Women and Corruption: What Positions Must They Hold to Make a Difference?

52 Pages Posted: 10 May 2014 Last revised: 26 Sep 2018

Date Written: July 1, 2015


This paper examines in what precise role -- as bribe takers, decision makers or as policy makers do women have an impact on corruption. Since much of the corruption literature is plagued either by the lack of instruments or weak instruments, this paper makes a methodological contribution by drawing inferences based on Moreira's (2003) conditional likelihood ratio approach. We provide robust evidence that women's presence in parliament has a causal and negative impact on corruption while other measures of female participation in economic activities are shown to have no effect. Further, this negative relationship between women's presence in government and corruption is also found to hold in a regional analysis of 17 European countries alleviating concerns that the relationship is driven by unobservable country-fixed characteristics. Finally, we show that this relationship does not disappear when women gain similarity in social status.

Keywords: Corruption, Gender, Public Policy, Politics, Women

JEL Classification: D73, J16, K42

Suggested Citation

Jha, Chandan Kumar and Sarangi, Sudipta, Women and Corruption: What Positions Must They Hold to Make a Difference? (July 1, 2015). Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Vol. 151, 2018, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2434912 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2434912

Chandan Kumar Jha (Contact Author)

Le Moyne College ( email )

Syracuse, NY 13214
United States

Sudipta Sarangi

Virginia Tech ( email )

250 Drillfield Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061
United States

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