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The Multifaceted Impact of Corruption on International Trade

  • Thede, Susanna

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    (Department of Economics, Lund University)

  • Gustafson, Nils-Åke

    (Department of Economics, Lund University)

The purpose of this paper is to perform a detailed examination of corruption effects on trade based on corruption characteristics known to affect economic exchange within the corruption research field. These characteristics are the level, prevalence, customs location, function and predictability of corruption. The multifaceted corruption impact on trade is empirically examined using a corruption-augmented gravity equation. The equation is estimated using a Heckman version of a GMM instrumental variable method. Our results provide strong evidence of that import flows vary systematically with the investigated corruption characteristics and enable the identification of channels through which corruption affects international trade. The empirical investigation clearly indicates the need to examine the multifaceted role of corruption to properly assess the trade effects of corruption.

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Paper provided by Lund University, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 2009:13.

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Length: 18 pages
Date of creation: 07 Oct 2009
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Publication status: Forthcoming as Thede, Susanna and Nils-Åke Gustafson, 'The Multifaceted Impact of Corruption on International Trade' in World Economy.
Handle: RePEc:hhs:lunewp:2009_013
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