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Working Paper
Tax provisioning by extractive industry multinational subsidiaries

Extractive industries are spread across mining of metal and minerals, oil and gas, among others...

Extractive industries Tax policy uncertainty
Journal Article
Clientelism, corruption and the rule of law

Part of Journal Special Issue Clientelist Politics and Development

Clientelism Development Benefit programmes
Working Paper
A model to explain the impact of government revenue on the quality of governance and the SDGs

This paper empirically investigates the link between the level of government revenue per capita and six indicators of quality of governance in an unbalanced panel data set consisting of all countries in the world (217) using data from 1980 to 2020...

Corruption SDGs
Do elites capture foreign aid?

Does foreign aid end up in the pockets of elites instead of contributing to inclusive economic development?...

Corruption Foreign aid Wealth inequality
Could the war in Ukraine encourage Western leaders to finally deal with shadow finance?

' I say to the Russian oligarchs and the corrupt leaders who bilked billions of dollars off this violent regime: no more… We are coming for your ill-begotten gains.' – Joe Biden at the 1 March 2022, State of the Union Address One...

From offshore oil to offshore finance: How tax havens facilitate corruption in the extractive industries

In many countries, news of an oil discovery or the award of an exploration license is rarely greeted with enthusiasm by the general public...

Energy Corruption Tax avoidance
Working Paper
Corruption and crisis: do institutions matter?

While the short-term effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on lives and livelihoods are well understood, we know little about the effect of the pandemic for longer-term outcomes such as corruption...

Corruption Institutions Crisis
Working Paper
Countering global oil theft: responses and solutions

This second of two papers on global oil theft discusses ways to reduce oil theft, misappropriation, and fraud. At US$133 billion per year, oil is the largest stolen natural resource globally, while fuel is the most smuggled natural resource...

Oil Fuel Corruption
Working Paper
Global oil theft: impact and policy responses

This paper, the first of two on global oil theft and fraud, discusses the prevalence, methods, and consequences of global oil theft, valued at US$133 billion per year and equivalent to 5–7 per cent of the global market for crude oil and petrole...

Oil Fuel Corruption
Working Paper
Incorporation of offshore shell companies as an indicator of corruption risk in the extractive industries

We show that the incorporation of offshore entities increases when oil and gas exploration licences are awarded...

Oil Extractives Natural resources
WIDER Seminar Series Inequality, institutions, and their impacts on social cooperation with Smriti Sharma and Saurabh Singhal
21 September 2021
Online, Finland
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Working Paper
Clientelism, public goods provision, and governance

It is widely believed that clientelism—the giving of material goods in return for electoral support—is associated with poorer development outcomes...

Clientelism Development Benefit programmes
Journal Article
The corruption–growth relationship: Does the political regime matter?

Corruption is widely believed to have an adverse effect on the economic performance of a country...

Corruption Democracy Economic growth
Why do we see boom-and-bust growth in fragile and conflict-affected states?

One of the most pressing challenges in development policy is to bring about rapid, sustained, and inclusive growth in developing countries...

Fragile states Conflict Economic growth
Clientelism – another reason to worry about US democracy

The last several months have given us many reasons to worry about US democracy – not least the riot at the US Capitol and the president’s refusal to accept the results of the November election, with Republican support. Rachel Gisselquist ...

Clientelism United States Corruption
Working Paper
Inequality, institutions, and cooperation

We examine the effects of randomly introduced economic inequality on voluntary cooperation, and whether this relationship is influenced by the quality of local institutions, as proxied by corruption...

Inequality Institutions Corruption
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