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Juan Luis Jiménez
Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Spain
http://orcid.org/0000-0002-3808-2588
Daniel Albalate
Universitat de Barcelona
Spain
http://orcid.org/0000-0002-4940-4589
Vol. 7 No. 2 (2018), Articles, pages 106-122
DOI: https://doi.org/10.17979/ejge.2018.7.2.4509
Submitted: Oct 3, 2018 Accepted: Oct 3, 2018 Published: Dec 17, 2018
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This paper empirically investigates the causal relationship between local government transparency and political corruption in a sample of Spain's 110 largest municipalities. After implementing a two-stage probit estimation procedure, our evidence indicates that transparency is inversely related to the likelihood of local political corruption. This result supports the hypothesis that a lack of transparency conceals corrupt activities and that an unwillingness to provide information is a good proxy of the likelihood of corruption.

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