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Does Aid Lead to Corruption? Evaluating China's Poverty Alleviation Program

This event is a part of the Sigur center's Visiting Scholar Roundtable Series.

November 17, 2016 3:00pm to 4:00pm
A growing literature in social science has examined the effect of windfalls of resources on human society. This paper joins them by leveraging (Fuzzy) RDD to study the impacts of the third wave of China’s poverty alleviation programs (2001-2010) – a large-scale intergovernmental transfer – on political corruption. Exploiting a new case-disclosure website of the People’s Procuratorate, this paper codes China’s county-level corruption (2014-2016) in a sample of around 700 low-income counties from 20 provinces in non-eastern China. The preliminary results show that the eligibility of National Poor Counties significantly reduces local corruption. A preliminary analysis of these findings will follow.
Kai Wang is a PhD candidate at Fudan University, China and a visiting scholar at the the Sigur Center for Asian Studies. His research has been published in Quarterly Journal of International Politics and World Economics and Politics.
Thursday, November 17, 2016
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
The Elliott School of International Affairs 
1957 E Street, NW, Chung-wen Shih Conference Room, Suite 503
Washington, DC 20052


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(202) 994-6096