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Gender and Corruption

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  • Anand Swamy

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    (Williams College)

  • Stephen Knack
  • Young Lee
  • Omar Azfar

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Using several independent data sets, we investigate the relationship between gender and corruption. We show using micro data that women are less involved in bribery, and are less likely to condone bribe taking. Cross-country data show that corruption is less severe where women hold a larger share of parliamentary seats and senior positions in the government bureaucracy, and comprise a larger share of the labor force.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, Williams College in its series Center for Development Economics with number 158.

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Keywords: Corruption; Gender; Public policy;

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