Project title Bribing to Queue-Jump: An experiment on cultural Differences in bribing attitudes among Greeks and Germans
Duration  10 weeks
Description

Purpose of this project is to explore into what extent culture can explain bribing behavior when individuals are facing identical institutional settings and how intercultural interaction affects bribing across communities with historically different levels of corruption.  We conducted a cross country laboratory experiment in Greece and Germany that examines that subjects willing to bribe to jump the queue.

We generally find that when compared with the Germans-only groups, the number of Greeks in a group positively affects the probability of bribing, e.g., in Period 1 a Greeks only group is 26.9% more likely to bribe than a Germans-only group. However, this type of behavior is more pronounced in early periods. The Germans-only groups quickly catch up by the 10th period suggesting that any differences that could be attributed to culture quickly disappear as people familiarize with the institutional setup.

Expected outcomes & deliverables

An early draft of the paper is available. The student will be expected to write the theoretical framework of the paper, and carry out econometric analysis in STATA. Experience with Latex would be an advantage.

Student qualities

This project is particularly suited to students with a strong interest in microeconomics and econometrics. Familiarity with the statistical software package Stata is a must.

Primary supervisor

Dr Alex Karakostas

Further information Students are encouraged to contact the supervisor via email if they have any questions: a.karakostas@uq.edu.au.