Corruption and Economic Development New Evidence from the Middle Eastern and North African Countries

Posted: 23 Jan 2017

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Shrabani Saha

School of Finance and Business Economics; Financial Research Network (FIRN)

Mohamed Sami Ben Ali

Qatar University - Department of Economics

Date Written: January 22, 2017

Abstract

This paper analyzes the role of economic development in curbing corruption by focusing on political and economic freedoms for a sample of Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) countries over the period 1984-2013. In addition, the analysis investigates whether political and economic freedoms lower corruption in natural-resource-rich countries by considering both linear and non-linear effects. The results reveal that the interactive relationship between economic and political freedoms and government size leads to a reduction in corruption. Furthermore, our results show robust support to suggest that an increase in income increases corruption in natural-resource-rich countries. Overall, our findings provide some relevant policy implications for MENA countries.

Suggested Citation

Saha, Shrabani and Ben Ali, Mohamed Sami, Corruption and Economic Development New Evidence from the Middle Eastern and North African Countries (January 22, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2903583 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2903583

Shrabani Saha

School of Finance and Business Economics ( email )

100 Joondalup Drive
Joondalup, WA 6027
Australia

Financial Research Network (FIRN)

C/- University of Queensland Business School
St Lucia, 4071 Brisbane
Queensland
Australia

HOME PAGE: http://www.firn.org.au

Mohamed Sami Ben Ali (Contact Author)

Qatar University - Department of Economics ( email )

2713 Doha
Qatar

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