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Former Communist party membership and bribery in the post-socialist countries

Ivlevs, Artjoms; Hinks, Timothy


Tom Ivlevs
Associate Professor in Economics


© 2018 Association for Comparative Economic Studies We study the effect of former Communist party membership on paying bribes to public officials and motivations for bribery, 25 years after the fall of communist rule. Data come from a large representative survey, conducted in post-socialist countries in 2015/16. To deal with endogeneity, we instrument party membership with information on whether family members were affected by the Second World War. Instrumental variable results suggest that links to the former Communist party increase the likelihood of paying bribes today; this result applies to the former party members as well as their children and relatives. Among bribe payers, people with the party links are more likely to offer bribes as well as think that bribe payments are expected. Overall, our findings suggest that the proclivity to corruption of the former Communist party members has been transmitted through family and thus sustained over time, contributing to corruption decades after the demise of the Socialist bloc.


Ivlevs, A., & Hinks, T. (2018). Former Communist party membership and bribery in the post-socialist countries. Journal of Comparative Economics, 46(4), 1411-1424.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 7, 2018
Online Publication Date Jun 21, 2018
Publication Date Dec 1, 2018
Deposit Date Jun 8, 2018
Publicly Available Date Dec 22, 2019
Journal Journal of Comparative Economics
Print ISSN 0147-5967
Electronic ISSN 1095-7227
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 46
Issue 4
Pages 1411-1424
Keywords corruption, communist party, political elite, post-socialist countries, path dependency
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