Does Democracy Have a Different Impact on Corruption in Africa?

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    The author investigates the relationship between corruption and the newer proxies of democracy for African countries. The regression results suggest that countries that are relatively more democratic are also less corrupt. Of the different aspects of democracy examined, the functioning of government and political participation are found to be significantly correlated with corruption. The estimates suggest that countries with functioning and efficient governments and healthy political competition are less corrupt. Unlike the early empirical studies, the evidence of a nonlinear relationship between corruption and the new proxies of democracy is weak, especially after controlling for other factors and correcting for the endogeneity problem. Our results suggest that ethnolinguistic fractionalization and the level of development are also important determinants of the level of corruption in Africa.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)162-170
    Number of pages9
    JournalJournal of African Business
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - Sep. 2013


    • Africa
    • corruption
    • democracy


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