Corrupt clubs and the convergence hypothesis
AbstractEmpirical work in a cross-section framework demonstrates little or no support for absolute convergence in per capita GDP. I argue in this paper that “divergence in corruption”, defined as the tendency of corrupt countries to become more corrupt faster than less corrupt nations, is a neglected factor that also determines the speed of convergence. Using Transparency International (TI) corruption perceptions index, I estimate C-σ and C-γ coefficients for corrupt and less corrupt economies to explore the C-divergence in corruption rankings. The study concludes that corrupt countries are C-converging, forming a “corrupt club”.
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Volume (Year): 11 (2008)
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- Naved Ahmad, 2006. "Corrupt Clubs and the Convergence Hypothesis," The Pakistan Development Review, Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, vol. 45(4), pages 1001-1009.
- Naved Ahmad, 2008. "Corrupt clubs and the convergence hypothesis," Journal of Economic Policy Reform, Taylor and Francis Journals, vol. 11(1), pages 21-28.
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