Bribery: Greed versus reciprocity
Silvia Saccardo and
Roel van Veldhuizen
No SP II 2016-203, Discussion Papers, Research Unit: Market Behavior from WZB Berlin Social Science Center
It is estimated that a trillion dollars are annually exchanged in bribes, distorting justice and economic efficiency. In a novel experiment, we investigate the drivers of bribery. Two participants compete for a prize; a referee picks the winner. Participants can bribe the referee. When the referee can keep only the winner's bribe, bribes distort her judgment. When the referee keeps the bribes regardless of the winner, bribes no longer influence her judgment. An extra-laboratory experiment in an Indian market confirms these results. Hence, our participants are influenced by bribes out of greed, and not because of a desire to reciprocate.
Keywords: Bribery; Reciprocity; Laboratory Experiment; Extra-Laboratory experiment (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D73 C91 K42 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-exp and nep-law
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: Track citations by RSS feed
Downloads: (external link)
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.
Export reference: BibTeX
RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan)
Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:zbw:wzbmbh:spii2016203
Access Statistics for this paper
More papers in Discussion Papers, Research Unit: Market Behavior from WZB Berlin Social Science Center Contact information at EDIRC.
Bibliographic data for series maintained by ZBW - Leibniz Information Centre for Economics ().