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Public sector corruption and major earthquakes: A potentially deadly interaction.

Escaleras, M.; Anbarci, N.; Register, C.A.


M. Escaleras

C.A. Register


Recent studies have identified various negative effects of public sector corruption. We add to these by considering the association between corruption and deaths due to major earthquakes. After developing a brief theoretical model of the relation between these two variables we test the proposition by analyzing 344 quakes occurring between 1975 and 2003. The empirical model takes into account the endogeneity of corruption and controls for factors, such as earthquake frequency, magnitude, distance from population centers, and a country’s level of development which influence quake destructiveness. The results indicate that public sector corruption is positively related to earthquake deaths.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 5, 2007
Online Publication Date Feb 23, 2007
Publication Date 2007-07
Deposit Date Aug 17, 2018
Journal Public Choice
Print ISSN 0048-5829
Electronic ISSN 1573-7101
Publisher Springer
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 132
Issue 1-2
Pages 209-230
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