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

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  • Veronika Belousova
  • Rajeev Goel
  • Iikka Korhonen

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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. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media New York 2016

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  • Veronika Belousova & Rajeev 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:p:172-187
    DOI: 10.1007/s12197-014-9298-y
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    Corruption perceptions; Corruption incidence; Russia; Government; Competition; K42; O5; P37;
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    • K42 - Law and Economics - - Legal Procedure, the Legal System, and Illegal Behavior - - - Illegal Behavior and the Enforcement of Law
    • O42 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - Monetary Growth Models
    • P37 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Institutions and Their Transitions - - - Legal

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