire and survey sample was modified from previous cycles in order to enhance comparability of indictors across the WB regions.

The 2008 round of BEEPS was conducted in all but one (Turkmenistan) country of the ECA Region, including Kosovo and Montenegro. Over 11,000 interviews with firms were carried out for this round of the survey.

The BEEPS At-A-Glance 2008 Country Profiles and the Cross Country Report highlight key indicators on topics including Problems Doing Business, Informal Payments and Corruption, Finance, Labor, Crime, Infrastructure, and Innovation among others.

The 2008 BEEPS At-A-Glance Country Profiles and the Cross Country Report focus on indicators that are comparable over time from 2005 to 2008. The appearance of the Country Profiles differs from the prior versions (e.g. the 2005 BEEPS At-a-Glance). This is mostly due to significant changes in the questionnaire and the sampling methodology introduced for the 2008 cycle of surveys. A number of questions used in the earlier cycles of BEEPS were dropped, some changed, and new questions were introduced.

The changes in the instrument and the sampling frame provided opportunities to enhance the BEEPS At-a-Glance series with additional annexes. The 2008 Country Profiles includes methodological notes and response summaries for Problems Doing Business indicators for both 2005 and 2008 in addition to the charts. Similarly, the Cross Country Analysis includes expanded coverage of Problems Doing Business indicators and methodological notes.

In order to increase comparability of indicators over time for questions included in both cycles, steps have been taken to match 2005 and 2008 sample frames as closely as possible. These steps, level and limits of comparability and other caveats are explained in the Methodological Annex accompanying each country profile, and in the BEEPS Knowledge Product Technical Summary. It should be noted that steps taken to match 2005 and 2008 samples may result in different values for specific indicators shown in 2005-06 release of the BEEPS-at-a-Glance.

For two countries, Albania and Croatia, the BEEPS At-a-Glance reflect two sets of results, the 2008 BEEPS results and the 2007 Enterprise Survey results for certain indicators. Care should be taken in interpreting values for these indicators as they cover fiscal year 2006. This has been done due to firms experiencing survey fatigue and the small universe of firms in Albania and Croatia.

Due to changes in the sampling frame and the questionnaire, all cross-period comparisons should be considered illustrative and care should be taken when interpreting the magnitude of changes over time.

The values provided in the 2008 BEEPS At-a-Glance Country Profiles and the Cross Country Report are based on staff estimates and do not reflect the official views of the World Bank, its Executive Directors, or the countries they represent.

For additional information on BEEPS please contact Gregory Kisunko at and Kimberly Johns at

Datasets can be downloaded from the Enterprise Surveys Website (registration required).

All the documents are in . pdf format ranging from 1,5 -2,5 MB in size.

  BulletGrey Cross County Report
   Albania    Hungary   Russian Federation
   ArmeniaKazakhstan    Romania
   Azerbaijan  Kyrgyz Republic    Serbia
   Belarus  Montenegro    Slovak Republic
   BosniaHerzegovinaLithuania    Slovenia
   Bulgaria Latvia    Tajikistan
   Croatia     FYR Macedonia   Turkey
   Czech Republic   Moldova   Ukraine
   Estonia   Poland   Uzbekistan
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