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Oxford Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization Advance Access
November 18, 2012

Enforcement and Public Corruption: Evidence from the American States
By James E. Alt, Department of Government, Harvard University and David Dreyer Lassen, Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen

In the United States, corruption cases usually begin with criminal investigations, which may or may not end in referrals to the US Attorney’s office. For most of the last two decades,80% of such referrals came from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Cases are not petty: most frequent lead charges on indictments pursued by US Attorneys were based on robbery or extortion affecting interstate commerce, theft, and bribery in entities receiving more than $10,000 in federal funds, the mail fraud statute, conspiracies to defraud the federal government, and the RICO statute (Gordon 2009)......[citing TRAC research].

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