Corruption and Political Interest: Empirical Evidence at the Micro Level

51 Pages Posted: 13 May 2008

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Benno Torgler

Queensland University of Technology; CREMA; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute for Economic Research)

Bin Dong

Queensland University of Technology

Date Written: APRIL 2008

Abstract

The topic of corruption has recently attracted a great deal of attention, yet there is still a lack of micro level empirical evidence regarding the determinants of corruption. Furthermore, the present literature has not investigated the effects of political interest on corruption despite the interesting potential of this link. We address these deficiencies by analyzing a cross-section of individuals, using the World Values Survey. We explore the determinants of corruption through two dependent variables (perceived corruption and the justifiability of corruption). The impact of political interest on corruption is explored through three different proxies, presenting empirical evidence at both the cross-country level and the within-country level. The results of the multivariate analysis suggest that political interest has an impact on corruption controlling for a large number of factors.

Keywords: Corruption, Political Interest, Social Norms

JEL Classification: K420, D720, O170, J240

Suggested Citation

Torgler, Benno and Dong, Bin, Corruption and Political Interest: Empirical Evidence at the Micro Level (APRIL 2008). FEEM Working Paper No. 39.2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1131150 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1131150

Benno Torgler (Contact Author)

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Bin Dong

Queensland University of Technology ( email )

GPO Box 2434
2 George Street
Brisbane, Queensland 4001
Australia

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