Women Business and the Law Data Archive

Panel data files

Historical data (WBL 1971-)

Download previously published versions of WBL 1.0 historical panel data files containing annual data for eight indicators for 190 economies during the period since report year 1971 (calendar year 1970).

Research pilot and additional data files

Measuring the Legal Environment in Practice

Download previously published data files from pilot data collection efforts attempting to measure the legal environment in practice. Starting with the collection of pilot data on supportive frameworks and expert opinions for 25 economies in 2021 (WBL 2022 report), the team expanded its reach to 55 economies in 2022 (WBL 2023 report).

Toward Available, Affordable, and Quality Childcare Services

Download previously published data files from pilot data collection efforts related to childcare services. In 2022, Women, Business and the Law presented a novel and comprehensive pilot dataset on regulatory frameworks around availability, affordability, and quality of childcare services in 95 countries around the world.

COVID-19 Data

Women, Business and the Law 2021 added research questions related to policy measures introduced during the COVID-19 pandemic to its data collection questionnaires. Explore a data set covering three main areas: childcare measures, access to court systems, and safeguarding women's health and safety.

Experimental Questions (2017-2020)

Explore a data set of 14 non-scored questions (years 2017, 2019, and 2020), including data on child marriage, customary law, citizenship, sexual harassment, and access to ID cards.