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The relationship between foreign aid and corruption: a case of selected Asian countries

Muhammad Ali (Department of Business Administration, Iqra University, Karachi, Pakistan)
Lubna Khan (Department of Business Administration, Iqra University, Karachi, Pakistan)
Amna Sohail (Department of Business Administration, Iqra University, Karachi, Pakistan)
Chin Hong Puah (Department of Economics and Business, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, Kota Samarahan, Malaysia)

Journal of Financial Crime

ISSN: 1359-0790

Publication date: 2 July 2019

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to examine the effect of foreign aid (FA) on corruption in selected Asian countries (Pakistan, India, Srilanka and Bangladesh) using the panel data from 2000 to 2014.

Design/methodology/approach

The author used Levin-Lin-Chu and Im-Pesaran-Shin panel unit root tests to check the stationary properties of the variables. The Pedroni’s and Kao panel cointegration approach was applied to analyze the variable’s long-run relationship. The author used panel dynamic ordinary least squares (PDOLS) and fully modified ordinary least squares (FMOLS) framework to estimate the coefficients of cointegrating vectors. Additionally, the panel granger causality test was performed to check the causal relationship between the variables.

Findings

The results from PDOLS and FMOLS indicate that FA has a significant negative impact on the level of corruption. This infers that the foreign assistance decrease the level of corruption perception index, hence, more corruption in the country.

Originality/value

Overall, the study fulfills the need to understand the aid-corruption nexus, particularly in the case of the Asian region.

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Citation

Ali, M., Khan, L., Sohail, A. and Puah, C.H. (2019), "The relationship between foreign aid and corruption: a case of selected Asian countries", Journal of Financial Crime, Vol. 26 No. 3, pp. 692-704. https://doi.org/10.1108/JFC-08-2018-0089

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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