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The Effect of Corruption on Investment Growth: Evidence from Firms in Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Transition Countries

  • Elizabeth Asiedu
  • James Freeman
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    Most of the empirical studies that analyze the impact of corruption on investment have three common features: they employ country-level data on investment, corruption is measured at the country level, and data for countries from several regions are pooled together. This paper uses firm-level data on investment and measures corruption at the firm and country level, and allows the effect of corruption to vary by region. Our dependent variable is firms' investment growth and we employ six measures of corruption from four different sources-two firm-level measures and four country-level measures. We find that the effect of corruption on investments varies significantly across regions: corruption has a negative and significant effect on investment growth for firms in Transition countries but has no significant impact for firms in Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa. Furthermore, for Transition countries, corruption is the most important determinant of investment. Copyright � 2009 The Authors. Journal compilation � 2009 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

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    Volume (Year): 13 (2009)
    Issue (Month): 2 (05)
    Pages: 200-214

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