Credit bureau coverage (% of adults)

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Credit bureau coverage reports the number of individuals and firms listed in a credit bureau’s database as of January 1, 2015, with information on their borrowing history within the past five years, plus the number of individuals and firms that have had no borrowing history in the past five years but for which a lender requested a credit report from the bureau in the period between January 1, 2014, and January 1, 2015. The number is expressed as a percentage of the adult population (the population age 15 and above in 2013 according to the World Bank’s World Development Indicators). A credit bureau is defined as a private firm or nonprofit organization that maintains a database on the creditworthiness of borrowers (individuals or firms) in the financial system and facilitates the exchange of credit information among creditors. (Many credit bureaus support banking and overall financial supervision activities in practice, though this is not their primary objective.) Credit investigative bureaus that do not directly facilitate information exchange among banks and other financial institutions are not considered. If no credit bureau operates, the coverage value is 0.0%. Performance score from 0 to 100. The highest score reflects the best situation.

Source: World Bank, Doing business 2016.

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