Tentmaker Reports

Puerto Rico Report

Entrepreneurial Missions Index


General Information


3,978,702 (119th most populous country in the world)

Roman Catholic85%
Protestant and Other15%


Pharmaceuticals, electronics, apparel, food products, tourism

Unless otherwise noted, all information included here was obtained from the World Factbook project 4, conducted by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). For more detailed information about Puerto Rico, visit https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/pr.html.

Business Information

The World Bank ranks Puerto Rico as 42 out of 183 economies in terms of ease of doing business. The country ranks as 0 (of 183) in terms of ease of starting a business.

It requires 0 procedures, takes 0 days, and costs N/A% of income per capita to start a business in Puerto Rico.

In order to start a business in Puerto Rico, one must follow these procedures:

  1. Check the uniqueness of the company name
  2. Register the company at the Puerto Rico Department of State and obtain a business certificate
  3. Apply for an employer identification number (EIN) with the Internal Revenue Service of the United States
  4. Apply for a municipal business license (patente municipal)
  5. Request unemployment and disability account numbers from the PR Department of Labor and Human Resources
  6. Subscribe to a workmen’s insurance policy
  7. File with the Registry of Merchants and Business, the Commercial Development Administration

Unless otherwise noted, all information included here was obtained from the Doing Business project 3, conducted by the World Bank. For more detailed information about starting a business in Puerto Rico, visit http://www.doingbusiness.org/.



Puerto Rico Economic Freedom

The annual survey Economic Freedom of the World is an indicator produced by the Fraser Institute, a libertarian think tank which attempts to measure the degree of economic freedom in the world's nations. Economic Freedom of the World index has been more widely used than any other measure of economic freedom, because of its coverage of a longer time period

Their measure of economic freedom is based on that the following standards:

  • Personal choice rather than collective choice,
  • Voluntary exchange coordinated by markets rather than allocation via the political process,
  • Freedom to enter and compete in markets, and
  • Protection of persons and their property from aggression by others.

A state will rate high when it focuses on protection of people and their property from the actions of aggressors, enforcement of contracts, and provision of the limited set of public goods like roads, flood control projects, and money of stable value and little else, but a country’s rating on the EFW summary index will fall as government expenditures increase and regulations expand.   


Puerto Rico Summary


1 World Economic Forum

2 Free the World
Gwartney, James and Robert Lawson with Herbert Grubel, Jakob de Haan, Jan-Egbert Sturm, and Eelco Zandberg (2009). Economic Freedom of the World: 2009 Annual Report. Vancouver, BC: The Fraser Institute. Data retrieved from www.freetheworld.com.

3 World Bank Data

4 World Factbook Project

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