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A Replication of “Corruption and Elections


  • Rajeev K. Goel

    () (Illinois State University, Normal, IL, USA)

  • Ummad Mazhar

    (Beaconhouse National University, Lahore, Pakistan)


Using cross-national panel data, Krause and Méndez recently studied whether voters retract support from political candidates who they think are corrupt. Their main finding is that corruption in public office is effectively punished by voters. Given the well-known issues with adequately measuring corruption, this note examines the sensitivity of extant findings to an alternate corruption measure. We fail to find a statistically robust effect of corruption on electoral outcomes.

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  • Rajeev K. Goel & Ummad Mazhar, 2015. "A Replication of “Corruption and Elections," Public Finance Review, , vol. 43(2), pages 143-154, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:sae:pubfin:v:43:y:2015:i:2:p:143-154

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    1. Potrafke, Niklas, 2019. "Electoral cycles in perceived corruption: International empirical evidence," Journal of Comparative Economics, Elsevier, vol. 47(1), pages 215-224.
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    3. Brown, Annette N. & Wood, Benjamin Douglas Kuflick, 2018. "Which tests not witch hunts: A diagnostic approach for conducting replication research," Economics - The Open-Access, Open-Assessment E-Journal, Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW), vol. 12, pages 1-26.


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