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Staff Rotation: A Powerful Weapon Against Corruption?

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  • Abbink, Klaus

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The German federal government intends to introduce regular staff rotation as a precautionary measure against corruption in public administrations. To test the effectiveness of this instrument, we conduct an experiment using the bribery game by Abbink, Irlenbusch, and Renner (1999), in which pairs of potential bribers and public officials are randomly re-matched in every round. The data are compared to the analogous treatment with fixed pairs. The results provide strong evidence for the effectiveness of staff rotation in the experimental environment. The level of bribes as well as the frequency of inefficient decisions caused by bribery are reduced significantly.

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Paper provided by University of Bonn, Germany in its series Discussion Paper Serie B with number 460.

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Date of creation: Oct 1999
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Handle: RePEc:bon:bonsfb:460

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Keywords: Corruption; staff rotation; repeated games; strangers and partners;

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  1. Jellal, Mohamed, 2012. "An anti corruption mechansim," MPRA Paper 38647, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. Abigail Barr & Magnus Lindelow & Pieter Serneels, 2003. "To serve the community or oneself: the public servant's dilemma," CSAE Working Paper Series 2003-11, Centre for the Study of African Economies, University of Oxford.
  3. Danila Serra, 2008. "Bargaining for bribes under uncertainty," Economics Series Working Papers CSAE WPS/2008-22, University of Oxford, Department of Economics.
  4. Klaus Abbink & Heike Hennig-Schmidt, 2002. "Neutral versus Loaded Instructions in a Bribery Experiment," Bonn Econ Discussion Papers bgse23_2002, University of Bonn, Germany.
  5. Abigail Barr & Magnus Lindelow, 2005. "Intrinsic motivations on the development frontline: Do they exist? Do they endure?," Economics Series Working Papers GPRG-WPS-033, University of Oxford, Department of Economics.

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