Corruption and Confidence in Public Institutions : Evidence from a Global Survey

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dc.contributor.author Clausen, Bianca en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2013-05-20T21:20:49Z en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2015-01-26T08:45:02Z
dc.date.available 2013-05-20T21:20:49Z en_US
dc.date.available 2015-01-26T08:45:02Z
dc.date.issued 2011-05-31 en_US
dc.identifier.citation World Bank Economic Review en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1564-698X en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10986/13471 en_US
dc.description.abstract Well-functioning institutions matter for economic development. In order to operate effectively, public institutions must also inspire confidence in those they serve. We use data from the Gallup World Poll, a unique and very large global household survey, to document a quantitatively large and statistically significant negative correlation between corruption and confidence in public institutions. This suggests an important indirect channel through which corruption can inhibit development: by eroding confidence in public institutions. This correlation is robust to the inclusion of a large set of controls for country and respondent-level characteristics. Moreover we show how it can plausibly be interpreted as reflecting at least in part a causal effect from corruption to confidence. Finally, we provide evidence that individuals with low confidence in institutions exhibit low levels of political participation, show increased tolerance for violent means to achieve political ends, and have a greater desire to “vote with their feet” through emigration. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher World Bank en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries World Bank Economic Review;25(2) en_US
dc.rights Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported en_US
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/ en_US
dc.subject banks en_US
dc.title Corruption and Confidence in Public Institutions : Evidence from a Global Survey en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.rights.holder World Bank en_US

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