Publication on Youth, Political Stability and Corruption Effects


Does corruption have different effects on political stability where large segments of the population are  youth? This is the lead question of a study co-authored by Berghof Foundation’s Stefan Witthuhn and Prof. Mohammad Reza Farzanegan, head of the research cluster “Economics of the Near and Middle East at the University of Marburg. It shows that the relative size of the youth population (also referred to as “youth bulge”) matters in how corruption affects the internal stability of a political system. Using panel data covering the years 1984 to 2012 for more than 100 countries, the authors find that the effect of corruption on political stability does indeed depend on the “youth bulge”. Corruption is a destabilizing factor for political systems when the share of the youth population in the adult population exceeds a critical level of approximately 20 per cent.


Mohammad Reza Farzanegan & Stefan Witthuhn: Corruption and political stability: Does the youth bulge matter?, in: European Journal of Political Economy, Vol 49, September 2017, pp 47-70;

Until 21 October 2017, the article can be downloaded free of charge.