Whistleblower Laws and Exposed Corruption in the United States

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Rajeev K. Goel

Illinois State University - Department of Economics

Michael A. Nelson

University of Akron - Department of Economics

Date Written: 2014

Abstract

This research creates a unique internet-based measure of awareness about state-level whistleblower laws and provisions to examine their effects on observed corruption in the United States. Are whistleblower laws complementary or substitutes for other, more direct, corruption control measures? Placing the analysis within the corruption literature, the findings show that greater whistleblower awareness results in more observed corruption and this finding holds across specifications. Internet awareness about whistleblower laws seems relatively more effective at exposing corruption than the quantity and quality of state whistleblower laws themselves.

Suggested Citation

Goel, Rajeev K. and Nelson, Michael A., Whistleblower Laws and Exposed Corruption in the United States (2014). Applied Economics, Vol. 46, No. 20, pp. 2331-2341, 2014. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2754309

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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