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Corruption and Economic Efficiency: Panel Data Evidence

  • George Emm Halkos
  • Nickolaos Tzeremes

This paper investigates empirically the effect of corruption on countries' economic efficiency. By using a sample of 79 countries for the time period 2000-2006 the paper applies DEA window analysis and econometric panel data techniques. The results reveal that there is a U-shaped relationship between countries' corruption perception levels and economic efficiency. Furthermore, it appears that corruption has a negative effect on countries' economic efficiency. For the first time the turning points of such a relationship are being produced indicating that on average terms and regardless of countries' economic structure, Corruption Perception Index (CPI) above five initiate a positive effect on a countries' economic efficiency.

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Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Global Economic Review.

Volume (Year): 39 (2010)
Issue (Month): 4 ()
Pages: 441-454

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