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A Crook is a Crook … But is He Still a Crook Abroad? - On the Effect of Immigration on Destination-Country Corruption

Eugen Dimant (), Tim Krieger and Margarete Redlin ()
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Eugen Dimant: University of Paderborn
Margarete Redlin: University of Paderborn

No 71, Working Papers CIE from Paderborn University, CIE Center for International Economics

Abstract: This paper analyzes the impact of migration on destination-country corruption levels. Capitalizing on a comprehensive dataset consisting of annual immigration stocks of OECD countries from 207 countries of origin for the period 1984-2008, we explore different channels through which corruption might migrate. Independent of the econometric methodology applied, we consistently find that while general migration has an insignificant effect on the destination country’s corruption level, immigration from corruption-ridden origin countries boosts corruption in the destination country. Our findings provide a more profound understanding of the economic implications associated with migration flows.

Keywords: Corruption; Migration; Impact of migration (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D73 F22 O15 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-mig
Date: 2013-10
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