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American Economic Journal: Applied Economics: Vol. 2 No. 2 (April 2010)

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Disclosure by Politicians

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Djankov, Simeon, Rafael La Porta, Florencio Lopez-de-Silanes, and Andrei Shleifer. 2010. "Disclosure by Politicians." American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 2(2): 179-209.

DOI: 10.1257/app.2.2.179

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We collect data on the rules and practices of financial and conflict disclosure by members of Parliament in 175 countries. Although two-thirds of the countries have some disclosure laws, less than one-third make disclosures available to the public, and less than one-sixth of potentially useful information is publicly available in practice, on average. Countries that are richer, more democratic, and have free press have more disclosure. Public disclosure, but not internal disclosure to parliament, is positively related to government quality, including lower corruption. (JEL J13, I21, I12)

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Djankov, Simeon (World Bank)
La Porta, Rafael (Dartmouth College)
Lopez-de-Silanes, Florencio (EDHEC Business School)
Shleifer, Andrei (Harvard U)

JEL Classifications

I12: Health Production
I21: Analysis of Education
J13: Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth

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