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The newest Doing Business North America (DBNA) report will be released October 2020. The report — now in its second edition — uses over 65 numeric measures to score and rank cities based on the ease of setting up and operating a small or medium-sized business in over 100 major cities. This year’s edition adds new cities and several new measures of costs — many of them regulatory in nature — faced by businesses. This webinar will outline the results of the new DBNA report. It will also feature new research on how DBNA measures relate to economic indicators (like business growth) and how DBNA relates to other well-known reports that compare states based on other forms of economic liberty (such as the Economic Freedom of North America report).
Dean Stansel is the primary author of the Fraser Institute’s annual Economic Freedom of North America report and the sole author of the Reason Foundation’s U.S. Metropolitan Area Economic Freedom Index. Prior to entering academia, Stansel worked for seven years at the Cato Institute, where he authored more than 60 publications on fiscal policy issues.
Stephen Slivinski is a senior research fellow and director of the Doing Business North America (DBNA) project at the Center for the Study of Economic Liberty at Arizona State University. His research focuses on the regulatory barriers to entry for businesses and entrepreneurs, particularly as it manifests itself in state-level occupational licensing burdens. He has published first-of-its-kind research on the influence these licensing burdens have on the rate of immigrant entrepreneurs as well as the adverse effects these barriers have on the ability of those leaving prison to integrate into the labor force.