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Who Cares about Corruption?: Implications for the Design of Anticorruption Strategies


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Presentation (63Kb)
Paper (219Kb)
Monday, May 17, 2004
12:30 - 2:00 PM
Speaker: Jamele Rigolini (Department of Economics, New York University)

This course investigated the microeconomic determinants of attitudes towards corruption, using individual-level data for 35 countries. The findings were that consistently women, employed, less wealthy, and older individuals tend to be more averse to corruption.

Evidence was also provided that social effects play an important role in determining individual attitudes towards corruption, as these are robustly and significantly associated with the average level of tolerance of corruption in the region. This finding lends empirical support to theoretical models where corruption emerges in multiple equilibria and suggests that "big-push" policies might be particularly effective in combating corruption.

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