Corruption, food subsidies, and opacity: Evidence from the Philippines
AbstractWe argue that subsidized food distribution systems that fail to publicize how much food has been allocated to each local market will experience high rates of theft on the margin as they are expanded. We provide the first comparable cross-section of estimates of subsidized food theft. As predicted, in regions of the Philippines that were allocated more subsidized rice to distribute, a larger percentage of the rice went missing.
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Volume (Year): 117 (2012)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
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Pilferage; Transfer program; Food subsidy; Transparency; Opacity;
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- H30 - Public Economics - - Fiscal Policies and Behavior of Economic Agents - - - General
- H42 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - Publicly Provided Private Goods
- H24 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Personal Income and Other Nonbusiness Taxes and Subsidies
- D73 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Bureaucracy; Administrative Processes in Public Organizations; Corruption
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