Corruption and Academic Freedom

The Nexus between Corruption and Academic Freedom:
An International Examination Using Mediation Analysis

2023 January 24th, 3pm

Naples, Via Cardinale Guglielmo Sanfelice, 8
Sala convegni Polo umanistico (6th floor)




Rajeev K. Goel

Professor of Economics, Illinois State University, USA
Kiel Institute for the World Economy, Germany
CNR-ISMed, Italy
CESifo Research Network Fellow


Abstract. Studying a relatively under-researched aspect in economics, this paper examines the nexus between corruption and academic freedom. Our main hypothesis is that greater corruption undermines academic freedom and we test this hypothesis using cross-national data for 104 nations over the years 2012 to 2018. Our results support the main hypothesis, and this finding also generally holds across alternative aspects of academic freedom. Another contribution of this work lies in dissecting the direct and indirect (through corruption) effects of various drivers of academic freedom. Finally, additional insights are gained via considering different dimensions of academic freedom and how they are (qualitatively and quantitatively) impacted by corruption.