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Government Transparency Institute
March 2023

Advances in measuring corruption and agenda for the future
By Mihály Fazekas, Central European University and Government Transparency Institute and Romain Ferrali, Aix-Marseille School of Economics

Such data is obtained from the federal government by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), using freedom of information requests. It contains information on key aspects of federal corruption cases such as convictions, prosecutions, prison sentence and its length, length of proceedings (which points at some of the time gap between the corrupt act and conviction), and level of the officials convicted or prosecuted. Interestingly, this hard measure of corruption correlates weakly with survey estimates of corruption.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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