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E-Government, Internet Adoption, and Corruption: An Empirical Investigation

  • Elbahnasawy, Nasr G.

This study empirically investigates the impact of e-government and internet adoption on curbing corruption, by utilizing a large panel dataset. The results reveal that e-government is a powerful tool in reducing corruption—via telecommunication infrastructure and the scope and quality of online services—which is strengthened by greater internet adoption. The interaction effects between e-government and internet adoption suggest both as complements in anti-corruption programs. A dynamic panel data model that addresses the endogeneity problem and considers corruption persistency is employed. Results of panel Granger causality tests indicate a unidirectional causality from e-government to corruption, while a bilateral causality between internet adoption and corruption.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal World Development.

Volume (Year): 57 (2014)
Issue (Month): C ()
Pages: 114-126

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Handle: RePEc:eee:wdevel:v:57:y:2014:i:c:p:114-126
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