No Pretense to Honesty: County Government Corruption in Mississippi

  title={No Pretense to Honesty: County Government Corruption in Mississippi},
  author={Gokhan Karahan and L. Razzolini and William F. Shughart},
  journal={Economics of Governance},
  • Gokhan Karahan, L. Razzolini, William F. Shughart
  • Published 2006
  • Economics
  • Economics of Governance
  • This paper explores the determinants of governmental corruption exploiting a unique dataset generated by “Operation Pretense”, an FBI investigation of county purchasing activities that ultimately led to the conviction of 55 of Mississippi’s 410 county supervisors, one county road foreman, two state highway commissioners and 13 vendors on bribery, extortion and other felony charges. Evidence is reported that corruption occurs more frequently in rural counties where voter-taxpayers have fewer… CONTINUE READING
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