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Does e-government control corruption? Evidence from South Asian countries

Muhammad Ali (Department of Accounting and Finance, Institute of Business Management, Karachi, Pakistan)
Syed Ali Raza (Department of Management Sciences, Iqra University, Karachi, Pakistan)
Chin Hong Puah (Faculty of Economics and Business, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, Kota Samarahan, Malaysia)
Tazeen Arsalan (Department of Accounting and Finance, Institute of Business Management, Karachi, Pakistan)

Journal of Financial Crime

ISSN: 1359-0790

Article publication date: 20 May 2021

Issue publication date: 10 January 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to examine the relationship between e-government and corruption in selected South Asian countries (Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka).

Design/methodology/approach

The sample data were gathered from reliable secondary sources over a sample period of 2003–2018. Additionally, this study incorporated other potential determinants or corruption, such as government effectiveness, press freedom, education and economy. To assess sample data, this study used panel data econometric procedures.

Findings

Results indicated that e-government had a positive and significant impact on corruption. Similarly, government effectiveness and education had a positive and significant influence on corruption. However, press freedom and the economy showed a negative and insignificant impact on corruption. This study further found the robustness of the results through sensitivity analysis. Overall, it was concluded that e-government plays a significant role to reduce corruption.

Originality/value

The governments should implement the e-governance system and provide a transparent and accountable environment to eliminate corruption.

Keywords

Citation

Ali, M., Raza, S.A., Puah, C.H. and Arsalan, T. (2022), "Does e-government control corruption? Evidence from South Asian countries", Journal of Financial Crime, Vol. 29 No. 1, pp. 258-271. https://doi.org/10.1108/JFC-01-2021-0003

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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