How do African Populations Perceive Corruption: Microeconomic Evidence from Afrobarometer Data in Twelve Countries
23 Pages Posted: 29 Aug 2008 Last revised: 1 Oct 2008
Date Written: July 1, 2008
In this paper, we examine the microeconomic determinants of the perception of corruption in twelve Sub-Saharan African countries. Unlike the indicators of corruption based on the opinion of international experts, the study focuses on corrupt practices as experienced by the African people themselves. The results of our estimates, using an ordered probit indicate that the individual characteristics such as age and sex significantly affect the perception people have of corruption as do social and political factors like access to information (press, media, radio). However, neither democracy nor participation in demonstrations, seem to affect the attitude of individuals towards corruption.
Keywords: Corruption, Sub-Saharan Africa, Ordered Probit
JEL Classification: H11, O12
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