The Impact of Personal Relationships on Bribery Incidence in Transition Economies

15 Pages Posted: 3 Apr 2015

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Gjalt de Jong

University of Groningen

Phan Anh Tu

Can Tho University

Hans van Ees

University of Groningen

Date Written: Spring 2015

Abstract

Prior work on corruption has largely overlooked personal relationships as an essential determinant of bribery incidence in transition economies. In these countries, relationships with public officials are instrumental in enabling transactions and lowering transaction costs, due to incoherent and ever‐changing business regulations. Our study examines the impact of personal relationships on bribery incidence in Vietnam, finding that relationships with central government officials decreases the likelihood of bribery, while relationships with local government officials increases the likelihood of bribery. The results provide convincing support for the alleged importance of public‐private relationships in contemporary transition economies.

Keywords: corruption, bribery, personal relationships, central officials, local officials, Vietnam

Suggested Citation

de Jong, Gjalt and Tu, Phan Anh and van Ees, Hans, The Impact of Personal Relationships on Bribery Incidence in Transition Economies (Spring 2015). European Management Review, Vol. 12, Issue 1, pp. 7-21, 2015. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2589286 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/emre.12032

Gjalt De Jong (Contact Author)

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Phan Anh Tu

Can Tho University

Hans Van Ees

University of Groningen ( email )

Department of Economics
P.O.Box 800
9700 AH Groningen
Netherlands

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