EconPapers    
Economics at your fingertips  
 

Fighting Corruption in Education: What Works and Who Benefits?

Oana Borcan, Mikael Lindahl () and Andreea Mitrut

American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 2017, vol. 9, issue 1, 180-209

Abstract: We investigate the distributional consequences of a corruption-fighting initiative in Romania targeting the endemic fraud in a high-stakes high school exit exam, which introduced CCTV monitoring of the exam and credible punishment threats for teachers and students. We find that the campaign was effective in reducing corruption and, in particular, that monitoring increased the effectiveness of the punishment threats. Estimating the heterogeneous impact for students of different poverty status we show that curbing corruption led to a worrisome score gap increase between poor and nonpoor students. Consequently, the poor students have reduced chances to enter an elite university.

JEL-codes: I21 I24 I28 I32 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
Note: DOI: 10.1257/pol.20150074
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: View citations in EconPapers (7) Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link)
https://www.aeaweb.org/articles?id=10.1257/pol.20150074 (application/pdf)
https://www.aeaweb.org/content/file?id=3588 (application/zip)
https://www.aeaweb.org/articles/attachments?retrie ... VptLlu6pFfGwHdnP9heT (application/pdf)
https://www.aeaweb.org/articles/attachments?retrie ... XiOj_NWiSInwzeRagJN9 (application/zip)

Related works:
Working Paper: Fighting Corruption in Education: What Works and Who Benefits? (2015) Downloads
Working Paper: Fighting Corruption in Education: What Works and Who Benefits? (2015) Downloads
Working Paper: Fighting Corruption in Education: What Works and Who Benefits? (2015) Downloads
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:aea:aejpol:v:9:y:2017:i:1:p:180-209

Ordering information: This journal article can be ordered from
https://www.aeaweb.org/journals/subscriptions

Access Statistics for this article

American Economic Journal: Economic Policy is currently edited by Matthew Shapiro

More articles in American Economic Journal: Economic Policy from American Economic Association Contact information at EDIRC.
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Michael P. Albert ().

 
Page updated 2019-05-28
Handle: RePEc:aea:aejpol:v:9:y:2017:i:1:p:180-209