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Corruption clubs: endogenous thresholds in corruption and development

  • M. Haque


  • Richard Kneller


The relationship between corruption and economic development is characterised by three stylised facts: (i) a strong negative correlation between corruption and development (ii) countries can remain trapped in high corruption-low development or low corruption-high development equilibria (iii) amongst intermediate levels of development corruption levels are more variable, some countries have high corruption and others low corruption. This paper argues that existing models are consistent with the first two only and demonstrates how these models might be extended to capture all three. The paper searches for the location of corruption clubs within the data and provides some explanation of their cause.

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Economics of Governance.

Volume (Year): 10 (2009)
Issue (Month): 4 (November)
Pages: 345-373

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