Executive Influence over Reported Corruption Convictions: Are Conviction Rates a Biased Measure of US State-Level Corruption?

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Jamie Bologna Pavlik

Texas Tech University - Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics

Date Written: September 24, 2017

Abstract

Using state level data on corruption convictions from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Public Integrity Section (PIN) and political importance over five consecutive presidential terms from 1993-2012, I find evidence that reported federal corruption convictions tend to be higher in politically important states. However, this effect decreases in magnitude and becomes statistically insignificant when states have a governor of the same political party as the president. Thus, corruption convictions are systematically different across states based on political factors.

Keywords: Corruption, corruption convictions, congressional dominance model, congressional oversight

JEL Classification: D7, D72, D73

Suggested Citation

Bologna Pavlik, Jamie, Executive Influence over Reported Corruption Convictions: Are Conviction Rates a Biased Measure of US State-Level Corruption? (September 24, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2662208 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2662208

Jamie Bologna Pavlik (Contact Author)

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