Globalisation, poverty and corruption: retarding progress in South Africa

Salahuddin, Mohammad and Vink, Nick and Ralph, Nicholas ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7404-9996 and Gow, Jeff (2020) Globalisation, poverty and corruption: retarding progress in South Africa. Development Southern Africa, 37 (4). pp. 617-643. ISSN 0376-835X


Abstract

Poverty and corruption can both immiserate a nation. Globalisation through open trade can potentially increase economic growth, providing employment and increased incomes to the poor. Corruption can dampen or even reduce these positive developments. Although globalisation is considered instrumental in development strategies, theoretically, the impact of globalisation on poverty reduction is ambiguous, an ambiguity that is also reflected in the empirical literature. The corruption-poverty literature clearly reveals that empirical findings on such association are at best heterogeneous. This article examines the effects of globalisation and corruption on poverty using time series data for South Africa for the period 1991–2016. Three indicators of poverty and recently developed measures of globalisation and corruption were employed in the logistic regression model used for estimation. The results confirm that globalisation reduces poverty while corruption intensifies it. The globalisation findings are robust across the different measures of poverty while unidirectional results show corruption increases poverty.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Commerce (1 Jul 2013 - 17 Jan 2021)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Commerce (1 Jul 2013 - 17 Jan 2021)
Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2020 01:31
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2020 04:17
Uncontrolled Keywords: corruption; economic growth; globalisation; poverty; South Africa
Fields of Research (2008): 14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140202 Economic Development and Growth
Fields of Research (2020): 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4404 Development studies > 440499 Development studies not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/0376835X.2019.1678460
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/39719

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