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Remittances and corruption


  • Berdiev, Aziz N.
  • Kim, Yoonbai
  • Chang, Chun-Ping


We examine the effect of remittances on corruption using panel data for 111 countries over the period of 1986–2010. We find that remittances increase corruption, especially in non-OECD countries.

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  • Berdiev, Aziz N. & Kim, Yoonbai & Chang, Chun-Ping, 2013. "Remittances and corruption," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 118(1), pages 182-185.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:118:y:2013:i:1:p:182-185 DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2012.10.008

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    Remittances; Corruption; Panel data;

    JEL classification:

    • F24 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Remittances
    • D73 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Bureaucracy; Administrative Processes in Public Organizations; Corruption


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