A Crook is a Crook ... But is He Still a Crook Abroad? On the Effect of Immigration on Destination-Country Corruption

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Eugen Dimant

University of Pennsylvania, Behavioral Ethics Lab

Tim Krieger

University of Freiburg - Department of Economics

Margarete Redlin

University of Paderborn

Date Written: October 23, 2014

Abstract

This paper analyzes the impact of migration on destination-country corruption levels. Capitalizing on a comprehensive dataset consisting of annual immigration stocks of OECD countries from 207 countries of origin for the period 1984-2008, we explore different channels through which corruption might migrate. We employ different estimation methods using Fixed Effects (FE) and Tobit regressions in order to validate our findings. Moreover, we also address the issue of endogeneity by using the Difference-Generalized Method of Moments (GMM) estimator. Independent of the econometric methodology, we consistently find that while general migration has an insignificant effect on the destination country’s corruption level, immigration from corruption-ridden origin countries boosts corruption in the destination country. Our findings provide a more profound understanding of the socio-economic implications associated with migration flows.

Keywords: corruption, migration, impact of migration

JEL Classification: D73, F22, O15

Suggested Citation

Dimant, Eugen and Krieger, Tim and Redlin, Margarete, A Crook is a Crook ... But is He Still a Crook Abroad? On the Effect of Immigration on Destination-Country Corruption (October 23, 2014). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 5032. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2518956

Eugen Dimant (Contact Author)

University of Pennsylvania, Behavioral Ethics Lab ( email )

Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States

HOME PAGE: http://https://sites.google.com/site/eugendimant/

Tim Krieger

University of Freiburg - Department of Economics ( email )

University of Freiburg
Wilhelmstr. 1b
Freiburg, D-79085
Germany

HOME PAGE: http://www.wguth.uni-freiburg.de

Margarete Redlin

University of Paderborn ( email )

Warburger Str. 100
Paderborn, D-33098
Germany

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