Corruption and Religion. Adding to the Economic Model?
AbstractThe cross-country pattern in the 1998 corruption index from Transparency International is explained by a mixed economic-cultural model of corruption: (1) The economic model uses the level of real income per capita, the rate of inflation and the level of economic freedom. (2) The cultural model uses a set of variables giving the shares of 11 religions in each country, and the Herfindahl-index for religious diversity. The economic model explains the larger part of the variance, but the religions prove to have considerable additional explanatory power. The largest divide is within the Christians. By far the least corrupt are the Protestant and Anglicans, while Catholics, and other > Christians, deviate to the other side - as do Buddhists. Further, it is demon- strated that the more religiously divided a country, the less corrupt it is.
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Corruption; economic transition; religion;
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- Paldam, Martin, 2001. "Corruption and Religion Adding to the Economic Model," Kyklos, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 54(2-3), pages 383-413.
- K49 - Law and Economics - - Legal Procedure, the Legal System, and Illegal Behavior - - - Other
- O11 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Macroeconomic Analyses of Economic Development
- P50 - Economic Systems - - Comparative Economic Systems - - - General
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