Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/71100
Authors: 
Gerrits, Carsten
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
Diskussionspapier, Helmut-Schmidt-Universität, Fächergruppe Volkswirtschaftslehre 132
Abstract: 
The current work focuses on the economics of corruption, with an emphasis on the influence of internet users and press freedom on the perception of corruption. An analysis of crosssectional data obtained for 113 countries in 2010 was implemented by means of a generalized linear model involving a gamma-distributed dependend variable (Gamma-GLM), which is known to be superior to the frequently used weighted least square-method. Results revealed that both determinants, i.e. internet use, and press freedom, have isolated and economically significant effects on the way corruption is perceived. In particular, internet users seem to shape the perception, as reflected in an effect which was two times larger than the effect of press freedom. While the impact of these factors on the true corruption remains to be explored in detail, their influence on corruption perception could be identified as nonlinear.
Subjects: 
corruption perception
internet
press freedom
generalized linear model
Gamma-GLM
JEL: 
C46
C21
D73
H83
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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