Advanced Search
MyIDEAS: Login to save this paper or follow this series

Crime and conflicts in Africa: consequences of corruption?

Contents:

Author Info

  • Asongu Simplice

    ()
    (Yaoundé/Cameroun)

  • Oasis Kodila-Tedika

    ()
    (Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo)

Abstract

With earthshaking and jaw-breaking levels of corruption in the African continent, the question on the extent to which corruption influences crime still remains unanswered. This paper assesses the effect of corruption (corruption-control) in 38 African countries using updated data. We find that, crime is highly positively (negatively) correlated with corruption (corruption-control). The potential mitigation effect (by corruption-control) is higher than the corresponding positive effect of corruption, implying, corruption-control offsets crime emanating beyond the corruption mechanism (inter alia, other poor governance mechanisms). The relationship is statistically strong when controlling for the number of police officers, age dependency, per capital economic prosperity, level of education, government effectiveness and population density. Given that crime is proxied by the level of organized internal conflict, the findings also sustain the substantial role of corruption in the birth and propagation of conflicts within and across Africa. Policy implications are discussed.

Download Info

If you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.
File URL: http://www.afridev.org/RePEc/agd/agd-wpaper/Crimes-and-conflicts-in-Africa.-Consequences-of-Corruption.pdf
File Function: Revised version, 2013
Download Restriction: no

Bibliographic Info

Paper provided by African Governance and Development Institute. in its series Working Papers with number 13/004.

as in new window
Length: 13
Date of creation: 15 Dec 2013
Date of revision:
Handle: RePEc:agd:wpaper:13/004

Contact details of provider:
Email:
Web page: http://www.afridev.org/index.php/en/
More information through EDIRC

Related research

Keywords: Security; Corruption; Crime; Conflicts; Africa;

Other versions of this item:

Find related papers by JEL classification:

This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:

References

References listed on IDEAS
Please report citation or reference errors to , or , if you are the registered author of the cited work, log in to your RePEc Author Service profile, click on "citations" and make appropriate adjustments.:
as in new window
  1. José Garcia Montalvo & Marta Reynal-Querol, 2002. "Why ethnic fractionalization? Polarization, ethnic conflict and growth," Economics Working Papers, Department of Economics and Business, Universitat Pompeu Fabra 660, Department of Economics and Business, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, revised Sep 2002.
  2. International Monetary Fund, 2000. "Corruption and Military Spending," IMF Working Papers, International Monetary Fund 00/23, International Monetary Fund.
  3. Clara Delavallade, 2006. "Corruption and distribution of public spending in developing countries," Journal of Economics and Finance, Springer, Springer, vol. 30(2), pages 222-239, June.
  4. Eiji Yamamura & Antonio Andrés & Marina Katsaiti, 2012. "Does Corruption Affect suicide? Econometric Evidence from OECD Countries," Atlantic Economic Journal, International Atlantic Economic Society, International Atlantic Economic Society, vol. 40(2), pages 133-145, June.
  5. Lorenzo Pellegrini & Reyer Gerlagh, 2004. "Corruption's Effect on Growth and its Transmission Channels," Kyklos, Wiley Blackwell, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 57(3), pages 429-456, 08.
  6. Simplice A, Asongu, 2012. "Fighting corruption in Africa: do existing corruption-control levels matter?," MPRA Paper 36900, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  7. Asongu Simplice, 2012. "On the effect of foreign aid on corruption," Working Papers, African Governance and Development Institute. 12/031, African Governance and Development Institute..
  8. Ahlin, Christian & Pang, Jiaren, 2008. "Are financial development and corruption control substitutes in promoting growth?," Journal of Development Economics, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 86(2), pages 414-433, June.
  9. Welsch, Heinz, 2004. "Corruption, growth, and the environment: a cross-country analysis," Environment and Development Economics, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge University Press, vol. 9(05), pages 663-693, October.
  10. Ugur, Mehmet & Dasgupta, Nandini, 2011. "Corruption and economic growth: A meta-analysis of the evidence on low-income countries and beyond," MPRA Paper 31226, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 31 May 2011.
  11. Mo, Pak Hung, 2001. "Corruption and Economic Growth," Journal of Comparative Economics, Elsevier, vol. 29(1), pages 66-79, March.
  12. Kwabena Gyimah-Brempong & Samaria de Gyimah-Brempong, 2006. "Corruption, Growth, and Income Distribution: Are there Regional Differences?," Economics of Governance, Springer, Springer, vol. 7(3), pages 245-269, August.
  13. Antonio Andrés & Simplice Asongu, 2013. "Fighting Software Piracy: Which Governance Tools Matter in Africa?," Journal of Business Ethics, Springer, Springer, vol. 118(3), pages 667-682, December.
  14. Simplice A, Asongu, 2012. "Fighting corruption when existing corruption-control levels count : what do wealth effects tell us?," MPRA Paper 36901, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  15. Shang-Jin Wei & Yi Wu, 2001. "Negative Alchemy? Corruption, Composition of Capital Flows, and Currency Crises," NBER Working Papers 8187, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  16. Douglas A. Houston, 2007. "Can Corruption Ever Improve an Economy?," Cato Journal, Cato Journal, Cato Institute, Cato Journal, Cato Institute, vol. 27(3), pages 325-342, Fall.
  17. Simplice A, Asongu, 2012. "Fighting corruption when existing corruption-control levels count : what do wealth-effects tell us in Africa?," MPRA Paper 42180, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  18. Keith Blackburn & Kyriakos C. Neanidis & M. Emranul Haque, 2008. "Corruption, Seigniorage and Growth: Theory and Evidence," CESifo Working Paper Series, CESifo Group Munich 2354, CESifo Group Munich.
  19. Axel Dreher & Thomas Herzfeld, 2005. "The Economic Costs of Corruption: A Survey and New Evidence," Public Economics, EconWPA 0506001, EconWPA.
  20. Mauro, Paolo, 1995. "Corruption and Growth," The Quarterly Journal of Economics, MIT Press, MIT Press, vol. 110(3), pages 681-712, August.
  21. Dzhumashev, Ratbek, 2009. "Is there a direct effect of corruption on growth?," MPRA Paper 18489, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  22. Jos� G. Montalvo & Marta Reynal-Querol, 2005. "Ethnic Polarization, Potential Conflict, and Civil Wars," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, American Economic Association, vol. 95(3), pages 796-816, June.
  23. José Garcia Montalvo & Marta Reynal-Querol, 2004. "Ethnic polarization, potential conflict and civil wars," Economics Working Papers, Department of Economics and Business, Universitat Pompeu Fabra 770, Department of Economics and Business, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, revised Mar 2005.
  24. Jan Ott, 2010. "Good Governance and Happiness in Nations: Technical Quality Precedes Democracy and Quality Beats Size," Journal of Happiness Studies, Springer, Springer, vol. 11(3), pages 353-368, June.
  25. Ahmet Faruk AYSAN & Mustapha Kamel NABLI & Marie-Ange VÉGANZON�S-VAROUDAKIS, 2007. "Governance Institutions And Private Investment: An Application To The Middle East And North Africa," The Developing Economies, Institute of Developing Economies, Institute of Developing Economies, vol. 45(3), pages 339-377.
  26. Asongu Simplice, 2011. "Government Quality Determinants of Stock Market Performance in African Countries," Working Papers, African Governance and Development Institute. 11/019, African Governance and Development Institute..
  27. DE LA CROIX, David & DELAVALLADE, Clara, . "Corruption et allocation optimale de l'investissement public," CORE Discussion Papers RP, Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE) -1990, Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE).
  28. Stephen Everhart & Jorge Martinez- Vazquez & Robert McNab, 2009. "Corruption, governance, investment and growth in emerging markets," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 41(13), pages 1579-1594.
  29. Kwabena Gyimah-Brempong, 2002. "Corruption, economic growth, and income inequality in Africa," Economics of Governance, Springer, Springer, vol. 3(3), pages 183-209, November.
  30. Aidt, T.S., 2009. "Corruption, Institutions and Economic Development," Cambridge Working Papers in Economics, Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge 0918, Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge.
  31. Edward Barbier, 2010. "Corruption and the Political Economy of Resource-Based Development: A Comparison of Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa," Environmental & Resource Economics, European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, vol. 46(4), pages 511-537, August.
  32. Donato De Rosa & Nishaal Gooroochurn & Holger Görg, 2010. "Corruption and Productivity Firm-level Evidence from the BEEPS Survey," Kiel Working Papers, Kiel Institute for the World Economy 1632, Kiel Institute for the World Economy.
  33. Aidt, Toke & Dutta, Jayasri & Sena, Vania, 2008. "Governance regimes, corruption and growth: Theory and evidence," Journal of Comparative Economics, Elsevier, vol. 36(2), pages 195-220, June.
  34. Sanjeev Gupta & Hamid Davoodi & Rosa Alonso-Terme, 2002. "Does corruption affect income inequality and poverty?," Economics of Governance, Springer, Springer, vol. 3(1), pages 23-45, 03.
  35. Dhaneshwar Ghura, 1998. "Tax Revenue in Sub-Saharan Africa," IMF Working Papers, International Monetary Fund 98/135, International Monetary Fund.
  36. Montalvo, Jose G. & Reynal-Querol, Marta, 2005. "Ethnic diversity and economic development," Journal of Development Economics, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 76(2), pages 293-323, April.
  37. Friedman, Eric & Johnson, Simon & Kaufmann, Daniel & Zoido-Lobaton, Pablo, 2000. "Dodging the grabbing hand: the determinants of unofficial activity in 69 countries," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 76(3), pages 459-493, June.
Full references (including those not matched with items on IDEAS)

Citations

Lists

This item is not listed on Wikipedia, on a reading list or among the top items on IDEAS.

Statistics

Access and download statistics

Corrections

When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:agd:wpaper:13/004. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Asongu Simplice).

If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.

If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.

If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.