Corruption and export performance in post-communist countries: Evidence from firm-level data

Andrzej Cieślik, Łukasz Goczek


In this paper we investigate the empirical relationship between corruption
and export performance of firms in 30 post-communist countries.
Our analytical framework refers to the recent strand in the new
trade theory literature based on the Melitz (2003) model that stresses
the importance of firm productivity and trade costs in entering the export
markets. The empirical implementation of the theoretical framework
is based on the fractional logit model and the IV–V BEEPS
dataset covering the period 2008‒2014. Our empirical results for over
20 thousand surveyed companies confirm the negative and statistically
significant relationship between corruption and export performance
in post-communist countries.


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