Click here for search results
Are larger countries really more corrupt?, Volume 1
 
Author:Knack, Stephen; Azfar, Omar; Collection Title:Policy, Research working paper ; no. WPS 2470
Date Stored:2000/12/15Document Date:2000/11/30
Document Type:Policy Research Working PaperSubTopics:Governance Indicators; Public Sector Corruption & Anticorruption Measures; Poverty Monitoring & Analysis; National Governance; Corruption & Anticorruption Law
Language:EnglishMajor Sector:(Historic)Multisector
Report Number:WPS2470Sub Sectors:Non-Sector Specific
Volume No:1  

Summary: Several authors claim to provide evidence that government corruption is less severe in small than in large countries. The authors demonstrate that this relationship is an artifact of sample selection. Most corruption indicators provide ratings only for the countries in which multi-national investors have the greatest interest. These tend to include almost all large nations but, among small nations, only those that are well governed. The authors find that the relationship between corruption and country size disappears when one uses either a new corruption indicator with substantially increased country coverage or an alternative corruption indicator that covers all World Bank borrowers without regard to country size. They also show that the relationship between corruption and trade intensity--a variable strongly related to population--disappears when samples less subject to selection bias are used.

Official Documents
Official, scanned versions of documents (may include signatures, etc.)
File TypeDescriptionFile Size (mb)
PDF 34 pagesOfficial version*2.38 (approx.)
TextText version**
How To Order
Light-Weight Documents
Lighter (less MB) documents which may or may not be the final, official version
File TypeDescriptionFile Size (mb)
PDF 30 pagesWPS24700.08

* The official version is derived from scanning the final, paper copy of the document and is the official,
archived version including all signatures, charts, etc.
** The text version is the OCR text of the final scanned version and is not an accurate representation of the final text.
It is provided solely to benefit users with slow connectivity.



Permanent URL for this page: http://go.worldbank.org/L3YKSRUHH0