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Index of legal rights for creditors and borrowers (0 = weak to 12 = strong), 2020:

The average for 2020 based on 22 countries was 6.82 points. The highest value was in Puerto Rico: 12 points and the lowest value was in Dominican Republic: 1 points. The indicator is available from 2014 to 2020. Below is a chart for all countries where data are available.

Measure: points; Source: The World Bank
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Countries Legal rights, 2020 Global rank Available data
Puerto Rico 12 1 2014 - 2020
USA 11 2 2014 - 2020
Costa Rica 10 3 2014 - 2020
Mexico 10 4 2014 - 2020
Canada 9 5 2014 - 2020
El Salvador 9 6 2014 - 2020
Guatemala 9 7 2014 - 2020
Jamaica 9 8 2014 - 2020
Honduras 8 9 2014 - 2020
Panama 8 10 2014 - 2020
Tr.&Tobago 7 11 2014 - 2020
Bahamas 6 12 2014 - 2020
Barbados 6 13 2014 - 2020
Dominica 6 14 2014 - 2020
Grenada 6 15 2014 - 2020
Ant.& Barb. 5 16 2014 - 2020
Saint Lucia 5 17 2014 - 2020
St. Vincent & ... 5 18 2014 - 2020
Belize 4 19 2014 - 2020
Haiti 2 20 2014 - 2020
Nicaragua 2 21 2014 - 2020
Domin. Rep. 1 22 2014 - 2020



Definition: The strength of legal rights index measures whether certain features that facilitate lending exist within the appli­cable collateral and bankruptcy laws. The index ranges from 0 to 12 based on the methodology in the Doing Business 15-20 studies.
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