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Corruption and Transparency in a Growth Model


  • Christopher Ellis


  • John Fender



We develop a Ramsey type model of economic growth in which the “Engine of Growth” is public capital accumulation. Public capital is a public good, and is financed by taxes on private output. The government may either use the taxes gathered to fund public capital accumulation or consume the resourses itself; that is engage in corruption. There is an irreducable level of endogenously determined corruption which constitutes rents for which potential governments compete. This competition takes the form of choosing a time path for public capital invesment, which implies time paths for output and household consumption. We study both the model’s steady state, and dynamical behavior along the saddle path. The predictions of our theory accord well with the existent empirical evidence on the relationships between the level and growth rate of output, corruption, public investment and fiscal transparency. Our analysis also provides a perspective on the transition experiences of several Eastern European economies. Copyright Springer Science + Business Media, Inc. 2006

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  • Christopher Ellis & John Fender, 2006. "Corruption and Transparency in a Growth Model," International Tax and Public Finance, Springer;International Institute of Public Finance, vol. 13(2), pages 115-149, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:itaxpf:v:13:y:2006:i:2:p:115-149 DOI: 10.1007/s10797-006-1664-z

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