Essays on Public Corruption and Social Norms / Sterling D. Horne.

Horne, Sterling D., author.
[Philadelphia, Pennsylvania] : University of Pennsylvania ; Ann Arbor : ProQuest Dissertations & Theses, 2018.
1 online resource (83 pages)
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In Chapter 1, I model a public official's decision to choose corruption as a function of local investigative reporting efforts by journalists, showing that the marginal effect of a decline in investigative reporting on corruption convictions is ambiguous and depends on the current level of reporting. I then use newspaper entry and exit to estimate the impact of reporting on corruption convictions in U.S. states. I find evidence that journalism is a net deterrent for state officials, but I find no evidence of an effect for federal or local officials. In Chapter 2, I look at how social norms affect decisions pertaining to risk. I use a difference-in-differences approach to estimate the impact that religious affiliation has on loan-to-value ratios in new mortgages using county-level U.S. data. I find that increased levels of religious affiliation are associated with decreased loan-to-value ratios, controlling for income, race, and loan attributes.
Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 80-02(E), Section: A.
Advisors: Robert P. Inman; Committee members: Santosh Anagol; Fernando Ferreira; Robert P. Inman.
Department: Applied Economics.
Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania 2018.
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School code: 0175
Inman, Robert P., degree supervisor.
University of Pennsylvania. Applied Economics, degree granting institution.
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Dissertation Abstracts International 80-02A(E).
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