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Oxfam International managed to post a video clip blaming Brazilian poverty on inequality then tweet the same day on an important cause of poverty in developing nations. That important cause was the difficulty of establishing property rights in poor countries. Brazil is a terrible place to start a business, register property, pay taxes and trade …

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These measures including the full cost of starting a business. Not only are official fees included, the opportunity cost of the waiting times for various permits are issued are added as well. Source: Markus Poschke, Entry regulation: Still costly | VOX, CEPR’s Policy Portal (2011). Note: The value of time is set to a business …

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The most mystifying bureaucratic rule I have come across is in Western Europe. A number of these countries require entrepreneurs deposit a minimum sum of money in a bank or before a notary up to a month before registration and 3 months after incorporation. If they cannot do this, they cannot start their business lawfully. …

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For a rich country, Luxembourg is a pretty crappy place to do business – worse than Greece. Mostly due to terrible rankings for the Luxembourg legal system. Italy is not much better. Source: Ranking of economies – Doing Business – World Bank Group.

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For a country riddled with corruption, Indians report the surprising amount of confidence in their courts despite the corruption in those courts as well. Source: Index of Economic Freedom. Source: Doing Business in India – World Bank Group.

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Having a high minimum wage is the least of the problems that the US territory of Porto Rico has when you consider reasons from its recent sovereign default. It owes about US$70 billion. It is a terrible place to do do business – worse than Mexico! Mexicans find it easier to export to the USA! …

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Where not to invest in Europe: Greece econ.st/1TAd3CZ http://t.co/X9vtnz0uhQ— The Economist (@EconBizFin) July 15, 2015

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Figure 1: registering property rankings, USA, UK, Germany and France – World Bank Doing Business rankings, 2014 Source: Doing Business – Measuring Business Regulations – World Bank Group.

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Figure 1: Doing Business in the USA, Canada, World Bank rankings, 2014 Source: Doing Business – Measuring Business Regulations – World Bank Group. It’s easier to do business in the USA and Canada because of the difficulties with construction permits and getting electricity and few more problems with enforcing contracts and registering property. It is …

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Figure 1: World Bank Doing Business rankings, France, Germany and the UK, 2014 Source: Doing Business – Measuring Business Regulations – World Bank Group. Some things are decidedly harder to do in Germany and France than for businesses in the UK. On the other hand, it is surprisingly hard to register property in all three …

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