El otro hueco comercial : corruption and the misreporting of exports in Latin American economies
Thesis (M.P.P.)--Georgetown University, 2011.; Includes bibliographical references.; Text (Electronic thesis) in PDF format. Discrepancies in international trade statistics have traditionally been regarded as a problem of reporting rather than of public policy. In recent years a small but growing literature has come to challenge this assumption, arguing that differences in institutional and economic frameworks create incentives to deliberately falsify trade invoices for private benefit. This paper examines this hypothesis by examining bilateral trade relationships within Latin America and the Caribbean between 2000 and 2009. It finds that there is a significant and robust relationship between corruption levels, macroeconomic incentives and the mis-invoicing of trade.
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