The War on Corruption: The Role of Electronic Government

Martins, João, Fernandes, Bruno, Rohman, Ibrahim and Veiga, Linda, "The War on Corruption: The Role of Electronic Government" EGOV-CeDEM-ePart 2018, Krems, 2018/09/03-05.

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    Author Martins, João
    Fernandes, Bruno
    Rohman, Ibrahim
    Veiga, Linda
    Title The War on Corruption: The Role of Electronic Government
    Event Series Proceedings of the 17th IFIP WG 8.5 International Conference, EGOV 2018
    Publication Date 2018-08-02
    Place of Publication Cham
    Publisher Springer
    Pages 98-109
    Title of Event EGOV-CeDEM-ePart 2018
    Date of Event 2018/09/03-05
    Place of Event Krems
    Language eng
    Abstract This paper explores the relationship between electronic government and corruption. Our main hypothesis is that digital government can increase the availability of information on public sector, making it more difficult to engage in corrupt activities without being caught. Our estimations are performed under several alternative methodologies: ordinary least squares, first differences, fixed effects and random effects. Based on a dataset that covers more than 150 counties, we find that a higher E-Government Development Index is associated with better corruption outcomes. Our results are robust to all the methodologies that we have implemented. The quality of telecommunication infrastructures and human capital can amplify the impact of digital government in corruption. We investigate how this relationship varies across income levels. Upper middle income countries are the ones that can extract more benefits from developing digital government. Low income countries should invest in infrastructures and education in order to benefit from electronic government.
    Keyword Online services
    Copyright Holder Springer
    Copyright Year 2018
    Copyright type All rights reserved
    ISBN 9783319986
    DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-98690-6_9
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