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Corrupt Clubs and the Convergence Hypothesis

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  • Naved Ahmad

    (Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Karachi, Pakistan.)

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Empirical work in a cross-section framework demonstrates little or no support for absolute convergence in per capita GDP. I argue in this paper that “divergence in corruption”, defined as the tendency of corrupt countries to become more corrupt faster than less corrupt nations, is a neglected factor that also determines the speed of convergence. Using Transparency International (TI) corruption perceptions index, I estimate C-σ and C-γ coefficients for corrupt and less corrupt economies to explore the C-divergence in corruption rankings. The study concludes that corrupt countries are C-converging, forming a “corrupt club”.
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  • Naved Ahmad, 2006. "Corrupt Clubs and the Convergence Hypothesis," The Pakistan Development Review, Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, vol. 45(4), pages 1001-1009.
  • Handle: RePEc:pid:journl:v:45:y:2006:i:4:p:1001-1009
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    2. Naved Ahmad & Salman Arjumand, 2016. "Impact of corruption on GDP per capita through international migration: an empirical investigation," Quality & Quantity: International Journal of Methodology, Springer, vol. 50(4), pages 1633-1643, July.
    3. Bienvenido Ortega & Antonio Casquero & Jesús Sanjuán, 2016. "Corruption and Convergence in Human Development: Evidence from 69 Countries During 1990–2012," Social Indicators Research: An International and Interdisciplinary Journal for Quality-of-Life Measurement, Springer, vol. 127(2), pages 691-719, June.

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