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Global economic crisis and corruption

Ivlevs, Artjoms; Hinks, Timothy

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© 2014, Springer Science+Business Media New York. We study the effects of the 2008–2009 global economic crisis on the household experience of bribing public officials. The data come from the Life in Transition-2 survey, conducted in 2010 in 30 post-socialist economies of Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia. We find that households hit by crisis are more likely to bribe and, among people who bribe, crisis victims bribe a wider range of public officials than non-victims. The crisis victims are also more likely to pay bribes because public officials ask them to do so and less likely because of gratitude. The link between crisis and bribery is stronger in the poorest countries of the region. Our findings support the conjecture that public officials misuse sensitive information about crisis victims to inform bribe extortion decisions.


Ivlevs, A., & Hinks, T. (2015). Global economic crisis and corruption. Public Choice, 162(3-4), 425-445.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 15, 2014
Online Publication Date Nov 27, 2014
Publication Date 2015-03
Deposit Date Nov 14, 2014
Publicly Available Date Mar 1, 2016
Journal Public Choice
Print ISSN 0048-5829
Electronic ISSN 1573-7101
Publisher Springer Verlag
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 162
Issue 3-4
Pages 425-445
Keywords corruption; bribery; global economic crisis; transition economies
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