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Journal of Public Economics
Volume 87, Issues 7–8, August 2003, Pages 1801-1824
A free press is bad news for corruption
Aymo​Brunetti​
a​
Beatrice​Weder​
b
https://doi.org/10.1016/S0047-2727(01)00186-4
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Abstract
This paper tests the proposition that a free press may be a powerful control on corruption. We find evidence of a significant relationship between more press freedom and less corruption in a large cross-section of countries. This result is robust to specification and sample and the relationship is not sensitive to the choice of a particular measure of corruption or of press freedom. Furthermore we present evidence which suggests that the direction of causation runs from higher press freedom to lower corruption.
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CorruptionPress freedom
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O1O57H11D73
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