Corruption and Anticorruption in the Czech Republic

31 Pages Posted: 4 Jan 2001

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Lubomir Lizal

Charles University in Prague - CERGE-EI (Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education - Economics Institute); Czech National Bank (CNB)

Evžen Kočenda

Charles University in Prague - Institute of Economic Studies; Institute of Information Theory and Automation (Czech Academy of Sciences) - Department of Econometrics; CESifo; University of Regensburg - Institute for East and Southeast European Studies; University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - The William Davidson Institute

Date Written: October 2000

Abstract

It is widely acknowledged that corruption has negative impact on economy and society. Transition process in the Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) uncovered dormant possibilities for corruption that consequently required appropriate steps to be taken against. We attempted to document the state of corruption in the Czech Republic and the measures introduced to fight it. We covered sectors of society and economy according to their importance in the prevention of a corruption and a consequential hazard to the society. We also described the governmental concept of anti-corruption measures and outlined achievements and failures of such a program. The overall impression favors persistent presence of corruption within the society and economy in the Czech Republic. The state of corruption in the country, measured by the Corruption Perception Index, presents a serious problem since the index does not improve as transition process advances. Numerous comparative studies, however, suggest that corruption is more prominent feature in a number of other transition countries. We believe that the institutional framework to prevent and fight corruption appears to be improving.

Keywords: Corruption, transition, institutions, hidden economy, administration

JEL Classification: H50, I20, K42, O17, P27, Z13

Suggested Citation

Lizal, Lubomir and Lizal, Lubomir and Kocenda, Evzen, Corruption and Anticorruption in the Czech Republic (October 2000). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=253350 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.253350

Lubomir Lizal

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Evzen Kocenda (Contact Author)

Charles University in Prague - Institute of Economic Studies ( email )

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Institute of Information Theory and Automation (Czech Academy of Sciences) - Department of Econometrics ( email )

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University of Regensburg - Institute for East and Southeast European Studies

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