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The Transition of Corruption: From Poverty to Honesty

  • Erich Gundlach
  • Martin Paldam

Measures of corruption and income are highly correlated across countries. We use prehistoric measures of biogeography as instruments for modern income levels to identify an exogenous long-run income effect. We find that our corruption-free incomes explain the cross-country pattern of corruption just as well as actual incomes. This result suggests that the long-run causality is exclusively from income to corruption. As countries get rich, corruption vanishes and there is a transition of corruption from poverty to honesty

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Paper provided by Kiel Institute for the World Economy in its series Kiel Working Papers with number 1411.

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Length: 8 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2008
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Handle: RePEc:kie:kieliw:1411
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