Fighting Political Corruption: Evidence from Brazil

  • Claudio Ferraz
  • Frederico Finan
Part of the International Economic Association Series book series (IEA)


Political corruption is widespread across many developing countries and it is considered a major impediment to economic development. But we have limited evidence on the effectiveness of anti-corruption policies. This chapter summarizes the extent to which government audits of public resources reduces corruption in the context of Brazils anti-corruption program that randomly audits municipalities for their use of federal funds.


Corruption Audits Political selection Political accountability Judicial accountability 



We thank Laura Chioda and seminar participants at the World Bank/RIDGE/IEA Roundtable on Institutions, Governance, and Corruption for helpful discussions and comments.



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EconomicsPontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio)Rio de JaneiroBrazil
  2. 2.BREADCambridgeUSA
  3. 3.Department of EconomicsUC BerkeleyBerkeleyUSA
  4. 4.BREADCambridgeUSA
  5. 5.IZABonnGermany
  6. 6.NBERCambridgeUSA

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