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Can corruption favour growth via the composition of government spending?

  • Sugata Ghosh

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    (Brunel University)

  • Andros Gregoriou

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    (University of East Anglia)

In an endogenous growth model with two public goods, we analytically derive the optimal composition of government spending in the presence of corruption. Although corruption results in a loss of productivity per se, an increase in corruption in the category of public spending that is harmed relatively more by corruption could have a favourable effect on growth, as it would encourage a benevolent government to divert spending towards the public good that is more productive, net of corruption.

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Volume (Year): 30 (2010)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 2270-2278

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  1. Pierre-Guillaume Méon & Khalid Sekkat, 2005. "Does corruption grease or sand the wheels of growth?," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 122(1), pages 69-97, January.
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