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Do Independent Prosecutors Deter Political Corruption? An Empirical Evaluation across Seventy-eight Countries

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  • Anne van Aaken
  • Lars P. Feld
  • Stefan Voigt

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It is hypothesized that prosecution agencies that are dependent on the executive have less incentives to prosecute crimes committed by government members that in turn increases their incentives to commit such crimes. Here, this hypothesis is put to an empirical test focusing on a particular kind of crime, namely corruption. In order to test it, it was necessary to create an indicator measuring de jure as well as de facto independence of the prosecution agencies. The regressions show that de facto independence of prosecution agencies robustly reduces corruption of officials. Copyright 2010, Oxford University Press.

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Article provided by Oxford University Press in its journal American Law and Economics Review.

Volume (Year): 12 (2010)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 204-244

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Handle: RePEc:oup:amlawe:v:12:y:2010:i:1:p:204-244

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  1. James E. Alt & David Dreyer Lassen, 2010. "Enforcement and Public Corruption: Evidence from US States," EPRU Working Paper Series 2010-08, Economic Policy Research Unit (EPRU), University of Copenhagen. Department of Economics.

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