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Armutsbekaempfung durch Reduktion von Korruption: eine Rolle fuer Unternehmen?


  • Beckmann, Klaus

    () (Helmut Schmidt University, Hamburg)

  • Gerrits, Carsten

    () (Helmut Schmidt University, Hamburg)


We consider an argument that it might be helpful to combat poverty in developing countries indirectly by enlisting firms' help (as "corporate citizens") in reducing corruption. It turns out that this argument crucially depends on a fair number of presmises, including (a) a common interest of firms in reducing bribes, (b) the absence of positive effects of corruption on society at large and (c) the cost-effectiveness of formal institutions designed to combat corruption. In all three regards, we explain a number of reservations, both theoretical and empirical. Some tentative institutional policy recommendations ensue.

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  • Beckmann, Klaus & Gerrits, Carsten, 2008. "Armutsbekaempfung durch Reduktion von Korruption: eine Rolle fuer Unternehmen?," Working Paper 83/2008, Helmut Schmidt University, Hamburg.
  • Handle: RePEc:ris:vhsuwp:2008_083

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    1. Pies, Ingo & Beckmann, Markus, 2009. "Whistle-Blowing heißt nicht: "verpfeifen" - Ordonomische Überlegungen zur Korruptionsprävention durch und in Unternehmen," Discussion Papers 2009-19, Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg, Chair of Economic Ethics.

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    • D73 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Bureaucracy; Administrative Processes in Public Organizations; Corruption

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