DALLAS — A direct correlation exists between the level of public corruption in a state and how much the state spends on highways and construction projects, according to a new study that looked at convictions under federal corruption laws over more than three decades.

The millions or even billions of dollars involved in large transportation and infrastructure projects provide opportunities for corruption that otherwise would not be available, said researchers Cheol Liu of the City University of Hong Kong and John L. Mikesell of Indiana University at Bloomington in the paper published in the spring 2014 issue of Public Administration Review.

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