Do natural disasters open a window of opportunity for corruption?

Nguyen, Quang (2017) Do natural disasters open a window of opportunity for corruption? The Journal of Development Studies, 53 (1). pp. 156-172. ISSN 0022-0388

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This study explores the link between natural disasters and corruption at the local government. We examine whether a natural disaster affects official households more favorably than non-official households. We find that natural disasters decrease nonofficial household expenditures significantly, however have negligible effect on official household expenditures. Meanwhile, both kinds of households experience similar reduction in incomes, and have much the same disaster coping strategies. Together, the results imply that local officials may receive unobserved monetary compensation – we define as corruption - in the aftermath of natural disasters.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published online: 09 Aug 2016
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Economics
A. > Business School
A. > Business School > International Management and Innovation
Item ID: 20996
Notes on copyright: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in The Journal of Development Studies on 09/08/2016, available online:
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Depositing User: Quang Nguyen
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2016 11:36
Last Modified: 09 Feb 2018 04:04

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