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Divining the level of corruption: A Bayesian state-space approach

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This paper outlines a new methodological framework for combining indicators of corruption. The state-space framework extends the methodology of the Worldwide Governance Indicators (WGI) to fully make use of the time-structure present in corruption data. It is estimated using a Bayesian Gibbs sampler algorithm.

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  • Standaert, Samuel, 2015. "Divining the level of corruption: A Bayesian state-space approach," Journal of Comparative Economics, Elsevier, vol. 43(3), pages 782-803.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jcecon:v:43:y:2015:i:3:p:782-803
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jce.2014.05.007
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    1. Desbordes, Rodolphe & Koop, Gary, 2016. "Should we care about the uncertainty around measures of political-economic development?," Journal of Comparative Economics, Elsevier, vol. 44(3), pages 752-763.
    2. Rayp, Glenn & Ruyssen, Ilse & Standaert, Samuel, 2017. "Measuring and Explaining Cross-Country Immigration Policies," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 95(C), pages 141-163.
    3. Klenert, David & Mattauch, Linus & Combet, Emmanuel & Edenhofer, Ottmar & Hepburn, Cameron & Rafaty, Ryan & Stern, Nicholas, 2017. "Making Carbon Pricing Work," MPRA Paper 80943, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    4. Bazoumana Ouattara & Samuel Standaert, 2017. "Inequality And Property Rights, Revisited," Working Papers of Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Ghent University, Belgium 17/935, Ghent University, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration.

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    Keywords

    Corruption perception; State-space model; Bayesian econometrics; Worldwide Governance Indicators;

    JEL classification:

    • C43 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods: Special Topics - - - Index Numbers and Aggregation
    • O17 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Formal and Informal Sectors; Shadow Economy; Institutional Arrangements
    • O57 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Comparative Studies of Countries
    • P16 - Economic Systems - - Capitalist Systems - - - Political Economy of Capitalism
    • P26 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Systems and Transition Economies - - - Political Economy

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