Self-Selection into corruption: Evidence from the lab

We study whether opportunities to extract rents in a job affect the type of individuals who are attracted to it in terms of their underlying integrity. We do so in a laboratory experiment in which participants choose between two contracts that involve different tasks. We experimentally introduce the possibility of graft in one of them […]

Corruption and Firms

We estimate the causal real economic effects of a randomized anti-corruption crackdown on local governments in Brazil using rich micro-data on corruption and firms. After anti-corruption audits,municipalities experience an increase in the number of firms concentrated in sectors most dependent ongovernment relationships and public procurement. Through the estimation of geographic spillovers andadditional tests, we show […]