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A crook is a crook ... but is he still a crook abroad? On the effect of immigration on destination-country corruption

  • Dimant, Eugen
  • Krieger, Tim
  • Redlin, Margarete

This paper analyzes the impact of migration on destination-country corruption levels. Capitalizing on a comprehensive dataset consisting of annual immigration stocks of OECD countries from 207 countries of origin for the period 1984 - 2008, we explore different channels through which corruption might migrate. Independent of the econometric methodology applied, we consistently find that while general migration has an insignificant effect on the destination country's corruption level, immigration from corruption-ridden origin countries boosts corruption in the destination country. Our findings provide a more profound understanding of the economic implications associated with migration flows.

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Paper provided by University of Freiburg, Wilfried Guth Endowed Chair for Constitutional Political Economy and Competition Policy in its series Discussion Paper Series with number 2013-03.

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