The Internet as an Indicator of Corruption Awareness

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Rajeev K. Goel

Illinois State University - Department of Economics

Michael A Nelson

Independent

Date Written: 2012

Abstract

We apply a standard specification of the causes of corruption to a large sample of countries to investigate the effect of internet awareness about corruption on prevalence and perceptions of corruption. The main hypothesis is that greater corruption awareness acts as a corruption deterrent. A unique data set of internet searches on Google and Yahoo is compiled using alternate variations of “corruption”, “bribery” and “country name” keywords to capture internet corruption awareness. Results show that internet hits about corruption per capita correlate negatively with corruption perceptions and corruption incidence. This finding generally holds for different specifications and other robustness checks.

Suggested Citation

Goel, Rajeev K. and Nelson, Michael A, The Internet as an Indicator of Corruption Awareness (2012). European Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 28, No. 1, pp.64-75, 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2752641

Rajeev K. Goel (Contact Author)

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Normal, IL 61790-4200
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Michael A Nelson

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