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Corruption in America

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  • Edward L. Glaeser
  • Raven Saks
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    We use a data set of federal corruption convictions in the U. S. to investigate the causes and consequences of corruption. More educated states, and to a less degree richer states, have less corruption. This relationship holds even when we use historical factors like education in 1928 or Congregationalism in 1890, as instruments for the level of schooling today. The level of corruption is weakly correlated with the level of income inequality and racial fractionalization, and uncorrelated with the size of government. There is a weak negative relationship between corruption and employment and income growth. These results echo the cross-country findings, and support the view that the correlation between development and good political outcomes occurs because more education improves political institutions.

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    Paper provided by Harvard - Institute of Economic Research in its series Harvard Institute of Economic Research Working Papers with number 2043.

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    Date of creation: 2004
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    1. Oguzhan C. Dincer & Peter J. Lambert, 2006. "Taking care of your own: Ethnic and religious heterogeneity and income inequality," University of Oregon Economics Department Working Papers, University of Oregon Economics Department 2006-9, University of Oregon Economics Department.
    2. Olken, Benjamin A., 2006. "Corruption and the costs of redistribution: Micro evidence from Indonesia," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 90(4-5), pages 853-870, May.
    3. Thum, Marcel, 2005. "Korruption und Schattenwirtschaft," Dresden Discussion Paper Series in Economics 09/05, Dresden University of Technology, Faculty of Business and Economics, Department of Economics.
    4. Russell Sobel & Nabamita Dutta & Sanjukta Roy, 2010. "Does cultural diversity increase the rate of entrepreneurship?," The Review of Austrian Economics, Springer, Springer, vol. 23(3), pages 269-286, September.
    5. James E. Alt & David Dreyer Lassen, 2005. "Political and Judicial Checks on Corruption: Evidence from American State Governments," EPRU Working Paper Series, Economic Policy Research Unit (EPRU), University of Copenhagen. Department of Economics 05-12, Economic Policy Research Unit (EPRU), University of Copenhagen. Department of Economics.
    6. Felix, R. Alison & Hines, James R., 2013. "Who offers tax-based business development incentives?," Journal of Urban Economics, Elsevier, vol. 75(C), pages 80-91.
    7. Dincer, Oguzhan C., 2008. "Ethnic and religious diversity and corruption," Economics Letters, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 99(1), pages 98-102, April.

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