Corruption

Corruption Dynamics in International Trade Evidence on Bribery and Tax Evasion from Tunisian Customs Transactions

Every year low- and middle-income countries import goods worth more than $7 trillion, and in many states these shipments must first pass through the hands of corrupt customs officials.

Working Paper
8 May 2022

The Local Advantage: Corruption, Organised Crime, and Indigenisation in the Nigerian Oil Sector

Multinationals in the extractive sectors of weak states face resource theft by armed groups. This criminality is often abetted by state corruption, even though firms are willing to pay for protection.

Working Paper
15 Apr 2022

Misallocation and Network Externalities in Inefficient Economies

This project exploits an arguably exogenous shock to the allocation of coal mines in India to study the spillovers of misallocation in an upstream sector through the rest of the economy.

Research Project
1 Nov 2020

The Local Advantage: Corruption, Organised Crime, and Indigenisation in the Nigerian Oil Sector

This project asks whether political affiliations enable local firms to outperform multinationals in corrupt natural resource sectors.

Research Project
1 Oct 2020

Patronage and Selection in Public Sector Organizations

In all modern bureaucracies, politicians retain some discretion in public employment decisions, which may lead to frictions in the selection process if political connections substitute for individual competence.

Journal Article
1 Oct 2020

Crunch Time: How Bureaucrats' Term of Office Affects Coercive and Collusive Bribes

This project will study whether customs officers affect firms’ bribery costs and trade costs, and how these officers' time horizons and professional relationships operate as mechanisms.

Research Project
1 Nov 2019

Crony Capitalism, Collective Action, and ICT: Evidence from Kenyan Contract Farming

The shift from subsistence to commercial economies creates surplus, but often induces conflict over it. Under extractive institutions and weak contract enforcement, crony capitalism may emerge and limit the benefits of modernization.

Working Paper
15 Oct 2019

Political Connections and Access to Private-Sector Growth: Evidence from an Audit Experiment in Senegal

This project examines whether political and personal connections, as well as co-ethnicity, co-religiosity and gender, affect access to institutions.

Research Project
1 Oct 2019

Corruption and Firms

Colonnelli and Prem (2019) estimate the causal real economic effects of a randomized anticorruption crackdown on local governments in Brazil over the period 2003-2014.

Working Paper
1 Sep 2019

Social, Formal, and Political Determinants of Trade under Weak Rule of Law: Experimental Evidence from Senegalese Firms

When contracting institutions are weak or exploitable, firms in developing countries rely on a mixture of social and formal heuristics to select business partners.

Working Paper
17 Jun 2019

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