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How long does it take for government decentralization to affect corruption?

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  • Nadia Fiorino

    (Dipartimento di Ingegneria Industriale e dell'Informazione e di Economia - UNIVAQ - Università degli Studi dell'Aquila)

  • Emma Galli

    (Dipartimento di Scienze Sociali - Università degli Studi di Roma "La Sapienza" [Rome])

  • Fabio Padovano

    (CREM - Centre de recherche en économie et management - UNICAEN - Université de Caen Normandie - NU - Normandie Université - UR1 - Université de Rennes 1 - UNIV-RENNES - Université de Rennes - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)

Abstract

Are countries with more decentralized fiscal and spending powers characterized by a lower level of corruption? Do changes in the degree of decentralization of such powers affect the level of corruption? If so, with which delay? This paper innovates on the previous literature, which relies mainly on cross sections of countries, by analyzing a pool of 24 countries for the time interval 1995–2007. The answer to both questions is positive and the estimated average delay is 3 years. The results appear robust to changes of the estimation techniques, of the indicators of corruption, of decentralization and of a variety of controlling factors.

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  • Nadia Fiorino & Emma Galli & Fabio Padovano, 2015. "How long does it take for government decentralization to affect corruption?," Post-Print halshs-01109291, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:halshs-01109291
    DOI: 10.1007/s10101-015-0156-y
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    Keywords

    corruption; Decentralization; evolution in time; common pool; fiscal autonomy;
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    JEL classification:

    • H11 - Public Economics - - Structure and Scope of Government - - - Structure and Scope of Government
    • H53 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Government Expenditures and Welfare Programs
    • H77 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - Intergovernmental Relations; Federalism

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