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Corruption, Decentralization and Yardstick Competition

  • Christopher J. Ellis

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    (University of Oregon)

  • Oguzhan C. Dincer

    (Massey University)

  • Glenn R. Waddell

    (University of Oregon)

Several empirical studies have found a negative relationship between corruption and the decentralization of the powers to tax and spend. In this paper we explain this phenomenon using a model of Yardstick Competition. Using data on federal corruption-related convictions in U.S. states we propose and test a spatial autoregressive model of corruption, providing new evidence in support of the theoretical findings.

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Paper provided by University of Oregon Economics Department in its series University of Oregon Economics Department Working Papers with number 2005-5.

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Length: 21
Date of creation: 01 Mar 2005
Date of revision: 01 Jan 2006
Handle: RePEc:ore:uoecwp:2005-5
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