On the Economic Incentives for Taking Bribes
Posted: 28 Sep 2014 Last revised: 5 Apr 2016
Date Written: 1989
This paper presents an empirical analysis of the factors affecting bribe taking by public officials. Factors influencing the acceptance of bribes include: the probability of being convicted, severity of punishment, government salary relative to private sector income, the demonstration effect, and the unemployment rate. Our results indicate that higher probability of being convicted discourages the acceptance of bribes as does more severe punishment. Low relative earnings, high unemployment, and the demonstration effect of aggregate advertising all lead to increased bribe taking.
Note: Copyright Kluwer Academic Publishers 1989.
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