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JournalISSN: 1435-6104

Economics of Governance 

Springer Science+Business Media
About: Economics of Governance is an academic journal published by Springer Science+Business Media. The journal publishes majorly in the area(s): Public finance & International political economy. It has an ISSN identifier of 1435-6104. Over the lifetime, 427 publications have been published receiving 13344 citations.


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TL;DR: The authors showed that an increase of one standard deviation in corruption increases the Gini coefficient of income inequality by about 11 points and income growth of the poor by about 5 percentage points per year.
Abstract: This paper provides evidence that high and rising corruption increases income inequality and poverty. An increase of one standard deviation in corruption increases the Gini coefficient of income inequality by about 11 points and income growth of the poor by about 5 percentage points per year. These findings are robust to use of different instruments for corruption and other sensitivity analyses. The paper discusses several channels through which corruption may affect income inequality and poverty. An important implication of these findings is that policies that reduce corruption will most likely reduce income inequality and poverty as well.

862 citations

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TL;DR: This article used panel data from African countries and a dynamic panel estimator to investigate the effects of corruption on economic growth and income distribution and found that corruption decreases economic growth directly and indirectly through decreased investment in physical capital.
Abstract: This paper uses panel data from African countries and a dynamic panel estimator to investigate the effects of corruption on economic growth and income distribution. I find that corruption decreases economic growth directly and indirectly through decreased investment in physical capital. A unit increase in corruption reduces the growth rates of GDP and per capita income by between 0.75 and 0.9 percentage points and between 0.39 and 0.41 percentage points per year respectively. The results also indicate that increased corruption is positively correlated with income inequality. The combined effects of decreased income growth and increased inequality suggests that corruption hurts the poor more than the rich in African countries.

564 citations

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TL;DR: In this article, a survey of tax authorities of the 26 Swiss states (cantons) indicated that the differences in the treatment of taxpayers by tax authorities can be explained by differences in political participation rights as well.
Abstract: "Tax compliance has been studied in economics by analysing the individual decision of a representative person between paying and evading taxes. A neglected aspect of tax compliance is the interaction of taxpayers and tax authorities. The relationship between the two actors can be understood as an implicit or ""psychological"" contract. Studies on tax evasion in Switzerland show that the more strongly the political participation rights arendeveloped, the more important this contract is, and the higher tax morale is. In this paper,nempirical evidence based on a survey of tax authorities of the 26 Swiss states (cantons) isnpresented, indicating that the differences in the treatment of taxpayers by tax authorities cannbe explained by differences in political participation rights as well."

554 citations

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TL;DR: The theoretical framework of urban and regional economics is built on transportation costs for manufactured goods, and there is little reason to doubt that this decline will continue as discussed by the authors. But over the twentieth century, the costs of moving these goods have declined by over 90% in real terms.
Abstract: The theoretical framework of urban and regional economics is built on transportation costs for manufactured goods. But over the twentieth century, the costs of moving these goods have declined by over 90% in real terms, and there is little reason to doubt that this decline will continue. Moreover, technological change has eliminated the importance of fixed infrastructure transport (rail and water) that played a critical role in creating natural urban centres. In this article, we document this decline and explore several simple implications of a world where it is essentially free to move goods, but expensive to move people. We find empirical support for these implications.

473 citations

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TL;DR: In this article, the authors present a summary of their conversation on the past, present and future of the new economic geography, which took place with the help of an interlocutor in San Juan, Puerto Rico in November 2002.
Abstract: This article presents a summary of our conversation on the past, present and future of the new economic geography, which took place with the help of an interlocutor in San Juan, Puerto Rico in November 2002. Following the introduction, we explain what the new economic geography is, and we describe some basic models. The discussion of its various critical aspects is presented subsequently, and the article concludes with the discussion of future issues and challenges facing the field.

467 citations

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202225
202117
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201916
201816