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Initially, my intend was to analyse the reason of divergence in exports and imports statistics: the phenomena called "bilateral asymmetry". In other words, it's a discrepancy which arrises when the export from country A to country B is not equal to the import reported by country B from country A. However, after some research I decided, that there are lots of technical reasons for such discrepancies and they can be eliminated on average samples, hence they are not worth empirical studying.

My hypothesis, is that some fraction of such discrepancies can be explained by non-technical reasons: some asymmetries can arise from illicit transactions, in other words, export or import can be over/under invoiced.

This paper has 3 hypotheses studying the cause and effect between corruption levels of countries and bilateral asymmetries, with empirical analysis used to decide wether these hypotheses are consistent with existing data or not.

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