The effect of corruption, seigniorage and borrowing on inflation

Hussein Elkamel*

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Purpose: Governments may finance its expenditures through multiple resources; however, seigniorage and borrowing are commonly used. The authors think that in the presence of corruption, the use of public finance may result in inflationary effect that leads to higher level of inflation, which in turn affects the whole economy. Design/methodology/approach: This paper investigates if the variation in corruption levels jointly with public finance means, seigniorage and borrowing, accounts for the variation in the level of inflation. This paper uses panel data of 72 countries through the period 1995-2011. Findings: The author find that corruption jointly with public finance means, seigniorage and borrowing, increase the level of inflation. This finding can address the misuse of these public finance means where corruption is prevalent. Originality/value: This paper captures the joint effect of corruption with two different means of public finance, seigniorage and borrowing, on the level of inflation within 72 countries through 1995-2011.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-15
Number of pages15
JournalPSU Research Review
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 27 2019


  • Borrowing
  • Corruption
  • Inflation
  • Seigniorage

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Education

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