Corruption Lab on Ethics, Accountability, and the Rule of Law


Our experts in the CLEAR Lab have conducted a wide variety of corruption-related research.




Michael Gilbert

Corruption-related research highlights:

  • "Transparency and Corruption: A General Analysis,"  2018 U. Chi. Legal F. 117 (2018). SSRN
  • "Aggregate Corruption" (with Emily Reeder), 104 Ky. L.J. 651 (2016). SSRN 
  • "The Coordination Fallacy" (with Brian Barnes), 43 Fla. St. U.L. Rev. 399 (2016). SSRN
  • "Disclosure and Corruption" (with Benjamin Aiken), 14 Election L.J. 148 (2015). SSRN
  • "The Problem of Voter Fraud," 115 Colum. L. Rev. 739 (2015). SSRN
  • "Campaign Finance Disclosure and the Information Tradeoff," 98 Iowa L. Rev. 1847 (2013). SSRN

Other Writings:

Daniel Gingerich

Corruption-related research highlights:


Political Institutions and Party-Directed Corruption in South America: Stealing for the Team. 2013 (Cambridge University Press: Political Economy of Institutions and Decisions).

Peer-reviewed journal articles

  • Ballot Reform as Suffrage Restriction: Evidence from Brazil’s Second Republic.  Forthcoming in the American Journal of Political Science.

  • Lying About Corruption in Surveys: Evidence from a Joint Response Model (co-authored w/ Virginia Oliveros). Forthcoming in the International Journal of Public Opinion Research.

  • When to Protect? Using the Crosswise Model to Integrate Protected and Direct Responses in Surveys of Sensitive Behavior (co-authored with Virginia Oliveros, Ana Corbacho, and Mauricio Ruiz-Vega). 2016. Political Analysis 24 (2): 132-156.

  • Corruption as a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: Evidence from a Survey Experiment in
    Costa Rica. (co-authored with Ana Corbacho, Virginia Oliveros, and Mauricio
    Ruiz-Vega). 2016. American Journal of Political Science 60 (4): 1077-1092.
  • Brokered Politics in Brazil: An Empirical Analysis. 2014. Quarterly Journal of
    Political Science 9 (3): 269-300 (lead article).
  • Yesterday’s Heroes, Today’s Villains: Ideology, Corruption, and Democratic
    Performance. 2014. Journal of Theoretical Politics 26 (2): 249-282.
  • The Endurance and Eclipse of the Controlled Vote: A Formal Model of Vote
    Brokerage under the Secret Ballot (co-authored with Luis F. Medina) 2013.
    Economics and Politics 25 (3): 453-480.
  • Governance Indicators and the Level of Analysis Problem: Empirical Findings
    from South America. 2013. British Journal of Political Science 43 (3): 505-540.
  • Understanding Off-the-Books Politics: Conducting Inference on the Determinants
    of Sensitive Behavior with Randomized Response Surveys. 2010. Political
    Analysis 18: 349-380. (one of the journal’s six highly cited articles for publication year; see 
  • Corruption and Political Decay: Evidence from Bolivia. 2009. Quarterly Journal
    of Political Science 4 (1): 1-34 (lead article).
  • Ballot Structure, Political Corruption, and the Performance of Proportional
    Representation. 2009. Journal of Theoretical Politics 21 (4): 509-541. Reprinted
    in Michael Johnston, ed. Public Sector Corruption (Sage, 2010).

Chapters in edited volumes/non-peer reviewed articles

“Bolivia: Traditional Parties, the State, and the Toll of Corruption.” 2010. In Charles Blake and Steven Morris, eds., Corruption and Politics in Latin America: National and Regional Dynamics. Boulder: Lynne Rienner, 55-88.

Deborah Hellman

Corruption-related research highlights:

  • "Liberty, Equality, Bribery, and Self-Government: Reframing the Campaign Finance Debate" in Kuhner & Mazo, eds., Democracy by the People: Reforming Campaign Finance in America (forthcoming 2018, Cambridge University Press). SSRN
  • “A Theory of Bribery,” 38 Cardozo L. Rev. 1947 (2017). SSRN | HeinOnline (PDF)
  • “Special Issue on Campaign Finance: Introduction: Problems in the Existing Jurisprudence” (with David Schultz), 164 U. Pa. L. Rev. Online 207 (2016). HeinOnline (PDF)
  • “Defining Corruption and Constitutionalizing Democracy,” 111 Mich. L. Rev. 1385 (2013). SSRN | HeinOnline (PDF)
  • “Politics and Terrorism: What Happens When Money Is Speech?,” 98 Va. L. Rev. In Brief71 (2012).
  • “Money and Rights,” 35 N.Y.U. Rev. L. & Soc. Change 527 (2011).
  • "Money Talks But It Isn’t Speech," 95 Minn. L. Rev. 953 (2011).
  • Willfully Blind for Good Reason, Crim. Law and Philos. (2009) 3:301-316. 
  • Understanding Bribery, in The Ethics of Criminal Law (Ferzan &Alexander eds., Palgrave McMillan Press, forthcoming 2019). 

David Singerman 

Corruption-related research highlights:

  • “The Limits of Chemical Control in the Caribbean Sugar Factory,” Radical History Review 127 (January 2017), 
  • “Science, Commodities, and Corruption in the Gilded Age”, Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era (July 2016), 
  • “Keynesian Eugenics and the Goodness of the World”, Journal of British Studies (July 2016), 
  • “Inventing Purity in the Atlantic Sugar World, 1860-1930”, Enterprise and Society (December 2015), 
  • “‘A Doubt is At Best an Unsafe Standard’: Measuring Sugar in the Early Bureau of Standards,” NIST Journal of Research 112, no. 1 (January 2007), 


Sandip Sukhtankar

Corruption-related research highlights:

Op-eds and policy memos

Silvia Tidey

Corruption-related research highlights:

  • 2019 CADS Research Seminar - Poetics and Poiesis: Navigating corruption in the intimate space between public secret and intimate knowledge
  • Forthcoming A tale of two mayors: configurations of care and corruption in eastern Indonesian direct district head elections. Current Anthropology.
  • 2016 Between the ethical and the right thing: how (not) to be corrupt in Indonesian bureaucracy in an age of good governance. American Ethnologist 43(4): 663-676.
  • 2013 Corruption and adherence to rules in the construction sector: reading the "bidding books". American Anthropologist 115(2): 188-202.