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Corruption and Within-Country Stereotypes

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Paolo Buonanno Marcello Puca Patrizia Sbriglia
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Quantitative
Date Posted
2020/07/10
Date Retrieved
2022/05/13
Date Revised
2022/03/28
Date Written
2022/02/18
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We conduct a hybrid experimental-observational study on college students to investigate whether the exposure to institutions of significantly heterogeneous quality affects their behavior and their stereotypes about others behavior in a corruption experiment. The 2x2 between-subject experimental design varies: (i) the availability of information on the geographic origin of the participants; and (ii) whether participants are matched with others from the same macro-region.Experimental results show that: (i) knowing the other’s region of origin significantly increases the probability of engaging in corruption but mostly when briber and bribee belong to different macro-regions; (ii) coming from municipalities with a lower contemporary and historical level of civic capital significantly increases the probability of engaging in corruption. Our findings suggest that the quality of institutions has a persistent effect on an individuals internalized prosocial norms and that these effects are
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Corruption Institutions Social Capital Diversity
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https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=4067812
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