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The silence of corruption : identifying underreporting of business corruption through randomized response techniques, Volume 1
Author:Jensen, Nathan M; Rahman, Aminur; Country:Bangladesh;
Date Stored:2011/06/21Document Date:2011/06/01
Document Type:Policy Research Working PaperSubTopics:Public Sector Corruption & Anticorruption Measures; Bankruptcy and Resolution of Financial Distress; Poverty Monitoring & Analysis; Corruption & Anticorruption Law; Social Accountability
Language:EnglishRegion:South Asia
Report Number:WPS5696Collection Title:Policy Research working paper ; no. WPS 5696
Volume No:1  

Summary: Research on the economic consequences of corruption has been hampered by the inability to directly measure corruption. Using an innovative methodology that allows respondents to report individual experiences with corruption while minimizing self-incrimination and an objective diagnostic to evaluate lying (false responses), this paper explores the extent of business corruption in Bangladesh. The analysis shows that traditional measures of corruption underreport the extent of business corruption in Bangladesh and existing strategies to evaluate and elicit truthful responses have limited effectiveness. The authors identify the types of firms that are associated with false responses and nonresponses to survey questions on corruption.

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