Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



First Advisor

Monica Das


This paper explores the relationship between the corruption that occurs in Brazil and its effect on productivity in terms of economic growth. While there are multiple facets of corruption, currently, the only measure of corruption is Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index (CPI). This index is measured from 0, most corrupt, to 10, least corrupt. The productivity of Brazil in terms of economic growth will be measured using GDP per capita. My hypothesis is that the corrupt acts that occur in Brazil have a direct negative influence on the productivity of Brazil. Mainly, this is through the rent seekers theory that political influencers in Brazil use or take resources for their personal gain instead of for the good of the people without adding any sort of benefit for the people. Additionally, I will be using the Solow growth model to explain productivity and growth.

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