The Geography of Financial Misconduct

The Geography of Financial Misconduct

  • CHRISTOPHER A. PARSONS
  • JOHAN SULAEMAN
  • SHERIDAN TITMAN

Article first published online: 19th June 2018 DOI: 10.1111/jofi.12704

Abstract


Financial misconduct (FM) rates differ widely between major U.S. cities, up to a factor of three. Although spatial differences in enforcement and firm characteristics do not account for these patterns, city‐level norms appear to be very important. For example, FM rates are strongly related to other unethical behavior, involving politicians, doctors, and (potentially unfaithful) spouses, in the city.

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