Corruption and Technology-Induced Private Sector Development

Author/Editor:

Jean-François Ruhashyankiko ; Etienne B Yehoue

Publication Date:

August 1, 2006

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

This paper asks whether corruption might be the outcome of a lack of outside options for public officials or civil servants. We propose an occupational choice model embedded in an agency framework to address the issue. We show that technology-induced private sector expansion leads to a decline in publicly supplied corruption as it provides outside options to public officials who might otherwise engage in corruption. We provide empirical evidence that strongly shows that technology-induced private sector development is associated with a decline in aggregate corruption. This suggests that the decline in publicly supplied corruption outweighs the potential increase in privately supplied corruption that could result from private sector expansion.

Series:

Working Paper No. 06/198

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

August 1, 2006

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451864588/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2006198

Price:

$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

32

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