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Bonus payments as an anti-corruption instrument: A theoretical approach

  • Cracau, Daniel
  • Franz, Benjamin

We analyse bonus payments for officials, who transfer payments truthfully to the government rather than collecting bribes. We show that optimised bonus payments are always beneficial to the government, making them a more effective anti-corruption measure than simple wage increases.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 120 (2013)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 1-4

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