Gender and Bureaucratic Corruption: Evidence from Two Countries
We examine the correlation between gender and bureaucratic corruption using two distinct datasets, one from Italy and a second from China. In each case, we find that women are far less likely to be investigated for corruption than men. In our Italian data, female procurement officials are 34 percent less likely than men to be investigated for corruption by enforcement authorities; in China, female prefectural leaders are as much as 75 percent less likely to be arrested for corruption than men. While these represent correlations (rather than definitive causal effects), both are very robust relationships, which survive the inclusion of fine-grained individual and geographic controls.
Decarolis gratefully acknowledges financial support from the European Research Council (ERC-2015-StG-679217). The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.