CORRUPTION AND INCOME INEQUALITY IN THE UNITED STATES


Dincer O. C. , GÜNALP B.

CONTEMPORARY ECONOMIC POLICY, vol.30, no.2, pp.283-292, 2012 (Journal Indexed in SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 30 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Doi Number: 10.1111/j.1465-7287.2011.00262.x
  • Title of Journal : CONTEMPORARY ECONOMIC POLICY
  • Page Numbers: pp.283-292

Abstract

In this study we analyze the effects of corruption on income inequality. Our analysis advances the existing literature in three ways. First, instead of using one of the corruption indices assembled by various investment risk services, we use an objective measure of corruption: the number of public officials convicted in a state for crimes related to corruption. Second, we minimize the problems which are likely to arise because of data incomparability by examining the differences in income inequality across the United States. Finally, we exploit both time series and cross-sectional variation in the data. We find robust evidence that an increase in corruption increases income inequality. (JEL D31, D73, I32)