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On Basu's Proposal: Fines Affect Bribes

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  • Sergey V. Popov

I provide a model that connects the bribe amount with the fines imposed on both bribe-taker and bribe-payer. I show that the proposal of Basu (2011) to not punish bribe-payers to induce whistleblowing does not have to help lower bribes. Higher fines on bribe-takers will make them ask for larger bribes, whereas lowering fines for bribe-paying on bribe-payers might increase their willingness to pay the bribe. An increase in transparency, if achieved, effectively increases both fines simultaneously.

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Paper provided by Queen's Management School, Queen's University Belfast in its series Economics Working Papers with number 16-04.

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Length: 7 pages
Date of creation: May 2016
Handle: RePEc:qub:wpaper:1604
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