Measuring Corruption in China: An Expenditure‐Based Approach Using Household Survey Data

23 Pages Posted: 5 Mar 2018

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Hai Zhong

Central University of Finance and Economics (CUFE)

Date Written: April 2018

Abstract

Most existing micro‐level empirical analyses of corruption rely on administrative records, special‐purpose surveys or field experiments, which can be difficult or very costly to obtain in some situations. In this paper, we apply an expenditure‐based method of quantifying the extent of corruption in a particular country using household survey data. This method utilizes discrepancies between consumption and reported income to measure corruption. Another contribution of this paper is that it provides the first objective estimate of the extent of corruption in China. We use a quadratic clothing expenditure function to estimate the extent of corruption in China in 2002.

Suggested Citation

Zhong, Hai, Measuring Corruption in China: An Expenditure‐Based Approach Using Household Survey Data (April 2018). Economica, Vol. 85, Issue 338, pp. 383-405, 2018. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3133416 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ecca.12198

Hai Zhong (Contact Author)

Central University of Finance and Economics (CUFE) ( email )

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