Biases about bribery in certain countries facilitate corruption

Anti-corruption can start with education about stereotypes, an international study shows

In a large-scale bribery game, the participants took on the roles of citizens an
In a large-scale bribery game, the participants took on the roles of citizens and public officials. The results show that prejudices about corruption in certain countries lead people from countries with less corruption to pay bribes there as well. © Mohamed Hassan on Pixabay

For transnational bribery, the decision to offer bribes strongly depends on the national background of one’s partner. One’s own nationality, on the other hand, plays only a secondary role. This is shown by a large-scale experiment conducted by researchers from the University of Cologne, the University of Amsterdam and the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin.

With increasing globalization, more and more people interact, trade and travel across national borders. Until now, however, behavioral research has focused mainly on corruption within single countries. ...

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