Corruption and Bilateral Trade Flows: Extortion or Evasion?

@article{Dutt2010CorruptionAB,
  title={Corruption and Bilateral Trade Flows: Extortion or Evasion?},
  author={Pushan Dutt and Daniel A. Traca},
  journal={The Review of Economics and Statistics},
  year={2010},
  volume={92},
  pages={843-860}
}
We analyze the impact of corruption on bilateral trade, highlighting its dual role in terms of extortion and evasion. Corruption taxes trade, when corrupt customs officials in the importing country extort bribes from exporters (extortion effect); however, with high tariffs, corruption may be trade enhancing when corrupt officials allow exporters to evade tariff barriers (evasion effect). We derive and estimate a corruption-augmented gravity model, where the effect of corruption on trade flows… Expand
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