A Contribution to the Empirics of Press Freedom and Corruption

39 Pages Posted: 6 Dec 2005

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Sebastian Freille

Universidad Católica de Córdoba; Universidad Nacional de Córdoba - Department of Economics

M. Emranul Haque

University of Nottingham

Richard Kneller

University of Nottingham

Abstract

We test the relationship between aggregate press freedom and corruption, performing a modified extreme bounds analysis for a 10-year panel. We also test the relation among different forms of restrictions to press freedom and corruption using the previously unexplored disaggregated data. Our results support the theoretical view that restrictions in press freedom lead to higher corruption levels. Furthermore, we obtain that both political and economic influences on the media are strongly and robustly related to corruption, while detrimental laws and regulations influencing the media are not strongly associated to higher corruption. In all cases, there is indicative, albeit not conclusive, evidence that the direction of causation runs from a freer press to lower corruption.

Keywords: Press freedom, Bureaucratic corruption, Extreme bounds analysis

JEL Classification: D73, O17, Z10

Suggested Citation

Freille, Sebastian and Haque, Mohammad Emranul and Kneller, Richard, A Contribution to the Empirics of Press Freedom and Corruption. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=863805 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.863805

Sebastian Freille (Contact Author)

Universidad Católica de Córdoba ( email )

Av. Armada Argentina 3550
Córdoba, AR Córdoba 5010
Argentina

Universidad Nacional de Córdoba - Department of Economics

Avenida Valparaiso s / n
Ciudad Universitaria
Córdoba
Argentina

Mohammad Emranul Haque

University of Nottingham ( email )

University Park
Nottingham, NG8 1BB
United Kingdom

Richard Kneller

University of Nottingham ( email )

University Park
Nottingham, NG8 1BB
United Kingdom

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