A recent paper by Dr. Oz Dincer of Illinois State University and Dr. Burak Gunalp of Hacettepe University in Turkey evaluates the effects of public sector corruption on income inequality and poverty. They find that up to 6 percent of the difference in income inequality and up to 7.5 percent of the difference in povery between specific U.S. states can be attributed to differences in corruption levels across those states.
They presented their work at the 2008 Annual Meeting of the Allied Social Science Associations in New Orleans and were awarded special recognition by the Association for Social Economics. The criteria for the Warren Samuels Prize includes the importance of the research project, quality of the paper, and broad appeal across disciplines. The Dincer and Gunalp paper, "Corruption, Inequality and Poverty in the United States," was recognized as runner-up for the award.
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