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Juan Luis Jiménez
Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Daniel Albalate
Universitat de Barcelona
Vol. 7 No. 2 (2018), Articles, pages 106-122
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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