Comparing Corruption in the Laboratory and in the Field in Burkina Faso and in Canada

20 Pages Posted: 15 Dec 2013

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Olivier Armantier

Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Amadou Boly

African Development Bank

Date Written: December 2013

Abstract

We investigate the external validity of corruption experiments by conducting the same experiment in three different environments: a laboratory in a developed country, a laboratory in a developing country and the field in a developing country. In the experiment, a candidate proposes a bribe to a grader to obtain a better grade. We find the direction and magnitude of several treatment effects to be statistically indistinguishable across the three environments. In particular, increasing the graders’ wage reduces the probability of accepting the bribe but promotes reciprocation. Our results therefore provide evidence that laboratory experiments on corruption can have empirical relevance.

Suggested Citation

Armantier, Olivier and Boly, Amadou, Comparing Corruption in the Laboratory and in the Field in Burkina Faso and in Canada (December 2013). The Economic Journal, Vol. 123, Issue 573, pp. 1168-1187, 2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2367565 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ecoj.12019

Olivier Armantier (Contact Author)

Federal Reserve Bank of New York ( email )

33 Liberty Street
New York, NY 10045
United States

Amadou Boly

African Development Bank ( email )

Rue Joseph Anoma
Abidjan, Ivory Coast 01 BP 1387
Ivory Coast (Cote D'ivoire)

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