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QoG lunch seminar with Ina Kubbe

Research profile seminar

The QoG Institute regularly organizes seminars related to research on Quality of Government. The seminars address the theoretical and empirical problem of how political institutions of high quality can be created and maintained as well as the effects of Quality of Government on a number of policy areas, such as health, the environment, social policy, and poverty.

Speakers are invited from the international research community and experts from NGOs and other organizations to the lunch seminars. The seminars last for one hour and include a short presentation by the speaker (30-35 min) followed by a joint discussion about the topic.

If nothing else is indicated, the seminars are held in English.

Let's play: Bribery Games in the U.S. and Germany

The article focuses on behavioral differences across cultures in an experimental bribery game that contributes to cross-country comparisons. To answer the question "What affects an individual's propensity to engage in and punish corrupt actions?", I have run bribery games with over 700 students by comparing individual decision-making in the U.S. and Germany - two well established democracies that show low levels of corruption. The assumption is that in environments that are characterized by lower levels of corruption, there is both a lower propensity to engage in and a higher propensity to punish corrupt acts. In contrast to the hypotheses, almost 70% of the Californian participants offered and accepted a bribe. In Germany almost 50% took the opportunity to offer and 40% accepted a bribe. I found that in both countries the probability to bribe decreases if the participants have work experiences and increases with the time they spent in other countries. Additionally, in Germany men have a higher propensity to bribe than women, while in California males tend to give higher bribes compared to females. In the U.S., 52% punished corrupt acts, in Germany even 80%. I also found a relationship between punishment and an individual's field of study and between the amount of bribery and gender and the wish to work in private or public sector. Moreover, men punished corrupt acts with higher amounts than women. I explain the results by differences in the level of individualism and "a cultural transmission of corruption". This should also imply a society's ability to build anti-corruption norms, because, if individualism transmits corruption, the same should be possible for counter-measures.

Lecturer: Ina Kubbe (visiting scholar at the QOG institute 2-6 October) Fritz Thyssen Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Department of Political Science, Tel Aviv University https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Ina_Kubbe

Date: 10/4/2017

Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Categories: Social Sciences

Organizer: The Quality of Government Institute

Location: Stora Skansen (B336) Sprängkullsgatan 19

Contact person: Alice Johansson

Page Manager: Lars-Olof Karlsson|Last update: 3/3/2008

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