•Using (IV) BMA methods, we address model uncertainty in the determinants of corruption.•We find institutional and economic factors to matter but not unchangeable cultural attributes.•The rule of law, government effectiveness, urbanization, and women in politics lower corruption.•The extent of primary education also matters, especially in developing countries.•Results offer policy avenues as all meaningful determinants are policy-accessible.
World Development – Elsevier
Published: Sep 1, 2018
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