Staff Rotation as an Anti-Corruption Policy in China and in Germany: An Experimental Comparison

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Creator
  • Bühren, Christoph (Universität Kassel)
Publication Date
2020
Publisher
  • ZBW - Leibniz Informationszentrum Wirtschaft
Language
English
Classification
  • JEL:
    • Design of Experiments: Laboratory, Individual
    • Externalities
    • Political Processes: Rent-seeking, Lobbying, Elections, Legislatures, and Voting Behavior
    • Bureaucracy; Administrative Processes in Public Organizations; Corruption
    • Illegal Behavior and the Enforcement of Law
Free Keywords
China; China and Germany; Corruption; Experiment; Germany; corruption; experiment; partner; repeated game; repeated games; rotation; staff; staff rotation; stranger; strangers and partners
Description
  • Abstract

    We conducted bribery experiments in China and in Germany to analyze the effect of staff rotation on corruption. After being bribed, Chinese and German subjects in the role of public officials less often reciprocated and instead behaved more often opportunistically when matched to strangers compared to partners. Thus, staff rotation reduced the public officials´ propensity to behave corruptly in our experiment. German subjects in the role of firms anticipated this behavior: In stranger matching, their frequency of bribe-giving was lower than in partner matching, and if they bribed, the bribe value was significantly lower when staff rotation was introduced. For Chinese subjects in the role of firms, this effect of our anti-corruption policy was not significant. We discuss the role of social norms, such as reciprocity and trust, to explain our results.
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Publications
  • Bühren, C. (2020). Journal of Economics and Statistics, 240(1), 1-15.
    • ID: 10.1515/jbnst-2018-0036 (DOI)

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