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Corruption and Economic Freedom Links to Public Finance and Investment in New EU Members

  • Jan Hanousek
  • Evžen Kočenda

We analyze corruption and economic freedom links to public finance and investment in new EU members. In terms of the public investment our results show that improvement in economic freedom is linked to increases in public investment while lowering of corruption is linked with increase or decrease with respect to public investment. As a complementary finding we show that increases in public investment are also linked with the ambiguous effect. In case of public finance our estimates suggest that debt usually decreases as economic regulation goes down while the effect on budget deficit goes both ways. On other hand, as corruption declines both budget deficit and debt decrease. Based on our results we generalize that measures taken to lower corruption and economic regulation should lead to improvements in fiscal position in most of the new EU member states.

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Article provided by University of Economics, Prague in its journal Politická ekonomie.

Volume (Year): 2011 (2011)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 310-328

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Handle: RePEc:prg:jnlpol:v:2011:y:2011:i:3:id:793:p:310-328
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