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Nonergodic Corruption Dynamics (or, Why Do Some Regions within a Country Become More Corrupt than Others?)

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Two key aspects of corruption are strategic complementarity (the greater the prevailing level of corruption, the more likely is a particular agent to engage in it) and localized interactions (officials typically interact repeatedly with a small group of other officials, their colleagues). This paper builds a simple model with these two features, which studies the evolution of corruption. Over time, local networks of corruption (or honest behavior) endogenously emerge, and otherwise identical regions can end up with divergent corruption levels. Anti-corruption policies are studied. Copyright 2006 Blackwell Publishing Inc..

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  • Randal J. Verbrugge, 2006. "Nonergodic Corruption Dynamics (or, Why Do Some Regions within a Country Become More Corrupt than Others?)," Journal of Public Economic Theory, Association for Public Economic Theory, vol. 8(2), pages 219-245, May.
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