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Latin America Investor Index (2014): Sources & Methodology

Sources and methodology of the Latin America Investor Index.

BY LATINVEX STAFF

We used a proprietary methodology to calculate country scores. The final scores reflect a lower score as best and a higher score as worst.

We used a wide array of sources, which are listed here.

CORPORATE ENVIRONMENT

Starting a Business.
Doing Business, 2014, The World Bank
Tax environment.
KPMG; Doing Business, 2014, The World Bank; Heritage Foundation, Latinvex
Intensity of local competition.
Executive Opinion Survey, World Economic Forum, Global Competitiveness Report 2013-14
Competitiveness
World Economic Forum, Global Competitiveness Report 2013-14
Access to Loans
Executive Opinion Survey, World Economic Forum, Global Competitiveness Report 2013-14
FDI Rules
Executive Opinion Survey, World Economic Forum, Global Competitiveness Report 2013-14
Registering Property
Doing Business, 2014, The World Bank
Business-friendly Policies of Government
Latinvex
Outlook for Business-friendly Policies of Government
Latinvex

MACRO ENVIRONMENT

GDP growth 2011-16
International Monetary Fund; Latinvex
Inflation 2011-16
International Monetary Fund; Ecolatina; Universidad Torcuato Di Tella; Latinvex

TRADE ENVIRONMENT

Export Growth 2011-16
International Monetary Fund; Latinvex

Import Growth 2011-16
International Monetary Fund; Latinvex

Exports as a percent of GDP
International Monetary Fund; Latinvex

Imports as a percent of GDP
International Monetary Fund; Latinvex

Free Trade Agreements
Regional Trade Agreements Information System, World Trade Organization

Tariffs
International Trade Center, World Trade Organization

Non-tariff Trade Barriers
Executive Opinion Survey, World Economic Forum, Global Competitiveness Report 2013-14

Time to Export and Import a Container
Doing Business, 2014, The World Bank; Latinvex

Cost  to Export and Import a Container
Doing Business, 2014, The World Bank; Latinvex

INFRASTRUCTURE LEVEL

Quality of airports, ports, roads and rail
Executive Opinion Survey, World Economic Forum, Global Competitiveness Report 2013-14

Customs, ease, tracking, timeliness of trade
Logistics Performance Index, The World Bank

Technology
International Telecommunications Union, Computer Industry Almanac, Latinvex

Reliability of the electricity supply
Executive Opinion Survey, World Economic Forum, Global Competitiveness Report 2013-14

Ease of Getting Electricity
Doing Business, 2014, The World Bank

LABOR ENVIRONMENT

Overall Labor Freedom
Index of Economic Freedom 2014, Heritage Foundation

Cooperation in labor-employer relations
Executive Opinion Survey, World Economic Forum, Global Competitiveness Report 2013-14

Flexibility of hiring and firing
Executive Opinion Survey, World Economic Forum, Global Competitiveness Report 2013-14

Country capacity to retain talent
Executive Opinion Survey, World Economic Forum, Global Competitiveness Report 2013-14

Flexibility of wage determination
Executive Opinion Survey, World Economic Forum, Global Competitiveness Report 2013-14

Country capacity to attract talent
Executive Opinion Survey, World Economic Forum, Global Competitiveness Report 2013-14

POLITICAL ENVIRONMENT

Political Freedom
Freedom in the World 2014, Freedom House

Economic Freedom
Index of Economic Freedom 2014, Heritage Foundation

Political Stability
Latinvex

LAW & ORDER

Crime Level
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), United Nations Program for Development, national governments, NGOs, Latinvex

Crime Cost
Enterprise Surveys, The World Bank; Executive Opinion Survey, World Economic Forum, Global Competitiveness Report 2013-14

Reliability of Police
Executive Opinion Survey, World Economic Forum, Global Competitiveness Report 2013-14

Corruption Perception
Corruption Perceptions Index 2013, Transparency International

Irregular Payments and Bribes
Executive Opinion Survey, World Economic Forum, Global Competitiveness Report 2013-14

Investor Protection
Doing Business, 2014, The World Bank; Latinvex

Property Rights
Index of Economic Freedom 2014, Heritage Foundation

Enforcing Contracts
Doing Business, 2014, The World Bank; Latinvex

Judicial Independence
Executive Opinion Survey, World Economic Forum, Global Competitiveness Report 2013-14

Dispute Settlement Framework
Executive Opinion Survey, World Economic Forum, Global Competitiveness Report 2013-14



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THE REPORTS

Latin America Investor Index: Brazil vs Mexico

Latin America Investor Index: Colombia vs Peru

Latin America Investor Index: Chile vs Panama

Latin America Investor Index: Central America

Venezuela: Latin America’s Basket Case

 


THE DATA

Latin America Investor Index: The Ranking

Latin America Investor Index (2014): Macro Environment

Latin America Investor Index (2014): Corporate Environment

Latin America Investor Index (2014): Infrastructure Level

Latin America Investor Index (2014): Trade Environment

Latin America Investor Index (2014): Labor Environment

Latin America Investor Index (2014): Law & Order

Latin America Investor Index (2014): Political Environment


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