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I know nothing about the 'economics of corruption' literature, whether in the medium(fluctuations) or long-run(growth)... Although I've found many surveys (mostly +5 years, and from journals I don't recognize), since I known nothing about this subject, I have no idea with which ones I should start,.

I'm looking for two pointers

  1. One to a survey/literature review from a well-established journal (QJE, etc.)
  2. A book on this subject, but similar in difficulty to those books for the general public like "Nudge", "Irrational Exuberance", "Trade Talks", "The Triumph of Injustice", etc.

Thanks in advance.

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A very nice survey from a now well-established journal is

  • Olken, Benjamin A., and Rohini Pande. "Corruption in developing countries." Annual Review of Economics 4, no. 1 (2012): 479-509. Here is the ungated NBER version. It is not new and focuses on developing countries, but it is very influential. They try to answer three questions:
  1. what is the degree of corruption?
  2. What are the consequences of corruption in terms of efficiency?
  3. and what determines the level of corruption?
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