Factors Influencing the Incidence of Bribery Payouts by Firms: A Cross-Country Analysis

Journal of Business Ethics (2008) 77:231–244

Posted: 8 Jan 2020

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Yanjing Chen

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Mahmut Yasar

University of Texas at Arlington - Department of Economics; Emory University - Department of Economics

Roderick M. Rejesus

North Carolina State University

Date Written: 2008

Abstract

This article explores micro- and macro-level variables that influence the incidence of bribery payouts by firms. A rich data set with information from 55 countries was utilized to achieve this objective. Results of logit regression models indicate that there are a number of micro- and macro-level factors that significantly affect the incidence of bribery payouts. This suggests that it is not only the characteristics of a firm but also the environment of doing business that affect the firm’s bribery decision. The results of this study provides information that may help firms develop strategies to reduce corruption in their respective industries and thereby improve their image of corporate social responsibility. The analysis also points to possible policy directions that governments could undertake in order to reduce the incidence of bribery in their country.

Keywords: bribery, corruption, cross-country analysis, government, public officials

JEL Classification: D73, K42, M14

Suggested Citation

Chen, Yanjing and Yasar, Mahmut and Rejesus, Roderick M., Factors Influencing the Incidence of Bribery Payouts by Firms: A Cross-Country Analysis (2008). Journal of Business Ethics (2008) 77:231–244, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3505416

Yanjing Chen

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Mahmut Yasar (Contact Author)

University of Texas at Arlington - Department of Economics ( email )

701 S. West Street
Arlington, TX 76019
United States

Emory University - Department of Economics ( email )

Roderick M. Rejesus

North Carolina State University ( email )

Hillsborough Street
Raleigh, NC 27695
United States

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