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Does emigration reduce corruption?

King, Roswitha M.; Ivlevs, Artjoms


Roswitha M. King


© 2017, The Author(s). We study the effects of emigration on bribery experience and attitudes towards corruption in the migrants’ countries of origin. Using data from the Gallup Balkan Monitor survey and instrumental variable analysis, we find that having relatives abroad reduces the likelihood of bribing public officials, renders bribe-taking behavior by public officials less acceptable, and reduces the likelihood of being asked for bribes by public officials. Receiving monetary remittances does not change the beneficial effects regarding bribe paying and attitudes toward corruption; however, remittances counteract the beneficial effect on bribe solicitations by public officials. Overall, our findings support the conjecture that migration contributes to the transfer of norms and practices from destination to source countries.


King, R. M., & Ivlevs, A. (2017). Does emigration reduce corruption?. Public Choice, 171(3-4), 389-408.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 3, 2017
Online Publication Date Mar 20, 2017
Publication Date Jun 1, 2017
Deposit Date Mar 9, 2017
Journal Public Choice
Print ISSN 0048-5829
Electronic ISSN 1573-7101
Publisher Springer Verlag
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 171
Issue 3-4
Pages 389-408
Keywords emigration, corruption, diaspora externalities, social remittances, Western Balkans
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