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Fighting corruption when existing corruption-control levels count: what do wealth-effects tell us in Africa?

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  • Asongu Simplice

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    (Yaoundé/Cameroun)

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Why are some nations more effective at battling corruption than others? Are there different determinants in the fight against corruption across developing nations? How do wealth effects play-out when existing corruption-control levels matter in the corruption battle? To investigate these concerns we examine the determinants of corruption-control throughout the conditional distribution of the fight against corruption. The following broad findings are established. (1) Population growth is a (an) tool (impediment) in (to) the fight against corruption in Low (Middle) income countries. (2) Democracy increases (decreases) corruption-control in Middle (Low) income countries. As a policy implication, blanket corruption-control strategies are unlikely to succeed equally across countries with different income-levels and political wills in the fight against corruption. Thus to be effective, corruption policies should be contingent on the prevailing levels of corruption-control and income-bracket.

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Paper provided by African Governance and Development Institute. in its series Working Papers with number 12/014.

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Length: 31
Date of creation: 24 Oct 2012
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Publication status: Published in Institutions and Economies
Handle: RePEc:agd:wpaper:12/014

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Keywords: Corruption; Democracy; Government quality; Quantile regression; Africa;

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  1. Asongu Simplice, 2012. "Determinants of Health Professionals’ Migration in Africa," Working Papers 12/009, African Governance and Development Institute..
  2. Simplice A, Asongu & Oasis, Kodila-Tedika, 2013. "Fighting African Conflicts and Crimes: Which Governance Tools Matter?," MPRA Paper 44044, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  3. Simplice Asongu, 2014. "The impact of health worker migration on development dynamics: evidence of wealth effects from Africa," The European Journal of Health Economics, Springer, vol. 15(2), pages 187-201, March.
  4. Asongu, Simplice A. & Kodila-Tedika, Oasis, 2013. "Crime and conflicts in Africa: consequences of corruption?," European Economic Letters, European Economics Letters Group, vol. 2(2), pages 50-55.
  5. Asongu Simplice, 2012. "Institutional benchmarking of foreign aid effectiveness in Africa," Working Papers 12/028, African Governance and Development Institute..
  6. Simplice A, Asongu, 2012. "Financial development dynamic thresholds of financial globalization: evidence from Africa," MPRA Paper 44254, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  7. Asongu Simplice, 2013. "Fighting African corruption when existing corruption-control levels matter in a dynamic cultural setting," Working Papers 13/028, African Governance and Development Institute..
  8. Asongu Simplice, 2012. "Globalization and health worker crisis: what do wealth-effects tell us?," Working Papers 12/023, African Governance and Development Institute..
  9. Simplice A, Asongu, 2012. "Fighting software piracy: which IPRs laws (treaties) matter in Africa?," MPRA Paper 43590, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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