Political decentralization and corruption : Evidence from around the world

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Author(s)

  • C. Simon Fan
  • Chen Lin
  • Daniel Treisman

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14-34
Journal / PublicationJournal of Public Economics
Volume93
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2009

Abstract

How does political decentralization affect the frequency and costliness of bribe extraction by corrupt officials? Previous empirical studies, using subjective indexes of perceived corruption and mostly fiscal indicators of decentralization, have suggested conflicting conclusions. In search of more precise findings, we combine and explore two new data sources-an original cross-national data set on particular types of decentralization and the results of a firm level survey conducted in 80 countries about firms' concrete experiences with bribery. In countries with a larger number of government or administrative tiers and (given local revenues) a larger number of local public employees, reported bribery was more frequent. When local-or central-governments received a larger share of GDP in revenue, bribery was less frequent. Overall, the results suggest the danger of uncoordinated rent-seeking as government structures become more complex. © 2008 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Research Area(s)

  • Corruption, Decentralization, Political economy

Citation Format(s)

Political decentralization and corruption : Evidence from around the world. / Fan, C. Simon; Lin, Chen; Treisman, Daniel.

In: Journal of Public Economics, Vol. 93, No. 1-2, 02.2009, p. 14-34.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journal