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Corruption for the rich and poor in Mexico: Who supports it even more?


KeywordsTriple Keywords
Family income
Personal income
Household income
Science, Political
Political science
Political theory
Commonwealth, The
Civil government
Political thought
Social inequality
Social equality


summary of who is most affected by corruption, rich or poor? Who is most likely to validate corrupt, rich or poor activities? A key question that a citizen faces is whether he or she accepts to coexist in a corrupt system or not; in other words, if people had an option to choose between a corrupt and an honest state, which one should support? We affirm that in a society characterised by inhabitants with different levels of income, the answer to the question may differ between the rich and the poor. We show that at the significant costs of corruption, the poor part of society tends to suffer more than the richness in relation to an honest system in which public officials are decent. When applying the technique of robust minimum squares for Mexico during the period 1996 to 2016, it is shown that: (1) in Mexico, the rich have a corrupt system that they support/like/wish/do more; (2) the poor are heavily affected by a corrupt system; (3) the government and its policies have no effect on the income of the rich, while for the poor, the better or better the public policies of the government are less poor, and 4) economic inequality, as measured by the Gini index, affects the poor more than the rich.

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