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Eight Questions about Corruption
This paper will discuss eight frequently asked questions about public corruption: (1) What is corruption? (2) Which countries are the most corrupt? (3) What are the common characteristics ofExpand
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Political budget cycles: Do they differ across countries and why?
Abstract This paper uses a large panel data set to examine the relation between elections and fiscal policy. We find evidence of political budget cycles: on average, government fiscal deficitExpand
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Who Must Pay Bribes and How Much? Evidence from a Cross-Section of Firms
This paper uses a unique data set on corruption containing quantitative information on bribe payments of Ugandan firms. The data have two striking features: not all firms report that they need to payExpand
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Are Corruption and Taxation Really Harmful to Growth? Firm-Level Evidence
Exploiting a unique data set containing information about the estimated bribe payments of Ugandan firms, the authors study the relationship between bribe payments, taxes, and firm growth in UgandaExpand
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Foreign aid and rent-seeking
To address the relationship between concessional assistance, corruption, and other types of rent-seeking activities, the author provides a simple game-theoretic rent-seeking model. Insights withExpand
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Local Capture: Evidence from a Central Government Transfer Program in Uganda
According to official statistics, 20 percent of Uganda's total public expenditure was spent on education in the mid-1990s, most of it on primary education. One of the large public programs was aExpand
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Power to the People: Evidence from a Randomized Field Experiment of a Community-Based Monitoring Project in Uganda
This paper analyzes the importance of strengthening the relationship of accountability between health service providers and citizens for improving access to and quality of health care. How this is toExpand
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What Explains the Success or Failure of Structural Adjustment Programs?
In the 1980s development assistance shifted largely from financing investments (such as roads and dams) to promoting policy reform. This change came because of a growing awareness that developingExpand
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When is foreign aid policy credible : aid dependence and conditionality
The author studies foreign aid policy within a principal-agent framework. He shows that one reason for foreign aid's poor overall record may be a moral hazard problem that shapes the aid recipient sExpand
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Fighting Corruption to Improve Schooling: Evidence from a Newspaper Campaign in Uganda
What are the most effective ways to increase primary school enrollment and student learning? We argue that innovations in governance of social services may yield the highest return since socialExpand
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