Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/55011
Authors: 
Graf Lambsdorff, Johann
Year of Publication: 
2010
Series/Report no.: 
Passauer Diskussionspapiere: Volkswirtschaftliche Reihe V-61-10
Abstract: 
This paper processes responses from households in 66 countries to address differences in the extent to which bribes and gifts are considered acceptable. Levels of acceptance differ substantially from one country to another, but they do not conform to popular expectations: Respondents in rich, western countries do not exhibit lower levels of acceptance. A higher acceptance of bribery can be observed in former colonies and those without a majority religion. Acceptance is higher among those who paid a bribe. Buddhists and less educated judge more situation-specific, accepting more often if they paid bribes themselves. Culture shapes attitudes towards bribery, but the western world fails to exhibit the expected moral rigor.
Subjects: 
Civil Liberty
Colonialism
Corruption
Cognitive Dissonance
Moral Reasoning
Moral Superiority
Religion
JEL: 
D73
C83
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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