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Joint Development, CRADLE & Industrial Organization Workshop - Avinash Dixit

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 11:40am to 1:10pm

Space Sciences Building, 105

This event is sponsored by the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies.

Avinash Dixit

Princeton University

PDF icon Anti-Corruption Institutions: Some History and Theory


Abstract: Corruption is a multi-dimensional problem that has been pervasive through history. Attempts to fight corruption must likewise be multi-directional. The institutions that have been designed in different societies for this purpose include formal laws, special agencies, community organizations, and combinations; their record of success is varied. This paper examines some prominent examples of such effort, with special attention to campaigns like the ones led from the top that transformed Hong Kong and Singapore, and the bottom-up Addiopizzo movement that has for the last decade organized resistance against the Sicilian Mafia’s extortion. The paper suggests some requisites for success of anti-corruption institutions by analogy with the conditions for success of other self-governing institutions that address other issues like contract enforcement, and places these ideas within a general theoretical framework of collective action.


Event Type

Class/ Workshop


Economics, Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies


economics, EconSeminar, EconIO, EconDevelop, Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies



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Heather LaCombe

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Avinash Dixit

Speaker Affiliation

Princeton University

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Cornell Economics Community (List Serve Members)

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