Politicians’ Attributes and Institutional Quality in Africa: A Focus on Corruption
Efobi, U.R., (2014). Politicians’ Attributes and Institutional Quality in Africa: A Focus on Corruption. Journal of Economic Issues (March 2014, Forthcoming).
31 Pages Posted: 26 Jun 2014
Date Written: March 25, 2014
This paper investigates the linkage between politicians’ attributes (socio-demographic features, educational attainment, experience and political ideology) and the control of corruption in Africa. A sample data of political leaders for 39 African countries for the period 1996-2010 were collected and a base line model, including covariates such as the size of the government, economic development, legal origin and level of democracy, was estimated using the Fixed Effect model. The result indicates that the politicians’ attributes matter significantly in explaining the extent of control of corruption in African countries. This result is robust when considering alternative specifications.
Keywords: Institutions, Politician's Attributes, Corruption and Africa
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