Effectiveness of whistleblower laws in combating corruption
Goel, Rajeev K.; Nelson, Michael A. (22.05.2013)
JulkaisusarjaBOFIT Discussion Papers
JulkaisijaBank of Finland
Julkaisun pysyvä osoite onhttps://urn.fi/URN:NBN:fi:bof-201408072009
Whistleblower laws are becoming important governance tools in both the public and private sectors. To examine the effectiveness of whistleblower laws and their awareness, this study creates a unique internet-based measure of awareness about whistleblower laws and provisions, focusing on the United States. Placing the analysis within the larger corruption literature, our results show that greater whistleblower awareness results in more observed corruption and this holds across specifications. Internet awareness of whistleblower laws appears to be more effective at exposing corruption than the quantity and quality of whistleblower laws themselves. Keywords: corruption; whistleblowers; law enforcement; internet; United States JEL classification: K4; H7
Published in Applied Economics, Volume 46, Issue 20, July 2014, Pages 2331-2341 as Whistleblower laws and exposed corruption in the United States.