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Social Confusion and Corruption: Investigating the Causes and Effects of a Breakdown of Ethics

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  • Suzuki, Taku
  • Mizobata, Satoshi

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While studies of transitions to market economies have long focused on the issue of corruption, the perspectives from which their analyses have been based have diverged. Accordingly, this paper employs a systematic review through testing 14 hypotheses from the perspectives of political and economic causes, as well as culture and values, based on 559 works from the literature on the subject. Its findings make it clear that the liberalization and privatization of ownership both expand and contract corruption; the effects of culture and values also should not be overlooked, while mostly rejecting the so-called “greasing-the-wheels” hypothesis.

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  • Suzuki, Taku & Mizobata, Satoshi, 2019. "Social Confusion and Corruption: Investigating the Causes and Effects of a Breakdown of Ethics," Discussion Paper Series 690, Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University.
  • Handle: RePEc:hit:hituec:690
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    Keywords

    corruption; systems; economic growth; democracy; tradition; systematic review;

    JEL classification:

    • C00 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - General - - - General
    • O17 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Formal and Informal Sectors; Shadow Economy; Institutional Arrangements
    • P24 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Systems and Transition Economies - - - National Income, Product, and Expenditure; Money; Inflation
    • P26 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Systems and Transition Economies - - - Political Economy

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