Are new states more corrupt? Expert opinions versus firms’ experiences

Tamanna Adhikari, Michael Breen*, Robert Gillanders

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We find that new states are perceived to be more corrupt even though businesses do not report more bribery in newer states. This is suggestive of an unearned, and likely high, reputational cost to being a new state. These findings hold over a number of specifications that include additional economic, historical and geographic controls.

Original languageEnglish
Peer-reviewed scientific journalApplied Economics Letters
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)131-134
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 22.02.2018
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article - refereed


  • 511 Economics
  • Corruption
  • corruption perceptions
  • bribery
  • state age


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