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On Institutional Designs and Corruption by Imitation

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  • Elvio Accinelli

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  • Edgar Sanchez Carrera

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Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and we claim the corruption is driven by imitative behavior for those agents facing an institutional design of corruption. So this paper analyzes an individual level approach and tackles the question of why people engage in corrupt exchange. We show that institutional design determines corruption and that there exists a threshold level in order to imitate the noncorrupt (honest) behavior.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, University of Siena in its series Department of Economics University of Siena with number 616.

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Date of creation: Sep 2011
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Handle: RePEc:usi:wpaper:616

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Keywords: Corrupt behavior; Evolutionary dynamics; Imitative behavior; Institutions and operations;

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  1. Karl H. Schlag, 1995. "Why Imitate, and if so, How? A Bounded Rational Approach to Multi-Armed Bandits," Discussion Paper Serie B 361, University of Bonn, Germany, revised Mar 1996.
  2. K. Schlag, 2010. "Why Imitate, and if so, How? Exploring a Model of Social Evolution," Levine's Working Paper Archive 454, David K. Levine.
  3. Mishra, Ajit, 2006. "Persistence of corruption: some theoretical perspectives," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 34(2), pages 349-358, February.
  4. Schlag, Karl H., 1996. "Which one should I imitate?," Discussion Paper Serie B 365, University of Bonn, Germany.
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