OECD Regulatory Policy Working Papers

This series gathers together OECD working papers on the tools, governance and institutions of better regulation and their impact on policy outcomes. It includes both technical and analytical material, prepared by staff and experts in the field. Together, the papers provide valuable context and background for OECD publications on regulatory policy and governance.


Business registration pillars

Good regulatory practice for ASEAN

Business registration is crucial for ensuring accountable, transparent and viable business environments. By bringing businesses into the formal economy, governments are able to provide more strategic and targeted policies for businesses and consumers. The objective of this working paper is to look at the importance of business registration for governments, businesses and citizens. It explores the this issue through a series of case studies that support good practices in customer orientation and joined-up government. Each of the different case studies fall under a pillar that aims to support countries in the development of their business registration systems.

The paper also aims to provide policy directions for countries in Southeast Asia when developing modern business registration systems and provides some background for the development of ASEAN’s regional business registration principles.


Keywords: Business registration, Small and Medium Size Enterprises, Administrative reform, Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), one-stop shops
JEL: N80: Economic History / Micro-Business History / Micro-Business History: General, International, or Comparative; D22: Microeconomics / Production and Organizations / Firm Behavior: Empirical Analysis; H1: Public Economics / Structure and Scope of Government; H32: Public Economics / Fiscal Policies and Behavior of Economic Agents / Fiscal Policies and Behavior of Economic Agents: Firm; A1: General Economics and Teaching / General Economics; D01: Microeconomics / General / Microeconomic Behavior: Underlying Principles; D21: Microeconomics / Production and Organizations / Firm Behavior: Theory; N85: Economic History / Micro-Business History / Micro-Business History: Asia including Middle East; L2: Industrial Organization / Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior; D73: Microeconomics / Analysis of Collective Decision-Making / Bureaucracy; Administrative Processes in Public Organizations; Corruption; M13: Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics / Business Administration / New Firms; Startups
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