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View Diary: The most corrupt states are mostly—surprise!—Red (and mostly white ... but not blue) (174 comments)

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  •  This seems to have been addressed. (5+ / 0-)
    Regarding the second concern, table 2 shows that these corruption indexes are not statistically related to the degree of federal prosecution, degree of law enforcement/slackness, or court resources. If the numbers of convictions were simply the result of prosecutors’ capacities, law enforcement/slackness, or court resources, the corruption indexes should be significantly correlated with at least one of the following variables: work hours of U.S. attorneys divided by state population (or by the number of public employees), number of federal judges per citizen (or per public employee), amount of district courts’ caseloads per judge, or the amount of pending rates per judge. However, the table shows that none of these factors has a statistically significant association with our corruption convictions measure. The results imply that judicial resources, U.S. attorneys’ workloads, and enforcement/slackness do not determine the corruption conviction measure substantially. This provides confidence in the relevance and validity of our proxy variable for corruption.
    You may agree or disagree with whether or not those variables are adequate, but they do address the issue.
    •  Enforcement priorities (5+ / 0-)

      The only test for correlations with federal judicial resources in a given state.   I.e., whether the public corruption convictions depend on whether a given state has a relative large or relatively small US Attorney's office.

      Their tests would not pick up on whether two US Attorney's offices of the same size put the same priority on corruption prosecutions.  We know that priorities vary across offices.  Right now, for example, the US Atty for Western Washington and the US Atty for Eastern Washington put very different levels of emphasis on marijuana:  W. Washington is reasonably OK with the state's legalization; E. Washington is trying to thwart in every way they can.

      •  Good point. (1+ / 0-)
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        FaithChatham

        But, I don't see how you can quantify office priorities.  In particular, it seems to me that having the state capitol in Olympia under the Western District of Washington US Attorney’s office would force it to handle a higher proportion of state corruption cases, even considering the higher west side population.

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