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Aspects of Bureaucratic Corruption

Gautam Bose

No 2010-14, Discussion Papers from School of Economics, The University of New South Wales

Abstract: This review attempts to identify treatments of corruption that draw upon characteristics of underdevelopment either as causes or as consequences. It focuses on three aspects of corruption in developing economies: red tape, rent-seeking, and the abundance of intermediaries. Red tape is presented as arising from differences in ability-to-pay and willingness-to-pay, which is a consequence of incomplete or absent markets in LDCs. Rent-seeking is viewed as a reason for inefficient allocation of resources. We emphasise that there is very little analysis of intermediation, but analysis is necessary to understand the structure of corruption markets.

Keywords: Bureaucratic Corruption; Red Tape; Middlemen; Rent Seeking (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D73 O12 O17 K42 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 31 pages
Date: 2010-10
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