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The efficiency implications of corruption

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  • Mushtaq H. Khan

    (Department of Economics, SOAS, University of London, London, UK)

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Corruption has different efficiency effects across countries. Conventional economic models of corruption are shown to be deficient in explaining these differences. Instead the article suggests that the distribution of power within the patron-client networks in which corruption is taking place is an important variable explaining the differences in the efficiency effects of corruption. Where patrons are powerful the range of rights transacted is limited and the allocation is likely to be efficiency maximizing. In contrast where patrons are weak the range of rights transacted is likely to be much wider with the rights allocated according to political calculations with large efficiency costs.

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  • Mushtaq H. Khan, 1996. "The efficiency implications of corruption," Journal of International Development, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 8(5), pages 683-696.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:jintdv:v:8:y:1996:i:5:p:683-696
    DOI: 10.1002/(SICI)1099-1328(199609)8:5<683::AID-JID411>3.0.CO;2-4
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    1. Delgado, Michael S. & McCloud, Nadine & Kumbhakar, Subal C., 2014. "A generalized empirical model of corruption, foreign direct investment, and growth," Journal of Macroeconomics, Elsevier, vol. 42(C), pages 298-316.
    2. Fei Zhong, 2000. ""An Economic Analysis of Corruption, with Special Application to the Chinese Economy" (in Japanese)," CIRJE J-Series CIRJE-J-29, CIRJE, Faculty of Economics, University of Tokyo.
    3. Mushtaq Khan, 2000. "The Political Economy of Industrial Policy in Pakistan 1947-1971," Working Papers 98, Department of Economics, SOAS, University of London, UK.
    4. Bienvenido Ortega & Antonio Casquero & Jesús Sanjuán, 2016. "Corruption and Convergence in Human Development: Evidence from 69 Countries During 1990–2012," Social Indicators Research: An International and Interdisciplinary Journal for Quality-of-Life Measurement, Springer, vol. 127(2), pages 691-719, June.
    5. Rock, Michael T. & Bonnett, Heidi, 2004. "The Comparative Politics of Corruption: Accounting for the East Asian Paradox in Empirical Studies of Corruption, Growth and Investment," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 32(6), pages 999-1017, June.
    6. Maciej Tymiński & Piotr Koryś, 2002. "Corruption. A Review of Selected Conceptions," Ekonomia journal, Faculty of Economic Sciences, University of Warsaw, vol. 6.

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