Corruption and Transparency in a Growth Model

University of Oregon Economics Working Paper No. 2003-13

28 Pages Posted: 1 Oct 2003

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Christopher J. Ellis

University of Oregon - Department of Economics

John Fender

University of Birmingham - Department of Economics

Date Written: June 2003

Abstract

We develop a Ramsey type model of economic growth in which the "Engine of Growth" is public capital accumulation. Public capital is a public good, and is financed by taxes on private output. The government may either use the taxes gathered to fund public capital accumulation or consume the resourses itself; that is engage in corruption. There is an irreducable level of endogenously determined corruption which constitutes rents for which potential governments compete. This competition takes the form of choosing a time path for public capital invesment, which implies time paths for output and household consumption.

We study both the model's steady state, and dynamical behavior along the saddle path. The predictions of our theory accord well with the existant empirical evidence on the relationships between the level and growth rate of output, corruption, public investment and fiscal transparency. Our analysis also does a good job of explaining the transition experiences of several Eastern European economies.

Keywords: Corruption, Growth, Public Capital

Suggested Citation

Ellis, Christopher J. and Fender, John, Corruption and Transparency in a Growth Model (June 2003). University of Oregon Economics Working Paper No. 2003-13, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=436505 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.436505

Christopher J. Ellis (Contact Author)

University of Oregon - Department of Economics ( email )

Eugene, OR 97403
United States

John Fender

University of Birmingham - Department of Economics ( email )

Economics Department
Birmingham, B15 2TT
United Kingdom

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