Effectiveness of Whistleblower Laws in Combating Corruption

22 Pages Posted: 22 May 2013

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Rajeev K. Goel

Illinois State University - Department of Economics

Michael A. Nelson

University of Akron - Department of Economics

Date Written: 2013

Abstract

Whistleblower laws are becoming important governance tools in both the public and private sectors. To examine the effectiveness of whistleblower laws and their awareness, this study creates a unique Internet-based measure of awareness about whistleblower laws and provisions, focusing on the United States. Placing the analysis within the larger corruption literature, our results show that greater whistleblower awareness results in more observed corruption, and this holds across specifications. Internet awareness of whistleblower laws appears to be more effective at exposing corruption than the quantity and quality of whistleblower laws themselves.

Keywords: corruption, whistleblowers, law enforcement, Internet, United States

JEL Classification: K4, H7

Suggested Citation

Goel, Rajeev K. and Nelson, Michael A., Effectiveness of Whistleblower Laws in Combating Corruption (2013). BOFIT Discussion Paper No. 9/2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2268429 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2268429

Rajeev K. Goel (Contact Author)

Illinois State University - Department of Economics ( email )

Normal, IL 61790-4200
United States

Michael A. Nelson

University of Akron - Department of Economics ( email )

Akron, OH 44325
United States
330-972-7939 (Phone)
330-972-5356 (Fax)

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