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Do Freedom of Information Laws Decrease Corruption?

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  • Tavares, Samia
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    It has been argued that greater transparency is needed to reduce corruption. One way of increasing transparency is through the adoption of Freedom of Information (FOI) laws. This paper uses the introduction of FOI laws as a natural experiment to determine their effect on corruption. Using a sample of democratic countries and two different corruption indices, I find that countries that adopted FOI laws saw an increase in corruption. Results are robust throughout different specifications. Moreover, I find that countries with plurality systems potentially experienced a decrease in corruption following the adoption of FOI legislation. Having a parliamentary system, however, had no impact on the effect of the reform.

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    Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 3560.

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    Keywords: Corruption; freedom of information; transparency; accountability;

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