Published on Thursday, March 8, 2018 | Updated on Sunday, May 13, 2018

Assessing Corruption with Big Data

We build a real-time, high-frequency Corruption Perception Index based on Google Trends data. It shows that the worldwide perception of corruption has been increasing since 2009, with significant heterogeneity across countries. Focusing in the case of Brazil, we show that a higher perception of corruption reduces both government approval ratings and confidence indexes.

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