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Risk Attitude, Beliefs, and Information in a Corruption Game - An Experimental Analysis

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  • Siegfried K. Berninghaus

    ()
    (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Institute for Economic Theory and Statistics)

  • Sven Haller

    ()
    (Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg, Faculty of Economics and Management)

  • Tyll Krüger

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    (University of Bielefeld, Research Center BiBoS)

  • Thomas Neumann

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    (Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg, Faculty of Economics and Management)

  • Stephan Schosser

    (Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg, Faculty of Economics and Management)

  • Bodo Vogt

    (Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg, Faculty of Economics and Management)

Abstract

For our experiment on corruption, we designed a coordination game to model the influence of risk attitudes, beliefs, and information on behavioral choices and determined the equilibria. We observed that the participants' risk attitudes failed to explain their choices between corrupt and non-corrupt behavior. Instead, beliefs appeared to be a better predictor of whether or not they would opt for the corrupt alternative. Furthermore, varying the quantity of information available to players (modeled by changing the degree of uncertainty) provided additional insight into the players' propensity to engage in corrupt behavior. The experimental results show that a higher degree of uncertainty in the informational setting reduces corruption.

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Paper provided by Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Max-Planck-Institute of Economics in its series Jena Economic Research Papers with number 2012-033.

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Keywords: Corruption; game theory; experiment; risk attitude; beliefs;

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