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Effectiveness of whistleblower laws in combating corruption

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  • Goel, Rajeev K.

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    (BOFIT)

  • Nelson, Michael A.

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    (BOFIT)

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Whistleblower laws are becoming important governance tools in both the public and private sectors. To examine the effectiveness of whistleblower laws and their awareness, this study creates a unique internet-based measure of awareness about whistleblower laws and provisions, focusing on the United States. Placing the analysis within the larger corruption literature, our results show that greater whistleblower awareness results in more observed corruption and this holds across specifications. Internet awareness of whistleblower laws appears to be more effective at exposing corruption than the quantity and quality of whistleblower laws themselves.

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Paper provided by Bank of Finland, Institute for Economies in Transition in its series BOFIT Discussion Papers with number 9/2013.

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Length: 22 pages
Date of creation: 13 May 2013
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:bofitp:2013_009

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Keywords: corruption; whistleblowers; law enforcement; internet; United States;

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  1. Rajeev K. Goel & Michael A. Nelson, 2014. "Whistleblower laws and exposed corruption in the United States," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 46(20), pages 2331-2341, July.
  2. Cebula, Richard & Clark, Jeff, 2014. "Impact of Economic Freedom, Regulatory Quality, and Taxation on the Per Capita Real Income: An Analysis for OECD Nations and Non-G8 OECD Nations," MPRA Paper 56605, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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