Essays on corruption and governance

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dc.contributor.author Toukan, Amjad
dc.date.accessioned 2017-07-13T10:24:12Z
dc.date.available 2017-07-13T10:24:12Z
dc.date.copyright 2007 en_US
dc.date.issued 2017-07-13
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10725/5909
dc.description.abstract Nearly 2500 years ago, the old Indian treatise entitled "Arthashastra" had recognized the impact of corruption on the conduct of the economy. Corruption is not just an economic problem, however; it is also associated with bad governance (governance being defined as the way in which both public and private institutions perform their functions in a country). In my dissertation, I focus on the principal-agent model of corruption. The agency relationship links at least two actors and is the basic unit of analysis. The first chapter evaluates a corporation's decision to go public, draws the distinction between large and dispersed shareholders and examines how the differences in their incentives to monitor the managers affect the shape of ownership structure in public firms. In the second chapter, I find evidence contradicting the predictions of the Rybczynski theorem using a sample of 28 manufacturing industries in 16 developing countries over eight years. This contradiction is examined using a modification of the Heckscher-Ohlin model to allow for international variability in corruption and risk of expropriation. The final chapter explores the properties and implications of a general class of "difference-form" contests that has been derived for settings in which rent-seeking involves persuasion. Such class of contests could be employed to analyze the impact of corruption in governance such as the decision-making in the courtroom, the decision making within bureaucracies, the interactions among interest groups among others. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Corruption en_US
dc.subject Corporations -- Corrupt practices. en_US
dc.subject Corporate governance en_US
dc.title Essays on corruption and governance en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.author.degree PHD en_US
dc.author.school SOB en_US
dc.author.idnumber 200904980 en_US
dc.author.commembers Garfinkel, Michelle en_US
dc.author.commembers Ranjan, Priya en_US
dc.author.commembers Saari, Donald en_US
dc.author.department Department of Economics (ECON) en_US
dc.description.embargo N/A en_US
dc.description.physdesc xii, 97 leaves ; ǂc 28 cm en_US
dc.author.advisor Skaperdas, Stergios en_US
dc.keywords Economics en_US
dc.keywords Finance en_US
dc.keywords Economic theory en_US
dc.keywords Corruption en_US
dc.keywords Government en_US
dc.keywords Agency theory en_US
dc.description.bibliographiccitations Includes bibliographical references (leaves 93-97). en_US
dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.26756/th.2007.56 en_US
dc.identifier.ctation Toukan, A. (2007). Essays on corruption and governance. University of California, Irvine en_US
dc.author.email amjad.toukan@lau.edu.lb en_US
dc.identifier.tou http://libraries.lau.edu.lb/research/laur/terms-of-use/thesis.php en_US
dc.identifier.url https://search.proquest.com/central/docview/304871877/fulltextPDF/6547AC4D20654AA2PQ/2?accountid=27870 en_US
dc.publisher.institution University of California, Irvine en_US
dc.author.affiliation Lebanese American University en_US

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