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Who cares about corruption?

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  • Alvaro Cuervo-Cazurra

    (Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina, USA)

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This paper examines the impact of corruption on foreign direct investment (FDI). It argues that corruption results not only in a reduction in FDI, but also in a change in the composition of country of origin of FDI. It presents two key findings. First, corruption results in relatively lower FDI from countries that have signed the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions. This suggests that laws against bribery abroad may act as a deterrent against engaging in corruption in foreign countries. Second, corruption results in relatively higher FDI from countries with high levels of corruption. This suggests that investors who have been exposed to bribery at home may not be deterred by corruption abroad, but instead seek countries where corruption is prevalent. Journal of International Business Studies (2006) 37, 807–822. doi:10.1057/palgrave.jibs.8400223

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  • Alvaro Cuervo-Cazurra, 2006. "Who cares about corruption?," Journal of International Business Studies, Palgrave Macmillan;Academy of International Business, vol. 37(6), pages 807-822, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:pal:jintbs:v:37:y:2006:i:6:p:807-822
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