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  • Thumbnail for ECONOMIC COMPLEXITY AND CIVIL LIBERTIES, AND THEIR INFLUENCE ON CORRUPTION
    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.

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    Attracting Foreign Direct Investment as a Tool for Development by Keny-Guyer, Jordan

    With nearly 13% of the global population living in poverty, it is necessary for nations to develop new tools to promote development. This paper examines the ability for countries to attract foreign direct investment through regulatory quality, political stability and lack of conflict, and corruption perception, in order to promote development. Using data from the World DataBank, Transparency International, World Governance Indicators, and Human Development Reports from 2005 to 2014, this study utilizes a fixed effects panel model to measure the effects of focusing on attracting foreign direct investment as a tool for development, measured by the Human Development Index. This study can demonstrate the importance for host countries wishing to develop economically to invite foreign direct investment, and show them the best ways to do so.

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    ANTI-POACHING METHODS AND THEIR EFFECTS ON AFRICAN ELEPHANTS by Haidar, Ryan Haissam

    Due to the increased popularity of ivory in eastern Asia, African elephant populations have diminished considerably during the 20th and 21st centuries. This thesis explores the relationship between inbound tourism revenue, corruption, political stability, both constitutional and practiced anti-poaching methods, as well as the rate of African elephant poaching. These relationships are examined through two separate ordinary least squares regressions with African elephant poaching data between the years of 2002 and 2017. The results of this study show that there is a positive relationship between political stability and the monetary punishments with the African elephant poaching rates. This study also shows that there is a negative relationship between potential jail time, inbound tourism revenues, and corruption with the African elephant poaching rates.

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    Anti-Poaching Methods and their Effects on African Elephants by Haidar, Ryan Haissam

    Due to the increased popularity of ivory in eastern Asia, African elephant populations have diminished considerably during the 20th and 21st centuries. This thesis explores the relationship between inbound tourism revenue, corruption, political stability, both constitutional and practiced anti-poaching methods, as well as the rate of African elephant poaching. These relationships are examined through two separate ordinary least squares regressions with African elephant poaching data between the years of 2002 and 2017. The results of this study show that there is a positive relationship between political stability and the monetary punishments with the African elephant poaching rates. This study also shows that there is a negative relationship between potential jail time, inbound tourism revenues, and corruption with the African elephant poaching rates.