Corruption and legal (in)effectiveness: an empirical investigation

T. Herzfeld, Ch. Weiss

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Numerous studies have investigated the causes and measured the consequences of differences in corruption among countries. An effective legal system has been viewed as a key component in reducing corruption. However, estimating cross-sectional as well as panel data models, we find a significant inter-relationship between legal (in)effectiveness and various measures of corruption. This re-enforcing inter-relationship suggests that corruption is a persistent phenomenon and that strong forces tend to perpetuate corruption at fairly constant levels.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)621-632
JournalEuropean Journal of Political Economy
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2003


  • Corruption
  • Rule of law


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