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Corrupt clubs and the convergence hypothesis

  • Naved Ahmad

Empirical work in a cross-section framework demonstrates little or no support for absolute convergence in per capita GDP. I argue in this paper that “divergence in corruption”, defined as the tendency of corrupt countries to become more corrupt faster than less corrupt nations, is a neglected factor that also determines the speed of convergence. Using Transparency International (TI) corruption perceptions index, I estimate C-σ and C-γ coefficients for corrupt and less corrupt economies to explore the C-divergence in corruption rankings. The study concludes that corrupt countries are C-converging, forming a “corrupt club”.

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Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Journal of Economic Policy Reform.

Volume (Year): 11 (2008)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 21-28

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Handle: RePEc:taf:jpolrf:v:11:y:2008:i:1:p:21-28
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