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Can Corruption be Studied in the Lab? Comparing a Field and a Lab Experiment


Olivier Armantier


Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Amadou Boly


University of Montreal - Department of Economics

September 1, 2008

CIRANO - Scientific Publications No. 2008s-26

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This paper makes an attempt at testing the external validity of corruption experiments by moving from the lab in a developed country, to where it matters the most, the field in a developing country. In our experiment a candidate proposes a bribe to a grader in order to obtain a better grade. We find the direction and the magnitude of most treatment effects to be statistically indistinguishable between the lab and the field. In particular, increasing the graders' wage reduces in both environments the probability to accept the bribe. Finally, we identify several micro-determinants of corruption (age, religiousness, ability).

Number of Pages in PDF File: 29

Keywords: corruption, experimental economics, field experiments

JEL Classification: C91, C93, D73, I20

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Date posted: January 8, 2009 ; Last revised: March 9, 2010

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Armantier, Olivier and Boly, Amadou, Can Corruption be Studied in the Lab? Comparing a Field and a Lab Experiment (September 1, 2008). CIRANO - Scientific Publications No. 2008s-26. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1324120 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1324120

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Olivier Armantier (Contact Author)
Federal Reserve Bank of New York ( email )
33 Liberty Street
New York, NY 10045
United States
Amadou Boly
University of Montreal - Department of Economics ( email )
C.P. 6128, succursale Centre-Ville
Montreal, Quebec H3C 3J7
Canada
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