World Bank Doing Business Survey 2019: Registering Property

The Registering Property measure uses 4 items from the 2019 World Bank Doing Business Survey-a project to measure the regulations and enforcement of these regulations on small and medium sized companies in the private sector of 190 countries. The Registering Property module asks about laws regarding the ownership and taxation of property, and any difference in ownership rights by sex of the individual. Navigational aspects (i.e. skip-out patterns and next question sequences) have not been included on this page but can be viewed on the original questionnaire located here.


Geographies Tested: Afghanistan,Albania,Algeria,Angola,Antigua and Barbuda,Argentina,Armenia,Australia,Austria,Azerbaijan,Bahrain,Bangladesh,Barbados,Belarus,Belgium,Belize,Benin,Bhutan,Bolivia,Bosnia and Herzegovina,Botswana,Brazil,Brunei,Bulgaria,Burkina Faso,Burundi,Cambodia,Cameroon,Canada,Cape Verde,Central African Republic,Chad,Chile,China,Colombia,Comoros,Democratic Republic of the Congo,Republic of the Congo,Costa Rica,Cote d'Ivoire,Croatia,Cyprus,Czech Republic,Denmark,Djibouti,Dominica,Dominican Republic,East Timor Timor-Leste,Ecuador,Egypt,El Salvador,Equatorial Guinea,Eritrea,Estonia,Ethiopia,Fiji,Finland,France,Gabon,Georgia,Germany,Ghana,Greece,Grenada,Guatemala,Guinea,Guinea-Bissau,Guyana,Haiti,Honduras,Hungary,Iceland,India,Indonesia,Iran,Iraq,Ireland,Israel,Italy,Jamaica,Japan,Jordan,Kazakhstan,Kenya,Kiribati,Korea, South,Kosovo,Kuwait,Kyrgyzstan,Laos,Latvia,Lebanon,Lesotho,Liberia,Libya,Liechtenstein,Lithuania,Luxembourg,Macedonia,Madagascar,Malawi,Malaysia,Maldives,Mali,Malta,Marshall Islands,Mauritania,Mauritius,Mexico,Micronesia, Federated States of,Moldova,Mongolia,Montenegro,Morocco,Mozambique,Myanmar (Burma),Namibia,Nauru,Nepal,Netherlands,New Zealand,Nicaragua,Niger,Nigeria,Norway,Oman,Pakistan,Palau,Panama,Papua New Guinea,Paraguay,Peru,Philippines,Poland,Portugal,Qatar,Romania,Russia,Rwanda,Saint Kitts and Nevis,Saint Lucia,Saint Vincent and the Grenadines,Samoa,San Marino,Saudi Arabia,Senegal,Serbia,Seychelles,Sierra Leone,Singapore,Slovakia,Slovenia,Solomon Islands,Somalia,South Africa,South Sudan,Spain,Sri Lanka,Sudan,Suriname,Sweden,Switzerland,Syria,Taiwan,Tajikistan,Tanzania,Thailand,The Bahamas,The Gambia,Togo,Tonga,Trinidad and Tobago,Tunisia,Turkey,Uganda,Ukraine,United Arab Emirates,United Kingdom,United States of America,Uruguay,Uzbekistan,Vanuatu,Vatican City,Venezuela,Vietnam,Yemen,Zambia,Zimbabwe

Populations Included: Female, Male

Age Range: Adults


Equal access to property rights index

When assessing if the law recognizes equal ownership rights over the property, please consider the capacity to own, use and administer it. Assume the individuals are married and under the default marital property regime or the most commonly used system.

1. Do unmarried men and unmarried women have equal ownership rights to property?

  • Last year
  • This year

2. Do married men and married women have equal ownership rights to property?

  • Last year
  • This year

3. Does the law require the land registry to collect sex-disaggregated data on land ownership, either individually or jointly?

  • Last year
  • This year

Response Options:

4. Please specify the legal basis

Response Options:
_____[Open response]

Scoring Procedures

Not Applicable

Original Citation

World Bank Group. (2019). Doing Business 2019 - Registering Property Questionnaire.

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