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When competition corrupts : a theoretical analysis of market structure and the incidence of corruption

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  • Basu, Kaushik
  • McGavock, Tamara
  • Zhang, Boyang

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The paper develops a simple model to demonstrate that, paradoxically, greater competition may exacerbate the problem of corruption. Market participants engaging in corrupt practices enjoy lower production costs -- maybe because they pay a bribe to avoid installing the environmental safeguards required by law -- such that honest players are driven out of the market when the market becomes sufficiently competitive.

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  • Basu, Kaushik & McGavock, Tamara & Zhang, Boyang, 2013. "When competition corrupts : a theoretical analysis of market structure and the incidence of corruption," Policy Research Working Paper Series 6596, The World Bank.
  • Handle: RePEc:wbk:wbrwps:6596
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    1. Sato, Hideki, 2014. "Cournot Competition and Reduction of Corruption to Prevent Garment Factory Fires in Bangladesh," MPRA Paper 56526, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 09 Jun 2014.

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