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Corruption, institutions and regulation

  • Michael Breen


  • Robert Gillanders

We analyze the effects of corruption and institutional quality on the quality of business regulation. Our key findings indicate that corruption negatively affects the quality of regulation and that general institutional quality is insignificant once corruption is controlled for. These findings hold over a number of specifications which include additional exogenous historical and geographic controls. The findings imply that policy makers can focus on curbing corruption to improve regulation, over wider institutional reform. Copyright Springer-Verlag 2012

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Economics of Governance.

Volume (Year): 13 (2012)
Issue (Month): 3 (September)
Pages: 263-285

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Handle: RePEc:spr:ecogov:v:13:y:2012:i:3:p:263-285
DOI: 10.1007/s10101-012-0111-0
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