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Corruption and firm behavior: evidence from African ports

Sequeira, Sandra and Djankov, Simeon (2014) Corruption and firm behavior: evidence from African ports. Journal of International Economics, 94 (2). pp. 277-294. ISSN 0022-1996

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.jinteco.2014.08.010


This paper investigates how corruption affects firm behavior. Using an original and unusually rich dataset on bribe payments at ports matched to firm-level data, we observe how firms adapt to different types of corruption by adjusting their transport strategies. Our results suggest that firms respond to the price effects of corruption, organizing production in a way that increases or decreases demand for the public service.

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Additional Information: © 2014 Elsevier
Divisions: International Development
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
JEL classification: D - Microeconomics > D7 - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making > D73 - Bureaucracy; Administrative Processes in Public Organizations; Corruption
L - Industrial Organization > L9 - Industry Studies: Transportation and Utilities > L91 - Transportation: General
O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O1 - Economic Development > O12 - Microeconomic Analyses of Economic Development
R - Urban, Rural, and Regional Economics > R4 - Transportation Systems > R41 - Transportation: Demand, Supply, and Congestion; Safety and Accidents; Transportation Noise
Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2015 10:41
Last Modified: 10 Jul 2024 16:03
Funders: World Bank, International Finance Corporation

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