Military Buildups, Economic Development and Corruption

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Rajeev K. Goel

Illinois State University - Department of Economics

James W. Saunoris

Eastern Michigan University

Date Written: December 2016

Abstract

Using cross‐national data for more than two recent decades, this paper examines the effect of military buildups on corruption. Measuring military buildups via military spending and armed forces, and controlling for simultaneity, results consistently find greater military buildups to increase corruption across specifications. However, the level of economic development plays a crucial role, especially with regard to the effect of military forces. Greater state fragility is, ceteris paribus, associated with greater corruption. The influences of other factors are in accord with the literature.

Suggested Citation

Goel, Rajeev K. and Saunoris, James W., Military Buildups, Economic Development and Corruption (December 2016). The Manchester School, Vol. 84, Issue 6, pp. 697-722, 2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2846194 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/manc.12127

Rajeev K. Goel (Contact Author)

Illinois State University - Department of Economics ( email )

Normal, IL 61790-4200
United States

James W. Saunoris

Eastern Michigan University ( email )

Eastern Michigan University
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
United States

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