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The socio-cultural and political-economic causes of corruption: a cross-country analysis

  • Aida Isabel Tavares

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    (Departamento de Economia, Gestão e Engenharia Industrial, Universidade de Aveiro)

This paper presents an empirical analysis about the economic-political and socialcultural factors that determine the perceived level corruption on a cross country basis. Regressing the Corruption Perception Index on the culture dimensions proposed by Hofstede and by Schwartz and on the social-economic variables such as the human development index, gini coefficient, openness index and political stability indicator, it is found a significant statistical relationship between cultural variables and perceived corruption as well as for the political and economic variables, of which development seems to be the most important factor. Also the cluster analysis shows that as the level of perceived corruption increases, the level of development and openness of countries decreases and the hierarchic, the collectivism and the conservative cultural characteristics tend to be more significant.

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Paper provided by Departamento de Economia, Gestão e Engenharia Industrial, Universidade de Aveiro in its series Working Papers de Economia (Economics Working Papers) with number 19.

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Length: 24 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2004
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Handle: RePEc:ave:wpaper:192004
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