How Tempting is Corruption? - More Bad News About Economists

Working Paper Number: 164/1998

Posted: 24 Jun 1998

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Björn Frank

Independent

Gunther G. Schulze

University of Freiburg - Department of Economics

Date Written: April 1998

Abstract

In this paper, we report on an experiment on corruption which investigates various determinants of corruptibility. We find that economics students are significantly more corrupt than others, which is due to self-selection rather than indoctrination. Moreover, our results vary with gender. Also, agents are no less corrupt if rewarded in addition to, and independently of, a possible bribe. Our experiment isolates the influence of self-interest on cooperation from other influences such as risk attitude and expectations regarding the behavior of others.

JEL Classification: A2, C9

Suggested Citation

Frank, Björn and Schulze, Gunther G., How Tempting is Corruption? - More Bad News About Economists (April 1998). Working Paper Number: 164/1998, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=100968

Björn Frank

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