Football in the time of protest

Nauro F Campos, 13 June 2014



Football is actually coming home. Brazil is the spiritual home of the ‘beautiful game’. It is the only country to have competed in all 20 World Cup tournaments, it has won the tournament a record five times, and it is the only country to have won the tournament ‘away’ (Ponzo and Scoppa 2014).1 Brazilians worship football.

Topics: Institutions and economics, Politics and economics
Tags: Brazil, Corruption, FIFA, Football, infrastructure, Political Economy, protests, rent-seeking, soccer, sport

Growing out of corruption

Jie Bai, Seema Jayachandran, Edmund J. Malesky, Benjamin Olken , 22 November 2013



Eradicating corruption ranks among the central policy concerns of economic development practitioners around the globe. Then-World Bank President James Wolfenson made the case for combatting corruption in a 1996 speech now known as the “Cancer of Corruption” address. In it, he spelled out a theoretical mechanism connecting corruption and poverty:

Topics: Development, Poverty and income inequality
Tags: bribes, Corruption, developing countries, economic growth

Democracy in Africa

Thorvaldur Gylfason, 17 November 2013



A man’s admiration for absolute government is proportionate to the contempt he feels for those around him.
Alexis de Tocqueville

Until the second half of the 19th century, there were so few democratic states around the world that they could be counted on the fingers of one hand.

Topics: Development, Economic history, Politics and economics
Tags: Africa, anocracy, autocracy, Corruption, democracy, education, fertility, growth, life expectancy

Higher government wages may reduce corruption

Jakob de Haan, Erik Dietzenbacher, Văn Hà Le, 16 June 2013



Defined as the abuse of public office for private gain, corruption is found to have bad effects on economic development, weaken the institutional system and create cynicism in the political life (Rose-Ackerman 2004).

Topics: Politics and economics
Tags: Corruption

Cyprus, corruption, money laundering and Russian round-trip investment

Svetlana Ledyaeva, Päivi Karhunen, John Whalley, 17 June 2013



The financial relationship between Cyprus and Russia has received a lot of attention as a result of the recent crisis in Cyprus (Wyplosz 2013). A large amount of Russian money has been invested in this small Mediterranean economy over the last two decades. It has been estimated that about one half to a third of all Cyprus bank deposits are of Russian origin.

Topics: International finance
Tags: Corruption, Cyprus, round-trip investment

Public procurement markets: Where are we?

Patrick A Messerlin, Sébastien Miroudot, 7 September 2012



Recently, the EU and US have pushed very hard for opening public procurement markets, as illustrated by the EU and US pressures on Japan and China, respectively. In particular, the EU claims that it is by far the most open market in the world.

Topics: EU policies, Global governance, Institutions and economics
Tags: Corruption, EU, OECD, public procurement, US

Green policy and corruption

Massimo Tavoni, Caterina Gennaioli, 12 July 2012



In many countries public support policies have been implemented over the past several years with the aim of promoting renewable energy, energy efficiency, and the transition to a low-carbon economy.

Topics: Environment, Politics and economics
Tags: Corruption, green policy, Italy

Looking beyond the incumbent: The effects of exposing corruption on electoral outcomes

Ana De La O, Alberto Chong, Dean Karlan, Léonard Wantchékon, 23 January 2012

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Topics: Development, Politics and economics
Tags: accountability, Corruption, democracy, elections, Information, transparency

Lifting the curtain on corruption in developing countries

Benjamin Olken , Rohini Pande, 21 January 2012



In recent years, innovations in methodology have sparked a remarkable expansion in economists’ ability to measure corruption.

Topics: Development
Tags: bribes, Corruption, developing countries

Three's company: Wall Street, Capitol Hill, and K Street

Deniz Igan, Prachi Mishra, 11 August 2011



At the end of 2007as markets grappled with early stages of what would become the worst financial crisis in the post-WWII era and a severe recession seized the US economythe Wall Street Journal reported that two of the largest mortgage lenders in the US spent millions of dollars in political donations, campaign contributions, and lobbying activities from 2002 t

Topics: Global crisis, Politics and economics
Tags: Corruption, financial regulation, global crisis, lobbying, subprime crisis, US

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