Department of Political Science

Søren Serritzlew

Do Corruption and Social Trust affect Economic Growth? A Review

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Two separate literatures suggest that corruption and social trust, respectively, are related to economic growth, although the strengths of the relationships, and the direction of causality, are still debated. In this paper, we review these literatures and evaluate the evidence for causal effects of corruption and trust on economic growth, and discuss how corruption and trust are interrelated. The reviews show that absence of corruption and high levels of social trust foster economic growth. The literatures also indicate that corruption has a causal effect on social trust, while the opposite effect is more uncertain. In the conclusion, we offer the suggestion that fighting corruption may yield a “double dividend”, as reduced corruption is likely to have both direct and indirect effects on growth.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Comparative Policy Analysis
Volume16
Issue2
Pages (from-to)121-139
Number of pages19
ISSN1387-6988
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2014

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