Corruption in economics: a bibliometric analysis and research agenda

Salman Bahoo, Ilan Alon, Josanco Floreani

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We conducted a bibliometric analysis of the literature on corruption in the discipline of economics (4,488 articles) over the past 51 years between 1968–2019. Through this methodology, we identified seven research streams: (1) the economic framework of crime and corruption, (2) the legal institutions and corruption, (3) the effect of corruption on aspects of national economics, (4) the combating and monitoring of corruption, (5) the determinants of corruption, (6) political institutions and corruption, and (7) the effect of corruption on firms. In addition to these research clusters, we also identified the key journals, articles, countries, institutions, authors, data sources, measurements, theoretical frameworks, and networks dealing with this issue. Finally, we suggested 20 future research questions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-14
Number of pages14
JournalApplied Economics Letters
StatePublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Corruption
  • bibliometric citation analysis
  • content analysis
  • crime
  • economics


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