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The perception of corruption

Natalia Melgar, Maximo Rossi () and Tom W. Smith
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Natalia Melgar: Departamento de Economía, Facultad de Ciencias Sociales, Universidad de la República
Tom W. Smith: NORC/University of Chicago

No 508, Documentos de Trabajo (working papers) from Department of Economics - dECON

Abstract: In this paper we analyze the foundations of corruption perception. Even when we employ the concept of corruption in several areas and its connotations vary widely depending on societies and people, it is possibly to find some elements in common which are connected with the misuse of public office with the purpose of making private gains. This paper focuses on this wide concept of corruption. We use data from the module on Citizenship of the 2004 International Social Survey Program (ISSP). Ordered probit models were estimated in order to study the impact of independent variables on the perception of corruption. We conclude that there are significant socio-demographic variables: gender, marital status, religiosity, education and sector of employment, among others. Additionally, we find that country of residence matters and that there are similar results among countries with common characteristics.

Keywords: corruption; microeconomic behavior; comparative research; public opinion; ISSP (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D73 K42 O57 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-lam, nep-law, nep-pol and nep-reg
Date: 2008-03
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