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    ECONOMIC COMPLEXITY AND CIVIL LIBERTIES, AND THEIR INFLUENCE ON CORRUPTION by ,

    In the recent years, economists and scholars have come to recognize that corruption is not just an inconvenience, but that it has a significant and negative influence on economic growth and development. This paper examines the causes of corruption using a fixed-effects regression model with a data set from 2009 to 2015, spread across 76 countries. The regression results of this study support previous findings that increased economic growth reduces corruption. It also finds that as a country’s economic complexity increases, its corruption increases as well. Interestingly, the model shows that increases in civil liberties lead to increases in corruption, which prompts future research into what the impact of civil liberties may be in new era dominated by social media, and bias news outlets.