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Corruption perceptions versus corruption incidence: Competition for rents across Russian regions


  • Veronika Belousova

    (National Research University Higher School of Economics)

  • Rajeev K. Goel

    (Illinois State University)

  • Iikka Korhonen

    () (Institute for Economies in Transition (BOFIT), Bank of Finland)


Abstract This paper examines the effects of different competitions for favors on the prevalence and perceptions of corruption across Russian regions. Results show that while greater general competition (measured by regional population size), increases both perceived and actual corruption, competition among enterprises only increases corruption perceptions, while competition among government employees increases actual, but not perceived, corruption. Privatization activity and unemployment fail to affect either measure of corruption. Finally, the effects of urbanization differ on perceived and actual corruption. Besides Russia, these findings are somewhat unique to the broader literature.

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  • Veronika Belousova & Rajeev K. Goel & Iikka Korhonen, 2016. "Corruption perceptions versus corruption incidence: Competition for rents across Russian regions," Journal of Economics and Finance, Springer;Academy of Economics and Finance, vol. 40(1), pages 172-187, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:jecfin:v:40:y:2016:i:1:d:10.1007_s12197-014-9298-y
    DOI: 10.1007/s12197-014-9298-y

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    1. Claudia Trentini & Malinka Koparanova, 2013. "Corruption and entrepreneurship: does gender matter?," ECE Discussion Papers Series 2013_1, UNECE.
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    Corruption perceptions; Corruption incidence; Russia; Government; Competition;

    JEL classification:

    • K42 - Law and Economics - - Legal Procedure, the Legal System, and Illegal Behavior - - - Illegal Behavior and the Enforcement of Law
    • O5 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies
    • P37 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Institutions and Their Transitions - - - Legal


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