Common political culture: evidence on regional corruption contagion

Sascha O. Becker, Peter H. Egger, Tobias Seidel

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Abstract

Although there are indications of common regional corruption characteristics, empirical studies of corruption have assumed that influences on corruption are country-specific. In this paper we report evidence based on a cross-section of 123 economies confirming that, with few specific exceptions, corruption is a regional phenomenon. Institutional change that reduces corruption in one country affects, therefore, neighboring countries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)300-310
Number of pages11
JournalEuropean Journal of Political Economy
Volume25
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2009
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Corruption
  • Institutions
  • Regional effects
  • Spatial econometrics

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