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Corruption in Europe

Carmen Pîrvan () and Ileana Ni?ulescu-Ashrafzadeh ()
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Carmen Pîrvan: Bucharest University of Economic Studies
Ileana Ni?ulescu-Ashrafzadeh: Bucharest University of Economic Studies


Abstract: Corruption is a major problem in the world and in the entire Europe. It represents a widespread phenomenon and a problem faced by all countries of the world, and the low number of cases in which corruption was eradicated leads to the conclusion that this scourge is a persistent one, once installed being hard to be eliminated. The paper sought to determine how the Corruption Perception Index (CPI) has evolved in Europe and to carry out an analysis of the corruption level in relation to the development level of a country, and in relation to the level of poverty, inequality and social exclusion recorded in 2010-2016. The research aims at detecting how the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) evolved during 2010-2016 in the countries of Europe as well as the analysis of the Corruption Perceptions Index in relation to GDP per capita and social exclusion as a predictor of corruption. The objective of this paper is to show the close link between the Corruption Perceptions Index and the level of poverty or social exclusion, in order to confirm the hypothesis that the poverty or social exclusion it is a much stronger predictor of corruption level than GDP per capita as the measurement of a country's level of development.

Keywords: corruption; Europe; Corruption Perception Index; Gross Domestic Product; inequality (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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