Models of corruption

Amar, Amshika (2012). Models of corruption. University of Birmingham. M.Phil.


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In this thesis we formulate two theoretical models of corruption making two contributions to Economic literature. First, we formulate a model where economic agents (who would want to work in the bureaucracy), heterogeneous in their public sector motivation i.e. some of them would like to work in the bureaucracy who are the motivated agents while others would not like to work in the bureaucracy. Second we formulate a model with two competing governments where honesty is modelled as a function of bureaucratic wage rate which affects the firm's investment decision to invest in a given bureaucracy of a government. The firm has a choice of investing in either of the two bureaucracies dependent on its proximity to the bureaucracy. Both the above models are based on aspects that are not previously covered in literature. In Chapter 1 we review relevant literature on corruption and the various popular and well-cited models of corruption. We then turn to psychological and organization literature to study motivation and then to studies of competition between governments and its efforts to attract FDI. In Chapter 2 we set up the economic model with motivation and in Chapter 3 we set up the model with competing governments and the efforts to attract FDI.

Type of Work: Thesis (Masters by Research > M.Phil.)
Award Type: Masters by Research > M.Phil.
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Social Sciences
School or Department: Birmingham Business School
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HG Finance
H Social Sciences > HJ Public Finance


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