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Fighting Corruption in Education: What Works and Who Benefits?

Journal article
Authors Oana Borcan
Mikael Lindahl
Andreea Mitrut
Published in American Economic Journal-Economic Policy
Volume 9
Issue 1
Pages 180-209
ISSN 1945-7731
Publication year 2017
Published at Department of Economics
Pages 180-209
Language en
Keywords surveillance cameras, incentives, crime, behavior, uganda, school, brazil, audits, Business & Economics
Subject categories Economics and Business


We investigate the efficiency and distributional consequences of a corruptionfighting 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. We find that punishment coupled with monitoring was effective in reducing corruption. Estimating the heterogeneous impact for students of different ability, poverty status, and gender, we show that fighting corruption led to efficiency gains (ability predicts exam outcomes better) but also to a worrisome score gap increase between poor and non-poor students. Consequently,the poor students have reduced chances to enter an elite university.

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