Cultural Baggage: Do Immigrants Import Corruption?

Forthcoming at the Southern Economic Journal

41 Pages Posted: 9 Mar 2018 Last revised: 10 Jan 2019

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Jamie Bologna Pavlik

Texas Tech University - Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics

Estefania Lujan Padilla

Texas Tech University

Benjamin Powell

Texas Tech University - Free Market Institute; Texas Tech University - Rawls College of Business

Date Written: January 7, 2019

Abstract

Do immigrants undermine culture in a way that destroys productivity in destination countries? Some scholars have argued that because immigrants come from countries with dysfunctional social capital—norms and institutions— they will import it and pollute the social capital in destination countries. One potential channel through which this could occur is corruption. We examine stocks and flows of immigrants over a 20-year time-period to see if corruption increased in destination countries. We generally find that immigration is not associated with increases in corruption. Additionally, we find that immigration tends to decrease corruption in destination countries with low levels of corruption or high levels of economic freedom.

Keywords: Immigration, Corruption

JEL Classification: F22, F60, J61

Suggested Citation

Bologna Pavlik, Jamie and Lujan Padilla, Estefania and Powell, Benjamin, Cultural Baggage: Do Immigrants Import Corruption? (January 7, 2019). Forthcoming at the Southern Economic Journal, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3135446 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3135446

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