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Whither Corruption? A Quantitative Survey of the Literature on Corruption and Growth

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  • Campos, Nauro F

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    (Brunel University)

  • Dimova, Ralitza

    ()
    (University of Manchester)

  • Saleh, Ahmad

    ()
    (Brunel University)

Abstract

Does corruption grease or sand the wheels of economic growth? This paper uses meta-analysis techniques to systematically evaluate the evidence addressing this question. It uses a data set comprising 460 estimates of the effect of corruption on growth from 41 empirical studies. The main factors explaining the variation in these estimates are whether the model accounts for institutions and trade openness (both are found to deflate the negative effect of corruption), authors' affiliation (academics systematically report less negative impacts), and use of fixed-effects. We also find that publication bias, albeit somewhat acute, does not eliminate the genuine negative effect of corruption on economic growth.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 5334.

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Length: 33 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2010
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