The Price of Probity: Anticorruption and Adverse Selection in the Chinese Bureaucracy

@article{Jiang2020ThePO,
  title={The Price of Probity: Anticorruption and Adverse Selection in the Chinese Bureaucracy},
  author={Junyan Jiang and Zijie Shao and Zhiyuan Zhang},
  journal={British Journal of Political Science},
  year={2020},
  volume={52},
  pages={41 - 64}
}
Abstract Fighting corruption is often seen as a crucial step toward building better institutions, but how it affects political selection remains less well understood. This article argues that in systems where corruption functions as an informal incentive for government to attract talent, anticorruption initiatives that curb rent-seeking opportunities may unintentionally weaken both the quality and the representativeness of the bureaucracy. The authors test this argument in China using an… 

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