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On the (In)Effectiveness of Some Commonly Proposed Anti-Corruption Reforms

  • Evrenk, Haldun

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    (Suffolk University, Department of Economics)

Using a theoretical model of two-candidate political competition under probabilistic voting, I study the effectiveness of the following anti-corruption reforms: (i) higher wages for politicians, (ii) higher penalties for political corruption, and (iii) constitutional constraints on the tax rates and the public good levels. In the setup I study, the competing candidates may differ in their popularity, (non-verifiable) ability, and corruptibility. I find that the reforms are more likely to be effective when the candidates are (almost) identical. When the candidates differ significantly from each other, each reform may increase equilibrium level of corruption or reduce voters' welfare.

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Paper provided by Suffolk University, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 2008-5.

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Length: 19 pages
Date of creation: 15 May 2008
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Handle: RePEc:suf:wpaper:2008-5
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