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The historical roots of corruption: state building, economic inequality, and mass education

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We show a link between levels of mass education in 1870 and corruption levels in 2010 for seventy-eight countries that remains strong when controlling for change in the level of education, GDP/ capita, and democracy. A model for the causal mechanism between universal education and control of corruption is presented. Early introduction of universal education is linked to levels of economic equality and to efforts to increase state capacity. First, societies with...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed

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10.5129/001041516817037736

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
SSD
Department:
Blavatnik School of Government
Oxford college:
Nuffield College
Role:
Author
Publisher:
City University of New York Publisher's website
Journal:
Comparative Politics Journal website
Volume:
48
Issue:
2
Pages:
227-248
Publication date:
2016-01-01
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EISSN:
2151-6227
ISSN:
0010-4159
Source identifiers:
680836
Language:
English
Pubs id:
pubs:680836
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uuid:e6b46934-f9b2-4cda-b22e-29c31dc0bbd4
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pubs:680836
Deposit date:
2017-02-20

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