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A link between measures of Gross National Product, and measures of corruption


  • Mukti Diah Riani

    (Gadjha Mada University)

  • Stuart Wattam

    (MDR Associates)


This paper establishes a link between a countries economic performance as measured by Gross National Product (GNP) and a compound measure of Transparency, Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), and (TI 2002). CPI is a measurement that should provide an indication as to a countries reputation in the eyes of investors and traders for openess and information disclosure in government and non governmental organisations, in relation to corruption, bribery and extra non-justifiable payments. Corruption involes the behaviour of public officials either elected or appointed, by which they unlawfully enrich themselves or those close to them. This is probably the case of the disparate performance of developing countries, where some are experiencing economic growth while others are falling behind. (Helman 2000). There has been comment in the press about the relationship between corrupt practices, and a countries economic performance. (Anon 2001), (Lobe 2001) and (Perlez 2002). This evidence is presented as a countries ability to attract trade and investment, which should be possible to measure by examining it's economic performance. This paper does not attempt to analyse the accuracy of this evidence, it instead shows an empirical link between measures of GNP and CPI, which along with the anecdotal evidence support the view that a countries economic performance is indeed tied to it's reputation for corruption and transparency.

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  • Mukti Diah Riani & Stuart Wattam, 2005. "A link between measures of Gross National Product, and measures of corruption," Econometrics 0502015, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpem:0502015
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    Corruption; Economic Performance; GNI;

    JEL classification:

    • C1 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General
    • C2 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables
    • C3 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables
    • C4 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods: Special Topics
    • C5 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling
    • C8 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Data Collection and Data Estimation Methodology; Computer Programs

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