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Social structure and cultures of corruption

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  • Kingston, Christopher

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Corruption often creates a "briber's dilemma": each of the "clients" competing for a rent allocated by a government official has an incentive to pay bribes to try to obtain preferential treatment, but they would all be better off if they could mutually commit not to pay bribes. This paper uses a model of linked games to show how informal relationships among the clients may enable them to enforce agreements (or norms) against paying bribes and how historical events can lead to the development of a "culture" of corruption that can subsequently prove hard to dislodge.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization.

Volume (Year): 67 (2008)
Issue (Month): 1 (July)
Pages: 90-102

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Handle: RePEc:eee:jeborg:v:67:y:2008:i:1:p:90-102

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Cited by:
  1. Ratbek Dzumashev & Asadul Islam & Zakir H. Khan, 2010. "Non-collusive Corruption: Theory and Evidence from Education Sector in Bangladesh," Development Research Unit Working Paper Series 38-10, Monash University, Department of Economics.
  2. Putrevu, Sanjay & McGuire, Jean & Siegel, Donald S. & Smith, David M., 2012. "Corporate social responsibility, irresponsibility, and corruption: Introduction to the special section," Journal of Business Research, Elsevier, vol. 65(11), pages 1618-1621.
  3. Chongwoo Choe & Ratbek Dzhumashev & Asadul Islam & Zakir H. Khan, 2011. "Corruption and Network in Education: Evidence from the Household Survey Data in Bangladesh," Development Research Unit Working Paper Series 08-11, Monash University, Department of Economics.

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