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IPR Colloquium: J. Gans-Morse (Pol. Sci./IPR) - The Demand Side of Bribery

When: Monday, November 23, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CT

Where: Online

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Patricia Reese   (847) 491-8712

Group: Institute For Policy Research

Co-Sponsor: Department of Political Science

Category: Academic, Lectures & Meetings


"When Do Citizens Grease the Wheel? The Demand Side of Bribery"

by Jordan Gans-Morse, Associate Professor of Political Science and IPR Associate

This event is part of the 2020 Fay Lomax Cook IPR Colloquium Series.

Abstract: Corruption persists not only because public officials expect bribes but also because in many countries a large percentage of citizens are willing to pay them. Little is known, however, about the factors that affect citizens' willingness to engage in bribe transactions. Gans-Morse develops a simple microeconomic framework to examine this issue and then test the emerging hypotheses by conducting a conjoint experiment in the high-corruption context of Ukraine. He finds that citizens' propensity to bribe is particularly sensitive to competition among providers of government services, the urgency of citizens' need for a service, and the extent to which public officials have the capacity to guarantee delivery of a service in exchange for bribes.

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