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Are corruption and taxation really harmful to growth? Firm level evidence
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute for International Economic Studies.
2007 (English)In: Journal of Development Economics, Vol. 83, no 1, p. 63-75Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Exploiting a unique data set containing information on the estimated bribe payments of Ugandan firms, we study the relationship between bribery payments, taxes and firm growth. Using industry-location averages to circumvent potential problems of endogeneity and measurement errors, we find that both the rate of taxation and bribery are negatively correlated with firm growth. A one-percentage point increase in the bribery rate is associated with a reduction in firm growth of three percentage points, an effect that is about three times greater than that of taxation. This provides some validation for firm-level theories of corruption which posit that corruption retards the development process to an even greater extent than taxation.

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2007. Vol. 83, no 1, p. 63-75
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Corruption, Taxation, Firm growth
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Economics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-19906DOI: doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jdeveco.2005.09.009ISI: 000243734800003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-19906DiVA, id: diva2:186430
Available from: 2007-02-15 Created: 2007-02-15 Last updated: 2011-01-11Bibliographically approved

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