Fighting corruption in education: What works and who benefits?

Borcan, Oana, Lindahl, Mikael and Mitrut, Andreea (2017) Fighting corruption in education: What works and who benefits? American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 9 (1). pp. 180-209. ISSN 1945-7731

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Abstract

We investigate the distributional consequences of a corruption-fighting initiative in Romania targeting the endemic fraud in a high-stakes high school exit exam, which introduced CCTV monitoring of the exam and credible punishment threats for teachers and students. We find that the campaign was effective in reducing corruption and, in particular, that monitoring increased the effectiveness of the punishment threats. Estimating the heterogeneous impact for students of different poverty status we show that curbing corruption led to a worrisome score gap increase between poor and non-poor students. Consequently, the poor students have reduced chances to enter an elite university.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: corruption,monitoring and punishment,bribes,high-stakes exam
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Economics
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Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2016 00:16
Last Modified: 22 Jul 2020 00:59
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/59956
DOI: 10.1257/pol.20150074

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