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DIME Seminar - Do Higher Salaries Lower Petty Corruption? A Policy Experiment on West Africa's Highways

June 12, 2018

1818 H Street, N.W, Washington, DC, MC 8-100

  • In an ambitious public sector reform experiment, the Ghana government doubled its police officer salaries in 2010 in part to mitigate petty corruption on its roads, while leaving salaries for other officials unchanged. Using unique data on bribes paid from truck trips in West Africa, we evaluate impacts of higher police salaries on petty corruption using a difference-in-difference method. Rather than decrease petty corruption, the salary policy significantly increased the police efforts to collect bribes, the value of bribes and the amounts given by truck drivers to policemen in total. The higher results are stable across alternative specifications.

     

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    KWEKU OPOKU-AGYEMANG

    Honorary Research Fellow at the Center for Effective Global Action at the University of California, Berkeley

    Kweku Opoku-Agyemang is an Honorary Research Fellow at the Center for Effective Global Action at the University of California, Berkeley and a Research Affiliate of the International Growth Centre. His research interests include the political economy of corruption and development as well as related areas such as research transparency. Kweku holds a Ph.D. in Development Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an M.A. in Economics from Ohio University and a B.A. in Economics with Geography and Resource Development from the University of Ghana.

  • DIME is a World Bank-wide program to generate knowledge on the effectiveness of development policies. Working across 18 thematic areas, DIME collaborates with 300 agencies in 72 countries to improve the effectiveness of policies and programs and strengthen country capacity for real-time evidence-based policy-making. More »