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2015 Documento de Trabajo #319

Persistent Inequality, Corruption, and Factor Productivity

I build a model with bequests, financial frictions and corrupt bureaucrats to explain the link between corruption and inequality and its effects on productivity. Because of collateral requirements, profits are determined by wealth. If individual wealth is not publicly observed, taxation is regressive under corruption. When wealth inequality is high, corruption is more prevalent, creating persistent feedback between corruption and inequality. I calibrate the model and investigate the effect of corruption on inequality and TFP. Through regressive taxation, corruption induces wealth levels to inversely affect the productivity selection. This in turn has adverse effects on aggregate TFP.JEL classiffications: E02; E24; H2; O4.

Elton Dusha

Keywords: corruption, Inequality, nancial frictions, productivity, size distribution.