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Corruption and Cheating: Evidence from Rural Thailand

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Olaf Hübler, Melanie Koch, Lukas Menkhoff, Ulrich Schmidt

In: World Development 145 (2021), 105526, 15 S.


This study tests the prediction that perceived corruption reduces ethical behavior. Integrating a standard “cheating” experiment into a broad household survey in rural Thailand, we find tentative support for this prediction: respondents who perceive corruption in state affairs are more likely to cheat and, thus, to fortify the negative consequences of corruption. Interestingly, there is a small group of non-conformers. The main relation is robust to consideration of socio-demographic, attitudinal, and situational control variables. Attendance of others at the cheating experiment, stimulating the reputational concern to be seen as honest, reduces cheating, thus indicating transparency as a remedy.

Lukas Menkhoff

Senior Research Associate in the Macroeconomics Department

JEL-Classification: O12;D73;D91
Keywords: Corruption, Cheating, Individual characteristics, Lab-in-the-field experiment

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