Legal Standards, Enforcement and Corruption

36 Pages Posted: 18 Dec 2008

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Giovanni Immordino

University of Salerno - Centre for Studies in Economics and Finance (CSEF)

Marco Pagano

University of Naples Federico II - Department of Economics and Statistics; Centre for Studies in Economics and Finance (CSEF); Einaudi Institute for Economics and Finance (EIEF); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)

Date Written: December 2008

Abstract

Stricter laws require more incisive and costlier enforcement. Since enforcement activity depends both on available tax revenue and the honesty of officials, the optimal legal standard of a benevolent government is increasing in per-capita income and decreasing in officials' corruption. In contrast to the "tollbooth view" of regulation, the standard chosen by a self-interested government is a non-monotonic function of officials' corruption, and can be either lower or higher than that chosen by a benevolent regulator. International evidence on environmental regulation show that standards correlate positively with per-capita income, and negatively with corruption, consistently with the model's predictions for benevolent governments

Keywords: corruption, enforcement, legal standards, tollbooth view

JEL Classification: D73, K42, L51

Suggested Citation

Immordino, Giovanni and Pagano, Marco, Legal Standards, Enforcement and Corruption (December 2008). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP7071. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1311194

Giovanni Immordino

University of Salerno - Centre for Studies in Economics and Finance (CSEF) ( email )

84084 Fisciano, Salerno
Italy

Marco Pagano (Contact Author)

University of Naples Federico II - Department of Economics and Statistics ( email )

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Centre for Studies in Economics and Finance (CSEF) ( email )

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Einaudi Institute for Economics and Finance (EIEF)

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Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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United Kingdom

European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)

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