Perceptions of Corruption and Actual Corruption among Firms: To What Extent Can They be Reduced by Good Governance?

Jeff Nugent, USC professor of Economics at Dornsife College of Letters and Arts, teaches Development Economics.  Nugent researches institutions and development, the political economy of growth, small- and medium-sized manufacturing enterprises, contractual choice, old age security and fertility and regional (supranational) coordination of industrial development in developing countries. Professor Nugent discussed his current research paper, “Perceptions of Corruption…

The Most Corrupt States in the Country—And How They Budget

Does public-sector corruption help explain state-government spending? According to a recent study by Cheol Liu and John L. Mikesell in the Public Administration Review, the answer may be yes. With “The Impact of Public Officials’ Corruption on the Size and Allocation of U.S. State Spending,” the pair examined data from the Department of Justice that covered…